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Blue Bridge kicking off season off with a happy bang

Belfry Theatre founding artistic director Don Shipley brought in for Happy Days production
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Blue Bridge Theatre presents Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days April 23 to May 5 at the Roxy Theatre. Photo contributed

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre is bringing out the big guns for its season opener, with one of the most respected theatre names in Victoria and Canada set to direct a work from one of the 20th century’s most famous playwrights.

Don Shipley, founding artistic director of the Belfry Theatre and one of Canada’s leading figures in the theatre world, will be helming a production of Samuel Beckett’s 1961 classic Happy Days, set to hit the stage of the Roxy Theatre starting April 23.

“I am truly humbled and delighted that talent of international caliber … have agreed to take on this hilarious, yet terrifying, existential classic,” said Blue Bridge artistic director Brian Richmond. “[The play] fits perfectly with the fleeting feeling of hopelessness in our times … and reminds those of us struggling from the despair of Trump-era politics, that sometimes the only thing to do is to laugh and to remind ourselves that this too shall pass.”

Blue Bridge’s talented creative team joins Shipley for this production, including Pauline Stynes designing the costumes, Hans Saefkow tackling the set and props and Rebekah Johnson handling the lighting.

The production runs until May 5. Tickets are available at bluebridgetheatre.ca or by calling the box office at 250-382-3370.



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