Brian Paterson

Brian Paterson studied acting at the Canadian College of Performing Arts and Ryerson University Theatre School. He is head of digital at Laura Murray PR, an arts and culture marketing agency in Vancouver.


Damien Atkins. (David Cooper Photo)

Angels in America brings fresh revelations

Early in my conversation with director Kim Collier, it became clear how it is difficult to describe Angels in America without rattling off long lists of adjectives (“Huge, epic, smart, powerful theatre,” she tells me).

Japan's Dairakudakan. (Hiroyuki Kawashima/Supplied_

Festival welcomes a world of dance

The Vancouver International Dance Festival kicks off Wednesday night, launching into its 17th annual celebration of the kinetic and expressive art form.

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. (Supplied)

Rarely heard voices fill February’s first weekend

Discoveries await musically adventurous Vancouverites this Saturday evening, in two concerts that bring unusual sounds and voices. The two programs reach across time and place to offer important questions about race, culture and diversity.

Nicola Lipman, Stefania Indelicato, Kaitlin Williams will perform in the Classic Chic production of Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather next month. (Emily Cooper photo)

Corleone: Renaissance racketeers and female felons

In addition to everything else, Shakespeare was a great adaptor. Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and King Lear all draw on existing writing; the histories of Rome and England gave us such plays as Julius Caesar, Richard III, and Antony and Cleopatra.

Bleeding Heart Collective presents The Fighting Season at The Cultch Vancity Culture Lab Jan. 10 to 21. (Emily Cooper/Handout photo)

'The Fighting Season' explores medicine on the front lines

In the middle of a war zone, it must be a difficult thing to be a healer. This complexity is at the heart of The Fighting Season, an acclaimed three-person play that explores the experience of Canadian military medical personnel in Afghanistan.

Margo Kane from her production of Bah! Humbug! (Handout)

Dickens in the Downtown Eastside

Of all the tales we tell at this time of year, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the finest: a deeply human story of redemption; a reminder that compassion, generosity, and joy can transform both ourselves and the world around us.

A Charlie Brown Christmas. (Handout photo)

Colourful characters burst onto Christmas stages

With Christmas just one month away, Vancouver theatre companies are diving head first into the holidays. City stages will soon be spilling over with an advent calendar’s worth of storybook stalwarts, colourful cartoons, and glowering ghosts. The tales they tell range from beloved seasonal favourites to edgy spins on Christmas classics.

(Photo by Emily Cooper)

Theatrical thrills and chills in store for Halloween

From Frights Nights to haunted houses to killer clown corn mazes, there is no shortage of thrills and chills available to Lower Mainlanders in October. This year, frightening theatrical productions are one of the hottest trends of the season, taking audiences far beyond the traditional theatre walls.

Jon Paterson, Kurt Fitzpatrick and Tara Travis. Photo by Lindsey Cantrell

Vancouver Fringe veteran says ‘just jump in’

Every year waves of Fringe Festivals sweep across Canada. Beginning in Montreal in May, the shows gain momentum through Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and more, before ultimately breaking in Vancouver.

EMV Summer Festival. Jan Gates photo

Vancouver festival celebrates genius of Bach

The summer will fill with song next week as Early Music Vancouver launches the first-ever Vancouver Bach Festival. Beginning Aug. 2, the 10-day affair fetes the legendary Baroque composer with a dazzling array of international musicians sharing a nine-concert, Best of Bach celebration.

Ennis Hannah and Derrick Neumeier in the Romans in Britain. Adam Beauchesne photo

Ensemble productions explore the wit of Brits

Ensemble Theatre Company returned to Kitsilano’s Jericho Arts Centre last week for its fourth annual festival of electrifying, provocative work. Running until Aug, 20, its 20-member-plus acting company explore a rotating trio of plays that buck summer’s regular trend of lightweight fare.

Victoria Symphony Orchestra will tow a barge out into the cityâÄôs Inner Harbour to form a floating stage. VICTOR CHONG PHOTO

Find entertainment on your happy B.C. trails

Summer in British Columbia may be a time for beaches and hikes, but it’s also ideal for under-the-sky and outside-the-box artistic experiences. Here in Vancouver, Bard on the Beach, Theatre Under the Stars, and Fresh Air Cinema are some of the city’s favourite July and August activities. But we do not hold a monopoly on open- air art.

Andrew Chown (Romeo) and Hailey Gillis (Juliet) are part of Bard on the Beach. Photo: David Cooper & Emily Cooper

Bard on the Beach marks a milestone

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of history’s greatest writer, William Shakespeare. It seems fitting that Bard on the Beach’s consequential 2016 season is composed entirely of his plays — something that has not occurred at the theatre company since 2012.