All the world’s a stage … or maybe it’s just a pit

By Danielle Cameron

“Last year, we announced it as the twelfth annual Infringement festival – made that number up. So, this could be the unofficial thirteenth year,” says Grenham, King’s Theatrical Society executive and a producer of this year’s festival.

King’s Infringement Festival is an annual theatrical festival that is comprised of student-written theatre. The festival is a weeklong event that kicked off earlier this week; it runs until Jan. 24.      The festival is open to student submissions from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University, although the King’s Theatrical Society has accepted outside pitches in the past.

It’s unclear how long the King’s Infringement Festival has existed. It’s a bit of a funny notion. “The history of it is full of lies,” jokes Greenham.

Though the anniversary is unclear, the festival “is among a long list of traditional things that the KTS has done,” says Greenham.

He says the way the festival is run is sort of a throwback to how it used be because the society didn’t have the money to own the rights of anything. But since the early 2000s, the King’s Theatrical Society has had more funding to do more professional work.

Greenham and his colleague, Nathalie Marsh, are producers this year at King’s Infringement Festival, and they’re also members of the King’s Theatrical Society’s executive.

“For each show that we do and event that we do, we have a producer or two on it. We knew this was coming up, so we decided to do it,” says Greenham.

Of the 13 plays scheduled to entertain, Greenham can’t pinpoint one specific anticipatory highlight.

“I’m just generally excited for everything. For the past couple of years, it’s been something that I look forward to so, it’s nice to be on the other side of it.

However, Marsh can speak to which show she’s most excited for. “There’s a show called Murder Mystery: Big Reveal and it’s going to be pretty great. I co-wrote it (she laughs). So, yeah, every
thing is going to be super fun,” says Marsh. She says it’s about three ladies and one of them dies. Other than that, she can’t give away too much. “Find out who,” she says.

Last year, Greenham wrote and directed a show that won the festival (Dick Flass Federal Man Horse), so he feels it was a natural fit for him to be involved the way he is this year.

Meanwhile, other crews were hard at work, bringing their pieces to life.

Imagine you were there. You’re on set in the Pit. It’s dark. Imagine your feet on the weathered chest, upholstery peeling off the frame of a forgotten armchair to your left, and the soft, sagging leather of a borrowed loveseat. You’re in a band. Director Chris Tully debuted his directorial chops at Infringement last night with the coming of age story called The Hard Rock Kids.

The play went ahead on last Tuesday night in the Pit (King’s black box-style venue) and it showcased Tully’s first go at directing while at King’s. His play starred Hannah Martin, John Cavan, Thomas Marti, Max Auwaerter, Mike Tucker and Josh Young.

“I was asked to join by Kate Jordan and Zach Greenham who
are organizing infringement to direct this play written by Izzy Patterson,” says Tully. Patterson and Tully’s play is about a band in Sudbury, Ont., and is “basically a four-person show with one other minor character,” says Tully.

He says it’s about the relationships between these young people and that it’s a very relatable story to anyone that’s of the university age-range.

“It’s very well written – I was pleasantly surprised when I read it,” says Tully. He says he wasn’t planning on being involved in this year’s infringement until Sam Wally approached him..

“I’m really happy about it, it’s an excellent show,” Tully says.  Tully was drawn into how real the characters felt and the depth Patterson went into for a small production.

Tully and his crew only had seven days from organization to performance – no easy feat. He describes the set as very minimal, as it’s a basement where the fictional band practices.

He recalls the hassle of getting the props and sets together – tying a large couch to the roof of a two-door car and asking anyone he knew to borrow musical instruments.

“It’s been an excellent experience. I thoroughly recommend doing fringe; especially being in first year, is an excellent way to get i
involved,” says Tully. He hopes to win Best of the Fest.