First performance in the fourth year of Script Salon!
Velvet Revolution by David van Belle
In 1989, 40 years of Communist rule in Czechoslovakia were ended in 10 days, when a spark of protest initiated by drama students was fanned into flame by the Czechoslovak theatre community. By the end of the year, a playwright, Václav Havel, had been elected President. Velvet Revolution uses high theatricality to tell the story of these remarkable events, and then examines the even more remarkable actions of a new artist-led government. A meditation on the ability of the theatre to effect political change… and on the ramifications of getting everything that you’ve asked for.
Read by: Julian Arnold, Clinton Carew, Oscar Derkx, Emma Houghton, Nimet Kanji, Natasha Prasad, and Nicole St. Martin.
About the Playwright: Born in Amsterdam and raised all over Canada, David van Belle is an Alberta-based playwright, director, actor and theatre deviser. He has been Co-Artistic Director of Ghost River Theatre, an ensemble member of One Yellow Rabbit and playwright-in-residence at Alberta Theatre Projects. He is currently the 2017 Writer-in-Residence for the Edmonton Public Library. His work has been seen coast-to-coast in Canada and in the Netherlands and Germany. You can find out more about his work at davidvanbelle.com.
When: Sunday, May 7, at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm.
Where: Upper Arts Space, Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Avenue).
Admission: Free, but donations are accepted at the door.
Refreshments available. Free parking. Playwright talkback after the show.
SCRIPT SALON is supported by Holy Trinity Anglican Church, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Alberta Playwrights Network and a loyal group of audience members. Since 2014, Script Salon play readings run every first Sunday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Upper Arts Space of Holy Trinity Anglican Church.