The Crossroads: A Prison Cabaret opens Oct. 5

The Crossroads: A Prison Cabaret Created and performed by the men of William Head Institution, SNAFU and The Prison Arts Collective Directed by Kate Rubin.

The Crossroads: A Prison Cabaret is a musical satire. Perfect for a fall evening excursion out to Metchosin, with mist, moon and the call of owls accompanying you, this original production inspired by such classic musicals as Cabaret, and West Side Story and film’s such as Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride should not be missed!

Complete with live music, innovative dance numbers and 26 performers, The Crossroads: A Prison Cabaret tells a story of a world underground where banished souls from the ages are trapped deep under the crossroads outside of town.

They are kept entertained by a host of supernatural beings until they can find the key to their entrapment. Intolerance, fear and the need for inclusion are the main thematic elements that this satire addresses in a highly inventive, sure-to-surprise and delightful way. WHoS plays have invigorated and stirred audiences for 37 years.

This is their 57th production.

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES Fri Oct 5 through November 3 TICKETS $25 Online at Ticket Rocket 855-842-7575 and at the Ticket Rocket Office Downtown at 101-804 Broughton StSee the Complete list of performance dates

ALSO GET TICKETS In Person at Boston Pizza Langford (2755 Veterans Memorial Pkwy)

WHoS is located inside a Federal Institution. You are entering a correctional facility. You must be 19 or older, have valid government-issued photo ID, and your pre-paid ticket.

You cannot bring in any personal items, including wallets, purses, cell phones, money, smoking products, medicines (exception may be made for potentially life-saving medicines)

**You must buy tickets in advance. No tickets available at the door**

The Crossroads: A Prison Cabaret

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Free-B Film Festival

Free-B Film Festival

SOME LIKE IT HOT, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, 1959

Victoria Film Festival presents: Free Outdoor Screening! Rain or shine! Bring your blanket, flashlight & snacks. As we get closer to the end of summer, gather your friends and family for a free movie night under the stars! This is what is called the Free-B Film Festival.


This summers line-up for the Free-B Film Festival:

August 10 – Some Like It Hot 

August 11 – Shakespeare in Love

August 17 – Planet of The Apes

August 18 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

All film presentations will be preceded by a french short animation inspired by the poems of Paul Éluard (3 min).

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Mom’s the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty

Mom’s the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty

Mom’s the Word 3July 24— August 12, 2018 Mom’s the Word 3 : Nest ½ Empty Written and performed by Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard & Deborah Williams.

On now through August 12, 2018
Tickets HERE

“…a perfect balance of emotion and comedy…a performance you really do not want to miss” —LORDS OF DOGWOOD

“…riotous & poignant…” —BROKENLEGREVIEWS “…captivates with its heart, humour, and honesty” —THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT

“Mom’s the Word: Nest 1/2 Empty—Theatre really is the church of love” —COLIN THOMAS

From the world-renowned creators behind the Mom’s the Word 3 opens a new chapter. Their kids are grown, their marriages have “evolved,” and their bodies are backfiring.

Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from the ludicrous, the ribald and the poignant, as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. Tickets on sale now at 250-385-6815 or Subscribers get 25% off!


Mom’s the Word 3


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Jane Austen’s Persuasion in Victoria At The McPherson Playhouse

Jane Austen’s Persuasion in Victoria

Jane Austen's Pursuasion in VictoriaJane Austen’s Persuasion in Victoria. This original musical adaptation has toured multiple UK and US cities over the past five years and was a popular event at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

July 3: Victoria Tickets
July 5: Port Alberni Tickets
July 6: Port Alberni Tickets

This summer will be the production’s first tour to Canada, where it will also be performed July 5-6 at the Jane Austen Festival in Port Alberni in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Persuasion.  The widely acclaimed stage production features songs from Jane Austen’s manuscripts and music of the era, chamber orchestra with Celtic and period instruments, beautiful Regency costumes, projected scenery, and world-champion Irish dancers!

“No ‘persuasion’ needed to see this treat for the eyes and ears … astounding!” (Isle of Wight Press)

“Perfect synchronicity between the cast and the impressive chamber orchestra…retaining much original dialogue which is complemented superbly by Austen’s favourite music and luxurious costumes.”  (**** Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

“Flashes of humour, great dancing, a small but perfect orchestra, clever scene changes with very well done projections, and the cast of over 30 all playing their roles to perfection … one of the best evening’s entertainment I’ve had” (Bury Free Press)

Further information about Jane Austen’s Persuasion in Victoria visit at

Ticket Details

 Jane Austen’s Persuasion in Victoria

*Tickets are $30.00 | On sale now.

Just added: military rates which will be available by end of day on both performances…$15CAN in PA, and $20CAN in Victoria.

Please note: Online ticket sales end one hour prior to the performance start time.  Tickets may be available from the box office.

Tickets for the Port Alberni performance HERE

Jane Austen’s Persuasion
 A Musical Drama

The Reviews are Spectacular! 

The Art Theatre was a perfect setting for this opera and provided a similar atmosphere to the Buxton Opera House. The opera gains it’s authenticity from meticulous research using music that was known to Jane Austen and composed by Beethoven, Corelli, Handel, Haydn as well as several others. The cast contained both Americans and non Americans but the accents were all British no doubt due to the efforts of the dialect coach listed in the programme. The quality of the singing was uniformly excellent especially given the size of the cast which exceeded the cast sizes usually seen at the Buxton Festival. This was a comic opera reflecting the humour as well as the romance of Austen’s novel. On occasion the actors/singers were required to play scenes for laughs and occasionally sing intentionally out of tune and this very much added to the fun of the production. An interesting addition to Austen’s story was the inclusion of Irish dancing. This is authentic since many Irishmen served in the British navy at the time. The exuberant sight of Irish dancers in naval uniforms provided an enjoyable interlude and change of pace. The staging was creative and very effective. The movement between locations was signified by projecting the location onto the main stage backdrop and subtle staging effects were achieved by projecting onto a transparent half curtain and using a raise platform erected to one side of the stage. All that was then required was a few relevant pieces of furniture and the audience was transported in an instant between the homes of the various protagonists or to Austen’s favourite location of Bath.The Buxton Festival fringe is very fortunate that Chamber Opera Chicago has brought this substantial production to the festival. Alex Watts, 2017 

There is perfect synchronicity between the cast and the impressive chamber orchestra.  One of the most striking observations for Austen fans is Barbara Landis’ commitment to retaining much original dialogue which is complemented superbly by Austen’s favourite music and luxurious costumes. There are a great many highlights to this performance – not least the rousing sailor songs which demonstrate the vocal talents of the entire company and treat us to Irish tap routines of the highest order. Joshua Clarke, Broadway Baby, 4-star review featured in the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

This is a big budget show with fabulous costumes and incredibly detailed projection on the backdrop to show changes in location, time and weather. The cast were undeniably talented, with some incredibly strong voices on show in both solo and group numbers, and the band were faultless.  The narrative stayed very faithful to the original book, was easy to follow without ever feeling clunky, and the script contained enough detail to properly establish each scene and character in full...Steve Griffin, Edinburgh 49

No ‘Persuasion’ needed to see this treat……astounding!~ Emily Scotcher, Isle of Wight County Press

Landis’s touring production takes music from Austen’s own collections as well as by many other composers to create an operetta version of the story. It’s very faithful to the novel… the acting as well as the singing is of a high standard~ Anne Morley-Priestman,

The vocal performances were so powerful they pushed you backwards into your seat while successfully able to convey the romance that you always seem to find in Jane Austen’s novels.Suzanne Day, In Suffolk

A very real affection for Jane lies at the heart of Barbara Landis’ adaptation…Rousing sailors’ chorus and quicksilver Irish dancers were wonderful – all the ensemble moved with grace and skill..Louise Schweitzer, Brighton Argus

The intriguing narrative is driven by an excellent supporting ensemble that delivers a powerful performance as well as the highlight of the show.  Their portrayal of Irish sailors, featuring dancers from the Trinity Irish Dance Company, is superbly executed and moved the audience to an extra-long applause.  Credit must also be paid to the orchestra who were fantastic, filling the Thames Street theatre with the music of Beethoven, Handel and Haydn.Sam Murray, The Royal Burrough Observer, Windsor

There were flashes of humour, plenty of over-acting and some great dancing (the two Irish dancing lads were definitely scene-stealers, and rightly so), all held together by a multi-talented group of musicians in the small but perfect orchestra…I’ve not even mentioned the costumes, the choreography, the clever scene changes – mainly with very well done projections onto translucent curtains – and the cast of over 30 all playing their roles to perfection.  In case you haven’t yet got the message – I was totally blown away by one of the best evening’s entertainment I’ve had at the beautifully restored Regency Theatre Royal. ~ John Bottle, Bury Free Press

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The Belfry Theatre presents “Salt Baby”

Salt Baby

A modern comedy about finding out who you really are.

Salt BabyFrom April 17 to May 13, 2018, the Belfry Theatre will present Falen Johnson’s comedy, Salt Baby. Directed by Johnson, Salt Baby stars Dakota Ray Hebert (as Salt Baby), Colin Dingwall (as Grandfather and others), Timothy L. Hill (as Dad) and Nathan Howe (as Alligator).


Salt Baby is a modern comedy about finding out who you really are. A Six Nations woman, Salt Baby’s light skin sets her apart from her relatives, both on the rez and in the city. She’s a fish out of water and, accompanied by her Caucasian boyfriend, Alligator, she’s determined to discover how she fits into her two very different worlds.

Falen Johnson on Salt Baby
“It’s funny! I know there’s a bit of a stigma out there in the world about First Nations theatre being hard and heavy and difficult, but what I wanted to do with this piece was put a mixed audience in the room and say, ‘We’re all Canada now. We’re all here. No one’s getting on a boat and going back home.’”

Falen (fay-len) is Mohawk and Tuscarora from Six Nations Grand River Territory. She is bear clan. Falen is a writer, producer, director, and actor. Her plays Salt Baby, Two Indians, and Ipperwash have played in theatres across the country. Her writing will be appearing in upcoming publications such as Granta Magazine and Brick Literary Journal. She has also been featured in The Canadian Theatre Review and on the Moth Storytelling podcast. Falen has earned TV writing credits for Urban Native Girl (APTN) and was a researcher on Colonization Road (Frog Girl Films). She co-hosts the podcast The Secret Life of Canada with co-creator Leah-Simone Bowen.

Creative Team
Falen Johnson – Playwright & Director
Tamara Marie Kucheran – Set & Costume Designer
Alan Brodie – Lighting Designer
Malcolm Dow – Sound Designer
Jennifer Swan- Stage Manager
Sadie Fox – Assistant Stage Manager

Live & Outreach Events during Salt Baby

Saturday, April 14 at 11 am
Belfry Theatre, Studio A, 1291 Gladstone Avenue

Free Event. A live talk show hosted by CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie and featuring Falen Johnson (Playwright and Director) and Dakota Ray Hebert (Actor) from Salt Baby, along with experts from the community.

B4Play is streamed live on Facebook. Our podcast of B4Play is available at

Facilitated discussions – audience member to audience member – will follow every evening Mainstage performance of Salt Baby (except Opening Night and Talkback Thursday). These are a great opportunity to share your thoughts and hear fellow patrons’ reactions to the production and the ideas it presents.

Talkback Thursday
Thursday, April 26

Meet some of the actors post-performance when they return to the stage to answer questions and provide insight into the play.

VocalEye Performance
Sunday, May 6 at 2 pm

For our patrons with low or no vision, we offer this VocalEye performance during Salt Baby. Trained Audio Describers provide descriptions of the visual elements of the show, allowing people with low vision to enjoy the theatrical experience without missing any of the details.

Show Sponsors
Salt Baby is generously supported by TD Bank Group and 98.5 The Ocean.

Season Sponsors
The Belfry is generously supported by The Times Colonist and Helijet.

Public Funders
The Belfry is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Development and the City of Victoria.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Salt Baby range from $20 to $53 (plus GST). Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at Prices are subject to change.

Rush Tickets

For our weekday evening performances we offer a limited number of last minute rush tickets at a discount. Rush tickets are:

> available at the Box Office 30 minutes before each evening performance (Tuesday to Friday),

> in person only,

> subject to availability, and

> 40% off our regular Zone 2 (Yellow Section) and Zone 3 (Red Section) ticket prices.

Ticket Discounts
High School Students – 50%
University / College / Post Secondary Students – 25%
Seniors – 10%
Members of the Military – 25%
Groups (10 or more) – 10%

Performance Schedule (April 17 – May 13)
Tuesdays – Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Wednesday Matinees at 1 pm (April 25, May 2 and 9)
Saturday Matinees at 4 pm
Sunday Matinees at 2 pm


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The Clean House Opens at Langham Court Theatre: SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

“A gorgeous production… tart humour, theatrical audacity, emotional richness”

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Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival

Paper Street Theatre Improv FestivalPaper Street Theatre Improv Festival Showcasing Improv From Around The World

VICTORIA – Paper Street Theatre is known for innovative improvisation, and this year’s festival fills the stage with world-class performances from Seattle, Vancouver, Sweden and Finland.

“I think when people think about improv, they think about comedy. My mission has always been to get people to think beyond that,” said director Dave Morris. “This festival brings some of the most experimental improv in the world to Victoria. People are really going to see improv that feels like theatre.”

With two performances a night for five nights the festival is packed with creativity. Audiences can enjoy shows from 4and20 Improv from Seattle, GBG Impro from Sweden, Kaisa Kokko from Finland as well as Paper Street’s award-winning improv and performances from the Festival Ensemble. Plus, Paper Street’s famous Late Night Mash-Up shows!

Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival 

April 24-28 | Festival Pass $50

Intrepid Theatre, 1609 Blanshard

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Paper Street Theatre creates improvisation that feels like theatre. With seven seasons under its belt this award-winning company has tackled genres and styles from Lovecraft to Jane Austen to Quentin Tarantino and has toured across Canada and Europe.

Rite of Spring – Brel Songs – La Folia

 Rite of Spring - Brel Songs - La Folia
Rite of Spring - Brel Songs - La Folia

Director’s Choice: Rite of Spring – Brel Songs – La Folia,

Ballet Victoria presents Director’s Choice: Rite of Spring – Brel Songs – La Folia, will be performing at the Royal Theatre, M​arch 6 & 7 at 7​:30​ PM.

A premiere by Canadian choreographer Peter Quanz with “1490” to the Spanish music of “la Folia”. Bodies in motion like you have never seen before.

Check out more great upcoming performances with the Royal & McPherson Theatre Society

Destrooper’s “Belgian Songs” to the timeless songs of Jacques Brel explore facets of life, friendships, laughter, love, longing, and loss.

Destrooper’s Rite of Spring is a visceral and powerful interpretation of Stravinsky’s score that will elate your soul.

Rite of Spring – Brel Songs – La Folia
Royal Theatre
M​arch 6 & 7, 2018 | 7​:30​ PM
Tickets starting at $30.00*

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2018 SPARK Festival

2018 SPARK Festival

The 2018 SPARK opens March 8 with True Crime by Torquil Campbell (from Stars)

Spark FesitvalWednesday, February 14, 2018 — Victoria, BC…From March 8 to 25, 2018, the Belfry Theatre will present its annual SPARK Festival, highlighting some of the best new theatre in Canada. One of the ambitions of the SPARK Festival is to play with the notion of what theatre is, what it could be, and how it’s changing.

Highlights of this year’s festival include True Crime (performed by Campbell with live music by Julian Brown), the return of Daniel MacIvor with his piece, Who Killed Spalding Gray?, and Inuit actor and storyteller, Tiffany Ayalik in Café Daughter (based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck).

Iconic musician and provocateur Torquil Campbell was inspired by real life con-man Clark Rockefeller. Rockefeller, now serving a life sentence in California, duped hundreds into believing he was the scion of the wealthy clan, with cataclysmic consequences. Check out Vanity Fair’s The Man in the Rockefeller Suit for the full story.Torquil’s dogged investigation and impersonation challenges us to find the truth in True Crimeand confront our cultural addiction to a good story.

On March 12, at an undisclosed location, we invite the audience to be a part of an exhilarating choral adventure. Why We Are Here!, created by Brian Quirt and Martin Julien, is a unique and stand-alone experience that invites audience members to become a choir and sing in a site that they would not normally be able to sing in.

Why We Are Here! was a tremendous success at last year’s festival.

Daniel MacIvor has been called Canada’s Spalding Gray, so it’s especially intriguing to see one monologist take on another in Who Killed Spalding Gray? (March 13 – 17). Daniel has always pushed and reshaped the boundaries of a good story and to see him perform is a real treat.

Currently on tour in the UK, Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken will be performing their incredible show, Mouthpiece, at SPARK from March 13 – 17. Please note – advance sales for Mouthpiece are very strong and we expect the show to sell out prior to opening.

“…we were speechless. Mouthpiece touches on every part of the female experience from birth to death using dance, music, and wicked humour with just a bathtub for scenery. It’s impossible to describe and truly unforgettable.” Jodie Foster & Alexandra Hedison

On Sunday, March 18 we’ll host the New Play Cabaret featuring new work from UVic’s Creative Writing Department, read by UVic Theatre students.

Intrepid Theatre’s Sean Guist will direct a reading of Jordan Tannahill’s Sunday in Sodom on Monday, March 19. Both readings are free events.

In the third week of SPARK, high school students from the Belfry’s education outreach program, Belfry 101, will begin rehearsals with Dave Morris (Paper Street Theatre) and Erin Macklem, the Belfry’s Artistic Associate and Outreach Coordinator.

Canadian Inuit actor and storyteller, Tiffany Ayalik will arrive to perform Café Daughter (March 20 – 24), written by Kenneth T. Williams (adapted from his book). Based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck. Café Daughter is the powerful, funny and touching tale of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage.

That week (March 20 – 24) Calgary’s Ghost River Theatre offers up an unforgettable immersive audio experience created for a blindfolded audience.

That’s right – everyone in the audience will be given their own set of headphones and blindfolded to experience Tomorrow’s Child, adapted from Ray Bradbury’s short story by Eric Rose, Matthew Waddell and David van Belle. Like Mouthpiece, Tomorrow’s Child is almost sold out.

SPARK will close on March 25 with Belfry 101 Live – a show created by the students of Belfry 101 in response to the performances they’ve seen at the Belfry over the past seven months. Their remarkable take on the themes and stories they’ve witnessed is always eye-opening.

Scattered throughout SPARK will be a host of free events, including concerts, an all-ages dance party (Hootenanny on March 11), and the perennially popular mini plays – 10-minute plays performed throughout the building.

Torquil Campbell (Creator /performer of True Crime) and Lisa C. Ravensbergen (director of Café Daughter) will host professional development workshops on March 10 and March 24 respectively.

Tickets for SPARK are on sale now. For further information check out – our satellite site for the festival.

SPARK Sponsors
The 2018 SPARK Festival is generously supported by The Zone @91.3100.3 the QCaffe FantasticoCV TV (Culture Vulture TV) and the Government of Canada.

Season Sponsors
The Belfry is generously supported by The Times Colonist and Helijet.

Public Funders
The Belfry is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Development and the City of Victoria.


Ticket Information
Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at Prices are subject to change.

Ticket Discounts
High School Students – 50%
University / College / Post Secondary Students – 15%
Seniors – 15%
Members of the Military – 25%


SPARK Festival Schedule (March 8 – 25)

Thurs, March 087:30 pmTrue Crime
Fri, March 098:00 pmTrue Crime
Sat, March 10Call UsPD Workshop – Torquil Campbell
8:00 pmTrue Crime
Sun, March 114:00 pmHootenanny
Mon, March 127:00 pmWhy We Are Here!
Tues, March 137:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (P)
7:30 pmMouthpiece (P)
Wed, March 147:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (O)
7:30 pmMouthpiece (O)
Thurs, March 157:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray?
7:30 pmMouthpiece
Fri, March 167:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray?
8:00 pmMouthpiece
Sat, March 177:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (C)
8:00 pmMouthpiece (C)
Sun, March 187:00 pmNew Play Cabaret
Mon, March 197:30 pmSunday in Sodom by Jordan Tannahill
Tues, March 207:30 pmCafé Daughter (P)
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child (P)
Wed, March 217:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmCafé Daughter (O)
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child (O)
Thurs, March 227:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmCafé Daughter
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child
Fri, March 237:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmCafé Daughter
8:00 pmTomorrow’s Child
Sat, March 24Call UsPD Workshop – Lisa C. Ravensbergen
7:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmCafé Daughter (C)
8:00 pmTomorrow’s Child (C)
Sun, March 257:30 pmBelfry 101 Live!

Forget About Tomorrow at The Belfry

Forget About Tomorrow at The Belfry Theatre January 23

Forget About Tomorrow at the Belfry Theatre
Forget About Tomorrow at the Belfry Theatre

January 23— February 18, 2018 Forget About Tomorrow  at the Belfry Theatre: by Jill Daum with songs by John Mann Directed by Michael Shamata WORLD PREMIERE Can you re-imagine a lifetime together?

Forget About Tomorrow is a play about a family – a loving family in crisis. When Jane’s husband Tom begins having trouble remembering things, she enters a world of denial.

Forget About Tomorrow  – at times extremely funny and always deeply moving – is Jane’s long and reluctant journey to accepting her husband’s fate, and the new role that she is expected to play.

Cast & Artists

    • Jennifer Lines
    • Jane
    • Craig Erickson
    • Tom
    • Colleen Wheeler
    • Lori
    • Aren Okemaysim
    • Aaron
    • Aleita Northey
    • Wynn
    • Hrothgar Mathews
    • Wayne

Jill Daum Playwright
Michael Shamata Director
Pam Johnson Set & Costume Designer
Bryan Kenney Lighting Designer
Candelario Andrade Projection Designer
James Coomber Sound Designer
John Mann Songs
Caryn Fehr Stage Manager
Christopher Sibbald Assistant Stage Manager

Tickets range from $20-53 and are available at 250-385-6815 or


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