The Show Will Go On

Last night was a fabulous opening to the PuSh Festival. In the brand new theatre at the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts at Woodwards – a stunning 400 seat theatre – everyone was there, excited, not only about the opening of PuSh and the theatre, but also about this crazy time we’re entering. Regardless of what you think about the big O its undeniable that there are some good opportunities to take in great art coming up. PuSh’s first offering – The Show Must Go On – juxtaposes the sentimental pull of pop songs with a crew of 21 volunteer performers toying with our ideas of performance through the entire evening. I can see how the show would shift radically with different audiences, but last night’s crowd of luminaries from many disciplines was giddy with delight at the evening’s exploration. It was a great affirmation of the surge of energy and creativity surging through this community despite the funding crisis and the lack of support from some government that we now find ourselves facing. I woke up from this rich feast to find that one of Touchstone’s offerings last season – Hannah Moscovitch’s East of Berlin – has been shortlisted for the Helen Smith Blackburn Prize (a single award given to a female playwright writing in English). Kudos to Hannah! Let’s hope she wins.

Katrina Dunn

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