Saturday, April 11, 2015


Genre Buffet

UFV annual DFest features 25 shows with actors from across BC

By Nipuni Sedara, UFV Theatre/Handout photo


The 2015 UFV Theatre Directors group.


FV Theatre presents the 20th Annual Directors’ Theatre Festival. The festival begins on the Wednesday with a series of previews and matinees, followed by Thursday’s opening ceremony at 4:30 p.m., and performances continue at various times Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, concluding on Sunday at 10 p.m.


“DFEST" is a festival of short plays directed and performed by UFV Theatre students as well as post-secondary students from Capilano University, Thompson Rivers University, Trinity Western University, and UBC Okanagan. The festival has grown over the last two decades to become the biggest event of its kind in B.C., engaging over 150 students and 3500 tickets sold in 2014. This year, audiences can choose from twenty-five one-act plays featuring more than sixty performances playing multiple times in three performance spaces at UFV’s Chilliwack North’s Performance Theatre campus. 


As Festival Founder, Curator and UFV Faculty member, Ian Fenwick, says, “The festival is a great opportunity to see and celebrate the work of students from across the province. Audiences can experience more theatre in five days than is possible in an entire year.” For students like Shimshon Obadia from UBC Okanagan, “DFEST is one of the most fundamental and influential springboards to get me from the studio in the classroom to the stage in the real world.”


Plays of nearly every theatre genre will be shown, from comedy to tragedy and everything in between. While some of the plays presented have been written by well-known playwrights such as Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee, ten of the plays have been written or devised by student playwrights. These plays will be receiving their premiere performances at DFEST. The majority of the plays presented are by Canadian playwrights including the work of recent Governor General’s Award winner Jordan Tannahill.


There will also be staged readings of scripts-in-progress written by upper-level Creative Writing students who are learning playwriting from UFV Associate Professor, John Carroll.  A special feature of this year’s festival will be the return of UFV’s Friends of the Theatre to participation on stage in their production of All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.


Single tickets are at an accessible rate of $5 per show, with packages of 4 tickets for just $15, or a festival pass valid for all 25 show slots for $40. The full festival schedule is available at Tickets can be purchased at 604-795-2814, via e-mail here or at the box office on the day of the show.


This year’s festival is sponsored by UFV’s Student Union Society, UFV’s School of Criminology and Centre for Criminal Research, UFV’s Friends of the Theatre, and individual donors. Media sponsors are the Chilliwack Progress, the Abbotsford News, CIVL Radio 101.7 FM, and The Cascade, UFV’s Student Press.


UFV Theatre offers a season of three main stage productions, the Directors’ Theatre Festival, and a variety of special presentations such as staged play readings, workshops, and more. All UFV Theatre productions cultivate professional standards of practice and performance, and offer a variety of opportunities for students to develop industry skills both onstage and behind the scenes.


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Download the full schedule here.