Sell Fish Staged Reading


Sell Fish Team

I have to tell you all about something pretty amazing that Touchstone was involved in this summer. Since January 2009 we have been working with the English Theatre section of the National Arts Centre, helping to develop a play by one of their Playwrights in Residence, Joseph A. Dandurand. Joseph is out here on the Kwantlen First Nation, near Fort Langley. Working with the NAC’s dramaturg Paula Danckert his play Sell Fish went through several drafts, and the whole process culminated in a Staged Reading on August 28th 2009. The location was the fabulous Chapel Arts buidling in the heart of the downtown Eastside. Over 50 people came out to see a reading that featured eight amazing First Nations actors – a cross section which included some well established luminaries and some new up and comers. Marie Clements directed a beautifully nuanced evening and fine performances were delivered by all – Sam Bob, Lorne Cardinal, Kimberly Harvey, Maija Jakobs, Kevin Loring, Byron Chief-Moon, Stuart Pierre and Quelemia Sparrow. The play weaves a naturalistic storyline in with some of the traditional stories of the Kwantlen First Nation, as the sprit world and the human world work and play on each other. Thanks to everyone who was involved in or came out to see this pretty special event.

Katrina Dunn
Artistic Director

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