This week's Work of the Week is After the Theatre by Raymond Theriault in honour of World Theatre Day, which is on March 27!
The depiction of theatregoers milling about after the show feels like a distant memory as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shutter theatres around the world. Filing out of the venue after the show, discussing the best (or worst) parts of the performance, and deciding where to go for a post-show cocktail or bite to eat, the rituals that take place after the theatre contribute to the experience one has when they take in a live theatre show, an experience we know is surely missed.
For this year's World Theatre Day, now a full year into the pandemic, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) asked Canadian theatre creators and audiences what they miss the most about live theatre. Watch the responses:
This video was produced in partnership with l’Association des théâtres francophones du Canada (ATFC) and the Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC).
About World Theatre Day
Created in 1961 by UNESCO, World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on March 27 by theatre communities around the globe. The impetus behind World Theatre Day is to honour and further the goal of UNESCO’s International Theatre Institute (ITI) to celebrate the power of theatre to serve as an indispensable bridge-builder for mutual international understanding and peace as well as to promote and protect cultural diversity and identity in communities throughout the world.