I have long been a fan of theatre, especially when it has a local, community focus. I have even had the chance to perform in a couple of local theatre performances once upon a time. Needless to say then, when I discovered Backyard Theatre I was absolutely thrilled! Kathleen and John have transformed their backyard space into a theatre to showcase some amazing local plays. And this is not just a canopy tossed up in the backyard. It is an indoor built theatre with lots of seating for the audience. I had the chance to see Nowhere, Ontario there and it was such an entertaining production. I was happy to bring along family and friends when the production headed over to the Conrad Centre for a later run.
I'm excited to share that Backyard Theatre has another production hitting the stage this fall at UW's Theatre of the Arts (not in their backyard theatre this time). I attended the read-through last year and I can't wait to see this in full production. The play is called The Other Side of the River and it "tells a foundational story of early Canada through a powerful family drama. Based on a true story from the Niagara region, the play follows the plight of three families (American, Canadian, Mohawk) during back to back Wars in North America. It shows ordinary people forced into extraordinary circumstances, making impossible choices between loyalty to family and loyalty to nation." Visit their website for more information. #365ofgoodWR