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Robert Reid – “Reid Between the Lines” discusses The 2015 Stratford Festival Season

Reid Between The Lines Arts Writer Robert Reid recently retired from The Waterloo Region Record. He has transcended into Blogger Extraordinaire writing about all of his “creative passions and everything in between” be it the latest fly fishing antics through Armchair Fly Angler, Books and Literature, Visual Arts, Celtic Spirituality, Music  (from preferred Blues, Roots, Folk) and of course, Theatre.

From Rob’s sumptuous take on a fine Single Malt to his insightful, informative theatre reviews, “Reid Between The Lines” – http://www.reidbetweenthelines.ca/ is a joyous read.

It was my great pleasure to invite Rob back as my co-host. During the program we discussed the 2015 Stratford Festival including season opener, “Hamlet” plus other Shakespearean plays “Taming of the Shrew,” “Pericles,” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Musicals; “Sound of Music,” and “Carousel,” plus other Festival productions including “The Alchemist,” and “The Physicists.” We also discussed Rob’s latest fly fishing triumph, and played some of his fave folk artists including David Wiffen, Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester, John Gorka, and Willie B. Bennett.

Here is my chat with Robert Reid from The Coral FM All Theatre Extravaganza. Tune in soon for Part 2 in which Rob speaks about the 2015 Blyth Festival Season.

Sit back, grab your fave libation, and listen to us Wax Theatre in Abundance! Thanks again Rob – Slàinte!

Robert Reid - Fly Fisher! One of his many passions.
Robert Reid – Fly Fisher! One of his many passions.

 

 

Actor Sara Topham on Coral FM speaks about playing Ruth in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit

Sara Topham as Ruth in Blithe Spirit

“(Compared to Juliet in Romeo and Juliet) playing Ruth in Blithe Spirit is like driving a tiny tiny sports car on a highway cut into the side of an incredibly high mountain with a sheer drop to certain death on the rocky rapids beneath on your outside side. It’s a completely different experience.” Sara Topham

Pictured above – Sara Topham as Ruth in Blithe Spirit.
Photo credit David Hou courtesy of The Stratford Festival.

Blithe Spirit is directed by Brian Bedford, (an expert on all things Noel Coward to my mind!)
The cast also includes Ben Carlson as Charles, Michelle Giroux as Elvira, and Seana McKenna, as Madame Arcati.

In Part 2 of this interview, Sara speaks about playing the role of Ruth in Blithe Spirit from mastering Coward’s lovely complex text to working on a crazy special effects set (like another character itself!) in this terribly savvy and simply finely comedy. We also talk about one of her all time favorite movie roles. And …. I have put together a special music mix
just for Sara from Sergei Prokofiev to the prose of Alfred Lord Tennyson! – Coral FM.

 

Waterloo Region Record Arts Writer Robert Reid on Stratford and Blyth Festivals 2012

The Stratford Festival's 60the Season Playbill
The Stratford Festival’s 60the Season Playbill

Special Guest Waterloo Region Record Arts Writer Robert Reid, fresh from reviewing opening week productions at Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s 60th Anniversary Season! joins me to wax theatre from Stratford to the Blyth Festival.
In Part 1 we discuss Bard’s productions Much Ado About Nothing, Cymbeline, and three count them THREE opening week musicals 42nd Street, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Pirates of Penzance, plus The Matchmaker, and new Canadian production, The War of 1812. We also discuss late season openings Shakespeare’s Henry V, Christopher Plummer’s new one man show A Word or Two, in addition to other Canadian theatre debuts MacHomer, Wanderlust, Hirsch, and The Best Brothers. Rob also brings in Grand River Blues Society CD Got Mojo 2, plus music from Fred Eaglesmith and MacHomer’s Rick Miller. We also speak about The Blyth Festival’s Season as well.

For those wanting to see Stratford shows here is Rob’s invaluable insight from his venerable Aisle Seat.