Every time you walk into the theatre, you are entering into a creative collaboration, regardless of what side of the curtain you’re on. But when a play is in a state of development, the audience’s collaboration is crucial!
The Carol Shields Festival invites you to actively participate in the development of new Canadian plays. While the festival gives playwrights the opportunity to try out their work with a real audience, it cracks open the playwriting process, giving audiences the chance to get in there and muck around.
Not only do you get to follow the journey a play takes from the seeds of an idea to a fully fleshed-out performance, but you also get to speak your mind directly to the playwright. The post-performance "talk back", conducted after every reading is where the collaborative rubber hits the road.
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