(This story is sponsored by The Cultch.)
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice of the First World War, The Cultch is presenting The Ceasefire Series: an exploration of past and present warfare. Heather Redfern, executive director of the Cultch, came up with the programming as a way of engaging with the significant centenary. The result is three distinctly different shows exploring the causes, effects, and traumas of war from different lenses.
The series culminates with the world premiere of Amiel Gladstone’s Three Winters. Set in Stalag Luft III, a famous prisoner-of-war camp during the Second World War, this all-female show explores the morale-boosting power of theatre, even in times of desperation.
“If it weren’t for their ability to make theatre, my grandpa said he would have died in those prisoner-of-war camps. This play is about that reality, told with immediacy and connection,” says Gladstone.
Throughout art and history, the biggest roles and adventures have been given to men. In this play—a fictional re-contextualization of real-life events—a troupe of seven millennial actresses play the captured soldiers in Stalag Luft III. The men they play not only infamously hatched escape plans—immortalized by 1963 film, The Great Escape—they performed plays sent by the Red Cross, which required the men to act both male and female parts. When these historical events are portrayed by modern young women, not out of circumstantial necessity, but by choice, Three Winters asks audiences to question their assumptions about who we allow to play what parts and why.
“As you watch these productions I ask you to remember, and I ask you to think about what comes next if we dare to forget,” says Redfern. “I want to thank all of the inspirational artists who have brought us this work for their roles as agitators and initiators in society. Their contributions are a political force because they speak to people’s hearts and emotions.”
Three Winters runs from Wednesday, November 7 to Saturday, November 17 at the Historic Theatre (1895 Venables Street). Tickets start at $24 and can be purchased now at tickets.thecultch.com or through the Cultch’s box office on 604-251-1363. See all three Ceasefire Series shows for as low as $65 with The Cultch’s Choose 3 Subscription package. Or enter now to win two tickets to Three Winters, below.
Two tickets (valued at $102.00) to Three Winters at 8 p.m. at the Historic Theatre (1895 Venables Street)
*for performances November 7 to 11 only.
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Contest Deadline: Tuesday, October 30, 3:00 am
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