Had a great time this weekend rushing from thing to thing. The boys took up a significant portion as they usually do, but with one organizing a play date for Friday evening and the other having a bowling party on Saturday afternoon it meant that I couldn't see as much as I wanted. Oh well, it happens and I can't really complain because I do get out to a lot of things. Plus I was happy to see them both engaging positively with their peers and since I didn't have to do much more than be there it was all good.
It did make for a bit of running around. After Mark got home from work on Saturday I scooted off to catch some of the Skirts AFire Festival. I was treated to a magic show by Billy Kidd and then a reading of a work under development (Her Story) by Annette Loiselle and Nadien Chu. It might be the playwright in me, but I really love play readings. I also have a very strong visual imagination so I am not bothered by not having a full set and all the blocking. Plus with the strength of the local talent for actors, I have rarely been disappointed with the presentation. The reading was compelling and I am curious to see its future development. I know, as a playwright, that the opportunity to hear your work read in front of an audience can tell you a lot about where it needs to go next so I hope that these two ladies got what they needed from it.
Sunday was it's usual madness. I took the boys to piano then met Mark for lunch and did the switch so I could head off to Peep Show and my play reading. I was ever so pleased with the reception of my piece and have so many idea of where to go next with it. I was also delighted with the line up of work. It was wonderful to hear five strong and varied pieces by all the writers. Some of the pieces were comedies, some were dramas, all five had a strong individual voice. I am thankful to the actors - Karyn Mott, Lora Brovold, Alison Wells, and John Ullyat - for their great work in bringing the text alive. And I am also thankful to Tracy Carroll who acted as both dramaturge and director and was a wonderful resource int he process. As well, I am so happy to hear that Skirts AFire will definitely be on the go next year. It was a great opportunity and based on the turn-out at the events I attended, it is a festival that people want to go to! Following Peep Show was a Closing Concert by Colleen Brown. She was delightful and the final song of Bird on A Wire was simply beautiful. A nice end.
Then off to my rehearsal and finally, several hours later, home to bed! A busy time!
I also heard about the following upcoming events and encourage you to check out one or more of them: