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60 Seconds With… Chantal of ‘Nosegate’
Meet Chantal, the provoking voice behind the show Nosegate. In our latest blog, we will know more about the story and what to expect from this lovely production.
Briefly introduce yourself/your company…
Chantal is an actor/writer and teacher. She double majored in theatre and creative writing from the University of Victoria. After moving to Vancouver, Chantal apprenticed with Pacific Theatre, where she had the opportunity to develop some of her own work and learn from a variety of local theatre artists. Other playwriting credits include; Nowheresville, B.C. (Little Dipper Theatre). Select acting credits include; Mother of the Maid (Pacific Theatre); Nosegate (Stone’s Throw Productions); Riding with Change (MONOVA); The Comedy of Errors, Gut Girls (Phoenix Theatre); Antigone (MFA Project Phoenix Theatre).
What is it that makes your work/company unique
I enjoy blending comedy and heart-touching stories together. Lately a lot of my work centres around a more serious topic, which is explored through silly, physical characters.
What kind of experience do you hope audiences will have during your show?
I hope they will experience delight and confusion as they meet some famous Christmas characters in the flesh. May it also spark some Christmas Spirit.
Without spoilers, tell us what you think audiences will remember most about your show?
The ending—the audience gets to decide who stays and who goes. Such fun—such pressure! Hopefully they will walk away knowing that they contributed to the story, for better or worse!
What do you think is the best thing about the Fringe?
I love how you can see a variety of types and genres of theatre in a relatively short time. See a large cast comedy in the afternoon and then zip over to a two-hander drama in the evening! Whatever you decide to do, Fringing is always a bit surprising.
What is the most important thing you hope audiences will take away from your show?
That they may see the #metoo movement and cancel culture with a fresh perspective. Yes, the premise of the show is a little silly, but if you think about, it’s shockingly close to the reality we live in today. I also hope it ignites a desire to set up their Christmas tree 3 months early.