FREE ADMISSION to all Friday & Saturday events!
Buy your Gala tickets online or call the PTE Box Office at (204) 942-5483
Missed the Gala? Read Colleen Murphy's keynote address, Rage & Love.
NEW AT THE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR -- CINQ A SEPT!
Friday, May 17, from 5 - 7 pm -- Meet playwright Colleen Murphy at an informal gathering in the PTE Lobby Lounge!
Refreshments available -- free admission.
OUR PLAYWRIGHTS NEED YOU!
by Debbie Patterson, Playwright/PTE Artistic Associate
Every time you walk into the theatre, you are entering into a creative collaboration, regardless of what side of the curtain you’re on. But when a play is in a state of development, the audience’s collaboration is crucial!
The Carol Shields Festival invites you to actively participate in the development of new Canadian plays. While the festival gives playwrights the opportunity to try out their work with a real audience, it cracks open the playwriting process, giving audiences the chance to get in there and muck around.
Not only do you get to follow the journey a play takes from the seeds of an idea to a fully fleshed-out performance, but you also get to speak your mind directly to the playwright. The post-performance "talk back", conducted after every reading is where the collaborative rubber hits the road.
As a playwright whose work has been read at this festival in the past, I can’t tell you how much we rely on your feedback to launch us into the next draft. As an audience member I love the depth of connection I feel with a play I’ve watched grow over a number of years.
Our eighth annual Carol Shields Festival of New Works runs from May 3 to 5th.
I invite you to get involved in some very exciting new plays.
Free admission to readings. Opening Gala (May 3) -- $25, including catered reception.
The Carol Shields Festival is supported by: The Winnipeg Arts Council