TIFT’s Tales returns to Barrie

Theatre is taking to the streets of Barrie in a reprise of Talk is Free Theatre’s (TIFT) Tales of an Urban Indian.
The theatre company plans to perform its final show of the season on a city bus, which will travel about Barrie to sights and scenes reminiscent of the ones described in the story.
The production enjoyed a sold-out 10-week run in 2009. Written by Darrell Dennis, known for television roles in the series Northwood and The Rez, Tales of an Urban Indian is a semi-autobiographical tale about a modern First Nations male who grew up on a reserve, as well as in Vancouver.
The play, which has had numerous productions around Canada, is directed by Herbie Barnes. Winnipeg actor Joshua Ranville will take on the role of Simon Douglas.
“The idea of performing on the bus initially came to us when we didn’t have a permanent home,” says Arkady Spivak, TIFT’s artistic producer. “Although we are about to receive a rare gift – a state-of-the-art brand new facility, this production had developed a legacy of its own and simply demanded to be seen again. To think that the revival gets to extend again is something truly special.”
Tales was originally scheduled to run from May 9 to May 21, but has already been extended to June 4. Single tickets are $29 plus HST, and four tickets are $105 plus HST. Group rate for 15 individuals or more is also available at $25 plus HST. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at (705) 792-1949.

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