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Heather Redfern: yay!

by | Nov 9, 2015 | Review | 0 comments

Heather Redfern, the Cultch

Vancouverites are lucky that Heather Redfern is at the Cultch

I want to give a shout-out to Heather Redfern, the executive director at the Cultch.

Already, this fall, I’ve seen three remarkable shows in Cultch venues.

The Australian acrobats who performed A Simple Space at the York reminded me of the wild joy of being in a body. Their work was like a deep, fresh kiss. 

Tetsuro Shigematsu’s Empire of the Son is one of the best shows I’ve seen in years. Innovative in both its physical form (its staging of scenes on miniature sets) and its associative narrative structure (thanks, in part, to dramaturge Heidi Taylor), Shigematsu’s script about his relationship to his father was so moving that I couldn’t describe it to friends without bursting into tears.

And Nirbhaya, which is playing the Cultch’s York Theatre venue until this Saturday, November 14, is a well crafted and emotionally breathtaking piece about violence against women and girls.

Not every show is a winner, of course—theatre is hard; so many elements have to come together to make it work—but Redfern’s track record, especially this season, is remarkable.

She’s got a great eye and great instincts. Thanks, Heather.


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