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Legoland and Never Swim Alone

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2022
Evenings 8 pm Sunday Matinees 2 pm

If you were lucky enough to see RIDE THE CYCLONE, when it was staged at the VIU theatre a few years ago before it made its Broadway debut, you will have some idea of the contemporary-vaudevillian, neo-absurdist script that Victoria based Jacob Richmond has penned. LEGOLAND tells the story of 16-year-old Penny Lamb, portrayed by Tasha Ballantyne, last seen on stage in Dragons in the 2021 production of TALKING WITH; and her 13-year-old brother, Ezra, played by Zane Downey, who was the energetic dancing Mouse in NTG’s CINDERELLA. For convoluted and hilarious reasons, the Lamb siblings have been sentenced to community service, part of which is to present the story of their background and crimes to serve as a warning to the audience assembled before them. Using slides, puppets, ukuleles, song and dance, they tell the strange tale of how two innocents came to confront a world entirely new to them. This darkly funny and wildly inventive coming-of-age tale was described by the Calgary Sun as “high energy and high spirits, a kind of calculated, choreographed chaos…(a) 60-minute roller coaster ride, … and it’s definitely worth buckling in for the ride.”

Daniel McIvor’s NEVER SWIM ALONE is a satirical, often funny, but ultimately tragic story about two egotistical men locked in a ruthless competition of one-upmanship for seemingly no reason. Tasha Ballantyne is the referee who judges a stylized 13-round match between Frank, portrayed by Aidan Heaman, and Bill, played by Jim Maher, both newcomers to NTG. In the beginning, the contests are low key and seemingly unimportant – who is the tallest, who falls dead the best. But as the play progresses, the stakes are raised, anger grows, and the competition turns very nasty. “If you let it, compassion will kill desire. Especially the desire to be first. And being first, my friends, is the point.” NEVER SWIM ALONE is a haunting look into egotism and how trauma shapes who we are.

The plays are meant for mature audiences and include some violence, and crude and offensive language.

Cost: General: $24
Category: Arts | Entertainment
Location: Bailey Studio
2373 Rosstown Rd., Nanaimo
This event is for Adults, Teens, Seniors, Singles, Student / College
More Info: Joan Roszmann
[email protected]
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