What’s next at the Firehall Arts Centre?

What’s next at the Firehall Arts Centre?

The Firehall, as you might guess, is a former firehall that’s been renovated into a performance and art gallery space. For me, its location at 280 East Cordova (at Gore) makes it my favorite local neighborhood venue. They often have productions, such as the currently playing Medicine and last year’s “maladjusted”, that deal directly with issues that affect many of the residents of the Downtown East Side.

The Firehall has various exciting productions that are coming up shortly. Two of these are “The Drummer Girl”, about the pioneering female drummer Lauri Lyster (Feb 12-22), and “Hirsch”, about the Hungarian-Canadian theatre artist John Hirsch (Feb. 25-March 1). As is typically the case with Firehall productions, there are always a few shows that have reduced-price or pay-what-you-can tickets, a particularly sensitive move considering the Firehall’s environs.


The Drummer Girl

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver musician Lauri Lyster brings together some of the city’s finest musicians in The Drummer Girl, an eclectic cabaret chronicling her adventures as a professional musician over the last 30 years, on at the Firehall Arts Centre from February 12 – 22, 2014.

From the acclaimed Winter Harp to landmark jazz/blues ensemble Mother of Pearl, this autobiographical show about this multi-talented percussionist’s career draws you into the inside world of the music industry. Lovers of blues, jazz, world, and classical music will be tapping their toes to Lyster’s catchy songs and charmed by her endearingly funny stories of blazing a trail as a female drummer in Vancouver.

Hirsch

VANCOUVER, BC – Toronto’s Alon Nashman is touring his Stratford Festival smash hit Hirsch, co-created with Paul Thompson, to the Firehall Arts Centre, Feb 25 – March 1 as part of Chutzpah! Festival. The Vancouver première of this beautifully compelling play about the life of the Hungarian-born Canadian theatre legend John Hirsch, is presented by the Chutzpah! Festival, Touchstone Theatre and the Firehall Arts Centre.

Hirsch was orphaned by the Holocaust at age thirteen and found refuge in Canada, where his talent and temperament made him an unforgettable force in our national theatre until his death from AIDS in 1989.

Nashman and Thompson’s play refracts Hirsch’s life through the prism of the stage productions which made him famous and which held particular personal significance for him. Hirsch “demonstrates how the director’s life infused his art: The way the memory of seeing his grandfather shot in front of him influenced his Mother Courage and Her Children; how the guilt of being a survivor altered his interpretation of The Tempest; and, perhaps, most importantly, how his eccentric, bourgeois upbringing gives him unusual insight into the works of Chekhov. (Hirsch’s 1976 Stratford production of Three Sisters with Marti Maraden, Martha Henry and Maggie Smith is his most legendary work.)” – The Globe & Mail

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