Mandate & History of the Company
Francesca Albright and Jude Thaddeus Allen are Co-Artistic Directors of Castlereigh Theatre Project whose mandate is to create documentary plays for the theatre.
The company was created in 2007. 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 eight year old brother, the emerging company set out to research the events of the murders and create a piece of theatre about them. The subsequent play, “Castle In The Sky”, was workshopped in Victoria, 2011, and given a staged reading at Intrepid Theatre’s You Show. This was followed by the festival premiere of the play at Sage Theatre’s Ignite Festival and a subsequent provincial tour, including Medicine Hat. By all accounts the play was the hit of the festival. In April, 2016, the play received its professional premiere over a week-long run. Finally, "Castle in the Sky" was presented by Castlereigh and performed at the Belfry Theatre Studio. Directed by Britt Small (Atomic Vaudeville) the play was well-received and reviewed.
Castlereigh Theatre Project also created two more docudramas: “The Dublin Play” about the struggle of artists in Dublin, and “Ocean Fox” about the toils and hardships of a master-diver in the Bahamas which has recently been produced in Calgary at the Ignite Festival and in Victoria at the Belfry Theatre (Castlereigh Theatre Project & Sage Theatre Production.) A new version of the play was workshopped and performed as a staged reading at Victoria's Intrepid Theatre Club in September, 2016. It was directed by Britt Small and featured three local actors.
We have also learned that audiences hunger for true stories that resonate within their own lives while shedding light on difficult topics.
We have learned through experience that our work within the communities enriches the lives of the members of those communities. We have many testimonies from people to prove this. We have also learned that audiences hunger for true stories that resonate within their own lives while shedding light on difficult topics.