Lest We Forget
Local theatre company Eye Flower Productions debuts Legion Blues, a Remembrance Day play staged in the intimacy of a living room. The show will play over three nights on the Remembrance Day long weekend, November 10th -12th at 8 p.m.
Legion Blues is an original play written and directed by local artist Michael Beamish. Set in the early 1950s, Legion Blues explores the issue of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition experienced behind the closed doors of many Canadian households following WWII- a topic poignantly relevant today as Canadian soldiers return home from Afghanistan.
Legion Blues contains scenes of violence and domestic abuse. “I intend to give the audience an intense and raw theatre experience where they are confronted with the horrors of PTSD. So I am setting the play in my kitchen and putting the audience in my living room,” says Beamish.
Previously produced in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Swift Current, this will be Eye Flower Productions’ debut showing of Legion Blues in Fort McMurray. Eye Flower Productions is a professional theatre company dedicated to producing indie theatre.
Tickets are available upon honourable donation, to book tickets patrons MUST reserve their spots by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details available on facebook: Eye Flower Productions facebook fan page and Legion Blues facebook event.
Legion Blues is written and directed by Michael Beamish and stars Rebecca John, Murray Cullen, and Francis Mennigke. Fight choreography by Nathan Loitz.
Francis Mennigke is originally from South Africa and now resides in Fort McMurray. He is renowned for his awarding winning show Rubbish, which won Best Production (Francis Mennigke), Best Actor (Francis Mennigke and Nathan Loitz) and Best Director (Michael Beamish) at the 2011 interPLAY festival.
Murray Cullen is a former Keyano VPA theatre student. He is now a professional actor and has performed across Western Canada.
Rebecca John, a Keyano VPA Theatre graduate (2004), and University of Lethbridge BFA graduate (2006), is a professional theatre artist and a founding member of Eye Flower Productions.
Playwright and Director, Michael Beamish is the founder of Eye Flower Productions. He is a Keyano VPA Theatre graduate (2003) and a University of Lethbridge BFA graduate (2005). His scripts have been produced at various festivals across Western Canada. He recently starred in Keyano Theatre Company’s production of The 39 Steps, and is the award winning director of Rubbish at the 2011 Fort McMurray interPLAY Festival.
For more information:
Michael Beamish, Eye Flower Productions