Emerging Voices, TheatreOne’s exciting series of staged readings, features new, never-before-performed plays by local and regional playwrights. Each of the three scripts selected annually is workshopped by professional actors with the support of local playwright and dramaturge Nicolle Nattrass and then presented to the public in a reading that same evening.

Emerging Voices is a hidden gem, winning plaudits from enthusiastic audiences and providing emerging writers an exceptional opportunity to see their play workshopped and then performed for the first time in public, receiving invaluable feedback from actors, dramaturge and audience members alike.

We are already in the process of soliciting scripts for our 2021 series, which will take place at the Port Theatre from January through March of next year.

For an idea of what last year’s offerings looked like, see below.

Emerging Voices 2019-20

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

January 14, 2020 – The Port Theatre Lobby – 7:30 PM

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 – The Port Theatre Lobby – 7:30 PM

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 – The Port Theatre Lobby – 7:30 PM

“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