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Brown Wasp takes us on a journey through illness, healing and redemption

Wolfville's Caravan Theatre presents Brown Wasp as part of the 2023 Halifax Fringe Festival.

Wolfville’s Caravan Theatre presents Brown Wasp, Meah Martin’s story of Sarah, a Canadian woman in the throes of an inner journey through illness, healing and redemption.

Sarah is a rich and complex character, travelling a path that challenges her sense of self.

We learn more in this Q&A with Caravan Theatre’s artistic director, Kathy France.

Brown Wasp plays as part of the 2023 Halifax Fringe Festival at Neptune Theatre’s Imperial Room from August 31-September 10. Visit the Halifax Fringe ticket outlet for tickets and information.

This interview has been edited.

Tell us about Brown Wasp. What can audiences expect?

Brown Wasp pulls you into the funny, self-deprecating world of Sarah, a woman in the throes of an edgy inner journey through illness, healing and redemption.

What inspired Brown Wasp?

The first time I read Brown Wasp, I was floored by its mix of sardonic wit and gentle wonder. It’s both raw and poetic. The play won the Canadian National Playwriting Competition award for a one-act play in 2000. The playwright revamped it last year for the Winnipeg Fringe with an actor friend of mine in the role. I wanted to be part of that magic, and suggested I bring them out here for our fringe.

Why this particular show now?

Illness comes to us all, sooner or later. How do we navigate our emotions dealing with that? How do we navigate the Canadian health system? Where is our support? And what inner resources do we have?

What do you hope audiences leave Brown Wasp talking about?

I hope folks walk away appreciating that there are acting roles for senior women beyond the usual demented granny, ancient family retainer, or nosy neighbour. Sarah is a rich and complex character, travelling a path that challenges her sense of self.

Why should someone come to see Brown Wasp?

It’s a great show and has won critical acclaim at Fringes across Canada.

Brown Wasp plays as part of the 2023 Halifax Fringe Festival at Neptune Theatre’s Imperial Room from August 31-September 10. Visit the Halifax Fringe ticket outlet for tickets and information.

The Halifax Fringe Festival returns from August 31 through September 10, with more than 60 productions taking place at venues across the city.

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