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2023 Season!

90 DAYS (2022 Season)
Dhirendra, Sabrina Vellani
Photo by Javier Sotres

Creativity has no expiry date! ™

Western Gold Theatre is the premier company in the country focused on sharing and celebrating the talents of senior professional theatre artists (age 55+). Western Gold also mentors emerging younger professional artists as they ‘share the boards’ with us. We are a vibrant creative gathering place for artists and audiences, young and old.

Theatre is not a “job” where you punch a clock daily and then collect a gold watch on your 65th birthday— theatre people do not retire! Like good wine or a robust stew, we get better with age. As we simmer, our flavour deepens, we are more nuanced, more capable of being brave, better able to face challenging work. And one thing is for sure, older people are the best storytellers ever! We celebrate this.

Tanja Dixon-Warren – Artistic Director

VIRTUAL GOLD: LOOK!

The Pinch Penny Poker Players Christmas Light Tour

Keep the joyous season alive all year round with an episodic treat for all lovers of cozy mysteries, old ladies, cantankerous bus drivers, the beauty of southern Vancouver Island and the magic of its celebrations.

Available now on YouTube, watch How Many and How Old?, episode one of Nora D. Randall’s hilarious series of short videos!

Special Event

Monday, February 27, 2023 at 1:00 PM
Pal Studio Theatre
581 Cardero St, Vancouver BC V6G 3L3

AGEING IN THE LIVE PERFORMING ARTS

VANCOUVER PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY FORUM
With Dr. Julia Henderson and Jack Paterson

The Creatus Project and Western Gold Theatre in association with CSAR, PAL Vancouver, and PHT Creative Hub invite you to join us for a conversation with Dr. Julia Henderson and Jack Paterson around ageing and ageism in the performing arts. Provide your input to help us better understand the issues and imagine solutions.

It is no secret that older artists can face challenges related to physical and cognitive age-related changes. However, far greater impediments to their successful participation in the arts are the social stigmas of ageism and ableism.

No matter what their age or their physical or mental abilities may be, older adults can and should participate in the arts. And not just any arts, but high-quality, innovative, and contemporary arts.

In this forum we are especially interested in the input and feedback of older adults with professional experience in the live performing arts about how aging, old(er) age, and experiences of ageism have affected their professional careers, their experiences when working, and their enjoyment as audience members. This conversation will help us shape questions to guide a future research study on this topic.

This is a hybrid event. Admission is free. To join us in person, simply show up at PAL Studio Theatre!

To join us online please register by clicking the button below and we’ll send you the ZOOM link.

2023 Season

Vancouver Theatre Companies

March 17 – 19, 2023

Opening Night

by Norm Foster

The madcap antics both on and off the stage find the lives of all involved irreparably altered. A full-on belly-laugh for theatre lovers!

OOF! (On Our Feet) Staged Reading

June 2 – 4, 2023 

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

Also titled A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, this beloved satire of Victorian social hypocrisy is the wittiest classic there is!

OOF! (On Our Feet) Staged Reading

November 9 – 26, 2023

A Doll’s House Part 2

by Lucas Hnath

Fifteen years after Nora Helmer infamously slammed the door on her stifling domestic life, she has returned.

This funny, probing, and bold new play is both a continuation of Ibsen’s exploration of traditional gender roles and a clever contemporary take on all human relationships. Sharp, witty, invigorating

Main Stage Production

Vancouver Theatre Companies

Contact Us

Phone: 604-363-5734

Email: info@westerngoldtheatre.org

Mailing Address:

101-1516 East 1st Avenue,

Vancouver BC V5N 1A5

Supported By

Live Plays Vancouver
Live Plays Vancouver
plays in Vancouver
Vancouver theatre companies
The Humber Foundation

The McGrane-Pearson Endowment Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation

Stewart Fund,
held at Vancouver Foundation

McLean Foundation

Community Partners

We gratefully acknowledge that we are on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. We deeply thank them for so generously allowing us to live, work, and play on their beautiful lands. 

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