Til Death: Six queens that must be seen!


Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Convention Centre
Monster Theatre
Vancouver BC
Playwright and Director: Ryan Gladstone
Featuring: Tara Travis
Physical Comedy 14+
Thurs., June 6th  6:00 - 7:15 p.m., Fri., June 7th  8:45 - 10:00 p.m., Sat., June 8th  5:00 - 6:15 p.m., Thurs., June 13th  9:00 - 10:15 p.m., Sat., June 15th  3:30 - 4:45 p.m., Sun., June 16th  6:15 - 8:00 p.m.
Running time: 75mins

Six queens…a Spaniard, a Head, a Prude, an Ugly German, a Slut and a Widow. Six love stories and Six deaths. A King and one amazing performance!

What more can I add? Wow!

Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII is one production I strongly recommend you don’t miss. From the moment the first ex-wife makes her entrance (that alone is worth the price of admission) you are fully engaged in the character Tara Travis presents on stage. Followed by five more ex-wives and a certain King…you have yourself a full cast played by one actress.
One thing I appreciated receiving: a program outlining each of the characters to give us a good grasp who is who played on stage. I found though that I didn’t need it for this show because playwright Ryan Gladstone, managed to answer any questions I had during this humorous production representing King Henry’ six wives.

Travis’s body language, accents, facial expressions and blocking successfully came together to present six separate individuals within one body. Each character was clearly set up as individuals, so much so that I found myself rooting for my favorite.  It was impressive watching the pace of dialogue that took place between the characters, staying consistent throughout the production. Adding to this, the blocking was fantastic! I don’t know how Travis remembered where everyone was standing, moving here, there or where Anne Boleyn’s head was last. The energy to keep all this straight for 75 minutes was quite impressive.

This is a play filled with laughter as well as heartfelt emotion and will have you leaving the theatre talking about the performance seen in this one-woman show.

  /  4

Trish West is preparing for a busy weekend reviewing as Fringe quickly approaches June 5-16th. She is excited to have the opportunity to join Elgin Theatre Guild doing something new while bringing their previous show Old Love by Norm Foster to London Sept 19 - 21st at The Arts Project and will be jumping in right after to join AlvergoRoot's production of Press Cuttings by Bernard Shaw Oct 30-Nov 2nd. This summer Trish will be busy creating art pieces to be used as the adjudicator's awards in this year's London One Act Festival November 4-10, 2013. Plans for her own play Skin Deep are well underway and she is continually amazed at the support and interest that is gathering while preparing it to take the stage at TAP Mar 31- April 5th, 2014.

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