What’s so funny about mud, death, and machine gun fire?
Shadow Theatre is proud to present Neil Grahn’s TheComedy Company, a truly Canadian story of the members of the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry Division. Company members were asked by their commander to put together a comedy/musical revue to entertain the troops to boost morale. During some of the most difficult fighting of the war they would conceive, write, and perform comedy sketches and musical parodies to lift the spirits of the soldiers. With the help of surprisingly realistic comedy scenes and startlingly pretty cross-dressing performances they would become wildly popular.
“The Comedy Company is a fictional recounting of an incredibly true story,” says Shadow Theatre Artistic Director John Hudson. “We are proud and humbled to be presenting this original, world premiere by local playwright and CBC Irrelevant Show writer Neil Grahn, on the anniversary of the start of the first World War.”
The Comedy Company is Directed by John Hudson with a creative team including; Set & Lighting Designer Alison Yanota; Costume Designer Leona Brausen; Sound Designer Dave Clarke; Visual Designer Matt Schuurman; Musical Director Robert Walsh; Dramaturg Reed McColm; Stage Managers Rachel Dawn Woods & Steph Link; Assistant Stage Manager Gaby Phaneuf; Production Manager Chris Hicks.