A long-distance romance centred around the sending of postcards and letters is part of the central theme of Griffin and Sabine, adapted from the popular 1990s novel series by Victoria writer Nick Bantock. It runs Dec. 4 to 23 at The Belfry Theatre. Image courtesy Belfry Theatre

Artwork, storytelling fuels romance at the Belfry

Adaptation of Griffin and Sabine books hits the stage in Fernwood on Dec. 4

The adaptation of a best-selling series of novels from the early 1990s by Victoria author Nick Bantock inspired Michael Shamata and The Belfry Theatre to tackle a stage version of Griffin and Sabine.

The story of two souls seeking the courage and the means to unite, told largely through the writing of letters and postcards – the subtitle for the first book is “An Extraordinary Correspondence” – is the underpinning for this offering, which runs Dec. 4 to 23 in Fernwood.

“The remarkable Nick Bantock lives in our community, and his enchanting story – together with his breathtaking artwork – were a part of my history,” writes Shamata, the Belfry’s artistic director and the director of this production. “The chance to put these characters and images onstage is delicious and irresistible.”

Here’s an overview: Griffin Moss (played by Matthew Edison) is a lonely artist in London, who makes postcards for a living. His life is changed forever when he receives a cryptic postcard from Sabine Strohem (Yoshié Bancroft), a woman he has never met. She is an artist who illustrates postage stamps and lives in the South Pacific. Through their correspondence the two begin their unlikely romance.

Bantock, who worked with Shamata on the adaptation of the books for live theatre, also uses elements of mythology, modern philosophy and Jungian psychology to tell the long-distance lovers’ story.

For tickets and showtimes, visit tickets.belfry.bc.ca or call 250-385-6815. A special Vocal Eye option for patrons who are blind or partially sighted is available Sunday, Dec. 16. A trained expert will be on hand to describe visual details before the show, and relay physical details during the performance via a headset and radio. Call the number above to reserve a headset.



c.vanreeuwyk@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Transplant caregiver starts website for financial, mental health support

Beth Campbell-Duke started Transplant Rouges after her husband’s double lung transplant

Victoria ranked as one of B.C.’s worst cities to work in

High living costs and low average incomes drop Victoria from the top 10

Saanich swimmer has ribs removed, posts them on social media

Jill Yoneda makes light of rare surgery for ‘slipping rib syndrome’

Cyclist without helmet thrown onto windshield in Victoria

Despite damage to bike, cyclist uninjured following accident

Victoria no longer interested in hosting a downtown casino

Mayor puts forward letter that retracts interest in hosting a casino

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Federal government plans examination of coerced sterilization

The Liberals have been pressed for a rapid response to recent reports on the sterilizations

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Huitema was captain of Canada’s fourth-place team at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Canada not slowing emissions from oil and gas: environmental groups

New report released at the United Nations climate talks in Poland

Liberal Party moves Trudeau fundraiser from military base

The fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 19, with tickets costing up to $400

Pipeline protesters arrested at B.C. university

Three protesters were arrested after TRU property allegedly vandalized with red paint

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Minister appoints former CIRB chair to resolve Canada Post labour dispute

Postal workers engaged in weeks of rotating walkouts

Most Read