Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #11

Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #11

Mar 15

We got this very smart question in a couple of schools recently so today we’re answering it! Is it hard playing the opposite gender? In DuffleBag we’re always playing characters completely different than our everyday selves. In any given show we could end up playing an old lady, a little boy, a ghost, a villain, or even a tree. And yes, sometimes we end up playing male roles as women...

Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #10

Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #10

Mar 05

Today we’re answering the question: How old are you? The cool thing about acting and being in theatre is you can do it at any age. The youngest member of DuffleBag Theatre is 24 and the oldest is 44! Most of us started putting on performances and acting in school plays back in elementary school — and we hope to keep doing so until we’re old and grey. Acting is fun and worth...

Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #9

Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #9

Jan 20

How do you get changed so fast? We are very fortunate to have fabulous costume designers that create the majority of the costumes we use in the shows. When creating a new costume we look for every opportunity to make a piece as easy as possible to put on and take off. That means no complicated buttons, clasps or zippers. Instead, many of our costumes can simply be slipped over our heads and held...

Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #8

Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #8

Jan 15

Where do you get all your costumes? Luckily for us, we have incredible costume designers that create most of our wardrobe. They are brilliant at creating colourful, creative pieces that are easy to put on and take off — which is crucial with the amount of costume changes we often have in our shows. We also have a lot of fun shopping at used clothing stores like Value Village and Goodwill to...

Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #7

Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #7

Jan 10

Here’s a fun question we get quite often… How do you make all the sounds? At DuffleBag we do a lot of physical comedy — and physical comedy is made extra funny with noticeable, amplified sounds. And with the minimal technology we use — that means we have to get pretty creative. Sometimes we rely on the narrator who has the microphone to make sound effects such as a...

Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #6

Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #6

Jan 05

Today we’re answering the question… How long does it take to create a show? Creating a new show is a very exciting part of what we do at DuffleBag. So we put a lot of thought and time into getting it just right. To get the ball rolling we spend about two weeks in a rehearsal space from morning to evening playing around with different parts of the story and characters until we shape it...

Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #5

Q&A with DuffleBag Theatre #5

Dec 30

The fifth question we’ll be answering is one of the ones we get surprisingly often… What’s up with the chicken? Oh, you noticed him did you? We’re glad! That flying chicken goes by the name of Reginald (a.k.a. Reggie) and he actually appears in every single DuffleBag show. Interestingly enough, there’s no flying chicken in any one of the original stories on which...

Q&A with DuffleBag #4

Q&A with DuffleBag #4

Dec 21

Question 4 in our ongoing Q&A series is… Why was it so funny? This is by far our favourite question! Every one of our shows is adapted from a pre-existing story — whether it be a fairytale, a novel or a play. And although we love the original versions, we like to make our adaptations as wacky, silly and hilarious as humanly possible. So we of course read up on the original...