New shows from The Four Tellers and Chris Gibbs
The Four Tellers: Tribute To Erskine
The Four Tellers: Tribute To Erskine will run September 8 and 9 at 7:30 pm and September 10 at 2 pm.
Erskine Smith was the founding Artistic director of the Victoria Playhouse and a much-loved Island storyteller. Even though Erskine never heard of the group The Four Tellers, The Four Tellers have all heard of him, and of his passion and gift for storytelling. Two of them, Alan Buchanan and David Weale, performed with him on many occasions and counted him as a friend. When invited last winter to bring their storytelling show to Victoria the group expressed their desire to pay homage to Erskine.
In this tribute show The Four Tellers will be recalling with affection, and repeating, what they remember of Erskine’s stories, and supplementing them with their own. The Four Tellers are of four generations—David Weale, Alan Buchanan, Gary Evans and Denny King—and they have been performing to sold-out crowds at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown for four summers.
Their shows recreate the Island tradition of friends sitting around a kitchen table telling stories, with one drawing the next, like tissues out of a box. You thought that had disappeared? Not quite. It is alive and well in this unique show.
The Four Tellers are alternately poignant, and hilarious, and their performances continue to keep the oral tradition vibrant and relevant.
Not Quite Sherlock, The Case of the Deceptive Detective
Not Quite Sherlock, The Case of the Deceptive Detective, created and performed by comedian Chris Gibbs will play from September 13 to 17.
The setting is London, 1896. Barnaby Gibbs is an incurable optimist, a Sherlock Holmes fan, and a man who knows he’s not particularly good at anything. One night, while checking on a friend’s empty house, he encounters a stranger, dressed entirely in black, holding a bag full of stolen belongings and attempting to write a poem about sapphires. There is only one conclusion a reasonable man could come to: this is the notorious cat burglar/con-man known as the Rhyming Bandit! Fortunately, Barnaby Gibbs is not a reasonable man, and when the stranger explains he is actually the famous detective Antoine Feval, a new crime-fighting duo is born.
Not Quite Sherlock, The Case of the Deceptive Detective is a one-man comedy play about Victorian London’s most overlooked detective. It’s also a comedy about an ex-street-performer attempting to do a one-man comedy play about Victorian London’s most overlooked detective. With wit, charm, timing, and almost no respect for the rules of theatre, Chris Gibbs creates a simple and hilarious theatrical experience.
British comedian Chris Gibbs has performed his one-man comedy shows all over Canada and beyond. He’s played at Just For Laughs in Montreal, appeared in two CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival Galas, starred in the indie Canadian feature film, Run Robot Run and is a published author. In 2015 he played one of the evil giants in the feature The BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg.