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Fresh Meat 4 – Week 2 Preview!

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2015 at 8:34 am

Halfway done, the fourth mighty FRESH MEAT DIY THEATRE FESTIVAL is going along as strong as ever, thanks to some awesome first weekend shows that I hope y’all were wise or lucky enough to see. I’m happy to report that Jesse Buck hit all my geeky clown expectations with his endlessly inventive MR.EFF, Canada voted for love after Norah Paton’s sly STEPHEN & ME, Mike and Joel made their own clowning debut with the delightful TRAIN COMPARTMENT, Resounding Scream brought awkward young role-playing romance to life with JOSEPH AND AMARISE, and Karen Balcome and Kara Nolte brought us all a little closer with the lovely be:see:together.  Plus the delightful living art exhibit from Van Go, and the endlessly flowing suds from Dominion City. But the Meat rolls on!  And it’s almost time for week two, and the wondrous things it will bring.  Starting with…

SLOW BURN from Leslie Cserepy and Chris Hannay

All photos by MJ Gervais!

All photos by MJ Gervais!

Frequent Experimental Farm Theatre cohorts Chris Hannay and Leslie Cserepy come together for a cool theatrical experiment…a 2-man improvised play that gets rewritten every time it’s performed.  As if you needed any more excuses to come back to Fresh Meat again and again…

PAN-DORA from Filament Theatre.

FM - EGElise Gauthier and Filament (responsible for the gorgeous L’ARAIGNEE at Ottawa Fringe) team with Alex Zabloski to bring this tale of the mythical Pandora (or maybe just a bag lady) using words, song and movement.  Elise and Alex are the bomb, and this will be one to remember.

MISE-EN-ABYME from Cart Before the Horse.

FM - MCThe unstoppable Megan Carty is back (she starred in last FM’s ME AND MY MONSTER, and about a dozen things in between), teaming with Martin Dawagne for this piece about the destructive cycles we find ourselves in, with a live musical score!

TOLERANCE or THUNK!theatre Explains why It Is Important to be Kind to Every Fucking Thing on this Planet from Thunk!Theatre.

FM - THUNKAfter the successes of past shows like BREAD at undercurrents and FAR & NEAR & HEAR at Fresh Meat (and then Undercurrents as well), Karen Balcome and Geoff McBride of Thunk! are back (with the great Gabbie Lazarovitz) to tell the story of the creation of the Universe…or maybe make the audience do it for them. Be ready to play for this one, gang. And last but not at all least…

ETHEL from Madeleine Hall.

FM - MH2My own co-star and co-creator from last year’s Fresh Meat show FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF DATING and Ottawa Fringe show HANNAH & GEORGE, Madeleine Hall is making her solo debut and hitting the FM stage with a personal story inspired by her Grandmother and directed by the wunnerful Jodi Morden. I’ve been hearing about this show for over a year now, and cannot wait to see how it has turned out. And hooray, we finally get to hear Madeleine speak in this one! 🙂

That’s it…five more unmissable shows from the most vital new theatre festival around. I’d better see you all there packing the joint…get the meat while it’s fresh!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)

FRESH MEAT 4 – Week One Preview!

In Theatre on October 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

It’s that time of year again…time for me to jump on the bandwagon, apparently, with a little preview for week one of the FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL (remember when I was one of the only ones talking about this? Now the Citizen is beating me to the punch, yeesh!) . Now kicking off its fourth iteration, and with local theatre rockstars Emily Carvell and Madeline Hall now calling the shots (with Mahalia Tahririha along as well) the little Festival that didn’t give a fuck is back and stronger than ever.

It's all fun, all the time at Fresh Meat HQ!

It’s all fun, all the time at Fresh Meat HQ! This and all other press photos by the wunnerful MJ Gervais!

Taking over Arts Court studio and with a stellar lineup of Ottawa talent ready to knock yer socks off. Here’s what you have to look forward to in the first weekend (the 15th to 17th):

STEPHEN AND ME from Egodeath

FM - NPBack for her third Fresh Meat in a row, Norah Paton hits the stage with this, hopefully the last we’ll hear about Stephen Harper for a long, long time (dear God, remember to vote this supervillain out of office next week, people!). The story of a young woman who has fallen madly in love with you-know-who from afar, created in association with Cory Thibert.

JOSEPH AND AMARISE from Resounding Scream Theatre.  Based on actual awkward-dating chat transcripts, and adapted for the stage by the awesome Catherine Ballachey, in a show that examines the clash of virtual and actual identity…or something even cooler than that.  Featuring local superstars Alain Chauvin, Danielle Savoie, and Jake William Smith!

MR.EFF from Jesse Buck.

FM - JBYeah, that’s right, I said JESSEBUCK!  Co-star of the recent Company of Fools/GCTC co-productions A MIDWINTERS DREAM TALE and POMMES AND RESTES: SHIPWRECKED, as well as his own one-man clown show BUBKUS (featured at the Gladstone ‘One Night Only’ series a while back) that has toured all over…this one promises to be world class, folks so do NOT miss out.

TRAIN COMPARTMENT from Disposable Theatre,

FM - MKJGYa know I love me some silliness on stage, and this show featuring Mike Kosowan and Joel Garrow (of GRIMprov fame) as two clowns escaping from a chain gang sounds like comedy gold waiting to happen. Directed by Adam Zimmerman.

be/see/together from Karen Balcome and Kara Nolte.


Because one show at Fresh Meat isn’t enough for her this year, Karen Balcome co-stars in one of two pieces at this year’s festival, alongside dance phenom Kara Nolte. I can vouch for Karen’s brilliance as a creator and performer, and Kara Nolte comes with international acclaim on her resume, so this will indeed be a show to remember.

fm41And that’s just the FIRST weekend!!  Also featuring a living art installation by Danica Olders and Laura Acosta, aka Van Go, on opening night.  Fresh Meat has risen to become one of the most vital and important theatre festivals around…trust me, you wanna be there to see what happens.  It’s gonna be plenty Fresh. Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)