Islanders to perform original plays in this weekend’s New Moon arts festival

  • Jul. 22, 2009 4:00 p.m.

By Heather Ramsay-“What would be the point of having cake if you couldn’t eat it too,” asks Josina Davis in her humorous one-woman show that opens a weekend of entertainment, art and workshops in Queen Charlotte. Let Me Eat Cake is one of two home-grown plays showing at Howler’s Pub on July 24 (Friday) starting at 7 pm. The show kicks off this summer’s Artists of the New Moon, a multi-arts festival at various venues in Queen Charlotte throughout the weekend. A Tlell resident, Ms Davis has written and performed two other plays that she has performed on the islands. This one is all about food, from the 100-metre diet to vegetarianism. Once she has a theme, she says, she starts improvising and making up characters and points of view, but coming up with a structure that makes it all fit together is the hardest part. That’s why she visited dramaturge Trevor Rugeur in Calgary recently. A dramaturge helps a playwright with structure and editing, so what Ms Davis did was read the play through to him and he gave her feedback. “He would see things that I wouldn’t,” she said. She also worked with Wendy Watts, who shares the Friday night bill with her, and who is also putting on a theatrical piece, this one involving music too. Ms Watts’ show is called Need to be Seen.Other events taking place over the weekend include writing workshops, visual art shows, wandering musicians and more. Don’t miss the chance to Pitch to the Publisher of Caitlyn Press, northern BC’s literary press, at the workshop on Saturday, July 25 from 1-3 pm at the Career Development Centre or to have your writing critiqued by Federation of BC Writers president Sylvia Taylor at the Purple Onion between 2-5 pm. She’s also doing a workshop on Sunday at the career centre on Making a Living in the Writing World from 1-3 pm. Ms Davis is offering an Improvisation workshop on Sunday as well. All are held at the career centre and all are free thanks to Gwaii Trust funding. Call 250-559-0093 to register.There will be a master schedule posted at the Visitor Information Centre, but other events to watch for include the Artists and Altered Book art opening at Queen B’s on Saturday at 6:30 pm. Then head to Howler’s at 8 pm for Words and Music Mixed, when local writers and musicians take to the stage.The road will shut down on Sunday between the visitor info centre and Meegan’s so wander at will and bump into musicians and poetry along the way! For more information on any of the events or to get involved call 250-559-0093.