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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - November 20, 1971, Winnipeg, Manitoba24 features Winnipeg free press saturday november 20, 1971 new Leisure by Peter Crossley the cub culo theatre lab is the newest group on the Amateur theatre scene in Winnipeg. The artistic director for the group Kay Unruh explained the meaning of the name we want to emphasize the fact that we re Small to reflect that which in t now but what we Hope will become. We Are a lab because we As a group Are learning about a different form of theatre. We want to do new and experimental Kay Unruh spent four years teaching in a High school in Southern India. It was Mere she Learned about drama she claims. She taught English at Vincent Massey collegiate for four years and is now an Assis Tant professor of English at the University of Winnipeg. The group started As an idea in september 1971 and mushroomed from there. Miss Unruh wanted to get away from the womb of University theatre and do some theatre in the Community. Their first production will be Friday s hiding by John Arden and the real inspector hound by Tom Stoppard to be presented at the studio theatre of University College on the fort Garry Campus nov. 24 to 27. We Hope to attract mainly Young said miss Unruh. I think they need theatre to offer stimulation to their world and their imaginations. We will be experimenting with different styles of theatre and while we Are learning we Hope the audience will learn too. We will be utilizing Winnipeg playwrights with the Hope of giving them a show Case for their works. I d be willing to see us Flop in the eyes of the professionals if Only we could nurture new the february 1972, production will be cooking by Perry Nodelman. We want to get away from the proscenium theatre and have people sit on the floor and get in what does the future hold for a group with innovative ideas and a shoe string Bud get we Don t want to think said miss Unruh. We prefer to Mink for the moment rather than the Distant future. I Don t think of the future in conjectural terms but in terms of moving ahead. We Are going to try to assess How much of a need there is for our Type of project in the Community through our first productions. There is no dearth of plays but new plays by canadians Are a different mat Ter. Because we Are using new methods and new plays the audience will have to have the patience of Job. Actually an audience for our Type of theatre will have to be cub culo theatre lab is planning an evening of Indi an entertainment. It. Will be a total experience of in d i a n theatre in Western terms involving dance drama and said miss Unruh. The play would be one by Rab Indranath Tagore India s major 20th Century poet and dramatist. With All the variety of theatre available to win nip Eggers through the 23 Amateur groups now in exis tence and the Manitoba theatre Centre there is always room for a new group with new ideas. Theatre thrives on the new As it grows from the past. Maurice strike designing set for Alice by Peter Crossley Maurice strike one of Canada s most versatile stage designers is in Winnipeg to design the sets for the Manitoba theatre Centre s next production Alice through the looking Glass adapted and directed by Keith Turnbull. Or. Strike designed last season s production of Hob son s Choice for Mac and fiddler on the roof for Rainbow stage. The set for Alice through the looking Glass is a montage of the old and the new victorian lace and plexiglass mylar and mirrors. This is not really a de parture for or. Strike even though he is known primarily As an edwardian designer from his work with the Shaw festival at viagra on the Lake. In England i was doing said or. Strike from Avant Garde to victoriana. It s just that Canadian theatre is doing so much late 19th Century material. I seem to fit right or. Strike said he created the designs for the show disregarding the sir John Tenniel drawings. After a what if Tenniel was wrong Tenniel s kind of romanticism is wrong for this play. It has Little meaning for today or for the charac ters i be tried to express victoriana As an age of today not something of the the set utilizes the full open Bare stage with the work lights and the move b i e set pieces. Twelve gremlins Are in charge of the moving by using new materials. I have tried to create a feeling of endless depth an the costume designs for the All male except Alice cast were influenced by people who actually existed friends of said or strike. I have also been searching through the past to find shapes for some of the influences Are Oscar Wilde for humpty dumpty. Queen m a r y for the red Queen Queen Vic Toria for the White Queen and Franz Joseph for the White King. I have worked closely with Keith Turnbull on the production for More than three months. Actually i m just a servant to his ideas. You can t really Call this a play or a musical or an opera. It is a Little of All Maurice strike with a Model of the Alice set three. It is one of the most exciting things i be worked on in Canada this is the biggest pro Ducton Mac has attempted. There Are 30 full costumes. Mac is going in the right direction with this play using Home grown Talent like Keith and Young peo or. Strike said or. Turn Bull has tried to get away from the traditional production while sticking As close As imaginable to the text. The play is a Complete world of its Between Hobson s Choice and fiddler on the roof or strike designed the philanderer by Shaw and tonight at by Noel Coward for the Shaw festival theatre. The Philan Derer was presented again at the National arts Centre. After fiddler in Winnipeg. Or. Strike was engaged to do Alice through the look ing Glass. From Winnipeg he goes to England for a visit then designs i do i do for the Neptune theatre in Halifax. He will design four other productions Between then and August. 1972. Or. Strike said of Winnipeg it s a real Delight to be Here it always would he move to the u.s.? Only if in was artistically

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