From dentist to playwright

Dalhousie dentistry alumna, Sangeeta Wylie, has spent a lot of time reflecting on the moments that led her to Nov. 3, the day her play, we the same, made its world premiere.    From Dal dentistry to the dramatic arts  Wylie is originally from St. John’s, N.L., and studied chemistry and music for four years at Acadia University. She then came to Dalhousie…

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How to stand the test of time

On Oct. 21, University of King’s College students had the opportunity, through the Foundation Year Program department, to watch a performance of the Ordo Virtutum, an 870-year-old morality play staged by Vocalypse Productions, and a lecture, at St. Patrick’s Church.   Anima versus the Devil   The play, written by St. Hildegard of Bingen in 1151, portrays the struggle between the Anima, or soul, against a seducing Devil. The play…

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Reviving an age-old story

Walking into a foggy theatre, audiences already knew this play was going to capture them with its design.   While the story of The Woman in Black isn’t a new one, the play is based off a novel written in 1983, the Neptune Theatre’s take on this chilling story is one that’s worth the time. Neptune is running the show from…

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The Dog in the Manger review

Audiences were, once again, on the edge of their seats when Dalhousie University’s Fountain School of Performing Arts (FSPA) staged their first in-person show since closing in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Q & A with actor Breton Lalama

Breton Lalama is a Halifax-based comedian, actor and writer. They have participated in a variety of American and Canadian TV shows, musicals and theatrical plays throughout their career, and are involved with LGBTQ+ rights activism. 

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Cooped up no longer

With 27 years of experience in the comedy world, comedienne and writer Anne Fenn reflects on her experiences in the past and the present of comedy.   Fenn is a University of King’s College alumna who graduated in 2018 from the master’s program in creative nonfiction, and currently teaches at Humber College in Toronto in the school’s comedy program. Fenn is a co-founder of Comedy-Coop, an all-female and female-identifying online comedy school.  A career in…

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Creativity, personality and community

Shauntay Grant is a Canadian author, poet, playwright and professor at Dalhousie University.   Her work is “mainly rooted in local stories and local histories,” Grant says in an email to the Dalhousie Gazette. All of her current and published projects are “inspired by local stories.”  This includes Africville, The City Speaks In Drums and Up Home, which are all set in communities around…

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The show must go on

Virtual Reality

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted in-person plays nationwide since last spring, but a local performance company called Heist recently collaborated with other Canadian theatre companies to showcase Frequencies: a play presented entirely in virtual reality.  “There is no footprint and the possibilities are endless,” says Sylvia Bell, the virtual reality operator and production manager for Frequencies. “There’s no ending in what we can do to make entertainment, to make art and…

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