Halifax Pride’s QUEER ACTS Theatre Festival is a multi-day event held every summer at The Bus Stop Theatre. The festival presents theatrical productions of interest to Halifax’s LGBTQ community and fosters the development of queer artists and their work. With exceptional line-ups and being Atlantic Canada’s first LGBTQ theatre festival, the event has been extremely popular with audiences and performers alike.
Queer Youth Creations (including Seventeen and Graceful Rebellions) Thursday – Sunday, 6:00pm The Queer Youth Creations program presents two shows back-to-back by emerging artists from Halifax and Toronto, both exploring the ways female sexuality and identity impact their characters’ lives. They include:
Seventeen By Aisha Sommer Zaman (Halifax) Seventeen is a fresh, funny piece about the confusing and awkward lives of three teenage girls. It challenges media, the influence we allow it to have on our lives, and the expectation for girls to be thin, sexy, and straight.
Graceful Rebellions By Shaista Latif (Toronto) Graceful Rebellions is about the lives of three Afghan women who search for grace in times of despair. Each suffer for moments both divine and destructive, and all have much to lose. Love, death, and faith are challenged as each woman searches for a place to call home.
Litmus Road By Evan Brown Thursday – Sunday, 7:30pm In a perfect suburb, there is a perfect street. On the perfect street there is a perfect house, and in the perfect house are the most perfect newlyweds. Their world is unfettered from the uncomfortable questions about who works outside the home. Who washes the dishes. Mows the yard. Wears the tie or the heels. Who fucks and who gets fucked. And now everything is going to change. Again.
Country Song: a queer ballad Written and performed by Lee-Anne Poole Thursday – Sunday, 9:00pm Award winning playwright and arts producer, Lee-Anne Poole writes a love letter to country music and the good ol’ boys that come with it. From sharing some of her own stabs at the genre to stories of her father, Lee-Anne conquers fears and re-imagines who she could be.
Jet Legs By The Cabin Crew Thursday – Saturday, 10:30pm Three extrafab jetsetters are ready for takeoff, but they have an empty seat that’s got to be filled. The screening process may be rigorous, but they’re determined to find the perfect fit for their peculiar flight team. Join the Cabin Crew for a hilarious late-night flight as they test the jet legs of a different guest each evening. Starring Krista Davis, Margot Durling, and Megan McDowell.
All shows $12 Regular, $10 Student, Seniors, Underwaged Festival Pass – $35 BUY TICKETS HERE The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen St.
Queer Acts is also excited to offer a free workshop presented by evalyn parry:
Queer Bodies as Source – Saturday, 10:00am – 1:00pm This workshop by Toronto-based creator, performer, and director evalyn parry, is open to emerging and established artists, anyone looking to inject their practice with some new inspiration or kick-start a project. The workshop will explore ways to generate new material for the stage, and how to bypass linear thinking in the formative phases of creation. This participatory workshop will explore connections between the body and text, and how to use movement as a source for narrative. Space is limited and participants must email QueerActs@gmail.com to register.