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Stratford: Spontaneous Theatre reveals its productions for the fall

Friday, October 2, 2020

Though the summer weather may be gone, live theatre will carry on into the fall thanks to two productions by the group that performed outdoor shows in Stratford in the midst of a global pandemic earlier this year.

Spontaneous Theatre, the group of actors, improv comedians, musicians and storytellers behind this summer’s Sidewalk Scenes and Parkade Plays, will give fans a chance to safely watch them perform indoors at both Revival House and The Bruce Hotel beginning later this month.

Rebecca Northan, Kevin Kruchkywich, Bruce Horak and Ijeoma Emesowum are giving locals another chance to see Instant Theatre, the improv-theatre show the group produced and performed for the Here For Now Festival on the back lawn at The Bruce Hotel this summer.

This time, however, Instant Theatre will be presented onstage at Revival House on Thursdays beginning Oct. 15 and ending Nov. 19, excluding Oct. 29.

“Instant Theatre went super well at the Here For Now Festival – as did that entire festival – and we continued to want to make ourselves accessible to locals, and Revival House is a great place to do that. … (Instant Theatre) is fully improvised, and the way it works is the four of us are trying to direct a full-length play. The audience watches the first scene from each of the four (directors’) plays and, after every round, they get to eliminate the director whose vision they don’t want to continue watching,” Northan said.

“It’s democratic entertainment at its finest.”

Tickets for Instant Theatre, which include dinner and preferred seating, are available for $75 each by calling Revival House at 519-273-3424 or by visiting Limited performance-only tickets will also be available for $30 each.

In addition to Instant Theatre at Revival House, the Spontaneous Theatre troupe, along with new cast members Sara Jeanne Hosie, Qasim Khan and Yanna MacIntosh, are returning to The Bruce Hotel – this time indoors – for a series of murder mystery evenings every weekend from Oct. 23 to Nov. 14.

“So that’s also a dinner package. It’s a little more involved,” Northan said. “Act 1, you get to eavesdrop on private conversations between characters while you have dinner. Actors are in masks so that you’re kept nice and safe. And then in Act 2, you get split up into small groups and you get to move throughout the hotel, so Act 2 takes place in different places.”

Over the course of the evening, Northan said guests can expect a couple of “surprise” deaths while being encouraged to try to identify the murderer – or murderers – before the evening comes to a close. Those amateur sleuths who guess correctly will win some kind of tasty prize concocted by The Bruce Hotel kitchen.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Murder at The Bruce, visit

While every necessary public-health and safety measure, such as physical distancing and wearing masks, will be in place during all Spontaneous Theatre performances, Northan noted that because of changing indoor restrictions and the ever-evolving pandemic situation, shows may have to be cancelled last minute.

Short of that however, Northan said both performances will offer fun and safe evenings for all involved.

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