Words in Edgewise – February

February 9, 2011

Don’t miss Words in Edgewise on February 17th when we explore dementia through documentary theatre and the collaboration between song writer/performer and producer.

“People Lose Their Way — And Their Belongings”

A new work for the stage by Joan Sullivan
Starring Neil Butler, Andrew Loman, Nicole Rousseau, Joan Sullivan

Words in Edgewise favourite, playwright Joan Sullivan, returns in February with another one of her amazing verbatim dramas examining dementia through the words of Nietzsche and others in People Lose Their Way — And Their Belongings, starring Neil Butler, Andrew Loman, Nicole Rousseau, and Joan Sullivan. Joan creates these compelling short plays, or performed texts with commentary, by re-mixing existing texts, her past work in the Graduate Program in Humanities has included “Science, Technology, and Pontius Pilate” (Words in Edgewise, September, 2010) Roland Barthes and Jean-Paul Sartre in a heated debate and Antoinin Artaud and Marshall McLuhan talking about language and theatre.

Joan Sullivan is the editor of the Newfoundland Quarterly and a freelance journalist whose work appears in The Globe and Mail, on CBC Radio’s Tapestry, and in The Telegram. She is also a playwright and director and her credits include Your Only Life, which she wrote and performed in St. John’s, Halifax and Montreal; an adaptation of Wayne Johnston’s The Story of Bobby O’Malley; and Cassie Brown: My Life in Non-Fiction, which premiered last summer at the Grand Bank Regional Theatre Festival and later toured provincial schools. Her theatre work in 2010 includes Rig, an adaptation of Mike Heffernan’s oral history of the Ocean Ranger, staged by Rising Tide theatre, and a gig as the first visiting director with the Grand Bank Regional Theatre Festival. Joan is also studying for a Master’s degree in the Graduate Program in Humanities at Memorial University. She lives in St. John’s with her daughter, Marianne.


Wings for Songs: Ginny Ryan with Pamela Morgan

Ginny Ryan and Pamela Morgan recently spent several seasons working together to create a CD of songs that Ginny wrote and collected over a span of many years. The result, “Great Wings in Flight,” was released in December 2010. They propose to share with you the trajectory a song can travel from the inspiration that gives it birth to its eventual independent existence out in the world. As they perform four or five songs from the album, they will take turns describing what they drew upon and how they collaborated to bring this project to completion.

Ginny Ryan, director of Memorial University’s Writing Centre for the past 14 years, has been writing songs for most of her life – an unintended secret until this past December, when she released her first CD, “Great Wings in Flight,” produced by Pamela Morgan. She has had poems, stories, and essays published sporadically over the years – in TickleAce, The Newfoundland Quarterly, and Canadian Fiction Magazine as well as other forums. Two of her songs have been performed by Northern Harmony – an a capella choir in Labrador – and one of them, the title song from her CD, has appeared in Them Days magazine as well as in several anthologies.

For 19 years, Pamela Morgan was lead singer, guitarist, and arranger for the Canada’s pioneering “Celtic” band, Newfoundland’s Figgy Duff, who brought the traditional music of Newfoundland to the world stage. Since then, Pamela has been spearheading her own independent record label, Amber Music, producing music for NL’s finest roots artists, including three of her own solo CDs, and licensing tracks to various labels worldwide. Over the last few years, she has represented Canada at Expo in Japan, toured extensively in England, Canada, the US and Europe, and overseen productions of two original scores for live theater, including her own folk opera, “The Nobleman’s Wedding.” She continues to write, arrange, perform, and tour, in her own highly original and hauntingly beautiful style.

As always, discussion will be encouraged throughout the evening. This is a Words in Edgewise you will not want to miss!

Thursday, February 17th at Eastern Edge Gallery, 8pm, hosted by Morgan Murray. Admission is by donation, refreshments and snacks will be available.


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