CHURCH POINT – A different kind of show is coming to southwestern Nova Scotia, a show born out of a man’s experience in Canada’s penitentiary system, a show that has been described by one reviewer as “darkly funny” and, by another, as “compelling ... troubling and touching.”
They were referring to Inside/Out, which is written and performed by Vancouver actor Patrick Keating and which will be presented Sunday, March 18, at the Marc-Lescarbot theatre at Université Sainte-Anne.
Another offering from Les Productions Le Moulin, the one-man show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
In Inside/Out, Keating reflects on how he ended up behind bars in the 1980s, giving a performance that “dismantles our ideas of what a criminal looks like,” says Neworld Theatre, the show’s production company.
The show, it says, “helps us better understand how language, race and class play a real part in our lives as Canadians.”
Released from prison in 1991 after serving time for crimes that reportedly were fuelled by drug addiction, Keating studied theatre in university. He has appeared in a number of television shows, including The X-Files, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Highlander and Stargate SG-1.
Those planning to take in Keating’s performance in the Marc-Lescarbot theatre in Church Point are advised that it “contains occasional use of strong language and mature themes or subject matter.”
Following the show, audience members will have a chance to meet and talk to the actor. The post-performance conversation is slated to last 20 minutes or so, according to promotional material for the show.
Tickets for Inside/Out are available at Ocean Blue Music in Yarmouth, Saulnierville Pharmacy, Weymouth Drugstore and La Shoppe Verte in Concession, but for this show Le Moulin is taking a “pay what you will” approach.”
People still need tickets and they can reserve a seat for the show by picking one up at any of the above locations, but instead of being charged the usual ticket price, audience members will be given an envelope and, after the performance, they will be asked to pay the amount they wish, based on how they felt about the show.
The idea, Le Moulin says, “is to increase access to our events and to encourage our patrons to take a chance on new and exciting performances.”