In the Wake of the Tale is the fourth edition of The River Clyde Pageant, the annual outdoor spectacle on land and water in New Glasgow. The River Clyde Pageant is created and performed by local community members and artists from PEI, Canada and the United States, with five public performances on July 27 to 28 and August 2 to 4. Each show concludes with a meal for audience and performers, in a field overlooking the River Clyde.
Inspired by the work of Mary Oliver, Mi’kmaq creation stories and the natural environment, the Pageant encourages audiences to pay attention to all that surrounds them, a first step in learning to observe and protect the natural world. Actors and musicians of all ages, alongside stilt-walkers, dancers, giant puppets, lanterns and watercraft will bring a new story to life in the fields of New Glasgow’s Little Victory Microfarms.
People interested in costume making, puppet building and outdoor scenography can participate in workshops, sewing bees and building sessions in New Glasgow. There are volunteer roles for paddlers and puppeteers during the performances. Volunteers who are interested in taking part should contact the Pageant by email: riverclydepageant@ gmail.com or sign up at riverclydepageant.com/contact.
Tickets for In the Wake of the Tale go on sale July 4. Tickets are admission by donation and must be booked in advance, online. River Clyde Pageant is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Canada, and Innovation PEI.
Workshop in Scenic Design
Shaping a Stage from Water and Earth, with artist and scenic designer Ian McFarlane, runs Saturday afternoons June 29–July 20. Workshops take place in New Glasgow, at Little Victory Microfarms when outdoors, and in the New Glasgow Christian Church. No experience necessary. Ages 12 and up. Register: riverclydepageant.com/get-involved.
Puppetry & Woodworking Workshop
Puppeteer Ian McFarlane will facilitate an exploration, Consider the Fragment of Driftwood, in a puppet tradition—the marionette—working with driftwood. Workshop runs on Wednesdays from 5-7 pm, June 26–July 17. All ages welcome, no experience necessary. Workshops take place at the Little Victory Microfarms. Register: riverclydepageant.com/get-involved
Dancing with the River
Join theatre artist Joanna Caplan in an exploration of movement, imagination and environment. No experience is necessary. All are welcome. Workshops run Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings, June 30–July 18 indoors and outdoors in New Glasgow. Register: riverclydepageant.com/get-involved
Call for Paddlers
River Clyde Pageant seeks volunteer paddlers. A fleet of kayaks and canoes, affixed with lightweight lanterns, will move in formation on the river during the show’s finale. Paddlers will attend 1-2 rehearsals and can choose to participate in one or both weekends of the Pageant. Paddlers may provide their own kayak or canoe, or use one provided by the Pageant. To be involved email firstname.lastname@example.org.