by Andrea Boyd & Laura Teasdale

Festival Antigonish is pleased to present an original radio play Hector the Spectre Steals the Show. The play is a six-part series, with episodes that are 10-15 minutes long. To listen to the play, subscribe to our podcast, and enjoy professional theatre from the safety and comfort of your home.

Written by Artistic Director Andrea Boyd and local artist/playwright Laura Teasdale, this radio play is based on the legend of the Bauer Theatre’s resident ghost, Hector, and is inspired by real stories collected from the community. The play imagines a pandemic-free world where live theatre is still happening, and where Festival Antigonish is producing a new play about the legendary StFX ghosts, the Blue Nun and the Red Priest. When Hector, benevolent ghost of the theatre, sees that the ghost story being produced on stage is not about him, he takes matters into his own hands, and chaos ensues.

The play will feature the voices of Nova Scotian artists Francine Deschepper, Kevin Curran, Josh MacDonald, James MacLean, Liliona Quarmyne, and Laura Teasdale (all of whom were originally supposed to be on the main stage for our now-postponed 2020 season), with contributions from Chad Relf, Festival Antigonish staff, and community artists.

The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, and the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia.

It is also supported by Town of Antigonish and the Municipality of the County of Antigonish, and several private sector partners, with the goal to keep the art of theatre alive and accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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