Thursday, September 29, 2016

Café DaPoPo/Opening Night
Sat, Oct 1st, 7:30p, Blue Apples Arts and Wellness Centre
5228 Blowers Street

The 2016 Live-In Festival (LIFe), running from October 1st through October 31st, kicks off with one of DaPoPo's most celebrated performances, Café DaPoPo. A handful of performers have prepared performances that are ripe for the picking to be delivered directly to your table, as a delicious counterpoint to Blue Apples' inspired vegan cuisine.

Margaret Smith, Kristi Anderson, and Emily Shute serenade a patron at Café DaPoPo. 
As with all LIFe events, admission and pricing is by donation – at this one, you may order individually priced performances, ranging from sonnets through songs to performance art, from a specially created performance menu.

Café ensemble Zach Faye, Andrew Chandler, Eric Benson, Ann Doyle, Amy Reitsma, Keelin Jack, and Matthew Peach entertain a table at the Freies Museum Berlin.  
A motto for Café DaPoPo? Expect the unexpected, as one patron remarked. Patrons can tailor their order to their taste: add a sock puppet, make it intimate, or queer your order. Ask for extra sauce. Add cheese. Or request cross-dressing. You choose how you would like your performances delivered.

Garry Williams with a sad sock puppet. 
If you would like to help us raise funds to cover Festival expenses, join us for this fantastic night out – bring a friend! – for a cover of $5.-, which comes with a theatrical amuse bouche. Then, you can order what you please!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


The DaPoPo Live-In Festival (LIFe) Live Script Series is calling for non-union readers to bring the words of our Live-In playwrights to life.

This 10-play reading series requires multiple readers for various nights from October 4th to 31st.

Interested? E-mail

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Every year the Live-In Festival (LIFe) draws hundreds of participants. Every day of October there is something going on in various locales: the TNS Living Room, Plan B, The Bus Stop Theatre, 1313 Hollis, The Waiting Room, and other social hubs. Play readings, workshops, performances, special events… we hope, something for everyone.

Poster art and design by Trevor Poole. 

All of these events – yes, all of them – are run by volunteers who will work together with our volunteer Festival staff, accepting donations, managing the space, hosting events, and (at some events only!) providing snacks and refreshments.

Festival Coordinator Kristi Anderson introducing a facilitator at one of the LIFe Workshop Series events. 

If you would be interested in volunteering, please send us an e-mail at <> before Saturday, September 24th. Volunteers will be welcome at most events free of charge, subject to availability.

Coordinator Garry Williams welcoming audience to a LIFe event in O'Regan Hall. 
Volunteers will be invited to participate in a 2-hour training session to become familiar with our company history and the mechanics of LIFe.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

For the last seven years, DaPoPo Theatre has been hosting a month-long professional development festival, The Live-In Festival (LIFe), based mostly out of the TNS Living Room space on Agricola. The Festival has provided many artists with an invaluable opportunity to try out new ideas; learn new skills; and develop new work and relationships. It has become a much-anticipated event in the Halifax calendar year.  

From October 1st - October 31st we bring together artists and diverse communities to share their work, skills, and passion for the arts. The Festival is run by volunteer coordinators – this year, our team includes long-time company member Kristi Anderson; founding member Steph Berntson; new addition to the crew Lara Lewis; member-of-our Board of Directors and associate artist Michael Lake; associate artist/designer Trevor Poole; associate artist Quincy Russell; and Garry Williams, Artistic Director of the Company.

Our Script Series is devoted to public readings of upwards of a dozen new scripts. Our Workshop Series features several professional development and skill-sharing opportunities. Our Special Events Series brings our communities together in fun and creative ways. And our Performance Series includes exciting new work by local artists, as well artists from out of town.

What is most extraordinary: the Festival is audience funded, and run almost entirely on suggested donations. Our theme, this year, is “Working Together”.

We would like to give you an opportunity to help us by purchasing our Festival Pass: The Live-In Key. At a cost of $100.-, the Live-In Key gives you free access to ALL of the Script Series readings and Special Events, as well as ONE free workshop (reservation required and subject to availability); and ONE free performance (2 tickets). The Live-In Key is also transferable.

If you choose to help us in this way, your money will go towards the overhead costs of the Festival, including venue rental and administrative fees. Indirectly, you will be helping us pay the artists, as 100% of our Box Office donations go to honoraria, once we have covered up-front expenses.   

We sincerely hope you will work together with us to not only make this Festival possible, but allow it to grow. To purchase your tax-deductible Live-In Key, please contact us: