Annual One-Act Festival to Grace the Boardmore Stage

Cape Breton University’s Boardmore Playhouse is currently preparing to raise the curtain for the 2014 edition of the Elizabeth Boardmore One Act Play Festival. The stage is set for opening night on Thursday March 20 and will run until Sunday, March 23, 2014.

Boardmore One Act PlaysThis annual festival is eagerly awaited by CBU students, faculty, and community members alike. The festival provides new and experienced writers, directors, and actors with an opportunity to showcase their talents, and gives the public a chance to see several quality productions from numerous theatrical styles.

“This year’s one act play festival will be one of the best we have ever staged,” says Todd Hiscock, Director of the Boardmore Playhouse.  “We will be offering five very 

strong new plays written by local and provincial playwrights, coupled with five plays from some of the world’s best dramatists, such as Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, and David Ives.”

Boardmore One Act Plays

For the second year in a row Ron Jenkins will join the festival as adjudicator and will host public adjudications following each night of plays. “The Elizabeth Boardmore One Act Play Festival is once again very pleased to have Award Winning Director, Ron Jenkins join us as the Festival Adjudicator,” adds Hiscock. ”Ron has many years of experience with directing and dramaturgy of new plays by young Canadian playwrights. We are looking forward to his expert analysis of this year’s festival of plays.”

Jenkins is a freelance director and the former Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Workshop West Theatre and Fringe Theatre Adventures. Some of his directing credits include Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary), Playing With Fire (The Theo Fleury Story ATP), Chicago (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), Forbidden Phoenix (Citadel Theatre), among other notable productions.  Ron has won 10 Sterling Awards as a director and playwright and received Betty Mitchell Awards for Direction for The Black Rider and Playing With Fire.  He is also the winner of the 2004 Syncrude Award for Artistic Innovation. Ron was shortlisted for the 2007 and 2010 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre for Direction.

The festival achievements awards and closing ceremony will be held on March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Pit Lounge.

In 2004, the festival lost one of its greatest supporters and one of the Boardmore Dramagroup co-founders, Elizabeth “Liz” Boardmore. The festival now bears her name as a tribute to her tireless work in advancing theatre in Cape Breton.

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and one hour before show time. General Seating for all plays. Tickets are $12  general, $8.00 students and seniors, $6 CBU students. One Act Festival Passes are also available at a cost of $48 general, $32 student and senior, $24 CBU students.

For a complete schedule visit <>  or phone the Box Office at 563-1652.

Photo credit: Ashley Harding