Opening Night Photos of Blackbird Theatre’s All That Fall!

The Canadian premiere of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall opened last week at the Historic Theatre! The entertaining, existential masterpiece has captivated audiences and critics alike, who are asking for more.

This is what some of the critics are saying:
“A masterpiece…might contain the funniest existential despair you’ll ever experience”
Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

“A perfect, polished jewel of a play…I wished it would never end” – Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

“For lovers of language though this is another exquisite theatrical treat from Blackbird Theatre…lean back and be engulfed in the lavishness of its interchange” – David C. Jones, Vancouver Presents

“Beautifully crafted performances” – Jerry Wasserman, Vancouverplays

“The play’s dark humour and Mrs. Rooney’s bleak outlook is what makes this classic both entertaining and profound” – Tessa Perkins, The Peak

Make sure you get your tickets to see this funny and intoxicating production before it’s too late!

Here are some photos from our opening night on December 30. All photos were taken by one of our fantastic volunteer photographers, Wendy D.

The audience eagerly awaits the start of the performance!

The audience eagerly awaits the start of the performance!

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A patron speaking with Graham and Paddy Macleod (Blackbird Theatre General Manager)

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Some of our guests enjoying the reception

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Jenn McGinn in a discussion about the show

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Two patrons being entertained by Paddy Macleod (Blackbird Theatre General Manager)

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A couple of guests enjoying the reception

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Sandra Wright, Jenn Graham (Head FOH Manager at the Cultch), John Wright (Blackbird Theatre Artistic Director) and Graham Macleod

 

All That Fall runs until January 24 at the Historic Theatre. Tickets start from $19 and are available on our website or by calling the box office at 604-251-1363.

Opening Night Photos from Broken Sex Doll!

Broken Sex Doll opened last week at the York Theatre! This must-see, sci-fi musical sex comedy will be running until Saturday, November 22 and has been a hit with critics and fans alike (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEWS). Don’t miss your chance to catch this hilarious production before it heads out on tour again.

Here are some photos from our opening night (taken by one of our volunteer photographers, Wendy D) on November 12. A big congratulations to The Virtual Stage’s whole team!

The crowd gathers anxiously for the opening night show!

The crowd gathers anxiously for the opening night show!

The cast take a musical bow, concluding the performance.

The cast take a musical bow, concluding the performance

Some excited patrons at the reception

Some excited patrons at the reception

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A group of guests wait for the opening night reception to begin

Vanessa Goodman (Contingency Plan Dance Collective) and Jeff Harrison (Lighting Designer for Broken Sex Doll)

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Some young patrons at the reception

Borja Brown (Production Manager at The Cultch) and Andy Thompson (Writer and Director of Broken Sex Doll)

Borja Brown (Production Manager at The Cultch) and Andy Thompson (Writer and Director of Broken Sex Doll)

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Greg Armstrong-Morris with some friends

Cindy Reid (Managing Director at The Cultch) and Andy Thompson (Writer and Director of Broken Sex Doll)

Cindy Reid (Managing Director at The Cultch) and Andy Thompson (Writer and Director of Broken Sex Doll)

Heather Redfern, Cindy Reid and Andy Thompson

Marina Szijarto, Heather Redfern, Cindy Reid, and Andy Thompson

Borja Brown (Production Manager at The Cultch) and Kris Boyd (Technical Director at The Cultch)

Borja Brown (Production Manager at The Cultch) and Kris Boyd (Technical Director at The Cultch)

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One of our lovely volunteers, Jenn McKeown with Lindsey Shepek and Neezar (The King in Broken Sex Doll)

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Heather Redfern and Harm Woldring

 

Broken Sex Doll runs until November 22 at the York Theatre. Tickets from $19 and are available on our website or by calling the box office at 604.251.1363.

Partnering with Merchant’s Oyster Bar!

At The Cultch our aim is to offer our public the best theatrical experience possible.

Our catering partner, Merchant’s Oyster Bar, helps us transform show openings into unique evenings. The chef delights our taste buds with delicious canapés and fresh oysters. Francis Regio, the owner of Merchant’s Oyster Bar, shared with us his thoughts on his restaurant, his inspirations and why this partnership is important to him.

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Francis Regio and a guest at Merchant’s Oyster Bar

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 Could you tell us about Merchant’s Oyster Bar?

Merchants is a local neighbourhood restaurant that is dedicated to sourcing and serving local, organic, and sustainable ingredients and products. Our menu changes almost daily focusing on what is available seasonally. Our tasting menu can allow one to sample  what we our most proud of but our small plates menu and oyster bar gives flexibility to those looking to dabble in their hearts’ desires.

As The Cultch’s catering partner, is supporting the arts important to you?

Supporting the arts is definitely important to us, as is supporting our neighborhood. The surrounding businesses, as a whole, stand together creating a unique team that supports each other.

How did this process take shape?

We have always believed in what The Cultch sets out to do. Upon taking the location on the ‘Drive’, we found it mutually beneficial to partner with them to again better the neighbourhood. We see food as playful and artistic as well, so marrying with The Cultch was a no brainer!

What inspires the chef when he prepares canapés  for opening nights? 

Our chef looks to present canapés that can represent what we do in the restaurant. A small taste of what we can do…literally!

You give priority to using local products in your restaurant. Is being involved in the local community one of your goals?

As mentioned above, the local community is near and dear to our hearts. Products and ingredients combine with our partnerships and relationships beautifully. We could never have gotten to where we are now without the love and support of the community.

Merchant’s Oyster Bar is located at 1590 Commercial Drive. As part of our Cultch Preferred Restaurant Program, if you show your same day ticket stub you receive 15% off your total food bill. Or join us for an opening night reception and enjoy an evening to remember.

Past Month In Photos: Fall Fun!

It’s been a busy October at The Cultch! Here is a snapshot of what we’ve been up to with our annual Square Dance, Music Creates Opportunity, The Four Horsemen Project and Take Your Kid to Work Day!

Astarte, and Martha greeting people at our 6th Annual Community Square Dance.

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Caitrin Innis (Development Coordinator) and Heather Redfern (Executive Director) share a funny joke.

Group shot of the dancing fun!

Let the dancing begin! Great turn out this year, the floor was packed by the end of the night.

Local string band Shout! White Dragon and caller Paul Silveria

Local string band Shout! White Dragon and caller Paul Silveria

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Telus Community Grant being presented to some of the youth from the Julius Caesar Project, William, Michelle, and Madi

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Rudi Leivik and her lovely daughter striking a pose.

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Some great young patrons in the C-Lab at the Square Dance.

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Yves Soglo, Technical Director and Videographer for Bboyizm at the opening night reception for Music Creates Opportunity

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A member of Bboyizm with some young fans at the opening night reception of Music Creates Opportunity

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Crazy Smooth, Artistic Director and Choreographer for Bboyizm, poses with some young patrons after opening night.

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Cindy Reid (Managing Director) and Zoe Forsyth (Cultch Concierge) following the opening night of Music Creates Opportunity

Heather Redfern with Crazy Smooth and Kath

Heather Redfern (Executive Director) with Crazy Smooth (Bboyizm) and Kath Bourchier (Cultch Board Member)

Group shot of Bboyizm with many Cultch employees

Group shot of Bboyizm with many Cultch employees and friends

Maureen Fleming and Len Gardiner

Maureen Fleming and Len Gardiner at the Opening Night Reception of The Four Horsemen Project

Our lovely interns, Maude Snyers and Teresa Nelson

Our lovely interns, Maude Snyers and Teresa Nelson, helping out at the reception

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Annalies Camfferman, Bob McCammon, and guest

Cast of the Four Horsemen Project with some opening night patrons and Heather Redfern.

Cast of The Four Horsemen Project with some opening night patrons and Heather Redfern.

Zoe Forsyth gets interviewed by Wuqi Li for Take Your Kids to Work Day.

Zoe Forsyth (Cultch Concierge) getting interviewed by Wuqi Li for Take Your Kid to Work Day.

Hope you enjoyed some of those! Feel free to check out more photos on our Flickr page and stay tuned for more fun next month!

The Daisy Theatre Opening Night Photos!

On Sept 23 we kicked off our 2014/2015 season with Ronnie Burkett’s rollicking performance of The Daisy Theatre. The lounge was just buzzing with excitement prior to the show and it’s clear that that buzz will continue for the rest of the run.

“The Daisy Theatre is one of the best shows you’ll ever see. What are you waiting for? Pick up the phone” – Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

Here are some of our opening night photos (taken by one of our volunteer photographers, Edward Juo). A big congrats to Ronnie and his team.

The Wine Guy with our lovely interns, Maude, Teresa and Alex

Paul Martin with our lovely interns, Maude, Teresa, and Alex

Alex Hung and Annalies Camfferman

Alex Hung and Annalies Camfferman

Rich and Sue Baerg

Rich and Sue Baerg

Cindy Reid, Garnet Nelson, and Phillip Waddell

Cindy Reid, Garnet Nelson, and Phillip Waddell

Heather Redfern and Ken Gracie

Heather Redfern and Ken Gracie

Tara Travis and Dusty

Tara Travis and Dusty Hagerud giving the keynote speech

Frank Costanzo

Frank Costanzo

Garnet Nelson, Lydia Lovison, Lucy Komori, and Kath Bourchier

Garnet Nelson, Lydia Lovison, Lucy Komori, and Kath Bourchier

Dusty Heather Redfern, Ronnie Burkett

Dusty Hagerud, Ronnie Burkett, and Heather Redfern

Tara Travis, Dusty, Ronnie Burkett, Heather Redfern and Evalyn Parry

Tara Travis, Dusty Hagerud, Ronnie Burkett, Heather Redfern and Evalyn Parry


The Daisy Theatre runs September 23 – October 12. Tickets are selling out fast! Tickets are available Online or through the box office at 604.251.1363. Tickets from $19!





Watching Glory Die opening night photos!

Last Tuesday we were proud to host the long awaited world premiere of Watching Glory Die by Canadian Rep Theatre (Toronto). Patrons didn’t take long to voice their opinion about this intense production, describing it as “evocative and poetic” and “painful, uncomfortable and beautiful”.

We hope you enjoy our opening night photos below and a big congratulations to the crew of Watching Glory Die (Photos by roaming-the-planet).

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The crowd gathering to enter the theatre

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Judith Thompson talking to some of the patrons

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Ellie O’Day chatting with Lois Dawson and her friend Alisa Lokshin

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Playwright, Trina Davies and Sean Tyson

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Andre du toit, Lighting Designer and Ellie O’Day, Publicist

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Katherine Carol

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Watching Glory Die runs until May 3, 2014  at the Historic Theatre. Tickets starts at $18 and can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 604. 251. 1363.

Mies Julie opening night photos!

Last week we were proud to host the long awaited Canadian premiere of Mies Julie by Baxter Theatre Centre (South Africa). Critics and patrons didn’t take long to voice their opinion about this scintillating production. The Georgia Straight wrote that “it is impossible to take your eyes off Mies Julie” and Jo Ledingham said that “it is not to be missed”!

We hope you enjoy our opening night photos below (taken by one of our wonderful volunteers, Nena Pierre) and a big congratulations to the cast, crew, and artistic team of Mies Julie.

Maureen Flemming, our Business Development Consultant with Nicole McLuckie, our Director of Patron Development, welcoming the guests

Maureen Fleming, our Business Development Consultant with Nicole McLuckie, our Director of Patron Development, welcoming the guests

Emily Stuible with her friend Emma Wolchok

Emily Stuible with her friend Emma Wolchok

Our guest speaker David Chudnovsky with Heather Redfern, Executive Director of The Cultch and Jenn Graham, Head Front of House and Volunteer Coordinator

Our guest speaker David Chudnovsky with Heather Redfern, Executive Director of The Cultch and Jenn Graham, Head Front of House and Volunteer Coordinator

Borja Brown, our Production Manager with Nosipho Bophela, Stage Manager for 'Mies Julie'

Borja Brown, our Production Manager with Nosipho Bophela, Stage Manager for Mies Julie

Marianne Landers, Frank Constanzo, Annalies Camfferman and Dyane Lynch

Marianne Landers, Frank Costanzo, Annalies Camfferman, and Dyane Lynch

Zoleka Helesi, playing Christine, with Bongile Mantsai, playing John

Zoleka Helesi, playing Christine, with Bongile Mantsai, playing John

Mark Leiren-Young with Donna Wong Juliani

Mark Leiren-Young with Donna Wong Juliani

One of our volunteers, Bob Nath, with Hilda Cronje, playing Julie

One of our volunteers, Bob Nath, with Hilda Cronje, playing Julie

Mies Julie runs until April 19, 2014  at the Historic Theatre. Tickets starts at $31 and can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 604. 251. 1363.