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We Crossed the Ocean by Pen!

Such a wonderful time the Informal Upright crew had last night at the IRL Festival's "Crossing the Ocean by Pen" panel discussion. It was a great turnout in spite of the inclement weather, and we couldn't be happier with the conversations and discussions throughout the evening.

The Panel - from left to right: Karen MacLeod, Leigh Cooney, Ciarán Myers, Paddy Gillard-Bentley, Michael Higgins, Michael Kelly Cavan, and Host, Dr. Kieran Bonner. 

The Panel - from left to right: Karen MacLeod, Leigh Cooney, Ciarán Myers, Paddy Gillard-Bentley, Michael Higgins, Michael Kelly Cavan, and Host, Dr. Kieran Bonner. 

A special thank you goes out to Sue Nally for orchestrating the Festival and for using the evening's panel discussion as a way of raising money to support a production of Grosse Ile set for this time 2018. That's right, folks! We're shooting for the moon and taking the stars with us into 2018 and we can't wait to show you what Ciarán and the rest of us at Informal Upright have come up with.

The Informal Upright Crew - from left to right: Sukhpreet Sangha, Ciarán Myers, and Shawn DeSouza-Coelho

The Informal Upright Crew - from left to right: Sukhpreet Sangha, Ciarán Myers, and Shawn DeSouza-Coelho

Here at Informal Upright, we're hard at work on getting our launch event together and we've got our next episode of Informalities in the works, so there's lots to stay tuned for, lots we're excited to share with you.

On another note!

Our Associate Director, Shawn DeSouza-Coelho has recently begun a fundraising initiative for an art installation called The PoeTree, or a place of emotional exchange between strangers. The premise is simple: set up in Trinity Bellwoods Park, the tree offers a place for strangers to share the written word and themselves with one another, one poem at a time.

Concept Drawing of The PoeTree!

Concept Drawing of The PoeTree!

Here at Informal Upright we're all about community and this project is right up our alley. So, click the link and read all about it. Donate if you can! Every little bit helps.

Informally yours,

The Informal Upright Crew

Podcast and Performances and Launches and more!

Big news from everybody here at Informal Upright! 

In addition to having Episode 6 of our podcast out in the next few days (if you haven't checked our our podcast, Informalities, then please do!) we've also been selected to present a few of our in-development pieces at some great festivals in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

Grosse Ile will be presented in part at the Irish Real Life Festival's panel discussion "Crossing the Ocean by Pen", at The Registry Theatre in Kitchener (122 Frederick Street). It's a wonderful evening devoted expressly to the exploration of the process of writing plays relating to Ireland and Irish-Canadian identify. On Monday, March 13th, 2017, from 7:30PM - 10:00PM, we hope to see you there. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Hamburger will be presented at the ACTOne Play Festival, which runs from from June 8-10, 2017 at The Registry Theatre. Tickets will be $22, or $18 for students/seniors, and can be bought online through the festival's site (linked above). We're all thrilled to be part of this festival not only because it's a chance to showcase Ciarán's brilliant work in his very own community, but also because it comes hot off the heels of . . .

Our launch party! Our debut. Our cotillion (if you will). We'll be having a launch party some time in May, and we're holding off on the details right now because they are still up in the air. What we can tell you is that it'll be a great night with great theatre and great company. What more could you ask for? Check back in with us in the coming weeks and months for all of the information and, of course, we hope to see you there.

That's it for now!

Informally yours,

The Informal Upright Crew