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Friday, July 19, 2024

Queer-prov finds a home

Halifax's Page1 Theatre relaunches its improv comedy shows and workshops at the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre.

Following its successful launch in August last year, Halifax’s Page1 Theatre has been on the search for a permanent, safe and accessible space to host its improv comedy show and workshop, Queer-prov. They found it at the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre, just in time for Halifax Pride.

We need spaces where we can gather, where we can laugh, share, and connect as a community. Spaces that are fun and inclusive. – Isaac Mulè

“We had such an incredible response last year,” says Page1 Theatre’s artistic director Isaac Mulè. “We had so many folks sign up for our free workshop, the evening performance sold out, and we received some really positive feedback from those in attendance.” 

Based on that initial response, Mulè sought a more permanent space to host the show that includes a performance and a free workshop for those looking to learn more about improv or connect with new improvisers. He found it thanks to the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre artistic director Kelley Edwards.

“Kelley has been super supportive and I thought, why not start a conversation and see what happens,” says Mulè. “After chatting about the idea, Kelley jumped on board.” 

“Grafton Street Dinner Theatre is thrilled to offer a safe and welcoming space for queer artists to showcase their talent,” says Edwards. “We are proud to be part of this exciting event and look forward to watching it grow.” 

The newly formed partnership will see Page1 Theatre schedule semi-regular improv shows throughout the year, beginning with its Halifax Pride show on July 20. Other performances will take place in October and December of this year and February of 2023.

The professional theatre company is also looking at offering training options, workshops, and other opportunities for those looking to learn more about improv. The additional shows will also create paid opportunities for more improv artists and troupes, which have been missing since the pandemic began.

While Mulè is excited about having a consistent performance space, he is also enthusiastic about what this means for the local LGBTQ+ community. 

“It’s so important that our community is able to celebrate queer joy,” he says. “We need spaces where we can gather, where we can laugh, share, and connect as a community. Spaces that are fun and inclusive. We have so many big ideas around how we can grow  the show, and this partnership is the first step in making that a reality.”

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