Reviews are in for The Fighting Season…and they are Great!

Reviews are in for The Fighting Season…and they are Great!

Photo by Javier R. Sotres

Last Wednesday we opened The Fighting Season, our first show of 2017, and the winner of the 2015 Cultchivating the Fringe Award. What a way to start!  We are SO happy with the response it has been getting.

The Fighting Season is a deeply poignant play that delves into the heart of the Afghan war through the perspective of three Canadian medical personnel. The play examines the experiences of an OR surgeon, a medic, and a nurse as they deal with their experiences in Afghanistan. The Fighting Season addresses three of the many ways people deal with PTSD, and is partially based on the experiences of local playwright Sean Harris Oliver’s father who was an OR surgeon  in Afghanistan.

The reviews are unanimous, The Fighting Season is not to miss!

“Theatrical make-believe has rarely felt more VISCERAL.” – Jerry Wasserman, The Vancouver Sun

“The performances under the direction of Evan Frayne are uniformly TERRIFIC.”- Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

“The play feels excruciatingly real and scrupulously HONEST…it’s a powerful piece of theatre made even more potent by three SUPERB performances.” – Jo Ledingham,

“Visceral and MOVING, The Fighting Season shines as a FASCINATING study of war medics.” – Lauren Chancellor, TheReviewweekly

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The Fighting Season is selling fast! Don’t miss it, get your tickets.

The Fighting Season runs until Jan 21, 2016 in the Vancity Culture Lab. Tickets are $35. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363

Announcing the 2014 Cultchivating The Fringe Award Winner!

We are happy to announce the winner of our Cultchivating the Fringe award for 2014! Dirty Old Woman Artists Collective presents Dirty Old Woman, a new play by Loretta Seto, directed by Lynna Goldhar Smith.  Dirty Old Woman will be presented here at The Cultch next season starring Jessie Award-winning actors Susinn McFarlen (August: Osage County), Robert Salvador (Espresso), Emmelia Gordon (Dissolve), and Alison Kelly (Mom’s the Word). The award was curated this year by Cindy Reid (Managing Director of The Cultch) and Zoe Forsyth ( The Cultch Concierge).

After her divorce, Nina, a 50-something-year old, decides to venture back into the world of romance. But when she meets Gerry, 20 years her junior, the sparks fly in more ways than one. Judgments, double standards, and comedy ensue, as Nina tries to navigate the dangerous world of dating a younger man.

“Dirty Old Woman has it all; great script, talented local creative team, strong female lead and much more. It is an honest performance that deals with more than just lust. This show has tons of potential and I can’t wait to see how it evolves for next year” Cindy ReidManaging Director of The Cultch

“…The cast was amazing; they allowed the script to be a star, pacing was excellent and it was entertaining! But it made me look at myself and how I judge others; how I let other peoples possible opinions of disapproval affect my decisions and how I can still be an astronaut if I want to, maybe even a dirty one” – Zoe Forsyth, The Cultch Concierge

And here’s what Loretta Seto had to say about winning the award:

“Winning the Cultchivating the Fringe Award was such an unexpected and wonderful surprise–when I first embarked on getting Dirty Old Woman up on stage for the Fringe Festival, I had no idea that it would become such a popular show, even though I knew that we had a dream cast of Susinn McFarlen, Robert Salvador, Emmelia Gordon, and Alison Kelly. Then when we sold out our entire run at the Fringe, I thought it couldn’t get any better. So when it was announced that we’d been awarded the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, I literally felt my jaw drop–it was a shock and a thrill all at the same time! I feel incredibly lucky to have had such a strong team to help make Dirty Old Woman happen at the Fringe, and I am so grateful to now have this opportunity to develop and expand the play, and have it run as part of the Cultch’s next season.”

When book clubs and gardening won’t cut it, make sure you catch this wickedly funny production next season at The Cultch. Dirty Old Woman was also selected as a Pick of the Fringe Winner and will be playing Sept 19 at 9pm at Performance Works.

Announcing: ‘The Underbelly’ cocktail!

We are delighted to present our new cocktail! Underbelly started this week and we decided we needed to celebrate by creating a unique drink: ‘The Underbelly’ cocktail!
Maureen Fleming, our Business Development Consultant and friend, used the inspiration of The Beats to make this delicious drink!

The drink is composed of:
– 1/2 ounce vodka
– 1/2 ounce tequila
– 1 ounce triple sec
– splash of coke and squeeze of lime – served in a martini glass with a wedge of lime

“This drink is based on the drinking patterns and favourites of Burroughs -actually all the Beat poets favoured red wine the most – but when they deviated, they deviated hard. When Burroughs was in Mexico and Texas he was a big tequila drinker – later in life he switched to vodka and coke as soon as it was 6 pm.  So we have married his favourites into the Underbelly.” – Maureen Fleming, Business Development Consultant

This drink will be available at the bar at The Cultch until the last performance of Underbelly for the price of $9!
Come try it before you see the show!

Underbelly runs at The Cultch until March 30, 2014 at 8 pm in the Vancity Culture Lab. All tickets are just $31 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 604. 251. 1363 or online.