The Battery 2011 featuring Bridget Wareham, Natalia Hennelly, Gregory King, Deidre Gillard-Rowlings, Steve Lush and Darryl Hopkins.

Bridget Wareham as Karen and Natalia Hennelly as Lizzie, The Battery 2011.

Bridget Wareham as Karen and Natalia Hennelly as Lizzie, The Battery 2011.

PCTC co-produced Megan Coles' The Battery with RCA Theatre Company (RCAT) in St. John's during the spring of 2011. The highly successful first production had a sold out run and was directed by Emma Tibaldo, AD of Tailisman Theatre and present AD of Playwrights' Workshop Montreal.

The Battery examines the often difficult and challenging loyalties that surround and inform community and abusive relationships. Best friends, Lizzie and Karen, are forced to question the strength and importance of their friendship when one finds herself in an abusive relationship.

Despite an overwhelming demand for additional shows, a hold-over proved impossible. Many of the audience members were not traditional theatre goers, meeting one of PCTC's goals to reach out to the community. This suggests the significance PCTC can have as it develops.

Deidre Gillard-Rowlings as Marilyn and Gregory King as Cuppy, The Battery 2011.

Deidre Gillard-Rowlings as Marilyn and Gregory King as Cuppy, The Battery 2011.

 

 

 

The production of The Battery took place in a vacant bar above a functioning bar in downtown St. John's. The challenges were anticipated and became an exciting part of the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the production.

A talk back was held on April 14th and all proceeds from pay-what-you-can matinee held the 16th were donated to The Naomi Centre, an emergency shelter and short term residence for young women. This is in keeping with the play's subject matter and PCTC's commitment to supporting the development of dramatic narratives.

The Battery was Runner-up in 2009 PGC N.E.X.T. Competition and is currently being translated into French by Quebec playwright Mireille Myrand-Fiset.

Compelling and edgy, The Battery, gives intense performance.
— Gordon Jones, The Telegram

Our Eliza 2013 featuring Greg Malone, Joel Thomas Hynes and Renee Hackett. Tour production featuring Greg Malone, Steve Lush and Renee Hackett.

Renee Hackett as Eliza and Greg Malone as Loomis, Our Eliza 2013.

Renee Hackett as Eliza and Greg Malone as Loomis, Our Eliza 2013.

PCTC went on to co-produce Coles' Our Eliza with the Arts and Culture Centre (ACC) in the winter of 2013. Our Eliza was directed by Lois Brown of Newfoundland Artistx.

Our Eliza is the story of a rural Newfoundland community told through a daughter's attempt to talk to her father, to finally have a say, to discover her voice. The play is reflective of a province's attempt to be heard in a sea of provinces and a community to be understood after innumerable misunderstandings. It is the loss of a mother, a brother, a child, an industry.

Eliza represents a generation of Newfoundland women who didn't build modern careers because they were busy building families and towns. The play is a testament to the strength and wit exhibited in ordinary Newfoundland homes, around ordinary kitchen tables, every ordinary day. Eliza is a daughter of Newfoundland and Labrador, she belongs to all of us, she is ours.

 

Renee Hackett as Eliza and Steve Lush as Hank, Our Eliza 2013.

Renee Hackett as Eliza and Steve Lush as Hank, Our Eliza 2013.

 

 

The production sold out its first weekend run in the Barbara Barrett Theatre prior to opening to full, enthusiastic houses each night.It then proceeded to its sell out its second weekend run in a found space, the A.C. Hunter Library. Audience response to the production was resoundingly positive. The production then traveled to Halifax where it opened Eastern Front Theatre's Stages First Theatre Festival before embarking on a four week tour of Newfoundland.

The tour included four Arts and Culture Centres (Gander, Grand Falls, Corner Brook and Stephenville) and six alternative, site specific venues on the Northern Peninsula and Central NL. The show was built in St. John's and played in a variety of spaces including community centres, Lions' Clubs, gymnasiums, regional theatre, etc. All proceeds from pay-what-you-can matinee were donated to Meals On Wheels, an organization delivering hot meals to seniors in their homes. This is in keeping with the play's subject matter and PCTC's commitment to community investment.

Our Eliza was Winner of the 2008 Provincial Arts and Letters Award.

 

This is the kind of play that deserves a standing ovation but left people quiet and steeped in thought before they could lift themselves out of their seats.
— Elissa Barnard, The Chronicle Herald

Rabbit Rabbit OPENS APRIL 30TH 2014

PCTC is currently in rehearsal for its exciting upcoming production of Amy Lee Lavoie's award winning Rabbit Rabbit. 

Amy Lee Lavoie is a graduate of Bishop’s University and the National Theatre School of Canada. Rabbit Rabbit  was part of Infinitheatre’s Pipeline series, CanStage’s Ideas and CreationFestival, SummerWorks and the Edmonton Fringe. It received its premiere production with Infinitheatre, earning Amy Lee two MECCA’s for Best Text and the Revelation Award. She was a Canada Council Playwright-in-Residence at Factory Theatre during 2011/12, a member of Factory’s Natural Resources creation group, the Playwriting Forum at Citadel Theatre, a member of Cahoots Theatre’s Playwrights’ Hothouse and is currently part of the Tarragon Playwriting Unit working her latest piece, Memento Mori. Amy Lee’s play, Stopheart premiered at Factory Theatre in May 2013.  

Darryl Hopkins is an actor/musician originally from Mount Pearl, NL. This is his second production with Poverty Cove, after appearing in Megan Coles' The Battery in 2011. SELECT THEATRE CREDITS: Theatre Newfoundland Labrador-Tempting Providence by Robert Chafe (U.K., U.S., Canadian & Australian Tours); Double Axe Murder by Bernie Stapleton, Isle des Demons; RCAT-The Infinity Plays by Justin Simms, Rocking The Cradle by Des Walsh; C2C - Pains of Youth; No Man's Land by Kevin Major & February by Lisa Moore. Darryl holds a B.F.A from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (MUN) and was the 2002 recipient of the Tommy Sexton Award. On May 2nd, 2014 he will appear at the Ship Pub to release a new album of music entitled "Burn". One can find him online @ www.avalonstanley.com

Meghan Greeley is an emerging playwright who hails from Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and currently resides in Toronto. Her stage play Kingdom was produced by White Rooster Theatre in 2012 and, following a successful run at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s, received a remount production in 2013. It then travelled to the Stages Festival in Halifax, where it was met with critical praise. Meghan’s scripts have twice been selected for the St. John’s Women’s Work Festival. She has also been the winner of the RCA Statoil Young Playwriting Series (2010) and the Magnetic North Under 25 Playwriting Contest (2006). Meghan currently attends York University, where she is pursuing an MFA in Screenwriting. She has a second script in development with White Rooster and looks forward to the production of her short play, Brother, Brother, at the Short and Queer Theatre Festival (Engine Productions, St. John’s) in 2014.