New Dramatic Arts Program for Youth in Kingston Starting this October!

Starting October 21st, Faith and Arts Ottawa, in partnership with Sydenham Street United Church – The Spire, will be launching a new dramatic arts program for youth (ages 14 to 18) in the Kingston (Ontario) area called “Sharing Stories”.

This 8-week, dramatic theatre workshop program, centers on the experiences of youth and their questions of identity, spirituality and community.

At each Sunday evening workshop, there will be a shared meal (for the first hour) followed by a two (2) hour theatrical workshop.

Cost: It’s FREE!

When: Sunday evenings, starting October 21st, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Sydenham Street United Church, at 82 Sydenham Street (at Sydenham and William).

Want to register? Need more information? Email the Administrator of Faith and Arts Ottawa, Ashley, at faithandartsottawa@gmail.com OR email the Director of the Program, Rosemary Nolan, at rosemary.margaret.nolan@gmail.com

Register before October 17th! Spaces are limited.

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Faith and Arts Ottawa presents “Hope?” this April

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This month, Faith and Arts Ottawa presents their 5th documentary theatre production called “Hope?”.

Beginning with chapters 5 and 6 of Tom Sherwood’s book, Listening to The Echo, as their springboard, the diverse members of the company interacted with the source material and each other to create a new 35-minute piece called “Hope?” which will be followed by a moderated audience-cast talk back session.

Through a variety of voices, “Hope?” explores how hope is found in moments of despair, and how faith helps or hinders us in this journey.

Join us at one of our three presentations of this show:

Join us and explore, what gives you hope?

Trans-Script premieres Sunday at The Gladstone Theatre

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Little did we know two years ago at the Faith and Arts Ottawa workshop series on identity, sexuality and relationships, that Trans-Script would premiere on the big stage at The Gladstone Theatre. At the time, what we knew for sure was that the work we were doing was important, and needed to be talked about more in Ottawa. With cast’s interest to have a scripted show, Eleanor Crowder and Rosemary Nolan went to work to write and weave together the stories shared at the workshops and develop it into a script. Centred on the lives of six characters over the course of a few months, Trans-Script explores how Fiona, Ruth, Alice, Ray, Julian, and Belinda adapt to changes and find new truths about themselves. The stories and characters of Trans-Script pose an essential question: “Is love enough?”

Over the past two years, Trans-Script has been performed at high schools (Sir Wilfred Laurier Secondary School), Carleton University, Algonquin College, uOttawa, churches and church conferences (United Church of Canada Rendez-Vous 2017 in Montreal, the Annual Meeting of Bay of Quinte, United Church of Canada’s Affirm United), and as a workshop for the Ottawa Catholic District School Board principals and vice principals.

We are excited to bring Trans-Script to the big stage, and we hope that you will join us. Showtimes at The Gladstone are Sunday, January 21st and Monday, January 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at The Gladstone Theatre (910 Gladstone Ave.). Tickets available online/in person at The Gladstone Box Office.

Trans-Script at the Gladstone January 21st & 22nd, 2018

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For two nights only, Faith and Arts Ottawa presents Trans-Script at The Gladstone Theatre on Sunday, January 21 and Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

Based on real stories, Trans-Script follows six characters over the course of a few months as they adapt to changes and find new truths about themselves. The stories and characters of Trans-Script pose an essential question: “Is love enough?”

Trans-Script is an original 50-minute play, written by Rosemary Nolan and Eleanor Crowder, that explores love and relationships in the context of transgender experiences. Both evening performances will be followed by a moderated audience-cast talkback.

Content suitable for ages 12+

Tickets: $23/ea., online and in person, from The Gladstone Box Office.

Don’t miss out on this last opportunity to see Trans-ScriptGet your tickets today!

 

Trans-Script goes to school

Over the past month and a half we’ve had some wonderful performances in churches and on the Carleton Campus.  We’ve performed before people of all ages and backgrounds and we’ve had some fabulous after-performance conversations.  But next week we’re breaking new ground; we are going back to high school!  Faith and Arts Ottawa has been invited to present Trans-Script at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m.

We were invited by the School Council and the performance is being supported by the school’s diversity and cultural clubs.  What a wonderful opportunity to open up a new conversation about things that matter with young people who are beginning to sort out who they are who they want to be.  The students, staff and community at Sir Wilfrid Laurier have made us feel very welcome and we are looking forward to sharing the evening with them.

Where: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School, 1515 Tenth Line Road, Orleans.

When: Wednesday, May 18th, at 7:00 p.m. 

 

Trans-Script Reflections

 

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We’ve performed Trans-Script three times now, enough to gauge how audiences will react to it as a piece of theatre and as an exploration of the question, “Is love enough?”

We anticipated a mixed response. The play deals with the challenges faced by friends, lovers, parents, and adult children as they navigate the stormy waters of sexuality, gender, and identity.  It plays with fire, because it openly challenges many of the comfortable assumptions our society makes about loving relationships: romantic and familial.  It plays with fire because it is drawn from the real lives of real people, so it doesn’t offer easy answers or neat conclusions.  It doesn’t offer advice.  It  does offer honest, often painful, intimacy.

So we expected some audience members would be offended, some would be angered, some would be surprised, some would be challenged, and some – we hoped – would be encouraged.

We have seen all of these responses.  But … surprisingly … not in the ways we expected.  Audiences have been offended and angered, but not by the script and the stories it tells.  Instead, they’ve been offended and angered by the injustice that creates the pain experienced by the characters, knowing that the stories are real and the pain is real. They’ve been challenged, not only to examine their own comfortable assumptions, but also to imagine ways they could act to counter that injustice.  And they’ve been encouraged, because Trans-Script tells stories that matter!

We have been so very encouraged by the way audiences in churches and on campus have opened their hearts and accepted Trans-Script as one, partial and imperfect, contribution to an essential conversation.

Go here for information about upcoming performances.