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P.E.I. Pay-what-you-can Theatre Festival now underway

Catherine O’Brien, left, and Mark Fraser are acting and directing at The Guild for the P.E.I. Pay-what-you-can Theatre Festival.
Catherine O’Brien, left, and Mark Fraser are acting and directing at The Guild for the P.E.I. Pay-what-you-can Theatre Festival.

CHARLOTTETOWN – The Guild is presenting a new festival for Islanders who don’t often go to the theatre.

The P.E.I. Pay-what-you-can Theatre Festival began on Thursday at the Guild, with there being no set ticket prices to attend any play. This leaves the audience the choice to pay as much as they want to see the plays they want.

“If you don’t go to the theatre often, you don’t know how much it’ll be or if you’ll even like it or not. So this festival gives people the chance to check it out,” said Mark Fraser, one of the festival’s directors.

Tickets for regular theatre productions can be expensive, so this festival is low risk, high reward, said Fraser.

“Someone could walk out from one of the festival’s plays, discover that they really enjoy theatre, and become a theatre-folk.”

The festival will be going on over the next two weekends, and includes three different plays – “Grace and Glorie”, “It’s all About the Timing” and “In the Morning”.

Catherine O’Brien is directing and acting in the festival.

Living on P.E.I., O’Brien said it’s tough for actors in the winter because there are no shows being put on – meaning no work. But, said a festival in the winter brings many opportunities.

“It gives the local actors an opportunity to work, and show what they got. And, it gives Islanders the opportunity to see good theatre on P.E.I. during the winter.”

O’Brien has been performing in theatre for many years, and has been apart of pay-what-you-can performances before.

She said with these shows, they attract a different crowd than usual plays.

“The regular theatre-folks will still come, but people who are curious about theatre, and want to see what it’s about, will also come too. I love getting people in the door who haven’t experienced theatre yet.”

The Guild presents the P.E.I. Pay-what-you-can Theatre Festival from March 11-12 and March 16-19.

The P.E.I. Pay-what-you-can Theatre Festival began on Thursday at the Guild, with there being no set ticket prices to attend any play. This leaves the audience the choice to pay as much as they want to see the plays they want.

“If you don’t go to the theatre often, you don’t know how much it’ll be or if you’ll even like it or not. So this festival gives people the chance to check it out,” said Mark Fraser, one of the festival’s directors.

Tickets for regular theatre productions can be expensive, so this festival is low risk, high reward, said Fraser.

“Someone could walk out from one of the festival’s plays, discover that they really enjoy theatre, and become a theatre-folk.”

The festival will be going on over the next two weekends, and includes three different plays – “Grace and Glorie”, “It’s all About the Timing” and “In the Morning”.

Catherine O’Brien is directing and acting in the festival.

Living on P.E.I., O’Brien said it’s tough for actors in the winter because there are no shows being put on – meaning no work. But, said a festival in the winter brings many opportunities.

“It gives the local actors an opportunity to work, and show what they got. And, it gives Islanders the opportunity to see good theatre on P.E.I. during the winter.”

O’Brien has been performing in theatre for many years, and has been apart of pay-what-you-can performances before.

She said with these shows, they attract a different crowd than usual plays.

“The regular theatre-folks will still come, but people who are curious about theatre, and want to see what it’s about, will also come too. I love getting people in the door who haven’t experienced theatre yet.”

The Guild presents the P.E.I. Pay-what-you-can Theatre Festival from March 11-12 and March 16-19.

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