Shirley Valentine in Ashcroft this weekend

Nadine Davenport's Creative Current looks at upcoming theatre and music.

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan is Shirley Valentine

Hot on the heels of its enthusiastically received production of My Fair Lady, the Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society presents the famous play Shirley Valentine this weekend. It stars award-winning local actress and director Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan, who gets to step from behind the scenes and plant herself squarely centre stage as she displays her formidable acting chops in this wonderful one-character play.

It’s the story of Shirley Valentine, a middle-aged Liverpool housewife who finds herself talking to the wall as she prepares her husband’s chips and eggs and wonders what happened to her life. When she has the chance of a holiday in Greece, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.

The production will feature the debut of Barbara Roden as director. There will be two showings at the HUB (former Ashcroft Elementary) on Friday and Saturday evenings, March 11 and 12, at 7:00pm. There will also be a matinee performance at 2:00pm on Sunday, March 13. Admission and refreshments are by donation.

Rhymes by Lois, Rhythms by Nadine

Lois Petty and Nadine Davenport share the stage on Sunday, March 13 at 2:00pm (doors open at 1:30) at St. Alban’s Hall in Ashcroft. A “personal journey”-inspired joint performance will take the listener through melodies, images, stories, and encounters throughout both women’s lives and the lives of others around them. It’s a reflections on the days that turn into nights and nights that turn into days. Lois and Nadine invite the community to explore a unique gathering of words and music. Lois Petty says “I’m not a poet, I’m a rhymester who likes stringing words together.” Nadine Davenport says that “Every word of poetry and imagery has to mean something, challenge my growth or reflect upon my personal vulnerabilities—melodies always moving, my expressions to inspire or touch all—is what drives me.” This is a free event, with tea, coffee, and goodies served.

The man who blew Tom Waits’s mind comes to Ashcroft

UniTea Tea Room presents a mind-blowing evening of soulful music and beat-box poetry on March 23, with a double bill from C.R. Avery and Lexi Marie. Avery’s genius lies in many genres—blues, hip-hop, spoken word, and rock and roll—while Marie’s music combines the essence of folk and soul with a hip-hop sensibility. Doors open at 7:00pm; the concert starts at 7:30. Tickets at the door or reserve via phone at (250) 453-9345.

It takes a special kind of performer to garner a response like “He’s blown my mind” from the legendary Tom Waits; but C.R. Avery is a unique, raw, and dynamic performer. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation, with the rare ability to sing poetic verse while beatboxing simultaneously and pounding the piano and adding harmonica like a plot twist.

Lexi Marie is a prolific poet and vocalist currently based out of Lillooet, who combines the essence of soul and folk with an R&B kiss. When she sings it’s like a sunrise, something to look forward to, bringing light to even the darkest of days. Influenced by strong female artists like Mavis Staples and Lauryn Hill, Lexi draws from her struggles and vulnerabilities, making a point of delivering bold and honest messages.

Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Aerial view of a wildfire at 16 Mile, 11 kilometres northwest of Cache Creek, that started on the afternoon of June 15. (Photo credit: BC Wildfire Service)
Wildfire at 16 Mile now being held

Wildfire started on the afternoon of June 15 at 16 Mile, east of Highway 97

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Patrick O’Brien, a 75-year-old fisherman, went missing near Port Angeles Thursday evening. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)
Search for lost fisherman near Victoria suspended, U.S. Coast Guard says

The 75-year-old man was reported missing Thursday evening

Most Read