Feminist free-thinkers unite at Roughing It in the Bush

CanLit lovers, Fringe fans, feminist free-thinkers and history buffs, this one’s for you.

Way Off-Broadway Wednesdays is continuing with its adaptation of Roughing It In the Bush, with Episode 2 onstage at the Heritage Grill on Nov. 7.

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The fringe performance series, which runs regularly in the Heritage Grill’s back room, is presenting an ongoing adaptation of the classic memoir by Susanna Moodie – the English-born Canadian author who wrote about her experiences as a middle-class Englishwoman moving to Upper Canada in the 1830s.

Her original text is being adapted for interpretation by, and commentary from, a variety of female performers from around the region. For Episode 2, the featured performer will be Tara Travis, an actor, writer and puppeteer who is the co-founder and co-artistic producer of Sticky Fingers Productions.

“With her rich imagery and high stakes adventure, Susanna Moodie’s memoir is beautifully entertaining, and it’s also a tool with which we can unpack our colonial history and start conversations about post-colonialism, reconciliation, immigration and prejudice,” said Way Off-Broadway Wednesdays creative producer, Devon More, in a press release.

More also provides a musical soundscape for the shows.

Episode 3, on Nov. 28, will feature New West resident Natalie Schreiber.

Way Off-Broadway Wednesdays shows are all pay-what-you-can, with showtime at 7 p.m. and doors at 6:30 p.m. You can just drop in, but reservations are recommended at 604-759-0819.

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