April 12, 2022
Hurray for Gale Force Theatre!
We couldn’t have been happier with our first Merrit Awards Ceremony! Congratulations to Kurtis McAllister on winning Outstanding Musical Direction for A Tale On Two Wheels and to Franziska Glen for winning this year’s Neptune RBC Chrysalis Emerging Artist Award. A huge thank you so much to Theatre Nova Scotia and to all of those making theatre in this province that have welcomed us so generously and warmly.
Looking forward another year of great theatre and getting you know the community better.
March 29, 2022
Theatre Nova Scotia Merrit Award Nominations
We are are thrilled to be among this years the nominees for Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Awards! A Tale on Two Wheels received 3 nominations for Outstanding Original Composition (Kurtis McAllister), Outstanding Musical Direction (Kurtis McAllister) and Outstanding Choreography (Franziska Glen and Lily Falk). It is a real honour to be nominated alongside so many other wonderful and talented artistes.
Congratulations to all the other nominees! Can’t wait to see you at the Merritts!
December 10, 2021
Winter Solstice Event
This month, in partnership with The River Clyde Pageant, we’ll be hosting two Winter Solstice events to mark the return of the sun!
On December 18th from 1-4pm, we’re hosting a free, all-ages Lantern Making Workshop at the Universalist Unitarian Church at 5500 Inglis Rd, Halifax. Come down and learn how to make a simple, beautiful lantern to light these darkest days of the year. We will provide all materials to make cardboard stencil cut out lanterns.
Then on December 21st from 6-7:30pm, we’ll be hosting a Solstice Walk with songs and stories in the woods behind Wychwood Studios in Upper Lahave.
COVID-19 safety measures such as mask wearing and vaccine requirements will be in place.
Thank you so much to The River Clyde Pageant for making these events possible!
October 12, 2021
Last Performance of A Tale On Two Wheels for the Season
After a summer of touring our show around the province, we have come back to Halifax for our final performance. On Sunday, October 17th at 11am we will be performing at the Public Gardens. The show is non-ticketed free event and will have an ASL interpreter. See you there!
August 1, 2021
This August we will be touring A Tale On Two Wheels to community outside of the HRM! You can find us in Lockeport, Antigonish, Chester and Parrsboro!
July 22: Town of Lockeport – Seacaps Park, Lockeport 11am and 2pm
August 8: Festival Antigonish – Piper’s Glen, Antigonish 11am and 2pm
August 14 : Chester Playhouse – Lordly Park, Chester 11am and 2pm
August 25-28: Ship’s Company, Parrsboro, time and locations: https://www.shipscompanytheatre.com/picnic-plays/
Tale on Two Wheels Performance Dates and Locations in HRM
July 4, 2021
It’s here! We are so excited to be bringing this show for free to parks around Kjipuktuk/Halifax. It’s full of whimsy, puppet magic, and original music played live by Kurtis Eugene! This 35 minute show is made especially for audience members between 18 months and 6 years and their adults.
It follows two delivery workers who deliver the daytime, who are thrown into chaos when asked to deliver the night. The play explores wonder at the natural world and facing our fears with authenticity, gentleness, and heart. COVID-19 performance protocols will be followed at all shows.
Show Dates and Locations:
July 9: The Dingle (Sir Sandford Fleming Park), 11am and 2pm
July 10: Fort Needham Park, 11am and 2pm
July 11: Dartmouth Commons, 11am and 2pm
July 16, 17, 18: Point Pleasant Park, near upper Parking Lot (Tower Road), 11am and 2pm
July 23: Fish Hatchery Park, Bedford, 11 am
July 23: Dewolf Park, Bedford, 2pm
July 24: Common Roots Farm BiHi, 2pm
July 25: Public Gardens (Family Lawn Area), 12pm
Thank you so much to the Canada Council for the Arts to their support of this project. We’re very excited to be a part of Shakespeare by the Sea (by the sea) lineup, helping us bring the show to Point Pleasant Park. Huge thank you to our favourite local bike shop, Long Alley Bikes for helping us kit out our new show tandem! And of course, to Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia who’ve been hugely supportive for the development journey of this piece.
description: Poster, it reads A Tale on Two Wheels: A show for wee ones delivered to parks by tandem bike. The image is a line drawing of two people with wild and flowing braids riding a blue tandem bike with giant monarch butterfly wings attached. There’s a big sun behind them and they’re riding on a path by a tree.
Seeking Volunteer Ushers for Tale On Two Wheels this July
June 11, 2021
Let’s Bring Joy, Together! Tale on Two Wheels is coming to parks around the HRM this summer and we’re looking for volunteer ushers to help us make our free outdoor show run safe and smooth for all.
To sign up, fill out the form https://forms.gle/sLxL1zVrrSN8iCU98
Information from the images: Image 1 – Let’s bring joy, together! Gale Force Theatre is looking for volunteer ushers for A Tale on Two Wheels, that will be delivered to parks around the HRM this July. (Image of two women with braids flying in the wind ridding a tandem bike. The sun rises in behind them). Image 2 – A Tale on Two Wheels is a whimsical and thoughtful show delivered to parks by tandem bike. It’s especially made for children ages 18 months to 4 years. Are you…? Someone who loves theatre? The great outdoors? Do you want to bring the joy of a free arts experience to families across the city? Over the age of 14 would you like to help us implement our covid-19 safety protocol to make sure our audiences are comfortable and safe? Then we want you! Image 3 – We have lots of dates and times available. Volunteer once or for every performance! Each volunteer slot lasts 1.5 hours. For more information, check the form above.
Play Reading of Crypthand at Stages Theatre Festival
June 1, 2021
Gale Force Theatre is thrilled to be presenting a virtual reading of Lily Falk’s play Crypthand at Eastern Front Theatre Stages Festival.
Catch Crypthand‘s reading on Tuesday June 8th at 4pm!
Crypthand will be read by Franziska Glen, Ria Kapur and Ailsa Galbreath under the direction of Laura Vingoe-Cram. Music by Garry Williams and Alexa Kirste and costumes by Sabrina Stace.
For information about tickets and other events at Stages visit https://www.easternfronttheatre.com/stages.html
Poster Design by Colleen MacIsaac
Seeking Applications for a Composer!
March 4, 2021
Begin work in April 2021 with production dates beginning in July
Compensation : $2700
We’re currently seeking applications to hire a composer for our original show for very young audiences, A Tale on Two Wheels. This production is slated to be delivered by tandem bike for free to parks around the HRM and Nova Scotia in July and August 2021.
What we’re looking for:
- Must be currently based in Nova Scotia
- Available for work beginning April
- Someone who’s comfortable composing music for a single, portable, non-electronic instrument
- Someone who’s excited about working in a collaborative environment on a devised theatre piece tailored for ages 18 months to 4 years.
We’re especially and enthusiastically seeking applications from:
Equity seeking, emerging artists who love whimsy and magic. We’re open to wide range of musical styles and instruments. You won’t be writing “children’s music” but music that will be played for children.
If you think this might be you, write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a little bit about yourself and some samples of previous work. Applications close March 19th, 2021
To see pictures and information about A Tale on Two Wheels, check out our website at http://www.galeforcetheatre.ca