North Shore Zone Festival of Plays
May 6 – 11, 2024

Theatre BC North Shore Zone
Annual Festival of Plays

An amazing week of comedy and drama,
professionally adjudicated by Tamara McCarthy

May 6 – 11, 2024

Nightly Tickets: $25 / $22 (Theatre BC members/Seniors/18 and under)
Early Bird Tickets: $21 / $20 (Theatre BC members/Seniors/18 and under)
Weekly Pass: $100 (Early Bird) / $110 / $95 (Theatre BC members)
Participant Pass: $76 (must be a cast or crew member of a participating group)

Three Day Pass: $66 / $60 (Theatre BC members)

Early Bird deadline: April 19, 2024

To book passes, please call our Box Office at 604-990-3474.

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Adjudicator: Tamara McCarthy

Tamara is an award-winning director, producer, actor, educator, the Artistic Producer of Pacific Coast Stage, Co-Producer of The Fox Queen (, and the current Dramaturg and Director for Emerging Voices at TheatreOne.

With over 40 professional directing credits, a select few include I Want To Be An Astronaut (Port Theatre); Red Riding Hood (Project X); Love/Sick (Douglas College); The Double Axe Murders (Gateway/ Evergreen); Julius Caesar (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival); Into the Woods (VIU); The Out Vigil (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); The Sea; A Doll’s House (Slamming Door); James and the Giant Peach (Chemainus Theatre Festival).

Next up she will be producing the Nanaimo Fringe Festival, and the 4th edition of Messages on Doors (The Fox Queen). Tamara is known for creating opportunities that uplift the voices of marginalized artists, and is the proud recipient of the 2021 John Moffat and Larry Lillo Award.

She was last an adjudicator for Theatre BC North Island Zone in 2022.

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Schedule of Plays:

Monday, May 6
Annual General Meeting
followed by
Ice-Breaker Party

Tuesday, May 7
by David Auburn
White Rock Players’ Club

Wednesday, May 8
Blood Relations
by Sharon Pollock
North Vancouver Community Players

Thursday, May 9
by Kim Carney
Pivot Theatre

Friday, May 10
Girl in the Goldfish Bowl
by Morris Panych
Between Shifts Theatre

Saturday, May 11
Closing Night Entertainment
followed by Awards Ceremony
and Closing Night Party

The Awards Ceremony will include the adjudicator’s choice of play
to represent the North Shore Zone at Theatre BC’s MAINSTAGE
in Chilliwack from July 2 – 7, 2024.

Synopsis of Plays:

Icon image for "Proof", by David Auburn, White Rock Players’ Club.

Written by David Auburn
Directed by Lori Tych

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician.  Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions.  The arrival of her estranged sister and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind, upsets Catherine even more.  Over a long week-end, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all.  How much of her father’s madness – or genius – will she inherit?

Icon image for "Blood Relations", by Sharon Pollock, North Vancouver Community Players.

Blood Relations 
Written by Sharon Pollock
Directed by Shayla Lazenby

On a hot muggy day in 1892 in Fall River an unknown person took an axe and gave a number of whacks to Andrew Borden and his wife Abigail. Andrew’s youngest daughter Lizzie was acquitted of the double murder, but acquittal did nothing to dispel suspicions. Ten years later, suspicion continues to follow Lizzie wherever she goes, and when an intimate friend arrives from out of town, even she can’t help but ask: “Did you, Lizzie?”

Icon image for "Moonglow", by Kim Carney, Pivot Theatre.

Written by Kim Carney
Directed by Linda McRae

Moonglow is the story of Maxine, a feisty, bitter Alzheimer’s patient who doesn’t want to move into a nursing facility. But when she meets Joe, a widower who shares her love for dance, her outlook begins to change. Although the two clash when lucid, their hazy memories overlap, and they begin an affair that rejuvenates and fulfills them. But can these lovers – played simultaneously by an elderly twosome and a young, vivacious couple – stay together despite their families’ wishes and their fading vitality?

Icon image for "Girl in the Goldfish Bowl", by Morris Panych, Between Shifts Theatre.

Girl in the Goldfish Bowl 
Written by Morris Panych
Directed by Janice Carroll

“These are the last few days of my childhood” – the opening line for Iris, a rather precocious girl of 10, growing up in Steveston, BC, circa 1962. She believes that the death of her pet goldfish, Amahl, puts the world during the Cuban Missile Crisis and her parents’ marriage into risk of disintegration. Soon after Amahl’s death, Iris finds a man washed up on the beach and believes he is the reincarnation of Amahl and brings him home, pinning all her hopes on his recovery.

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