News Release

REF NO.: 148

SUBJECT: PSA: Memorial University teams up to present Words in Edgewise

DATE: February 14, 2011

Each month Memorial University’s Graduate Program in Humanities, the Eastern Edge Gallery and Magpie magazine team up to present some of St. John’s most exciting and intriguing artists and academics performing, presenting and sharing their work in a variety of disciplines and media. Words in Edgewise is like a good old-fashioned variety show with equal parts sequins and tweed!
Words in Edgewise takes place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Eastern Edge Gallery and is hosted by Morgan Murray. Admission is by donation. Refreshments and snacks will be available.
            People Lose Their Way – And Their Belongings: Joan Sullivan, editor and journalist by day, creates compelling short plays, or performed texts with commentary, by re-mixing existing texts. In People Love Their Way – And Their Belongings, she examines dementia through the words of Nietzsche and others. Appearing along with Joan Sullivan are Neil Butler, Andrew Loman, and Nicole Rousseau. Joan Sullivan’s past work has included Science, Technology, and Pontius Pilate (Words in Edgewise, September 2010); Your Only Life (performed in St. John’s, Halifax and Montreal); an adaptation of Wayne Johnston’s The Story of Bobby O’Malley; Cassie Brown: My Life in Non-Fiction (Grand Bank Regional Theatre Festival, 2009); and Rig, an adaptation of Mike Heffernan’s oral history of the Ocean Ranger Disaster (Rising Tide Theatre, 2010).
            Wings for Songs: Ginny Ryan, singer, songwriter, and director of the Faculty of Arts’ Writing Centre and Pamela Morgan, founding member of seminal 1970s folk band Figgy Duff and producer, recently spent several seasons working together to create a CD of songs that Ms. Ryan wrote and collected over a span of many years. The result, Great Wings in Flight, was released in December 2010. They will discuss the trajectory a song can travel from the inspiration that gives it birth to its eventual independent existence out in the world. As they perform four or five songs from the album, they will take turns describing what they drew upon and how they collaborated to bring this project to completion.

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