The Shaw Festival

The Shaw Festival

Behind the Curtain

DVD - 2013
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With unprecedented access this captures the unique creative process of one of North America's longest running, most distinctive and exciting theatre experiences. Each year between April and October, the Shaw Festival, which began in 1962 with the mandate on works by George Bernard Shaw, presents around 10 plays on four stages that attract patrons from all over the world.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution, c2013.
ISBN: 9781608839353
Branch Call Number: 792.0971 SHA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Oct 07, 2013

PBS has a well established record for documentaries, and that continues to show itself here. It's a bit surprising that an American network would profile a Canadian theatre company, but then the network tends to cater to more of an audience that would go for the festival. The documentary examines Shaw and why a festival has grown out of his works and those of his contemporaries, and why that festival happened where it did. Taking a look behind the scenes at the sheer amount of work that goes into the festival each year, from actors to crew to direction, is an eye opener. And for those who love the small town of Niagara-On-The-Lake, the town is well represented here.

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