Geordie Theatre hosts outdoor family fair
There are many fun activities to do in Montreal and they go right through the summer. On Saturday, August 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, Geordie Theatre will be hosting a family fair at the Square Sir George Etienne Cartier in St. Henri.
There will be a bouncy castle, live music, face painting and a barbecue. Kids can take part in a free theatre workshop, learn about first aid and how to fly a drone. There will be many activities throughout the day for people of all ages, says Jimmy Blais, Geordie Theatre’s Artistic Director.
Montreal Steppers, a dance troupe, will be doing a performance as well as a Japanese drumming group. Authors of children’s book will read to kids.
The main event of the day, however, will be a Geordie Theatre production called What If?— a 50-minute show that toured schools around Eastern Canada for the last year. The play is about a girl called Nicky and how she navigates life dealing with social anxiety.
The goal of the event, says Blais, is to bring people back together, especially after almost three years of being isolated following pandemic restrictions.
“Now that things have opened up again, our shows are back up and running, we thought it would be really great for us to throw in an event that brings families together,” Blais said. “It’s a really good opportunity for us to spend a fun day together, playing games, watching shows, eating some food and having a good time during the summer.”
This is the second annual Geordie Family Fair. Last year’s event took place at Selwyn House in Westmount, but the fair was moved to Square Sir George Etienne Cartier in St. Henri to allow for better foot traffic.
Geordie Theatre was founded in 1980 and is the premier English theatre company in Quebec. Its three main facets are a 2Play tour, with performances being held in schools across Eastern Canada. One show tours elementary schools and the other high schools and CEGEPS.
Blais says the aim is to spark conversation among kids and grownups about important social issues facing young people today. “We also believe in diversity, so we make an effort in providing opportunity for marginalized voices.”
Second, Geordie Theatre also produces bigger plays for places like the Segal Centre for families and school groups. Lastly, it has theatre workshops, camps and after-school programs.
The fair is free for everyone, but attendees will have to pay for food and beverages.
For more information, visit https://geordie.ca.