Coming Up

At the Holiday Table

Dates: December 9 & 10
Time: Doors 7pm, show at 7:30pm
Price: $25 ($20 Patreon members)

The table is a place for family and friends to gather. Stories bubble to the surface and memories are re-lived. At this table the stories and memories are from the audience. The actors and audience will create stories together in this improv theatre night! Start the night off with short form improvisation and come back after intermission to see a full length play be built before your eyes. What characters will be sitting at the table? The grumpy uncle? The wise grandmother? Or friends bent on saving the world?

Featuring actors from Tempest Theatre and Peach Gravy Improv:

  • Cain Critchlow
  • Jordyn Emshay
  • Dan Freeman
  • Isaac Gilbert
  • Lynn Green
  • Fereidoon Kavosian
  • Bob McAtamney
  • Colter McLean
  • Kim Russell
  • Kate Torgerson
  • Sean Wood

Presented in partnership with the Peach Gravy Theatre Coop


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Recently On The Tempest Stage

I and You

by Lauren Gunderson

October 5-9, 2022

Two high school classmates are thrust together for a class project on Walt Whitman. They need each other and they desperately need to understand the troubled world around them. I mean, WTF is going on? How do we move through the world? How can the ramblings of a dead poet help and WHY won’t the smoke detector stop beeping?

Come and see these two curious hearts find gratitude for each other, each day, and a connection that is so profound, you might leave the theatre with the urge to scream “YAWP!”

Directed by Kate Twa
Starring Kaitlyn Bernard and Andy Kalirai


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At The Table

The place for family and friends to gather

The table is a place for family and friends to gather. Stories can bubble to the surface, secrets can be revealed, memories are relived.

Stories from the audiences’ experiences and imaginations will fuel the improvisers to create a play on the spot. Working together, who will the actors and spectators conjure? Will it be the grumpy outdated Uncle? Wise grandmother? Troubled teen? Visiting extra-terrestrials?

Find out July 22 and 23 as Tempest partners with Peach Gravy for two completely original performances.

Member of Patreon? You will be invited to attend the Dress Rehearsal free of charge! Give valuable feedback and let your voice be heard!


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Theatrical Tapas

Scenes from seven exciting new plays

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Tempest is back with a banquet of scenes from current and topical plays. Tempest's Presentations are the culmination of intensive training by the ensemble and are sure to captivate and generate conversation.

*Content in this performance is suitable for 19+


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Every Brilliant Thing

A play by Duncan McMillan and Johnny Donohoe

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You’re six years old. Mom’s in hospital, and your dad tells you it’s because ”She finds it hard to be happy". You start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2. Kung Fu movies. 3. The color yellow. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. People falling over. 6. Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. Every Brilliant Thing makes a plea for kindness and mutual support that seems particularly timely.

    Directed by Kate Twa
    Starring Lucas Penner

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International One Minute Play Festival

The name says it all: we're accepting original works which can be performed in under 60 seconds to be performed on the Tempest Stage on Thursday March 31st as part of the inaugural 'Ignite The Arts Festival'. Your live audience and a select panel of judges will decide who will make it to the final round and then who will walk away with 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. Scripts must be submitted in advance and there is no fee to participate. Make it snappy, make it fun. If you run overtime, the giant clock will make a nasty sound!

BACKGROUND:

The One Minute Play Festival is the brainchild of Paul Crawford who has been hosting this annual event for over 20 years as a core element of the Arts Wells Festival. Drawing inspiration from 'skit-night at summer camp' Paul brought to life a raucous, often off-the-cuff, many times brilliant collection of performers and ideas. We are honoured to take on the mantle of this event and launch it at this year's Ignite the Arts Festival in Penticton.

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Okanagan Film Industry 101

A Discussion Panel

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The film industry is going through a growth phase in all parts of the Okanagan. Find out more from an esteemed panel of experts.

Guests
Jon Summerland Okanagan Film Commissioner
Charles Cornell, GM Community Futures Okanagan -Similkameen
Kate Twa, independent Filmmaker, Director, Writer
Judy JK Lee, Casting Director
Ronan Reinart, Cinematographer, Editor, Commercial Lawyer

When: Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021
Where: Tempest Theatre 125 Eckhardt Ave E Penticton
Time: 5:30pm (lounge open at 5:00pm)
Cost: $20 (Free for Patreon Members)

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Our Wicked Problem

Climate Action Plays

Our Wicked Problem was part of an exciting global initiative headquartered out of New York, called the Climate Change Theatre Action. The organization commissioned 50 playwrights from around the world to write five-minute plays for people to produce any way they like in their communities. Performance dates were intended to coincide or be adjacent to the COP26 talks. Proceeds must be donated to local environmental organizations or projects.

Our Wicked Problem consisted of 4 evening performances, 2 in Penticton & 2 in Kelowna. 4 separate organizations came together to make the shows happen: Tempest Theatre in Penticton and Kelowna-based Inner Fish Performance Co, the Inspired Word Café and the Faculty of Creative & Critical Studies at UBCO. Performers, directors, and crew donated their time. FortisBC, Inner Fish Performance Co., and private donations covered some of the expenses.

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Fall Presentations

A collection of scenes from award-winning plays featuring local talent and presented live at Tempest Theatre in Penticton.

Directed by Kate Twa
Cast:Sharon Estephan, Sarah Foss, Beth Fotheringham, Mae Glerum, Mia Harris, Maia Mae, Jenny Moon Makepeace, Lucas Penner, Vance Potter, Oli Ware, Braeden Williams
When: Tuesday, October 1-3, 2021
Where: Tempest Theatre 125 Eckhardt Ave E Penticton
Time: 7:30pm (lounge open at 7:00pm)
Cost: $25 ($20 for Patreon Members)
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What.A.Mess.

A Post-Plague Greek Catharsis
An ORIGINAL PRODUCTION written by the Company

Directed by Kate Twa, Denise Kenney and Edward Foy
Cast: Miriam Cummings, Chantal Ethier, Edward Foy, Denise, Kenney, Lucas Penner
When: Tuesday, August 17-21, 2021
Where: Tempest Theatre
125 Eckhardt Ave E Penticton
Time: 7:30pm (lounge open at 7:00pm)
Cost: $25 ($20 for Patreon Members)
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Wine with the Artistic Director

A first-ever live event from our Patreon-exclusive series
With Special Guests John Cassini and Brian Markinson
Hosted by Kate Twa
When: Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
Where: Tempest Theatre
125 Eckhardt Ave E Penticton
Time: 7:30pm (lounge open at 7pm)
Cost: $20 ($15 for Patreon Members)
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