Pin It

Hearing our stories at the Live-In 

Something for everyone in this month-long celebration


The DaPoPo Live-In is an annual month-long celebration of theatre in Halifax. It is a breeding ground for new ideas. It’s a testing ground for fledgling plays. It offers workshops on everything from physical theatre to storytelling. There’s food and fun for people of all ages.

Last night I attended the reading of Black Dragon Mountain by Roy Ellis. Unstaged readings are often the first time a playwright gets the chance to hear the dialogue outside of his or her own head. It’s a chance for the writer to observe what works and what doesn’t, and to watch an audience react to his brain child. It’s a crap-shoot for the audience…the chance to be present at the birth of a masterpiece or a work that’s headed back to the drawing board.

Black Dragon Mountain is a combination of both. Ellis is a wordsmith who weaves a vibrant tapestry of sex, violence and discovery. He is part poet, part pornographer, which is a combination that may well be difficult to bring to the stage. The six actors on stage definitely delighted in Ellis’s delicious words, and the story obviously held the audience’s interest even with a bare-bones reading.

There are still plenty of events left at the Live-In, which ends on October 31 with a reading of the psychological thriller Shadows on Oak Island and party. I urge you to check in and share in the telling of our stories.

Tags: , ,

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Get more Halifax

Our Thursday email gets you caught up with The Coast. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.

Coast Top Ten

© 2021 Coast Publishing Ltd.