Performance meets pub-crawl - Sep. 30 & Oct. 1, 7PM - Kingston WritersFest 2016
Bricks and Mortar:
Novel Idea Bookstore – 156 Princess St., Kingston ON
General Brock’s Commissary – 86 Brock St., Kingston ON
Kingston & Frontenac Public Library – http://www.kfpl.ca/catalogue/record/1.416890
By Peter Hendra From The Kingston Whig-Standard
If you’re out for a quiet drink next week, don’t be surprised if you run into a larger and louder group than usual in the pub.
Bottle and Glass, an immersive play about Kingston’s drinking establishments circa 1814, debuts this week as part of Kingston WritersFest and will see a 25-member audience trailing behind a group of actors as they embark on a pub crawl.
The play is based on the book of the same name by local author Morgan Wade, who launched his book during last year’s WritersFest. During that event, Theatre Kingston artistic producer Brett Christopher, who had read it in advance, staged a scene at the launch at the Queen’s Inn, where it took place, and was happy with the response from those in attendance.
So he asked Wade to adapt the book for the stage, er, pub, while he took on the director’s role.
Theatre Kingston staged a two-actor adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at the Frontenac Inn last year, and it proved to be a hit, selling out almost immediately (the four shows this week also sold out quickly). If that wasn’t enough, the site-specific productions at this summer’s Kick & Push Festival also proved popular.
Directing this type of play was a new experience for the seasoned Christopher, who brought in Liam Kerry of Single Thread Theatre Company, whose specialty is site-specific plays, as associate director.
“There’s a completely different level of intimacy to the performance,” he said. “When you’re arm’s length away, the performances are much more naturalistic. They require people to be constantly in character. And there’s no offstage.”
While this week’s “proof of concept” performances are sold out, fret not: Christopher said it may return soon enough.
“Theoretically, if it’s really successful, I wouldn’t be surprised if it shows its face at Kick & Push 2017,” he said.
We’ve been talking about it for years now, before the novel was even published, and now it is really going to happen!
Bottle and Glass has been adapted to a site-specific play, taking place in the streets, pubs, and taverns of downtown Kingston during WritersFest 2016. Here is the notice:
Performance meets pub-crawl in this incredible theatrical adaptation of local author Morgan Wade‘s historical fiction Bottle & Glass. Follow the fortunes of Jeremy Castor and his cousin, Merit Davey, two young men snatched from the Cornish coast by the Royal Navy in the summer of 1813. They’ve arrived in Kingston, a town tense with the fear and deprivation of war. Paid, pent, and thirsty, their first riotous night ashore is spent at a tavern, the novel’s namesake, Violin, Bottle, and Glass. Audience members will pursue the story through the streets and pubs of Kingston, drinking along with the characters and experiencing the city’s history like never before.
Adaptation by Morgan Wade/Direction by Brett Christopher & Liam Karry
a Theatre Kingston production/a co-presentation of Kingston WritersFest and Theatre Kingston
I’m honoured to be reading from Bottle and Glass at the 2016 Kingston WritersFest as part of the Hometown Heroes event, along with Kirsteen MacLeod and Julie Salverson. Our event takes place on Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 4:30PM. Here is the WritersFest notice:
Celebrate the recent achievements of local writers Kirsteen MacLeod (The Animal Game), Julie Salverson (Lines of Flight: An Atomic Memoir), and Morgan Wade (Bottle and Glass) as they break onto the scene as published authors. Each author will read from their work, and then join Mark Sinnett (The Carnivore), himself a local author though one with more experience in the world of publishing, for a light-hearted chat about the books, and about the accumulated blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into their work. Learn what obstacles they overcame, and what inspired them to keep going through to publication.
Congratulations to Chris Barclay, of Burlington ON and Noémie Jean of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC. You have each won a copy of Bottle and Glass through the Goodreads Giveaway! Your copies are already in the mail – I hope you enjoy the story. Thanks to you and everyone who entered. All the best in 2016!Read More