Theatre Outre challenges the norm and succeeds

Posted on : Thursday, February 28, 2013


There is always local talent in Lethbridge that is ready to fill a niche whenever there is a need for one. Recently, that need was met through a new theatre company that has set up in Bordello - a small theatre space above the Owl Acoustic Lounge. 

Theatre Outre (Ooo - trey for those not up on your French) is a theatre company that presents theatrical content, subject matter, styles and forms that are alternative to what is currently offered in Lethbridge. Their mission is to provide an uncensored and uncompromising voice to those in our community who are often considered to exist beyond the fringes of social propriety, sexual norms and gendered expectations. And so, through a little door beside the Owl and up a staircase, a space was born that meets the needs for those who appreciate experimental theatre and the challenging material that is produced; judgement, prudishness and censorship need not attend. 

Theatre Outre has seen the difficulty in finding a small affordable theatre space and are delighted to call their new space, Bordello, home. Because of this, they're offering the space for any other theatre groups to use for shows or rehearsals. The name Bordello pays homage to rumours that the building was once a part of the city's red light district. Artistic Director Jay Whitehead and Artistic Associate Richie Wilcox, plus other members and volunteers have worked hard in putting the theatre space together and turning it from an empty room to an intimate haven that they can call home. The community has responded well to Theatre Outre, with a diverse selection of people showing up to their performances. 

The theatre opened with its first show Love Stinks, a hilariously honest show hosted by Lethbridge's premier drag performer Didi d'Edada. March 1 kicks off a series of musical tributes to gay icons, aptly titled Our Homo Highness, with the first tribute to Cyndi Lauper. The evening will be filled with music, song and local talent featuring eight local singers. Friday's show begins at 8 p.m., with tickets for $10 at the door or $8 for students. A cash bar is also available in the space. (Due to the mature subject matter of the shows, patrons are asked not to bring children) 

Theatre Outre, hopes to turn their annual cabaret Pretty Witty & Gay into a week long event, with events happening between the Bordello and the Potemkin Gallery on the floor below. The main event, however, will still take place in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre. The group is seeking artists, actors and theatrical writers for the event, more information can be found on their website. Other upcoming events include movie nights, karaoke, dances and much more. 

Article written by: Melanie Fast

Theatre Outre Website (for more information and a list of upcoming shows)