Posted on: Friday, February 21st, 2014
Poverty Cove Theatre Company is a deceptively small company with an exceptionally large mandate: to challenge the perception of what theatre is. And next week you’ll have a chance to get in on the action.
Founded by writer/producer Megan Coles and director/producer Shannon Lynn Hawes, Poverty Cove now has two massively successful productions under its belt and has grown to include a board with six members, whom are themselves a mix of artists and non-artist professionals living in and around St. John’s.
Poverty Cove’s first production, The Battery, was performed in the vacant second floor of a popular downtown pub. Through ingenuity and might the space was transformed into a 55-seat theatre and staged a set that doubled as a bar and the craggy cliffs of the harbour narrows. One minute the cast were dancing on the bar, drinks splashing about in their hands while belting out all the words to AC/DC’s Thunder Struck, the next they were hopping from rock to precarious rock, the sea churning and surging a hundred feet below, to perch and purge their innermost secrets.
Their second production, Our Eliza, toured the province last year on just about every stage and non-stage you can imagine, from the Barbara Barrett theatre in St. John’s, across the island in Arts & Culture Centres, and up the Northern Peninsula in gymnasiums and community centres.
Both productions, written by Coles and produced by Hawes, played to sold out crowds and found audiences both in and outside of the traditional theatre sphere.
By all accounts, Poverty Cove is not only hitting their mandate’s mark but operating as a shining example of a successful theatre company. And like most theatre companies, the funds to mount their next production, Rabbit Rabbit, an awarding-winning Canadian play to be directed by Hawes and produced by Coles, remain elusive.
To solve this problem, Poverty Cove recently issued a challenge to their surrounding arts community: give us something you’re currently working on and we’ll give you a venue to showcase it. The community responded and next week’s event, Friends of Poverty Cove, was born.
Friends of Poverty Cove will feature performances, readings, screenings, music and standup comedy from the likes of Greg Malone, Robert Chafe, Ed Riche, Amy House, Matt Wright and many more. There will also be a silent auction featuring packages and services from Quidi Vidi Brewery, David’s Tea, and Chef Mark McCrow to name just a few.
And in keeping with Poverty Cove’s love of non-traditional spaces (among other things), Friends of Poverty Cove will be hosted at the Quidi Vidi Brewery – where the bar will indeed be open.
Friends of Poverty Cove kicks off at 8pm on Wednesday, February 26th. Tickets are $20 at the door, which opens at 7pm.