I few weeks ago I was asked to present this year's Voaden Awards at Queens University in Kingston.
Here is a great explanation of how this award works and the winners.
It was great to be able to listen to the readings and to get involved with some insightful questions.
Gas Girls by Donna Michelle St. Bernard will be getting a production in November 5-14 at the Passe Muraille Backspace. This is one to check out for sure.
The superb quality of Tom's-a-Cole by David Egan will most probably be on a stage near you in the quickly approaching future.
Finally a thought about the whole Voaden thing. I was thrilled to be asked and happy to make the drive down on a beautiful fall day to Kingston. Where I was disappointed though was that while the two plays had been thoroughly worked on over the week and delivered fine performances on the day there was very little hoopla or props about the event. Kind of anti-hoopla if you will. It felt more of just a quiet, low key, lets not make any big fuss kind of an event. And that was a shame. The plays were great and the playwrights deserved big props. It would have been nice if the whole event had been swanked up a notch or two.