Summer nights are here with Bard in the Park

A sure sign that summer is around the corner, Bard in the Park returns for its 13th season this June, this year presenting its take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Directed by Adrien Beattie, the Community Centre 55 supported event features a cast that “is a mix of familiar faces and newcomers,” said Beattie. “Some […]

A guide to spotting the elusive species Beacher familia

Evening sightings of the ‘Pillow-toting popcorn-munching Beacher familia’ are expected to increase in the coming weeks in neighbourhood parks across Ward 32. These annual glimpses coincide with the arrival of Movie Nights, the popular summer film festivals hosted by the Beach Village BIA, Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, and friends of parks groups. The familia […]

The one “no one ever does in a park”

To be, or not to be? That wasn’t much of a question once actors in the local Bard in the Park troupe got the idea of staging Hamlet. But it was a crazy pitch. “Let’s do the one that no one ever does in a park!” is how actor and producer Andrew Patterson remembers it. […]

Bard in the Park marks 10 years with (Shakespearean) tragedy

A foaming shore, a wind-shaked surge, grief of a “flood-gate and o’erbearing nature” – Shakespeare’s words for stormy weather rang especially true last week when Bard in the Park staged Othello at Kew Gardens. The outdoor play got flooded and rained on, almost at the same time. Hours before the show last Monday night, director […]

Dost thou enjoy the Bard? Othello opens in Norwood Park

Swordfights, singing, drunkenness, and love – Shakespeare had fun when he wrote the first acts of Othello. “I’ve watched versions of it where it’s total comedy at the start,” says Sean Killackey, director of the Beach’s Bard in the Park theatre company. “I think that’s what makes it a better tragedy in the end,” Killackey […]