PTE Festival of New Works 2019

May 30 - June 1, 2019

With this year's partners: EdgeForm Collective | Make/Shift Theatre | Manitoba Association of Playwrights | Migrante Manitoba/Migrant Workers Solidarity Network | Gislina Patterson | Rainbow Stage | Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre | Sarasvàti Productions | Theatre by the River | Walk&Talk Theatre | Weather Parade Dance Theatre


A name change to reflect the diversity of the Festival - The PTE Festival of New Works (formerly known as the Carol Shields Festival)

THURSDAY, MAY 30 at 7:00 PM

An electrifying multi-discipline cabaret of new theatre from members of PTE's Emerging Playwrights Unit, new music from Raine Hamilton, new dance from the RWB's Aspirants, new comedy from OutsideJoke and Anjali Sandhu, a new short film from Afro Film Festival and new poetry/dance from SAWA Theatre's The Melody Group -- all followed by a catered reception.

Plus Special Guest Speaker Yvette Nolan!

All for $25!

STUDENTS:  Pay only $12.50 to attend Opening Night!



Discussions with the playwrights will take place after each reading, while the Playwright’s Hat is passed – please consider contributing to support the artists.

>> More info about the plays


5:00 pm
End of the Line by Ben Townsley, musical arrangement by Duncan Cox
Presented by Walk&Talk Theatre
   (Colin Jackson Studio Theatre)

6:00 pm
The Party: A Scientific Romance by Kristian Jordan, with Liam Zarrillo & Brittany Thiessen
Presented by Make/Shift Theatre
   (Mainstage Theatre)

7:00 pm
Nanay: a testimonial play
Conversation Collective
Presented by Migrante Manitoba & Migrant Workers Solidarity Network
   (Colin Jackson Studio Theatre)

8:00 pm
Burning Mom by Mieko Ouchi
Presented by Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
   (Mainstage Theatre)

9:30 pm
i am your spaniel, or, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare by Gislina Patterson
by Gislina Patterson
   (Colin Jackson Studio Theatre)


12:00 pm
MAP Scirocco Manitoba High School Playwriting Competition - The Winners!
Presented by Manitoba Association of Playwrights
   (Mainstage Theatre)

3:00 pm
Holding a Dragon by Ali Robson & Natasha Torres-Garner
Presented by Weather Parade Dance Theatre
   (Colin Jackson Studio Theatre)

4:00 pm
A Fine Line by Wren Brian
Presented by Sarasvàti Productions
   (Mainstage Theatre)

6:00 pm
RinseWashRepeat by Virginia Page Jähne
Presented by Theatre by the River
   (Colin Jackson Studio Theatre)

7:00 pm
Ma-Buhay: A New Musical by Joseph Sevillo & Josh Caldo, musical arrangement by Andrew Nolan
Presented by Rainbow Stage
   (Mainstage Theatre)

9:00 pm
Forever Shelter by Angela Chalmers & mia susan amir
Presented by EdgeForm Collective
   (Colin Jackson Studio Theatre)
   A scent-reduced environment is requested for this
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Ginny Collins, The Flats, says:
"The reading of The Flats at the Fesitval of New Works (then called 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

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 Festival of New Works 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.

I invite you to get involved in some very exciting new plays by attending this year's Festival of New Works.

The PTE Festival of New Works is supported by:


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