Directors’ Lab 2018: Call for Submissions

Directors’ Lab 2016. Photo: Tim Matheson.

Rumble Theatre invites applications from emerging directors to participate in the sixth installment of Directorsʼ Lab, a series of in-studio workshops, rehearsals, investigations and roundtable discussions facilitated by a Master Director. This yearʼs Lab will be facilitated by Canadian director Weyni Mengesha and will be held February 27 – March 3, 2018 at Progress Lab 1422 (PL1422) in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Directorsʼ Lab is a workshop for emerging directors who want to get rigorous with the foundations of their craft, unhindered by production and scenographic considerations. Using an established text as a working model, the Lab will focus on the director’s preparation process, early stages of rehearsal and assessment and critique of the work. Over five days, participants will discuss principles of directing, examine and analyze a text, rehearse scenes with an ensemble of actors and reflect on the processes.  (more…)

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius

Peter Anderson in The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo: Tim Matheson.

Peter Anderson in The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo: Tim Matheson.

by Colleen Murphy
Adapted from William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus
Produced by Rumble Theatre and presented by The Cultch

November 22 – December 3, 2017
The Historic Theatre at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC

Nov 22 – 25, 28 – Dec 2 @ 8pm
Nov 26, Dec 2 & Dec 3 @ 2pm
No performances on Nov 27
Talkbacks: Nov 24, 26 & 28 and Speaker Series: Nov 29 & 30 (click here for more info)

 

Here’s what the critics are saying about the show:

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius is deranged, darkly funny, and perverse, but its subversiveness also serves a purpose, and it makes for an unforgettable experience” — Andrea Warner, The Georgia Straight

“I can’t recommend this show enough” — Paul Durras, BC BookWorld

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius encourages us to get comfortable with discomfort, to revel in the outrageous and to trade our tears for laughter” — Lauren Donnelly, Vancouver Weekly

“I can’t remember the last time I saw a show that got me so excited I thought I might lose my marbles” — Colin Thomas, colinthomas.ca

“If you need a really good laugh and you’re okay with dark, grisly, bloody, grotesque, rude and crude – all wrapped up in the French clowning style called bouffon – you will love Titus Bouffonius as much as I did” — Jo Ledingham, Joledingham.ca

“This show is smart. The heady mix of bouffon revelry and Shakespearean trauma is fuel for an edgy comedy, and playwright Colleen Murphy has dug deep into both worlds to concoct an experiential feast” — Chelsey Stuyt, Vancouver Presents

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius at first presents itself as a chaotic project by confused misfits, but in reality it is an intelligent (if not eloquent) commentary on the Shakespearean classic and the complexities of the world which we navigate” — Ljudmila Petrovic, SAD MAG

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius might give you a lot to talk about the next day…we were all pretty much speechless” — Tiva Quinn, iliveineastvan.com

 

 

Click here for more details about the show

Indian Arm wins Governor General’s Literary Award

Photo by Wendi Wirawan; design by Kristen Johnson

Photo by Wendi Wirawan; design by Kristen Johnson

We’re thrilled to announce that Indian Arm — the first play we commissioned as part of our adaptation program — has been awarded the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

Massive congratulations to Hiro Kanagawa, who took on the challenge of this commission and wrote a beautiful, haunting, thought-provoking script.
Hiro Kanagawa, playwright

Hiro Kanagawa, playwright

The play resonated with the audiences who saw our premiere production of Indian Arm in 2015. And it clearly resonated with the GG peer assessment committee, as well.

The committee praised Indian Arm as “a timely and evocative manifestation of the characters’ struggle with their relationship to the land. Hiro Kanagawa masterfully navigates the tension between Indigenous and settler identities as they work to figure out how we can live together. Mythic. Heart-breaking. Poetic.”

To read more about the GG winners, click here.

Announcing Rumble’s 2017-18 Season

Welcome to Rumble Theatre’s 2017-18 season! This year is one of discovery, as we present a world premiere production by one of Canada’s foremost playwrights and foster up-and-coming theatre artists through our unique mentorship opportunities.

“We’re really inspired by the creative potential that exists when we bring different artists and art forms together,” says Stephen Drover, who comes into his fifth season as Rumble’s Artistic Director. “And this season is all about what can come of making these connections, both for our work on stage and behind the scenes. What happens when Shakespeare, French clowning, and one of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights meet? What kind of excitement occurs in a room with some of our most promising young directors and one of the nation’s best directors? And what conversations are had between the emerging artists community and Vancouver’s seasoned pros when pressing topics are brought up? This year we’ll find out.”

Peter Anderson in The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo: Tim Matheson.

Peter Anderson in The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo: Tim Matheson.

First up is the world premiere production of The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius—our commissioned adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus by two-time Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy. An inspired marriage of Shakespearian text, contemporary dialogue, and the French clown technique of bouffon, the show is an utterly unique look at war, rage, grief, and the delicate intersection of the beautiful and the grotesque in our world today. It runs November 22 to December 3, 2017 at The Cultch. (Buy your tickets now for the best seats!)

Weyni Mengesha

Weyni Mengesha, Directors’ Lab 2018 instructor.

Directors’ Lab returns in February 2018 to offer emerging theatre directors the rare opportunity to spend a week learning their craft from a Master Director. Leading this year’s Lab will be Weyni Mengesha, the acclaimed director and dramaturge who guided the smash Canadian theatrical hits ’da Kink in My Hair and Kim’s Convenience. Weyni will also share her knowledge and skills with emerging actors in a one-day Actors’ Workshop that follows Directors’ Lab.

Rounding out the season are our regular mentorship activities and community events. We welcome two Student AmbassadorsOlivia Lang (University of British Columbia) and Shanae Sodhi (Studio 58)—who will serve as liaisons between Rumble and their respective school communities while receiving mentorship from us. The Living Room is back to offer emerging artists an informal space in which they can interact with their peers while learning about a career in theatre from professional artists. The first session is September 25, 2017—please stay tuned for an announcement of upcoming topics and guests. Last but not least, we’ll celebrate the spooky season on October 28, 2017 with our fourth annual Halloween party: The Revenge of the Hot Mess Halloween.

 

For more detail, check out the full Rumble Theatre 2017-18 season announcement.

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