This Week on NFB.ca: Celebrate World Theatre Day
World Theatre Day was celebrated this week, on March 27. Since 1961, that day has been set aside to promote theatre in all its forms across the world.
Here at the NFB, we love celebrating occasions like these. Especially when we’ve got the films to do it! This week we featured five films about the theatre, and we threw in a few famous figures, to boot.
30 Minutes, Mister Plummer
Ahem. Who doesn’t love a little Christopher Plummer?
This short documentary clocks in at just under 30 minutes. In that time, we get up close and personal with the great actor in his dressing room during the early 60s. It’s a great little time capsule… especially if you’re a fan of Capt. Von Trapp.
David Fennario’s Banana Boots
Get a front row seat to the extraordinary journey of acclaimed playwright David Fennario in this 1998 documentary.
In this filmed version of Fennario’s one-man play, he recounts how he moved from major theatrical performances to community productions, with the aim of “creating theatre that could be used to fight back.”
The Stratford Adventure
This is a vintage NFB favourite that recounts the tale of mounting of the first Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. It’s a great story about one small town that rose to fame and attracted world-famous talent to its stages.
There were some major snags in the making of this film, and if you’re a real theatre junkie, you’ll enjoy our inhouse expert’s take on it.
And because it’s never to early for exposure to culture, here’s one for the kids.
Animator Co Hoedeman’s film about a troupe of unfortunate marionettes skews a little older than his Ludovic fare, but it’s still sure to please kids of all ages. Combining the best of cinema and theatre, he creates a magical experience for all to enjoy.
Horse Drawn Magic
We wrapped up the week with a look back to the 1970s to enjoy a little travelling theatre, which is just as trippy as it sounds.
In this short, you get to meet the members of the Caravan Stage Company, the world’s only horse-drawn, open-air theatre. Follow along as they tour the Canadian west, bring joy and live performance wherever they stop.