Emerging Voices

Emerging Voices is a series of staged readings of new Canadian plays by local and regional playwrights directed by Nicolle Nattrass. The series allows emerging writers to have their plays workshopped by professional artists in a day long workshop and performed in a staged reading before an audience, providing valuable feedback in the creative process.

Is That All There Is? by Cheryl Mullen (Vancouver BC)

January 14, 2020

The ‘Mother and Daughter Challenge’, a complex human relationship where the bond is so close, it may hurt.  Catherine doesn’t intend to change anything about her fiercely independent life but her aging and health issues make change impossible to deny.  Her only child Brenda and son-in-law Larry are forced into the mix.  Don’t under-estimate the influence of a little green parrot named Jo-Bird, Catherine’s live-in companion and the play’s muse.  Add the altered reality of Catherine’s tv schedule, ‘Is That All There Is’ poses tough questions we all must face as we consider our own mortality.

Radioland 48 by Kirsten Van Ritzen (Victoria BC)

February 11, 2020

It’s 1948 and a radio station is about to be closed forever. The four employees desperately try to save their beloved studio, as romance blossoms between two couples. This cheeky romp is an homage to screwball romantic comedies with a contemporary twist.

Stream by David Gow (Vancouver Island)

March 10, 2020

“Stream” is a new comedy by David Gow, set in the near future, in a world where it is no longer safe to go outside due to UV radiation gone off the charts. In this world, live stream entertainment connects actors and audience into an adrenal network, where the audience feels the rush of what is happening to the performers. This future form of entertainment also harkens back to Roman times, as the audience gets to vote on who stays on the show, who keeps their wealth, their life partner, and ultimately who lives and dies. Funny, frantic and frightening.

Thank you to series sponsor Williamson and Associates