July 24, 2011
Jeff and I went out to Victoria By-the-Sea this afternoon to see Kathleen Hamilton in a Sunday matinee of Till it Hurts, which opened on Friday night. We enjoyed the play, as did the rest of the audience. Kathleen was fabulous: sexy and sassy and delivering some great lines with hilarious panache.
She had some time in between the matinee and the evening show, so we wandered down to the restaurant on the wharf and talked over coffee, cake, and chicken wings. Here are Kathleen’s answers to some questions I asked her about the play.
Beth: In a few sentences, what’s the play about?
Kathleen: It’s about philanthropy. It’s about how someone’s life can be changed by what seems like a chance encounter. It’s also about how your life can be elevated by caring about and giving to others, and my character causes this change to happen in the lead character.
Beth: Is there anything about your character that you’d like to incorporate into your own life?
Kathleen: Yes, the hutzpah to tell the truth even if someone in a position of power won’t like what you’re saying.
Beth: What are some of your favourite things that people are saying to you after seeing the play?
Kathleen: The guy who said ”When I heard you say ‘asshole’ the first time it chilled my soul!” And my son Cuyler said, “That was amazing! I couldn’t tell you were acting.”
Beth: What’s your favourite moment in the play?
Kathleen: My favourite line is when I get to say, “It’s even more beautiful than in my lie!” because I do actually believe that lying can be a form of visualization.
Till it Hurts is playing from now until August 7th, every evening except Monday and with a matinee on Sunday afternoon in addition to the evening show.
For showtimes and tickets, click here.
July 18, 2011
Dianne Morrow wrote a great piece for The Guardian on Will and Kate’s impending visit to PEI. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, click here and enjoy! This post is Dianne’s follow up on the real deal – royal visit of Will and Kate at Dalvay By-the-Sea!
Hi All, You’ve wondered what we saw, so I am attaching a few (pathetic) pics from the Dalvay deluge for your amusement. We did get to eat — in not one, but two food tents, a treat out of the rain. CBC coverage that night showed us much more than we saw in person, but nevertheless, it was fun to be there…
1. Waiting in line 45 minutes for the shuttle to Dalvay-by-the-Sea
2. Sky News cameraman and the prince’s Sea King at the start of the one-hour Waterbird rescue drill.
3. Paul Harrison@SkyNewsHack London Sky News Royal Correspondent (Seems now he chose an unfortunate moniker, given the latest hacking scandal!) A stalwart veteran of 9 years following The Royals, Paul was splendid in lavender shirt and hot pink tie, shiny black shoes, wet in the long grass… It was he who told us, “You heard it from me, Will and Kate will give up their day off to go to Slave Lake.”
4. See the crowds, far from resplendent, draped in raingear? That’s Andy’s brown shoe on the edge of photo, at right, where we set up our folding chairs for Dalvay Lake events, and got to gab with the silver-tongued reporter.
5. Safe landing, in front of Mike’s friend’s cottage (on the left) with dragon boat racers (in red) waiting their turn to shine. To the left of the photo is the DeBlois “Cottage” where Kate awaited her prince, and took photos of his Sea King antics.
6. Yes, that blur in blue in the back is Kate paddling like crazy. She started out standing to steer, changed her mind, is in front of the standing steersman.
7. As close as we got — the clear umbrellas protect the two Kates (Premier Ghiz’s wife is Dr. Kate Ellis of Stanhope), while the black ones mark Will and Ghiz.
July 9, 2011
Singer-songwriter Margie Carmichael has given me her summer performing schedule and it looks like a busy and exciting summer! Margie will be performing her unique music at the following places this summer in PEI:
- July 22: St. Peter’s Couthouse for the Frank Ledwell Memorial Festival
- July 23: The Dunk, Dixon Rd, Breadalbane with Bonnie LeClair and Jayne Ings
- July 29 & 30: MacKenzie Theatre, Charlottetown, special guest for Come All Ye
- August 6: Souris Playhouse
If you’re able to catch Margie at one of her gigs, you’ll be in for a treat!
July 3, 2011
As usual, lots of interesting stuff is going on for all of us in WWW. Kathleen Hamilton will be starring in Till it Hurts at the Victoria Playhouse from July 22nd until August 7th. Take a look at the write-up and buy your tickets here. I’m really looking forward to this, Kathleen! Laurie Brinklow is back on the island. She was much missed here in Charlottetown by many people during her time in Tasmania. You can check out her blog here and learn what she has been up to. Liza and I are trying to be good bloggers too by updating our blogs every weekend. You can check out Liza’s latest “au natural” experience here. You can find my latest musing at my blog here. It’s pretty exciting that Dianne Morrow is one of the exclusive invites to the royal visit event at Dalvay By-the-Sea on Monday, July 4. We’re looking forward to hearing your stories, Dianne! Check out Dianne’s funny Islander opinion piece pre-royal visit at The Guardian.
July is a special month for booklovers – Acorn Press, in conjunction with Charlottetown’s Bookmark, is having a promotion in July. Buy 2 Acorn titles and get the third title free! Some early customers will get a tote bag as well. Read more about it here. My book of poetry, The Enchanted House, as well as Dianne Morrow’s two books (Long Reach Home and Kindred Spirits) and Orysia’s novel House of Bears are included in the promotion. Kathleen Hamilton’s Sex after Baby and Margie Carmichael’s And My Name is… are also fabulous Acorn Press titles!
Speaking of Margie, she’s going to be a musical guest at Come-All-Ye playing at the Mack this summer. Her dates are July 29th and 30th. Check is out here. Looks like a lot of fun, Margie!
Yvette recently read at Tanya Davis’s book launch and I know she is busy with a thousand vital creative ventures this summer. As is Patti. As are all of us. Happy Summer!