#CdnCult Times; Volume 1, Edition 8

#CdnCult Times; Volume 1, Edition 8


Canadian theatre gets its Anglo-cultural exchange on in this volume as Australia’s Back to Back theatre comes back to Canada ,while Canada’s NAC heads for a a world-wind tour of Sidney and Melbourne.

Meanwhile recent Toronto’s Fringe New Play contest winner Alexander Offord looks to London, England for a model that could help build, not just find new audiences.

What is there to be learned from the artistic practices and infrastructure of other Constitutional Monarchies that Queen Elizabeth II reigns over? Australia, England and English Canada are all steeped in a tradition that enshrined the primacy of  the works and value system for drama generated in Britain.

They’re all now fighting to create an arts infrastructure that is relevant to a multicultural society. But just like Shakespeare, we all remain the vassals of the Regent – so some things remain a constant, regardless of merit in our democratic and forward-thinking societies.

Michael Wheeler
Editor-in-Chief: #CdnCult Times



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About the Author

Michael is Artistic Director of SpiderWebShow, which he co-created with Creative Catalyst Sarah Garton Stanley. He was previously Executive Director and Transformation Designer of Generator, where he led the transition from a fee-for-service model named STAF, to the current capacity-building model it operates on. Since 2003, he has run Toronto-based Praxis Theatre, with which he has directed 14 plays and curated several festivals while writing for and running performance-based websites. He teaches regularly at The National Theatre School and Queen's University, where SpiderWebShow is currently in residence.