Mandate & History of the Company
Castlereigh Theatre Project is a professional theatre company in Victoria, British Columbia, dedicated to the research, creation and production of new documentary theatre: fact-based plays built on real life accounts and storytelling that explore and investigate current and universal themes.
The company was created in created in 2007 by Francesca Albright and Jude Thaddeus Allen. Hearing of the terrible murders in Medicine Hat, Alberta, in 2006, when a twelve year old girl and her twenty-three year old boyfriend fatally stabbed her parents and six year old brother, the emerging company set out to research the events of the murders and create a piece of documentary theatre. The subsequent play, “Castle In The Sky”, was workshopped in Victoria in 2011 and given as part of Intrepid Theatre's You Show. This was soon followed by its festival premiere at Sage Theatre's Ignite Festival (Calgary) and was the most well-attended performance in the festival's history. A subsequent provincial tour followed including the city of Medicine Hat.
The company went on to create “The Dublin Play” about the struggles of artists in Dublin, and “Ocean Fox” about the toils and hardships of a masterdiver in the Bahamas which was presented as part of Sage Theatre's Ignite Festival in 2013 and the Belfry Studio Theatre (Victoria). In 2016, Castlereigh presented a workshop production of "Castle in the Sky" at the Belfry Studio. It was directed by Atomic Vaudeville's Britt Small and featured six local performers.
In 2018, the play "God's Lake" (co-created by Francesca Albright & Swampy-Cree filmmaker Kevin Lee Burton) had its workshop production at Victoria's Metro Studio Theatre. The play was developed further that year and went on to be presented as part of One Yellow Rabbit's 2019 High Performance Rodeo in Calgary.
We have learned through experience that our work within the communities enriches the lives of the members of those communities.
We have also learned that audiences hunger for true stories that resonate within their own lives while shedding light on difficult topics.