Always … Patsy Cline

I went to the opening night of “Always…Patsy Cline” because I knew my friend had a good role in the show and I enjoy supporting the company First Impressions Theatre as they’re pretty special people. As the lights dimmed, I leaned over to my friend and whispered, “I hate country music”. He whispered back, “You’re in the wrong place”. I settled in, despite my attitude.

Well… that attitude… Continue reading “Always … Patsy Cline”

Colour in movement…

I’m excited. My director of my one woman show Dusty Shoes, Dean Fogal, is having an art show in Vancouver during the first weekend in May (see below).

Dean’s work is full of colour, movement, symbols and is obviously inspired by his skills as a physical theatre professional. Unusual is his medium of felt, paper, and paint. Dive down into caves, walk through forests, fly with birds, let go of expectations, float with landscapes, dance with myths, kiss in a rowboat, run from a bus, worship some shadows… These are just a few of the places you will go when strolling past pieces created by Dean.

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I would like to… Continue reading “Colour in movement…”

Soleful heeling and more…!

Can I tell you about a favourite place of mine? Okay… thanks!
I’ve just arrived home after a blissful couple of hours at Kalyana in Ambleside (West Vancouver). I’m deliciously relaxed and feeling a little more human than I did earlier today. I’ve been working on set in costumes for the last couple of days. It’s pretty physical and it didn’t help that I ran into a c stand at one point…ouch. (it’s not always quite the glamorous job everyone imagines)
A fantastic chair massage by … Continue reading “Soleful heeling and more…!”

RED….

Red.. the name of the play I saw a few days ago. Red… the colour of love, of anger, of strawberries, of blood, of carnations, of rosy cheeks, of cooked lobster, of cheeky lipstick, of eyes that have cried too much. The list goes on. Red.

Red by John Logan, produced by First Impressions Theatre of Deep Cove, directed by Jim Hebb and performed by Cameron McDonald (Mark Rothko) and Mike Bodzanowski (Ken), is brilliant. Thoughtfully written (I kept wanting to write down quotes in my dark theatre seat), this production takes the words off the page and splashes them around with no false notes. I want to go back.

I grew up with a painter….. Continue reading “RED….”

Creativity in a Canadian Election…. Our Voices

I’m not a “political” person.

That’s how I see myself.

But, what does that actually mean? Does it mean I don’t lie, speak bafflegab, do sly underhanded things to get what I want, manipulate polls, not think about the people I live with, not care for them, not listen, take advantage of the poor (especially if I have a good wage), complicate my issues so as to confuse people…. ? Oh.. I could go on and on and on and…. you get the picture.

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This Canadian election has provoked me. Continue reading “Creativity in a Canadian Election…. Our Voices”

Love and anger… both useful?

Today I awoke thinking about the state of my life. It’s pretty damn good on many fronts, and yet, this year has taken me down unfamiliar challenging roads and my mind has been wandering.

On May 10th, my father died in my arms. My best friend, my confident, my confidence builder, my poetic, brandy sharing spirit left me. On the recent night of… Continue reading “Love and anger… both useful?”

Western Canada….. finally

It’s my last day on the road. Last day traveling. By the time I reach Vancouver I will have driven at least 12,000 km.

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I’ve been very fortunate, thus far (still have to drive from Penticton to Vancouver today) with weather and nothing dramatic. Hope the trend continues for the day.

I have seen SO much terrain, beautiful show stopping, provocative scenery. I have been with so many types of families, homes, motels, and had such a variation of conversations along the way.

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I have a lot to think about. To process.

I am very thankful for this voyage.

But.

We still have some route to do so BUCKLE up and one more final route.

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