Robert Chafe was in town before Christmas, on tour with “What Was Needed Most”, a collaborative project with The Tuckamore Music Festival. As Robert explains, it’s a difficult show to sum up in a few words – ostensibly monologues set to music, Robert explores issues of Newfoundland’s confederation with Canada, it’s a tremendously heartfelt piece that’s as much about family and legacy as anything else.
And it’s set to music! The Tuckamore Festival is dedicated to chamber music, and What Was Needed Most features new compositions by Duane Andrews, Bekah Simms, and Aiden Hartery.
I can’t say enough good things about the piece, and while the tour is long over, if you ever do get the chance to see it, do it!
Robert is also the Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, and you can find out more here.
Tuckamore is under the Artistic Directorship of Nancy Dahn and Tim Steeves, and you can find out more about all that they’re up to right here.
I hesitated very briefly before posting this episode; the project that Ruth and Allison talk about with the Faculty of Medicine has been put on hold (temporarily, we all hope). But in listening back to the conversation, we cover a lot of other ground, including verabatim theatre and ‘collective creation’ and really think it’s still an interesting enough chat on its own terms (and hope you do too).
Ruth and Allison are also doing tremendous things in the theatre/film scene here in the province, and I was really very happy to spend the time talking to them, and sharing that with all of you.
I’m calling this the first episode, even though Adam and Sarah joined me a few months back for a test recording that didn’t work out so well… I’m calling that one the lost episode! But here we are for real, and myself and Adam and Sarah talk theatre stuff, mostly having to do with the big announcement for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador and their plans to increase infrastructure in Cow Head. Michael Waller joins the fun part way!
You can find out more about TNL, including their Youth Theatre and plans for the Gros Morne Theatre Festival right here.
And a big thanks to Max Simms and HM Audio for all the support getting up and going. They’re a great local company and really glad to support them!
Been thinking about this for a long time and I’m finally doing it! Welcome to the home of SoFine: The School of Fine Arts Podcast (see what I did there?) The goal is simple: talk to as many artists as I can about the cool things they are doing here on the west coast of Newfoundland. We all know how much is going on and it’s been a blast so far talking to folks. Hopefully, you’ll hear from theatre artists, visual artists, dancers, poets, musicians, you name it. I’m just putting the finishing touches on the first show and it should be up soon! So, as they say, stay tuned.