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Monday, May 21st, 2018
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Nanaimo Theatre Group hosts 2018 Theatre BC North Island Zone Festival Come PLAY with us! Save 20% when you book all five shows! Limited seating! Nanaimo Theatre Group is the host venue for the 2018 Theatre BC North Island Zone Festival. This is an annual event that brings together community theatre groups from the north island zone to not only compete against one another but to offer support, camaraderie and cheer one another on. Each night from May 21 through 25, there will be a different local theatre company presenting their show competing for the chance to represent the zone at Theatre BC’s annual Mainstage Festival to be held in Vernon in July.

This exciting event will offer five plays in five days from five different companies, all at the Bailey Studio. A feast of theatrical talent with the bonus of expert commentary.

Adjudicator Katrina Dunn was the artistic director of Touchstone Theatre for two decades, directed at Bard on the Beach and The Arts Club Theatre. She has worked with most of Canada’s major playwrights and most of Vancouver’s noted actors and designers. She has taught acting and theatre skills at Studio 58 and UBC.

The host theatre company traditionally performs first, so Nanaimo Theatre Group kicks off the week on May 21 with their production of Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire set in Southie, a Boston neighbourhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month paycheque covers last month’s bills and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start.

Tuesday, May 22 with Courtenay Little Theatre it’s Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones where thirty-five year old Felix Humble is a Cambridge astrophysicist in search of a unified field theory. Following the sudden death of his father, Felix returns to his middle England home and his difficult and demanding mother, where he soon realizes that his search for unity must include his own chaotic home life.

On Wednesday, May 23 Port Alberni’s Portal Players presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by Adam Long. Can three guys really cover thirty-seven Shakespeare plays in less than two hours?

Thursday, May 24 offers a performance by River City Players from Campbell River. 84, Charing Cross Road is a dramatization of business letters between a young struggling writer in New York and an antiquarian book store owner in London.

For Friday, May 25, Echo Players from Qualicum Beach presents Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories which deals with the conflict between an established artist and the adulatory fan who becomes a protégé, disciple, colleague and friend, and finally, threatening rival.

Such variety provides a challenge for the adjudicator. After each performance she will talk to the audience, providing a brief perspective on the evening’s entry.

The following morning for two hours the cast and crew, plus any member of Theatre BC, meet with the adjudicator for what is nicknamed the Coffee Critique.

There is coffee and there is certainly critique.

Each company is anxious to hear the adjudicator’s more private comments. These are generally given with a gentle touch indicating where the production could have been stronger, and what directors and actors may want to change. But there are always positive notes as well, which is both a reward and a relief for all concerned.

Single Tickets are $20. The 3 show package is $54 (10% discount) and the 5 show package is $80 (20% discount). Tickets and more information are available at or by calling 250-758-7224.

For information about Theatre BC, Mainstage, and other zones around the province, see


Cost: Adult: $20
Category: Arts | Entertainment
Location: Bailey Studio
2373 Rosstown Rd., Nanaimo
This event is for Adults
More Info: Sue Gueulette
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