Carol Shields Festival of New Works 2017

May 11 - 13, 2017

This year's partners:
Manitoba Association of Playwrights, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, One Trunk Theatre, Sarasvati Productions, Theatre Projects Manitoba

>> The Schedule

>> Play Descriptions

>> Gala Line-up

>> Brown Bag Theatre - Short Shots

An electrifying multi-discipline showcase of new theatre by Sharon Bajer, Rick Chafe, Ginny Collins, James Durham & Ellen Peterson, new dance from Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers and the Aspirants of RWB School Professional Division, spoken word poetry from Chimwemwe Undi and new music from a special guest singer/songwriter.

Special Guest Speaker: Terry MacLeod (former CBC Radio host).

PLUS a post-show reception catered by Star Grill - all for $25!

STUDENTS:  Pay only $12.50 to attend the Gala!


BROWN BAG LUNCH - Short Shots on Friday, May 12 at noon. Bring your lunch and eat it in the theatre -- five short plays in about an hour, featuring special guest actor, Terry MacLeod.

6:30 - 8:30 - Exhibition:  Science Affairs devised by University Reps (presented by Theatre Projects Manitoba) 

7:00 - Reading:  At the Heart of the Story by France Adams, translated by Sue Stewart (presented by Manitoba Theatre for Young People) 

8:15 - Reading:  How the Heavens Go by Joseph Aragaon (presented by Prairie Theatre Exchange) 

2:00 - Reading:  The Goose by Ellen Peterson (presented by Prairie Theatre Exchange)

3:30 - Reading:  One Night Stand - Fringe Frenzy Excerpts from works in progress (presented by Sarasvàti Productions)

7:00 - ReadingEmbargo  by Claire Thérèse with Arne MacPherson, Gwendolyn Collins, Andraea Sartison & Delf Gravert (presented by One Trunk Theatre)

8:15 - Reading:  Salt on Wood by Ryan Griffith, guest playwright from New Brunswick (presented by Manitoba Association of Playwrights)

Schedule subject to change

Ginny Collins, The Flats, says:
"The reading of The Flats at the Carol Shields Festival was extremely valuable to my writing process. Just by watching and listening to the audience, I was able to gain incredible insight into how I needed to move forward with the script. This festival is a gift. It provides a rare opportunity for both the writer and the audience to share in the magic of the creation process."



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 fourteenth annual Carol Shields Festival of New Works runs from May 11 to 13th.

I invite you to get involved in some very exciting new plays.

The Carol Shields Festival is supported by:









Top - Aaron Pridham & Dorothy Carroll
Bottom - Aaron Pridham, Dorothy Carroll, Kimberley Rampersad & Doug McKeag