22 Minutes star lends hand to Metro Theatre

Walsh brings solid characters to raging one-woman show

Mary Walsh

The line between humour and rage often rests on a knife’s edge.

No one embodies this truth more readily than Mary Walsh, a stalwart of the Canadian sketch comedy circuit who brings her one-woman show Dancing With Rage to Metro Studio Feb. 19.

Perhaps most recognized for her Newfie-infused satire on the long-running CBC series This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Walsh incorporates many of the characters she has played over the years into the show, including the infamous warrior princess Marg Delahunty, Dakey Dunn, Mom Reardon and Tim Horton’s loiterer and close-camera gossip Connie Bloor.

Dancing with Rage follows several stories, from a blind woman who regains her eyesight to a mother travelling the country in search of her lost child.

Throughout the show, Walsh embodies her classic and emerging characters in seasoned fashion to illustrate the rage brought on by modern politics, capitalism and pop culture.

In her 25-year comedy career, Walsh has received 25 Gemini Awards as well as the Governor General’s lifetime achievement award.

In her years with 22 Minutes, she made news headlines by humanizing and humiliating stiff politicians outside Parliament and by ambushing press conferences, all with an endearing east-coast accent and cheekiness.

In 2011, Walsh made national headlines for knocking on the door of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who promptly called police and attempted to have her arrested for trespassing.

Walsh comes to Victoria for one night only, fresh off a two-week run at Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre.

She performs in support of Metro Studio’s Raise the Roof campaign, where partial proceeds will go to installing air conditioning in the theatre.

“It’s really exciting Mary is launching (our campaign),” said Heather Lindsay, general manager at Intrepid Theatre.

In partnership with the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Intrepid will be putting a new roof on the studio and upgrading it to a theatre in 2013.

“The most exciting and relatable thing is the air conditioning, because I think our audience members can really relate to that, “ Lindsay said. “Most of them have been in a hot room with us at some point.”

Tickets are $100, but $50 will go directly to the fundraising campaign and will include a $50 charitable tax receipt, she said.

Find tickets at ticketrocket.org or by calling 250-590-6291.

 

Just Posted

BREAKING: Reports of a shooting on Happy Valley Road in Langford

Reports of a shooting in the 3400-block of Happy Valley Road in… Continue reading

Esquimalt requests public feedback as it plans for plastic bag ban

An online survey aims to gather information before the ban comes into effect in January 2020

Pacific FC puts its best foot forward for inaugural game

Players ‘counting down’ to kick-off day

Belmont students help West Shore residents spring out of hunger

Spring Out Of Hunger food drive takes place on April 24

Motorcyclist taken to hospital with undetermined injuries after crash in Oak Bay

Two-vehicle collision occurred Tuesday morning shortly before 11 a.m.

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

VIDEO: Fish farming company launches $30-million vessel to treat salmon for sea lice in B.C. waters

Freshwater treatment an improvement but fish farms should be removed from sea, says conservationist

Singh says childhood abuse steeled him for scrutiny and stress of politics

He recounts the assaults for the first time in his book Love & Courage

Despite five extra weeks’ parental leave in Canada, dads still face stigma: survey

One reason people said dads don’t need leave is because they can just bond with their kids at weekend

Vintage bottles, magic cards, a 1969 Playboy: Quirky items found in historic B.C. buildings

Crews set aside some of the funkier pieces emerging from the construction rubble

PHOTOS: Inside the ‘shoe house’ in Northern B.C.

A rare look inside the famous Kitseguecla Lake Road shoe house, with a tour led by owner Toby Walsh

Thieves steal five of Seven Dwarves ornaments honouring B.C. couple’s late son

For the second time in a year, several garden ornaments stolen from Cloverdale family’s front garden

UPDATE: Missing kayakers located safe and sound in Welcome Bay

Pair were reported missing April 22, in vicinity of Lasqueti Island

Most Read