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Blue Planet

By Andri Snær Magnason
Directed by Professor Myrna Wyatt Selkirk
April 2nd-11th, 2015

Attention all children, all those who are young at heart and all lovers of theatre, adventure and fun! Blue Planet is a play for children by the Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason, adapted from his award-winning children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet. Although the play’s target spectators are children between the ages of eight and thirteen, Blue Planet will in fact enchant audiences of all ages.

As a child, Magnason was captivated by “the Icelandic highlands, the cruelty of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the weirdness of Icelandic folk tales, the Bible’s message of peace, the nature documentaries of David Attenborough and Space Lego”. Magnason manages to weave all of these eclectic threads seamlessly into Blue Planet. The result is a fast- paced narrative brimming with vivid characters. The play’s premise: what happens when a grown-up crash-lands on a planet inhabited solely by children? Factor in that said adult is Gleesome Goodday, Make-Your-Dreams-Come-True Man and Travelling Salesman; the possibilities for mayhem are endless! After Goodday lands on the beautiful island, he captivates the children who live there with astounding miracles. Not only does he give them the power of flight – he also nails the sun to the sky above their island so that it will “always be day and always be bright”. All appears to be well until two of the island’s children get blown off course to the dark side of the planet. They soon realize that Goodday’s intentions may not be as pure as he claims...

Bubbling beneath Blue Planet’s surface is a profound global consciousness. Eschewing a moralistic tone, Magnason skillfully turns ecological concerns and ethical considerations into rich dialogue. The students of the Department of English Drama & Theatre Program’s Theatre Lab, Costuming, and Stage Scenery & Lighting Classes have worked hard to craft a production rich in honesty, aliveness, creativity and butterfly powder. So what are you waiting for? We invite you to crash-land on our Blue Planet. Traverse its surface, explore its depths, share in its magic and allow your children (or the child in you) to experience the power of theatre.

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How Exile Melts

Written by Dane Stewart (a former student)
Directed by Professor Patrick Neilson
Nov. 20–22 and Nov. 27-29, 2014

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Threepenny Opera

by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Sean Carney
April 03 to 05 and April 10 to 12, 2014

You are cordially invited to celebrate the marriage of Ms. Polly Peachum, the flower of Soho and only daughter of the notorious King of the Beggars, to Captain Macheath, a.k.a. Mack the Knife, the most wanted man in London. Entertainment for the evening shall include a variety of bawdy songs, shameful caterwauling, trilling sopranos, moving ballads, earnest pleas, rousing escapes, unexpected twists, saucy brothels, dirty jokes and at least one public hanging.

Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s comic masterpiece The Threepenny Opera is both a modern classic and a high-spirited mockery of the conventions of musical theatre.

It is our pleasure to bring this timeless and hilarious play to the stage of Moyse Hall for your enjoyment.

The McGill University Department of English Drama & Theatre Program is dedicated to providing students with practical theatrical experience. Costume Design by the Costuming Class under the tutelage of Catherine Bradley, Technical and Production elements by the Stage Scenery and Lighting class under the supervision of Keith Roche and Corinne Deeley. 

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Cloud 9

by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Myrna Wyatt-Selkirk
November 21 to 23 and November 28 to 30

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sean Carney
April 4th to Saturday April 6th, and April 11th to April 13th,2013

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The Revenger’s Tragedy

By Thomas Middleton
Directed by Patrick Neilson
November 21-24 and November 29 – December 1, 2012 at 7:30

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A Dream Play

Written by August Strindberg
Translated by Michael Robinson
March 22-24 and 29-31, 2012 

All's Well That Ends Well

By William Shakespeare
An Atelier presented by the McGill University English Department's Drama & Theatre Program
November 23-25, 2011 

The Alchemist

By Ben Jonson
Directed by Sean Carney
Moyse Hall Theatre – McGill University Campus, Arts Building
March 24–26 and March 31–April 2, 2011

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