Come and celebrate all things performance arts, stage craft and design at the Bookshelf's eBar!
On Friday, May 31st we are welcoming two incredible women with mile-long resumes in the technical side of theatre to our stage!
Television, film and theatrical designer Patricia Flood will be joined by legendary theatrical designer and artist Susan Benson. The reason? Patricia Flood recently took on the role of biographer and put together a visually stunning compilation of Susan's work entitled, Susan Benson: Art, Design and Craft on Stage.
Join us for an evening of behind-the-scenes insight! The discussion will be followed by a Q & A and book signing.
While the event is centered around this must-have biography, we wanted to add a little more drama to this already exciting evening...
We reached out to members of Guelph's vibrant theatre and performance arts community asking if they wanted to get involved. The response was a resounding YES! They'll have booths set up in our Greenroom area where you can find out about what they are up to! This makeshift market will be open for business before, during and after the event. Stop by to find out more about upcoming shows, auditions, events, summer camps and more!
Plus, we'll be treated to a few very special sneak peek performances teasing upcoming productions!
Susan Benson, photo credit: David Borrowman
Credit: Susan Benson- Cabaret
Credit: Susan Benson- A Midsummer Night's Dream
Images provided by Firefly Books
Thunderous applause for their active involvement goes to…
Guelph Little Theatre
Royal City Musical Productions Inc.
august Productions Theatrical Inc.
The Making Box
The Downtown Theatre Project
Passionate Heart, Women's Stories through Dance
The Femmes Rebelles
And keep it going for…
Pat the Dog Theatre Creation Playwright in Residence, Deanna Kruger for her support and encouragement.
University of Guelph Colleges of Arts, English & Theatre Studies
Tickets: $8, $6 members, students, seniors - available in the Bookstore and at the door.
All ages event
Friday, May 31st
Event start time 7:00pm
37 Quebec Street, Downtown Guelph (2nd floor)
From the publisher, Firefly Books:
This book is a detailed and lavishly illustrated look at the work and career of the renowned stage and costume designer Susan Benson, whose work has been seen on some of the world's most influential stages but is most identified with the Stratford Festival. Featured throughout the book are gorgeous full-page photographs from both the live stage and the production process. Behind the scenes commentary reveals the challenges and exhilaration of mounting a large stage production while Benson's working design sketches reveal the artistic process and the remarkable range of her talent.
The first part of the book focuses on Benson's early, formative work, influenced by her youth in a theatrical family. The second part concerns her theory of set, costume and prop design, and her problem-solving methodology for approaching a show. This is followed by a third section on the "craft" of building shows: how art, design and craft transform the theatrical work on paper to the imagined world that the audience sees -- costume fitting, prop building and collaborating with the amazing artists that bring her designs to life.
The book closes with an in-depth look at Benson's most significant productions: Robin Phillips' 1976 Stratford Festival production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with Jessica Tandy and Jeremy Brett, remounted in 1977 with Maggie Smith; in 1979, the Trojan War play The Woman starring Martha Henry; and the celebrated Brian Macdonald productions of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, The Gondoliers and Iolanthe. In addition to Benson's work at the Stratford Festival, the book looks at designs for many other theaters across Canada and the U.S., including Romeo and Juliet for the National Ballet of Canada; and Madama Butterfly and The Golden Ass for the Canadian Opera Company.
Susan Benson's long and illustrious career earned her great respect from her peers, much adulation and numerous awards. Today, she turns her visual artistry to painting, which has also brought her much success. Susan Benson: Art, Design and Craft on Stage is a revealing, informative and thorough examination of a life of creative brilliance. It will appeal to all readers with a love for theatre, both front of house and backstage.
About the author from Firefly Books:
Patricia Flood is a theatre, film and television designer. Her credits include set design for the films Ararat and Where the Truth Lies. She was Resident Designer for Theatre Calgary, spent many seasons at Ontario's Blyth Festival and worked with Susan Benson as Assistant to the Head of Design at Stratford Festival. Flood has taught Design for the Theatre at Montreal's Concordia University and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.