The Queen In Me – Spotlight Canada: The Pitch Session as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Queen In Me pitches to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Theatre Gargantua is extremely excited and proud to announce that The Queen In Me, our Side Stream Production created and performed by Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野 was selected as one of ten extraordinary applicants for Spotlight Canada: The Pitch Session, an exclusive online event to be presented on August 23rd, 2021. This session is presented as part of Fringe Connect, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s new digital platform launched in July this year, to connect artists and industry, and will feature 5-minute videos about each work, and a live Q&A session with each show’s creators.  This program is presented by The Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom.  We are so happy that they saw the importance of this show, and want to help us share it.

The Queen In Me is a 1-person show featuring Mozart’s The Queen of the Night, one of opera’s infamous “fallen women”, who takes a stand and refuses to finish her famous aria. Instead, she reveals her own story mixing monologue, spoken word and unexpected operatic excerpts in a highly theatrical piece that is powerful, funny, and uplifting, serving as a critique of the opera industry and a reimagining of what it could be.  The Queen In Me riffs off of Mozart’s The Magic Flute’s to dissect gender and sex stereotypes and tropes in conventional opera roles.

Presenters can register to be a part of the pitch session here.

More information on Spotlight Canada: The Pitch Session, including links to the other 9 fantastic projects selected can be found here.

The Queen In Me is co-produced by Amplified Opera & Nightwood Theatre.

“My sincere congratulations to all the artists representing Canada at Edinburgh, for their resilience and creativity and talent. We’re thrilled to be able to continue to foster this online collaboration and to support them on their pitch journey to the global stage.”

Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts

“After an extremely challenging year during which our artists and creators have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is proud to support them as they continue participating virtually in important international festivals, like the Edinburgh Fringe. I look forward to all the opportunities and connections these artists will make on the global market as a result of this Festival.”

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage


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