Ottawa Theatre Challenge
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 19 March 2013 06:51
World Theatre Day is just around the corner on March 27 and theatre-goers in Ottawa can celebrate by attending the Ottawa Theatre Challenge at the National Arts Centre at 53 Elgin Street. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., theatre groups from across the region will perform brand new works on the stage.
The challenge isn't merely in the performance, however. Participating companies have only 48 hours to write and rehearse their new pieces. Not only that, they have to work from a provided object of inspiration.
World Theatre Day has been celebrated annually since its initiation in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute in France. Each year, an individual who is considered outstanding in theatre or public works is invited to share his or her thoughts on theatre and international harmony to form the World Theatre Day's International message. This message is translated into more than 20 languages and is read for audiences before performances across the world.
The author of the 2013 World Theatre Day message is Dario Fo, an Italian playwright, author and Nobel Prize winner. His work is characterised by criticism of organized crime and corruption as well as commentary on current events.
To hear his message and see two hours of fresh, creative theatre, visitors should buy their tickets and come early to get a good seat.