The Knight's Errand

by Marilyn Anne Campbell

Stage play: Theatre for Young Audiences, one act, 4 performers
King Arthur, Lancelot, and Percival recount the story of Ferldamed, a lesser-known knight of The Round Table who must overcome his fear of the dark and his general lack of knightly skills both to fulfill a simple errand and to save his friends from a fearsome foe.
A rhyming play.

Production Information:

Poster © Child's Play Theatre

The Knight's Errand is scheduled to premiere as an outdoor production in July 2015. Nova Scotia's Child's Play Theatre will perform the show busker-style on the Halifax Waterfront.

Performance dates (with multiple half-hour performances during each time slot):
July 4th, 11am-1pm
July 5th, 12pm-2pm
July 11th, 11am - 1pm
July 12th, 12pm - 2pm


Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/813311268775836/

A Little History


The Knight's Errand began as a narrative poem that I wrote when I was in high school. Thinking myself an utterly brilliant seventeen-year-old, I immediately sent the poem out to several big-name picture book publishers, expecting instant success. Although the slew of  no-thank-yous I received were all very polite and encouraging, I nonetheless shelved The Knight's Errand for several years.

I rediscovered and rewrote the poem while in university and, thinking myself an utterly brilliant twenty-one-year-old, read it at a few semi-private open mic type events, expecting instant accolades. Although the applause I received was polite and the comments generally encouraging (with a lot of, "you know, for kids" caveats), I had no idea what to do with this thing I had written. After all, every picture book publisher in town had already said no. So back in the e-drawer it went.

Many, many years later, after I started playwriting, I rediscovered the poem yet again and realized it had been in slightly the wrong format all along. So now I no longer consider myself an utterly brilliant anything, and the poem has grown up to become a rhyming play, which I suspect is what it wanted all along.

Status: 


  • Slated to premiere in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the summer of 2015
  • Available for future productions; contact the playwright to obtain a reading copy


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Gearing up for TIFF Kids 2015

Monday April 06, 2015

It is time.

I love spring for the returning birds and the awakening trees and the influx of kid's movies at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Tomorrow I'll be diving into the TIFF Kids Film Festival with glee, starting with a full day of movies on Tuesday and industry programming from Wednesday to Friday. I'll try to pop in here to give you the scoop as much as I can, but really - if you're in Toronto and have kids (or work in kid's media) you really should make the migration to King Street for yourself:


Check out the two-week slate of films and family activities at
http://tiff.net/festivals/tiffkidsfestival15


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Marks of Birth

by Marilyn Anne Campbell

Stage play: One-act, 2W
With less than an hour until a gaggle of teenagers arrive for a backyard barbecue, mother Lorraine and daughter Sasha have very different ideas about what makes for a great eighteenth birthday party. Sasha’s almost willing to compromise, until Lorraine reveals her plan to dig up the past....

Production Information:

Marks of Birth premiered in March 2015 as part of The Players' Guild of Hamilton's new First Stage Series, a juried festival of new works held at the Players' Guild Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario. (Performance dates: March 5, 6, 7)

Directed by Byron McKim
Festival Artistic Producer: Stephen Near

Featuring:
Martha Christianson as Lorraine
Annalee Fleet as Sasha

A Little History


Marks of Birth was completed for Pat the Dog Playwright Centre's  6th Annual 24-Hour Playwriting Contest in 2014, which gave participants three prompt words to write from - tattoo, butter, and dig. Just like my other PTD 24-Hour Contest Script Flood Control, this script did not place in the contest, but was produced shortly after.



Status: 

  • Premiered in Hamilton, Ontario in March 2015
  • Available for future productions; contact the playwright to obtain a reading copy





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