Take a peek at the photos below to see photos of Squee and Nona!
Nona was featured on the second page of the August 7th edition of the Edmonton Sun!
Robert Johnson is a performer, composer, conductor, and educator who has
performed with musical ensembles across Canada and internationally, including
the Vic Vogal Big Band and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. He is currently
studying an MMus in Euphonium Performance at the University of Alberta under
the tutelage of John McPherson and is a member of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment
Band and the Mill Creek Colliery Band. He has composed scores for local film and
theatre and teaches brass workshops in high school and university settings. Robert
has thoroughly enjoyed collaborating on this project with Magic Beans Productions.
Originally from Toronto, Nikki Shaffeeullah is a theatre facilitator, director, performer and researcher who holds a BA from McGill University and an MFA from the University of Alberta. Recent directing credits include Seven Steps to Success (NextFest) and(un)earthed (Undercurrent Theatre). She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal alt.theatre (alttheatre.ca) and an improviser with Rapid Fire Theatre. This summer, Nikki won an Enbridge Nextfest Emerging Artist Award and the Canadian Association for Theatre Research Award for Intercultural Theatre. Nikki’s work has taken her across Canada and the world and she’s so happy to be in Edmonton right now, working with ensembles like Magic Beans Productions.
Kiidra is delighted to be a part of the fringe festival this year. She is entering her fourth year in the BFA Stage Management program at the U of A, and fifth year with the Drama department. She most recently managed; “Seven Steps to success”, an original piece created for NextFest 2013 with Nikki, and has worked with Neelam and Amy in the past. She is overjoyed to be working with such lovely people again. Enjoy the show!
Take a peek below to see more info regarding our show!
We’re so excited to be sharing our new work with you in less than 9 days!
Nona and Squee struggle to repair their broken hearts and broken home after Eulalia dies. Tensions rise during their nighttime rituals when they find trying to move on is more difficult than they expect. In an attempt to cope, they seek solutions from The Big Book of Death and discover a magical CD-Rom that presents them with a way to visit the afterlife. Jumping on the chance to find out what happened to Eulalia, Nona and Squee explore the exquisite and excruciating in a crystal volcano, a hidden garden, and a majestic lake. Through their panic and desperation to find Eulalia, Nona and Squee discover they depend on their friendship now more than ever.
Life After Breath is a new work created by Edmontonian theatre artists Amy Chow, Neelam Chattoo and director Nikki Shaffeeulah, stage managed by Kiidra Duhault. It explores grief at its essence and what we as humans want most after a loved one passes on.
Life After Breath is a 50 minute show running at the following dates and times
August 16 – 10:00PM
August 17 – 4:00PM and 10:00PM
August 18 – 6:30PM
August 19 – 6:30PM
August 21 – 6:30PM
August 22 – 8:15PM
August 23 – 8:15PM
August 24 – 2:15PM and 8:15PM
August 25 – 12:30PM
Tickets go on sale August 6th and are available online at fringetheatre.ca, through the Box Office at 780-409-1901 or on the Fringe site at the Transalta Arts Barns. Any unsold tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to the start of the show at Venue 16. Block 1912 Café is a licensed venue, however minors are permitted. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@2MagicBeans).
– Amy Chow and Neelam Chattoo will have dedicated over 200 hours each to the creation and development of Life After Breath
– Amy and Neelam have been friends since 1995, have been performing together since 2006, and have both completed their Bachelor of Arts degrees in Drama at the University of Alberta
– Life After Breath was inspired by a performance of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, in which both Amy and Neelam were a part of
– Amy and Neelam have trained with Jan Henderson, Fool Moon Productions, and Michael Kennard, Mump and Smoot at the University of Alberta
– A new language was developed for the show maintaining the following rules
- “squ” replaces “s” in all words beginning with “s”
- “no” is added to all words beginning with “n”
- “n” is added to all words beginning with a vowel
- Ohmbo = Home
- Nonomo = Gone
- Momelno = Volcano
- Avlav = Lava
- Denlay = Garden
- Oonfoon = Funeral
- Fufflesqup = Cupcake
- Wusp = Mist/Fog/Wind
- Sluncher = Insect/Spider
– Venue 16, Second floor of Block 1912 Café used to be a furniture show room
– Nona and Squee consume 1 cupcake per show. At 585 calories each, and 11 shows, that’s a total of 6,435 calories for the whole run. 3,218 calories each!
– Our sound designer, Rob Johnson, has created original music just for our show! Rob is a professional musician who plays with the Royal Canadian Artillery band
What an exhausting day!
We can’t wait to show you our BYOV! However, we had a lot of sweeping and mopping and vacuuming to do in order to get it ready. It was a jam-packed day with lots of cleaning and lots of sweating (28 degrees and high humidity will do that to us Edmontonians; we’re not used to it!)
But in our discussion during our rehearsal we dug deeper into grief.
There is such a variety of grieving styles and coping mechanisms. When we lose someone we treasure, how do we allow ourselves to move on? How do we make sure we’re okay? What is considered healthy grief?
When the pain becomes too much, maybe we have to look to our best of friends and spill the beans…
Death. Grief. Laughter? Nona and Squee are filled with questions after their beloved Eulalia passes away. What happens after we die? Where do we go – if anywhere? In their desperation to recover what has been lost, they take a leap of faith and journey into a Life After Breath.