Pop-Ups of the Past
In recent years, the Pop-Up Theatre spent many days at Ship’s Point (along the water at Wharf St. and Courtney St.) and was featured at the Moss Street Market, the Oak Bay Night Market, and many other events. In 2019, our summer students Una, Olive, Kelly, and Sadie operated the mobile performance venue, putting on shows for people all over Victoria throughout the summer.
We want to acknowledge the wonderful support of the City of Victoria’s 2019 Strategic Plan Grant towards the Pop-Up Live Theatre Series! It was a magical summer thanks to them.
Pop-up from the Past: The Salty Broads appeared in the Pop-Up Theatre and at SKAMpede in 2019.
Pop-Up Theatre Home Delivery Launch
When COVID-19 rocked the globe in March 2020, theatres around the world were forced to adapt or shut down. Once we realized our Pop-Up was the perfect way to deliver theatre in a safe, socially-distanced way, the walls came down and the show went on! That summer saw the launch of Pop-Up Theatre Home Delivery where people could order a play to come to them. Four emerging artists, hired through the Canada Summer Jobs program, wrote and performed four different shows consisting of a series of short, fun skits sprinkled with musical numbers.
The Pop-Up Home Delivery Theatre continued throughout 2021. We had shows in the summer, fall, and winter. In the summer, Kaelan Bain, Kendra Bidwell, Courtney Crawford, and Yasmin D’Oshun performed dozens of short plays as well as put on an open-mic night at the Courthouse Playground. In October, we brought back our two shadow puppet shows, The Quest for the Moon (by Olivia Wheeler) and Silly & Scary Stories. December was well met with two short romantic comedies created and developed by our students from our Rom-Com class, Kendra Bidwell, Brianna Bock, Jessica Burdge, Justin F. Lee, Lindsey Schneider, and Ciaran Volke.
Keep your eye out for more Pop-Up! Follow our Instagram @skampopup for updates.