Shake­speare At Speedy Creek will de­but in 2019

Shake­speare On The Saskatchewan founder will launch new fes­ti­val in Swift Cur­rent next year


A ma­jor new at­trac­tion will be added to Swift Cur­rent’s en­ter­tain­ment lineup in 2019 with the de­but of Shake­speare at Speedy Creek.

Newly hired Lyric The­atre Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Gor­don Mccall, the founder and first artis­tic di­rec­tor of Shake­speare on the Saskatchewan Fes­ti­val in Saska­toon, feels Swift Cur­rent is an ideal lo­ca­tion to launch a new fes­ti­val.

And, he was ex­cited to an­nounce the first pro­duc­tion will be A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream, and the pro­duc­tion will be launched in con­junc­tion with the 2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games.

“The peo­ple in Swift Cur­rent, I’m sure will en­joy it just as much as anyone, any­where else,” Mccall said while un­veil­ing the Fes­ti­val dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the Lyric The­atre on Mon­day morn­ing.

“We want peo­ple to re­al­ize that Shake­speare is very ac­ces­si­ble, and it is fun filled, and start to find out why he’s con­sid­ered the very foun­da­tion of English lan­guage since the El­iz­a­bethan pe­riod.”

The Fes­ti­val plan­ning is just in its in­fancy, but Mccall said he will be re­ly­ing on his ex­pe­ri­ence of launch­ing Saska­toon’s Fes­ti­val into this new en­deav­our.

“When we came here, my wife and I, we looked at the com­mu­nity and said this is just per­fect for us to have our own Shake­speare fes­ti­val,” he said.

“There is an op­por­tu­nity here to also bring peo­ple off the high­way,” he added. “If we can con­trib­ute to mak­ing Swift Cur­rent more of a des­ti­na­tion point for tourism, it would be a great honour. It also al­lows us to some pro­gram­ming out in the com­mu­nity in the sum­mer when things are a lit­tle slow in terms of peo­ple com­ing to the the­atre.”


Even with har­vest in full swing, a group of pro­duc­ers and agri­cul­ture busi­nesses lent their sup­port to har­vest the Cana­dian Food­grains Bank Lone Tree com­mu­nity project on Au­gust 23.

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