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Library and Archives Canada Gratien Gélinas: One of Our Own

Gratien Gélinas is considered one of the founders of modern Canadian theatre and film. He was a playwright, director, actor, filmmaker and administrator of cultural organizations. His personifications of the common man paved the way for many of Quebec’s leading scriptwriters, and he gave a voice, at home and abroad, to French Canada’s culture and society. This episode features Anne-Marie ...
  • 2018
  • 00:50:12
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/20/2021

Stratford Festival Timon of Athens

Timon’s compulsive generosity makes him the most popular man in Athens – until his funds run out. Now, embittered by ingratitude, what will he do when his city comes under attack?
  • 2018
  • 01:57:41
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/30/2020

Stratford Festival Romeo and Juliet

Two families of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets, are embroiled in a long-standing and deadly feud. One night, Romeo, a Montague, gate-crashes a party being given by the Capulets.
  • 2018
  • 01:57:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/13/2020

Stratford Festival The Tempest

In Shakespeare’s great drama of loss and reconciliation, a long-deposed ruler uses magical arts to bring within her power the enemies who robbed her of her throne and marooned her on a remote island. But what revenge does she mean to take? Staring Martha Henry as Prospero and Michael Blake as Caliban.
  • 2019
  • 01:57:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/13/2020

Stratford Festival Coriolanus

The Stratford Festival's "riveting" and "exhilarating" (The New York Times) production of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, directed by genre-defying theatre artist Robert Lepage, explores the age-old tensions that still tear at the heart of democracy. Starring André Sills as Coriolanus.
  • 2019
  • 01:57:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/13/2020

CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie: Reading of 2018 winner (Grades 7 to 9) – The Universe's Greatest Love Story by Cynthia Gan

Cynthia Gan, 14, won the Grades 7 to 9 category of the 2018 Shakespeare Selfie student writing challenge. Her poem on the total solar eclipse of 2017 was inspired by the star cross'd lovers and written from the perspective of Friar Laurence from Romeo & Juliet. Gan attends Richmond Christian Secondary School in Richmond, B.C. The text of her poem can ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/26/2019

The National Women take men's roles at Stratford Festival

Women are taking men's roles at the normally traditional Stratford Festival, as organizers look for more gender parity in arts and entertainment.
  • 2018
  • 00:03:36
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/27/2018

CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie: Performance of 2017 winner (Grades 7 to 9) – That Something Wicked by Ali Nelson

Actress Bahareh Yaraghi performs the winning entry from the 2017 Shakespeare Selfie student writing challenge, Grades 7 to 9 category. "That Something Wicked" was written by Ali Nelson, who attends Abbey Park High School in Oakville, Ont. She wrote about the Syrian Civil War from the perspective of Macbeth's First Weird Sister.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/21/2018

CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie: Kristin Kreuk on elements of a great monologue

Kristin Kreuk (The Burden of Truth, Smallville) talks about what makes a monologue powerful from her perspective as an actor. Learning how she prepares for a performance and what makes the material easy to work with may help students prepare for CBC Books' Shakespeare Selfie student writing challenge.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/21/2018

CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie: An introduction to Shakespeare with Kenneth Oppel and Philippa Sheppard

Why does the work of Shakespeare continue to be relevant? Kenneth Oppel, author and judge for CBC Books' Shakespeare Selfie 2018 student writing challenge, and Philippa Sheppard, English professor at the University of Toronto, discuss the Bard's continuing popularity in the 21st century, his craft in writing the soliloquy, his ease with both humour and tougher topics like political power ...
  • 2018
  • 00:06:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/20/2018

Stratford Festival Macbeth

This Shakespeare favourite is a haunting story of ambition and its dark consequences, where a military hero and his wife conspire to seize the throne of Scotland. Starring Ian Lake as the power-mad Scottish King and Republic of Doyle's Krystin Pellerin as a charming but devious Lady Macbeth, the show was among the festival's top-selling tickets of all time.
  • 2017
  • 01:55:48
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2018

Stratford Festival Love's Labour's Lost

Four young men swear off women to devote themselves to learning – only to fall for four attractive newcomers. Shakespeare’s language reaches its most virtuosic heights in a vivacious comedy that will dazzle and delight.
  • 2017
  • 01:55:52
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2018

CBC Short Docs The Secret Path: Ahead by a Century

A group of Ontario high school students write and perform a play that honours Gord Downie’s music and Secret Path project. On the day of the dress rehearsal, drama teacher Scott Garbe invites a very special guest to watch scenes from the play. Tim “Redfeather” Thomas, a 74-year-old Mi'kmaq elder, talks about his own experiences in residential school with the cast.
  • 2017
  • 00:06:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/04/2017

Exhibitionists Exhibitionists, Season 1, Episode 10

This episode of Exhibitionists look at people who create and why they do it, with host Amanda Parris.
  • 2015
  • 00:21:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/26/2017

Exhibitionists Exhibitionists, Season 1, Episode 5 

In this episode, Exhibitionists visits artists who are tackling what gives them shivers of fear. One artist addresses the fear of moving on, a choreographer watches terrified as her work in progress is shown for the first time to a live audience, an actor faces the fear of failure, and we see an existential video about scary caves. Other artists and their ...
  • 2015
  • 00:21:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/25/2017

Exhibitionists Exhibitionists, Season 1, Episode 4

The theme for Episode 4 is wanderlust. David Trevelyan talks about his mask-making and sculpture in Bali; House of Venus founder Michael Venus discusses his films, culture and wearable-art headpieces. Gemini-nominated actress and producer Jennifer Podemski explains how she turns travelling for work into an opportunity for creative development. Also highlighted: Anick La Bissonniere, Owen Pallett and the students of ...
  • 2015
  • 00:21:50
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/14/2016

Cross Country Checkup Art and reconciliation

The Secret Path is a powerful film about an Indigenous boy who dies escaping a residential school. Does art — films, books and music — offer the best path to heal historical wrongs? Guests include Joseph Boyden, award-winning author of Three Day Road, The Orenda and most recently the novella Wenjack; Susan Aglukark, Inuk singer and songwriter; Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for ...
  • 2016
  • 01:53:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/10/2016

The National Stand-Up Comic Mines Asperger's Syndrome for Laughs

Michael McCreary is a 20-year-old comedian with Asperger's who finds solace as a stand-up comic.
  • 2016
  • 00:08:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/21/2016

CBC Drama Special The Taming of the Shrew

Petruchio, a strutting suitor, sets out to undermine the spirit of Katharina, the bad tempered object of his affections. As his wife, it is her duty to care for him more than for herself. Starring Len Cariou and Sharry Flett, this production is now a Stratford classic. Shakespeare's rollicking 16th century battle of the sexes is treated in a traditional ...
  • 1982
  • 02:33:35
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/19/2016

CBC Drama Special The Taming of the Shrew

Despite complaints that it's the most chauvinistic play ever written, The Taming of the Shrew continues after 400 years to be one of Shakespeare's biggest crowd-pleasers. Richard Monette's rollicking 1989 Stratford treatment is set in a colourful Italy of the 1950s. Colm Feore depicts Petruchio as a swaggering leather-jacketed street bandit who roars up to marry Kate (Goldie Semple) on a sporty ...
  • 1988
  • 02:38:22
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/05/2016

CBC Drama Special Michel Tremblay's Les Belles-soeurs

Germaine, a Montreal housewife, has won a million Gold Star stamps (stamps given out by grocery stores, which customers stuck into little booklets and exchanged for goods like barbecues and lawn chairs) and has invited all the women she knows to come over and help her stick them into the booklets. As they stick, the women discuss the men in ...
  • 1977
  • 01:41:53
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 07/24/2015

CBC Drama Special The Comedy of Errors

Borrowing from the Latin comedy The Twins, Shakespeare created this farce for the Christmas festivities of 1594. Fun is the primary aim of this romantic comedy which tells of the complications which follow when a merchant, Aegeon, enters the enemy state of Ephesus. He hopes to reunite his family years after the shipwreck which split two sets of twins and ...
  • 1989
  • 01:16:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

CBC Drama Special As You Like It

This delightful romantic comedy, lavishly staged by the Stratford Festival, has been a favourite with audiences throughout the centuries. In this acclaimed production John Hirsch directs Roberta Maxwell and Rosemary Dunsmore as Rosalind and Celia, with Andrew Gillies as Orlando and Nicholas Pennell as Jaques. Pitting young love against the vanity of the court, the fairytale play tells the familiar ...
  • 1983
  • 02:39:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

CBC Drama Special Romeo and Juliet

The excitement of live theatre comes to the screen in this special Stratford production of Shakespeare's classic love story. Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love at a masked ball, but their love is doomed by an ancient and unreasonable grudge between their families. Stratford director Richard Monette has set the play in the time of Mussolini's Fascist Italy, ...
  • 1993
  • 02:42:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

CBC Drama Special Much Ado About Nothing

Love, they say, is blind, and so it certainly seems in this sunny romantic comedy of misleading appearances, mistaken identities and deceptions both playful and perverse. As Beatrice and Benedick, old antagonists in the skirmishes of the heart, wage their "merry war" of witty insults, the villainous Don John plots to destroy a rival's happiness. But the Don has reckoned ...
  • 1988
  • 02:21:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013