It’s ‘Com­pli­cated’ but fun

Cana­dian en­ter­tainer Mary Walsh brings new show to P.E.I.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Mary Walsh is bring­ing her “Canada, It’s Com­pli­cated’’ tour to P.E.I. in Septem­ber.

The “This Hour Has 22 Min­utes’’ and “Codco’’ star will make ap­pear­ances in Char­lot­te­town, Summerside and Ge­orge­town.

Fea­tur­ing sketches and satir­i­cal songs that ex­am­ine the joys, foibles, tragedies and tri­umphs of Canada as it is to­day and into the fu­ture, the show was writ­ten by some of the coun­try’s lead­ing co­me­di­ans, mu­si­cians and play­wrights.

It stars a di­verse cast of young, up-and-com­ing per­form­ers rep­re­sent­ing a va­ri­ety of di­verse cul­tural back­grounds.

As part of a cross-Canada tour, the show will be in Char­lot­te­town at The Mack on Sept. 28 (school show is Sept. 29), Summerside at Har­bourfront Ju­bilee Theatre on Sept. 27 and at Kings Play­house (pub­lic and school show) on Sept. 30.

Evolv­ing in real time to in­cor­po­rate filmed per­for­mances and in­ter­views shot in each re­gion with lo­cal res­i­dents, “Canada, It’s Com­pli­cated’’ com­bines an orig­i­nal sound­scape with a mul­ti­me­dia stage ex­pe­ri­ence.

This mul­ti­me­dia ap­proach also fol­lows the pro­duc­tion to schools around the coun­try where, fol­low­ing a free show, stu­dents will par­tic­i­pate in com­edy work­shops and be en­cour­aged to present their own ver­sion of a “Canada, It’s Com­pli­cated’’ show to their peers.

Their work will then be posted on­line to form a digital col­lec­tion rep­re­sent­ing their shared ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing Cana­dian in 2017, cre­at­ing an on­line legacy that will be fea­tured on mul­ti­ple so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

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