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Western Gold presents a series of digital
presentations, podcasts, creative workshops, and more

LOOK!

Click the above video to view Episode 1: “HOW MUCH AND HOW MANY??”

THE PINCH PENNY POKER PLAYERS
CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOUR on YOUTUBE
Written and performed by Nora D. Randall

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

Join the Pinch Pennys as they hit the Ladysmith Light Up, the Chemainus Dinner Theatre, the Duncan Farmers’ Market, and Butchart Gardens’ Magic of Christmas (circa 2005). Much as they are out to celebrate, they are dogged by a series of ever increasingly alarming events. And why are they stuck with the bus company boss’ mother?

Follow along as school-bus driver Mavis sets out on her greatest bus trip yet. Told in a series of episodes to be released regularly over the course of 2023, Mavis will let you know exactly how she got involved, even though the other bus driver turned out to be her irritating ex-lover. She’ll reveal who’s on the bus, all the weird things that happened — some of them which only she saw (and that scared the bejesus out of her) — how the old ladies were undaunted, though forgetful, and what happened with the boss’ mother!

HELP NORA HELP OTHERS!

Nora is sponsoring a family through Rainbow Refugee and is requesting donations to this cause that is close to her heart. Please consider donating – even a small amount helps! All donations will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

DONATION INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Click here or on the DONATE HERE button below to go to the Rainbow Refugee donation page;

2. Click on the red DONATE button on the top, right-hand side of the page;

3. Then scroll down to the DONATION DETAILS field near the bottom of the page;

4. Enter your donation amount;

5. Click the FUND dropdown menu and scroll down to PENNY PINCHERS and click on it to ensure your donation goes to Nora’s family;

6. Fill in the rest of the information (credit card info, etc.) and then click the blue COMPLETE DONATION NOW button

90 DAYS by Salim Rahemtulla
PAY PER VIEW

The live production of 90 DAYS sold out; did you miss it? Not to fret! Now is your chance to see it as a pay-per-view, professionally recorded video.

TICKETS

We are offering three tiers of ticket prices so as many people as possible have the opportunity to watch it.

 

  • Regular price: $25
  • Concession price: $15 – this ticket is for those who want to commit but can’t pay the full amount, ie students, seniors, artists, those on the front lines – you know who you are!
  • Pay what you can: If you are stretched in the pocketbook – no worries! This ticket is for you. Pay only what you can by donating – and if you can’t, that’s fine too!

90 DAYS – Expelled from Uganda, one family’s story of the exodus fifty years on.

Directed by Melissa Oei

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Ugandan exodus of Asians, and based on the playwright’s own experiences, one of the largest expulsions of the 20th century is brought to life through the lens of a modest Ismaili family tearing themselves away from what they thought was home. Humorous, moving, and completely authentic, audiences loved this fascinating new play!

CAST
(click on name to read bio)

Dhirendra: Yusuf Rahim
Nimet Kanji: Parin Rahim
Akshaya Pattanayak: Nasser Rahim
Parm Soor: Munir Kassam
Sabrina Vellani: Shamira Rahim

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Watch past LOOK! presentations on our YouTube channel here

LEARN!

90 DAYS TALKBACK SESSION #1

Watch a recorded version of an informative post-play talkback session with members of Western Gold’s creative team and 90 DAYS cast members Dhirendra, Akshaya Pattanayak, and Sabrina Vellani.

 

90 DAYS TALKBACK SESSION #2
With Senator Mobina Jaffer and Creative Team

Watch a recorded version of an informative post-play talkback session with Senator Mobin Jaffer and Glenn MacDonald, General & Production Manager, Western Gold Theatre along with 90 DAYS cast members Dhirendra, Nimet Kanji, Akshaya Pattanayak, and Sabrina Vellani.

 

RECOUNTING 90 DAYS – LAND: LANDED

You’re invited to watch footage of LAND: LANDED, a round table discussion that was held on September 20 by Western Gold, produced in partnership with Full Circle: First Nations Performance and Primary Colours/Couleurs Primaires.

Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trépanier, co-Directors of Primary Colours/Couleurs Primaires, offered a conversation based on their performative presentation Land: Landed. They explored what it means to leave a homeland; to arrive in a new land and to discover whose land it is. Is ‘homeland’ a mythic space? What does it mean to live on Indigenous land? Are immigrants and refugees introduced to the complete history of the territory called Canada? Whose land is it now? What does it mean to all live here together?

The conversation included special guests Margo Kane, David Ng, and Zool Suleman. Shafana Mitha served as witness.

RECOUNTING 90 DAYS – 90 DAYS. 50 YEARS

Watch footage of 90 DAYS. 50 YEARS, a panel discussion held on Friday, September 24 and moderated by Taslim Samji.

Featured panelists and speakers (click gold names for bios):

Dr. Parin Dossa; Gustavo Adolfo Febres-Lopez; Jalal Jaffer; Mike Molloy; Shahira Patni-Tejpar; Umeeda Switlo

PANEL TOPICS

Independence to Expulsion | From the Way We Were to The State of Being Stateless

What was life like in the decade between achieving independence in 1962 and, in contrast, how it felt in 1972 to no longer belong to one’s homeland or know where your future home would be.

Kampala to Canada | The Refugee Rescue Ad-Mission

Mike Molloy vividly recalls his personal experience as Canada’s representative in Uganda, processing applications for thousands of refugees.

Welcome to Canada, Eh! | The Immigrant Experience

How welcoming was Canada, really? Panelists discuss their first impressions arriving in Canada as well as what it was like assisting refugees with settlement and integration

Immigration to Integration | Identifying as Canadian

Where did their journey take them after arriving in Canada? Panelists discuss the challenges and successes they experienced in creating their lives today.

Canada Today | Post-Expulsion Socio-Political Climate

Is Canada’s social and political climate is more, less or just as polarized today compared to 1972? How welcoming are the various political parties towards immigrants/refugees?

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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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