Farmgate Theatre fare

A bounty of arts and entertainment in August

Embrace by Julea Boswell

PEI’s Farmgate Theatre is busy this month, presenting The Gathering, an outdoor multi-disciplinary event at Finally Farm in Bonshaw, and producing The Good Time Radio Variety Show in collaboration with Victoria Playhouse in Victoria-by-the-Sea.

After the successful immersive theatre show The Road to Belong in 2021, Farmgate is once again offering an outdoor theatrical adventure at Finally Farm in Bonshaw. “This year’s event leans more toward a family-fun day on the farm,” says Karen Graves, co-producer at Farmgate Theatre and artistic director of The Gathering, which takes place in the afternoon on August 19 (raindate August 20).

Farmgate will welcome their first artist in residence this summer, performer Annie Lockerbie Newton, who will be featured in the August show. A recent graduate of esteemed school, École Internationale Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Annie will be creating an original piece based in clown and physical theatre, directed by Charlotte Gowdy.

Other highlights for this event include Julie Pellissier-Lush and Joseph Beeley, who will lead a poetic forest walk; a live concert of Bhakti song around the campfire, led by well-known Canadian theatre actor and musician Eliza-Jane Scott; and the PEI debut of Julea Boswell’s colourful, mood-boosting and touchable visual art project, Painted Dances. There will also be a walk through a large scale labyrinth in the field, a recess snack, and time to socialize around the fire and meet the artists. Tickets are available at farmgatetheatre.ca.

Farmgate continues its collaboration with Victoria Playhouse on The Good Time Radio Variety Show, created by Cameron McDuffee and Julain Molnar.

“We had a lot of fun with this show at the Playhouse in 2021—the crowds loved it,” says MacDuffee. “So when the Playhouse’s new artistic director, Johanna Nutter, approached us about doing an updated version of it for their 2023 season, we jumped on it!”

Molnar adds, “It’s a whole new show with new music, new hilarious comedy sketches and a new thrilling ghost story. It’s also more of a play this time out, with an overarching story about the radio station and the personalities who are performing the show.”

Nutter worked with Molnar and MacDuffee, acting as dramaturg for their new script. “It’s been a wonderful process watching the two of them find the purpose of the show.”

The Good Time Radio Variety Show is playing at Victoria Playhouse from August 2–27. Tickets are available at victoriaplayhouse.com.