The plays are the things

Tara Thorne knows what you should be watching. And where. And when.



Summer theatre begins in earnest this holiday weekend, with the more travel-intensive shows opening slowly over the next few weeks to save you some gas money.

Ship’s Company’s The Mystery of Maddy Heisler is already up and running in Parrsboro. Featuring Matthew A’Court, Michael Chiasson, Julia Williams and Frank MacKay, this Daniel Lillford play is a decades-spanning love story. Lillford will read from his body of work in a special appearance on Canada Day. For schedule and directions hit

Closer to town, the formidable John Beale returns with his one-man (woman?) show Peggy!: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Peggy from the Cove (don’t be fooled by the rocks that she’s got, and stay off the dark grey ones). Peggy’s Cove native Beale spent last summer entertaining locals and tourists alike, and he’s back with his “live reenactment of Peggy’s shipwreck, video clips, a slideshow and a 30-second (complete) history” of the area. Co-created with Mermaid Theatre’s Graham Percy, it opened this week at the Old Red Schoolhouse in the Cove and runs Wednesdays through Sundays at 2pm and 4pm. For tickets call 823-2099 or visit

And in the heart of the south end, Shakespeare by the Sea begins its first season since the sudden passing of artistic director Patrick Christopher last July. Opening this week at the Cambridge Battery in Point Pleasant Park will be Much Ado About Nothing, to be followed July 15 by a family show, The Wizard of Oz. The shows will run Tuesdays through Sundays through the summer. Call 494-2095 for showtimes and info.

Experimental experts

The Atlantic Filmmakers’ Co-Operative begins its summer run of workshops on July 6, with the addition of two new series.

The Experimental Animation series, says production coordinator Chris Spencer-Lowe, “will focus on animation for film, innovative and inspiring screenings, the tools of film image manipulation and hands-on and immersive filmmaking experiences.” Charming workshop titles include The Magic of Movement, The Oxberry Filmmaker Animation System and My First Animation Camera.

The Expertise Series will cover “the science of film image and sound, film projection, digital sound recording for film, Super 8 cinematography and filmmaking tools and skills,” says Lowe.

For a complete schedule visit Pre-registration and payment are required.

Can’t stop the beat

With the Junos a memory you’ve been trying desperately to suppress and Buskerfest still weeks away, there’s a bit of a wait before you can catch the fetching young men of precision drumming outfit Squid live.

Or is there?

No, there isn’t, because you can pick up the 73-minute DVD Squid: The Evolution, on sale now at and in August, available at your favourite filmed entertainment retailer, by which we mean Sam the Record Man. The DVD features performances from Squid’s four-night sellout run of The Evolution at Alderney Landing in February.

“Our first DVD, Live in Montreal, was an un-edited, live recording of a performance we did at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival last year,” says Squid’s Ryan Fraser. “The Evolution is our first professional DVD release. We were extremely pleased with the way the show went back in February and we are equally as happy with the final product.”

Witness the matching outfits, neon accents and more stickwork than…insert . Seriously, it’s a sight to behold, and it’s all yours until something replaces DVDs.

Our bad

Last week we wrote about the new president of NSCAD, David B. Smith, and in that item we erroneously reported the new location of his predecessor, Paul Greenhalgh. Greenhalgh is now in Washington, DC, as director and president of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, not at a certain Ontario art school. Apologies to NSCAD, Greenhalgh and you.

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