Opens this week!

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One last rehearsal to go and then it will be time for opening night of the 2023 One-Act Play Festival. Once again, there will be something for everyone – including new works by two Gabriola writers.

First up on the bill.

The Trouble with Trees is the first play written by Dave Innell.  It is a story which will resonate with many Gabriolans and which Dave says he based on his own experiences and anecdotes he’s heard from others.

When what seems like an opportunity for which they have long been waiting presents itself, Tom and Susan decide to grab it, but they’re too late. They do not get their dream come true. Instead they get new neighbours, Kyle and Jess.

Next up.


Ruby Red Lipstick, a new piece by local Anne M. Holmes, has been described by advance audiences as “tender”, “moving” and “bittersweet”. The play features Holmes as Violet and Benjamin J. Sams as James.

And finally.

Honour Among Thieves is the second work by Canadian playwright Elliott Hayes to be directed by Donna Deacon. She describes it as: “A taut one-act play that begins with two women stranded on a dirt road and ends with a surprise.”  Full of dark humour and high stakes, the play asks the question: “How far would you go to save the one you love?”

Our thanks to the inestimable Bill Pope for photographing a recent rehearsal and to Ray Appel for compiling this lovely sneak peek slideshow.

There will be four performances at the Rollo Centre: Thursday to Saturday, June 22 to 24 at 7pm and Sunday, June 25 at 2pm.

Tickets are $20 and are available online or at the door. To avoid disappointment, click here to book your seat in advance.

This production is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend Lawrence Spero.


 Please note that, for the safety of all, audience members will be required to wear masks.

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