"Come on, Halifax! Summer is supposed to be FUN" tweeted Canadian filmmaker and certified sad girl Sarah Polley when news of the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival's season-long tribute to her was announced. Polley's movies are more than just tear-jerkers: They're heart-crumplers. But they're also warm and life-affirming, so it's little wonder, really, that FIN's post-COVID revival of outdoor screenings means a different Polley movie will be shown at the Public Gardens every Friday night this July. The free, sunset shows kick off July 8 with a screening of My Life Without Me.
Hippoposthumous goes on tour
The 2021 Halifax Fringe Festival hit play about a hippo in Colombia who just wants to belong, Hippoposthumous delves into themes of home, impermanence and how communities evolve. The outdoor play is hitting the road this summer, stopping off at as many watering holes as possible around the province. See it at Point Pleasant Park (its original venue) in July, Shubie Park in August or any smattering of towns in between. Full show details are available on The Unnatural Disaster Theatre Company's website.
It simply isn't summer in Halifax if there isn't a work from ol' Will himself being belted at sundown in Point Pleasant Park, a tradition since Shakespeare By The Sea launched its first season back in 1994.
This year marks big changes for the theatre company, with its final co-founder, Elizabeth Murphy, announcing her retirement in April 2022.
Thankfully, as Murphy predicted, it's still business as usual over at the Cambridge Battery in Point Pleasant: SBTS has announced it will stage Hamlet from August 5 to September 3, while July sees a musical redux of Cinderella, called Cinderelly! The Musical taking place. Get full details on the company's site.
Monday is the night off for Shakespeare By The Sea cast members, but recent years have seen the Cambridge Battery in Point Pleasant Park buzzing on the first night of the week anyhow, thanks to SBTS's "(by the sea)" series. For the second summer running, the series will bring lauded improv troupe Hello City to the stage, delivering some Bard-inspired brouhaha. Get in on the fun every Monday from July 18 to August 29 at Point Pleasant at 6:30pm—and get more details via Ticket Halifax.