New puppet collective brings a drive-in theatre experience to the Ohio Valley

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The North Barn Theatre Collective is bringing a new puppet show to Antigonish County.

Experienced much like a drive-in cinema, Late Night Radio is a socially distant, live theatre performance where audiences tune in their car radios to an FM broadcast as a spectacle emerges in the landscape before them.

Performed in the rural community of the Ohio Valley, Antigonish, Late Night Radio runs from July 3 to 5 and July 9-12 at 8:30 p.m.

In the dusk light of a hayfield, a row of cars are parked facing an empty wooden frame, their radios tuned to an FM broadcast. As the radio announcer interviews a radical poet about the end of the world, a spectacle emerges from the nearby trees. A sunflower opens its eye, a raccoon
strikes up the orchestra, and the world outside of our vehicles creeps into our consciousness through sound, image, poetry and song. Dancing in the interplay between dusk and night, hope and grief, The North Barn Theatre Collective contemplates the consequences of a pandemic, our
interrelatedness to the non-human world and our collective stumbling into the unknown, both together and apart.

Late Night Radio is a new puppet theatre spectacle, experienced as a drive-in performance, allowing audiences to witness live theatre in a socially distant format.

“The original idea for this piece was conceived when the outbreak of COVID 19 was first taking place in North America back in March,” says co-creator and puppeteer, Laura Stinson. “At the time, we were on a tour with Bread and Puppet Theater in the Northeastern United States when our world was flipped upside down. We thought, we need to keep making live theatre, but we also need to rethink the ways that we can be together.”

“The events of the past few months have really inspired us to think locally,” continues co-creator and puppeteer, Ian McFarlane. “We returned back to Nova Scotia with new found passion for connecting with place and curiousity for how we can adapt.”

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