Brisk pace, visuals enliven multi-voice Castle

Adrian Chamberlain / Times Colonist

A intriguing little play that deserves an audience just opened at the Belfry Theatre.

Castle in the Sky, presented by the Castlereigh Theatre Project, is a 70-minute one-act drama about the horrific murder of a Medicine Hat family in 2006. A mother, father and eight-year-old boy were stabbed to death. Two people went to jail, the couple’s 12-year-old daughter (never publicly named) and her 23-year-old boyfriend, Jeremy Steinke. The play, by Sidney writer Francesca Albright and her brother Jude Thaddeus Allen, is verbatim theatre. Each sentence uttered comes from 200 hours of interviews the creators conducted with friends of the victims and the killers as well as politicians, reporters, policemen and citizens. These are exact words, right down to pauses and occasional awkward syntax.

It’s an ambitious project – and the results are rather impressive.

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