In 2004, these nine brave Gabriola women gave it their all in a performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. Out of this venture, Gabriola Players was born.
Since 2004, Gabriola Players has performed more 50 full-length and one-act plays, including a sold out 10th anniversary revival of The Vagina Monologues.
In 2007 we introduced Gabriolans to that great British holiday extravaganza, the pantomime. This now annual fixture has become a firm family favourite with islanders.
In 2015 we dipped our toes into the wonderful world of Shakespeare for the first time with an al fresco staged reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The production proved so popular with both cast and audiences that Bard by the Bay has become another fixture in our season calendar.
Next up in our 2016/17 season is our annual One Act Play Festival
The Family Visit, written by Gabriola’s own Lesley Hazeldine, is based on a true story of a family visit. A Gabriola couple, Carol and George, are anticipating a visit from their children. Their daughter and her husband are bringing their newborn son to visit for the first time. Carol is very excited and can hardly wait to cuddle her little grandson. Things don’t go quite as Carol had imagined with some hilarious and poignant moments. Lesley herself plays Carol, Nick Squires plays George, Michelle Young plays Sylvia, their daughter, and Alex Dewar is their son-in-law. BJ Godson plays Phyllis. the busybody neighbour who worms her way into the family visit.
An Unhelpful Complication is a mystery written by Gabriola playwright Anne M. Holmes. (Yes, that’s the writing name of our own Miranda Holmes, who also wrote the popular 2015 one-act play That’s Nice.) Set in a council flat in south London in 1992, it features Charlie Cheffins as Sir Ambrose Carrick, a recently appointed Tory cabinet minister and Miranda as Maggie McArthur, a war correspondent for the Guardian. Both have secrets in the past, but will all be revealed? You will have to come and find out! Directed by Dave Innell.
Naked in the Kitchen has won awards for its realistic characters and natural dialogue. Written by Ontario playwright Lynda Martens in 2008, it features empty-nesters Beth and Charlie, who are facing the beginning of a new reality in their lives, now that their son Tyler has gone off to university. Somehow the renewed intimacy that Beth is hoping for isn’t happening. Old trauma and some deep seated pains come to the surface as Charlie struggles with a secret he’s been keeping. Directed by Donna Deacon who also plays Beth, with Paul O’Sullivan as Charlie.
Tickets for Gabriola Players productions can be purchased online (click on the link on the right to order) or in person at North Road Sports.
We encourage everyone to get involved in our productions either on or off the stage. No experience? Not to worry! (Half the cast of 21 actors in Inherit The Wind had never performed onstage before.)
Nimble with a needle? Our costume manager wants to hear from you. Mad about make-up? Let us know. Handy with a hammer? We’re always looking for help with set construction.
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In 2007 Gabriola Players was officially incorporated as the Gabriola Players Theatre Society (registration number S-0052793) with a stated purpose of:
Providing opportunities for members of the community to participate in live theatre productions that enrich, educate and entertain; and
Encouraging theatre as a recreational activity