Whether you’re a lover of history and drama, or someone who enjoys the absurd and a great belly laugh, Brantford theatre groups are offering shows this month that aim to please.
On November 10, 2015, Brant Theatre Workshops presents Doing Our Bit, the first play written by Brantford Expositor Reporter Vincent Ball. Doing Our Bit is a story of adventure, sacrifice and remembrance that is based on the actual experiences of local WWI veterans. The production tells the story of Kirby, a Brantford Collegiate Institute student and football star in the 1950s, who is given the assignment to research Arlington Austin Beckett – also a BCI football student and football player – who died in battle in 1917. The war stories that are represented give a local focus to the Great War, and pays its respects to the over 5,000 people from Brantford, the County of Brant and Six Nations, who served our nation overseas; over 500 of them never returned.
Doing Our Bit is being presented at the Sanderson Centre on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Arrive an hour early for a pre-show multimedia event in the Sanderson Centre lobby, including participants from BCI, St. John’s College, The Great War Centenary Association, Brant Historical Society, Woodland Cultural Centre and the Canadian Military Heritage Museum. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at sandersoncentre.ca.
Alternatively, ICHTHYS Theatre’s “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood,” by Mary Lynn Dobson, is a hilarious, Monty Python-esque rewrite of the traditional tale of Robin Hood. Audiences will be in hysterics as they watch the interactions between the delectably evil Prince John with his henchman the Sheriff of Nottingham; the bumbling Merry Men who bear menacing wooden spoons, an egotistical Robin Hood with his Merry Men of local yokels, and Lady Marion with a compulsive skin condition. Don’t miss this absurdly delightful trip through the twists and turns of Sherwood Forest.
The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood is being presented at St. Mary’s Parish Hall (133 Murray St., Brantford); evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. on November 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2015 and matinee shows are at 2 p.m. on November 22 and 29, 2015. Tickets are $15 for adults/$10 for seniors/students. Purchase tickets online at ichthystheatre.ca or reserve your seats by calling 519-751-5411.