The Drowning Girls at GAS

I am sitting in the Gerrard Art Space, looking at the plywood stage boxes from the second row. I probably shouldn’t take photos during the play. More after the show. Lights are dimming.

Set design and construction: Emerson Doerksen

OK, show’s over and I am impressed and delighted. The Mortar and Pestle production of The Drowning Girls gave me everything I love about live theatre in small venues. The set is ingenious in its simplicity, brought to life, or should I say death, by three talented actors … Melissa Beverage, Danielle LeBlanc and Riley Anne.

I said “death” because the play is about three brides who drowned in their bathtubs, represented on stage by those 3 plywood boxes. I won’t give away more of the plot in case you want to catch one of the remaining performances, February 1st to 3rd at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20 at the door. Gerrard Art Space

Top: Director Paulina Golborne chats with GAS staffer Samantha at the front table. Bottom: I permitted myself a couple of grab shots at the end, when the women rose from their tubs and left the stage, followed by enthusiastic applause.

The Drowning Girls is a Canadian play, written by Daniela Vlaskalic, Beth Graham and Charlie Tomlinson. I found this particular production thoroughly engaging for the whole 70 minutes. (No intermission) There are only 3 actors, but maybe a dozen characters have speaking parts. Go see how they pull it off.

3 thoughts on “The Drowning Girls at GAS”

    • How right you are, Danica. So much goes on in there! Music, drama, film, gallery shows of textiles, sculpture, prints, drawings and paintings. There are yoga, model drawing and painting sessions, too.

      I think the limited space is an advantage, in a way. For one thing, it forces users to be imaginative problem-solvers. For another, the space is a friendly size to visit, not an overwhelming one. Experiences there feel direct and immediate. You’re part of it, not a detached spectator.

  1. Hi Bill!
    I am somehow just coming across this now. I am so happy that you enjoyed the show. It was such a special piece to bring to life, or as you say, ” death”.
    Thank you for this review and for supporting community theater.

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