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World Theatre Day Message

WORLD THEATRE DAY (est. 1961). Celebrated annually on the 27th March, World Theatre Day is when the international theatre community comes together. To mark this, the International Message is written by a theatre personality of world stature. The 2024 Author of this message is Jon Fosse, a renowned Norwegian writer born in 1959. He is known for his extensive body of work, which includes plays, novels, poetry collections, essays, children’s books, and translations. Fosse’s writing style is characterized by minimalism and emotional depth, making him one of the most performed playwrights in the world. In 2023, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his innovative plays and prose that give voice to the unsayable. At curtain time, around the world, this message is read on stages everywhere.

Each year, Western Gold Theatre creates a video in which members of our beloved theatre community read the World Theatre Day message in a number of languages.

Click on the reader’s name to read their bio and on the language (where available) to read the message in that language (listed alphabetically):

Mariam Barry (she/her) – Norwegian

Alen Dominguez (he/him) – Spanish

Nina Ferretti (she/her) – French

Monika Forberger (she/her) – German

Alet Giezen (she/her) – Dutch

Stefania Indelicato (she/her) – Italian

Mauro Joao (he/him) – Portuguese

Arik Koubi (he/him) – Hebrew

Kareem Marie (he/him) – Arabic

Toni Mehrain – Farsi

Harmanie Rose (she/her) – English

Andrej Stanojlovic (he/him) – Serbian

Maija Wiik (she/her) – Finnish

Xwechtaal (Dennis Joseph) (he/him) – Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish)

Maki Yi (she/her) – Korean

Colleen Bayati – Videographer

Call for Artistic Content Creators

Have a Senior Moment Short Videos (TikTok, Instagram, Facebook)

Western Gold Theatre in partnership with the University of British Columbia is seeking ARTISTIC CONTENT CREATORS who identify as Seniors / Elders to work in collaboration with young people (aged 16 to 25) to create a series of short videos (10-20 seconds) which celebrate older individuals (55+) actively engaging in creative and joyous activities.

The intent is to take the ageist notion of a “senior moment” (normally understood as a moment of forgetfulness, a foolish mistake, or a lack of understanding based on age) – and reclaim the term to mean a moment showing older adults living their lives in richness, fullness, and in relationship with their communities and environments.

Each Artistic Content Creator will be paired with a Student Technology Facilitator who will assist the Content Creator in filming and preparing the video for dissemination.  Using a cell phone, together they will create a short TikTok-style video sharing a moment of the Artistic Content Creator’s life which has meaning to them, and represents older age in a non-ageist manner.

The videos will not exceed 20 seconds and must be suitable to be shared on social media platforms, included in our Virtual Gold Series.

We welcome and encourage individuals of all identities, ethnicities and abilities and equity seeking groups.

We anticipate this will require about 2 hours of time. We are able to offer a nominal honorarium of $50 and our heartfelt thanks.

Deadline is April 15, 2024.

Please email your interest to Tanja at [email protected] with the subject “Have a Senior Moment – Videos.”

Note: If you have any accessibility requirements for your submission please email [email protected] or call 604 363-5734

*This project takes place in partnership with Dr. Julia Henderson, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia, and is funded by the UBC Partnership Recognition and Exploration Fund


LOOK! Video Presentations

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!


We’ve reached the final episode of The Pinch Penny Poker Players Christmas Light Tour. Welcome to the free-for-all at the end! Hope you enjoyed the journey.

View episodes 1 – 10 here

View episodes 11 & 12 below

If you’re enjoying Nora’s wonderful series, please consider donating to her favourite charity, Rainbow Refugee. More info below.




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.


  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

Watch past LOOK! presentations on our YouTube channel here


Plays in Vancouver

Stay Tuned!
Check back to find links to upcoming VIRTUAL GOLD: LISTEN! podcasts
and LEARN! creative workshops

Tune in to past Virtual Gold podcasts here.

Creativity has no expiry date! ™

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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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