Help send “The Pillowman” to Mainstage!

Photo courtesy Alberni Valley News.

For the first time in our 45 year history, Portal Players Dramatic Society has won the BEST PRODUCTION award in Theatre BC’s regional North Island Zone Drama Festival. We now take “The Pillowman” to the provincial finals, Theatre BC’s Mainstage, in Chilliwack on July 5.

As everyone knows, getting off the island is expensive! Taking the entire cast, crew, set, and dressings to the Chilliwack competition for three nights will be a huge & daunting bill and we need your help!

Please click below to help us reach our goal of $21,000 for this huge achievement – thank you SO much for your support.


“The Pillowman” WINS 6 AWARDS including BEST PRODUCTION!

Bailey Studio Theatre, Nanaimo (2373 Rosstown Road): Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, 2024 NANAIMO TICKETS LINK
Capitol Theatre, Port Alberni: Saturday, June 29 and Sunday June 30, 2024 PORT ALBERNI TICKETS LINK
Chilliwack Cultural Centre, Chillwack: Friday, July 5, 2024

Portal Players cleaned up at the 2024 Theatre BC North Island Zone Drama Festival, which was hosted by our club at The Capitol Theatre. Six awards were given by adjudicator Robinson Wilson to our production of Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman”:

  • Best Production – which now advances to Theatre BC’s Mainstage Festival in Chilliwack in early July
  • Best Director, Nicole Foster – in a tie with Nanaimo Theatre Group’s Nikita Towe for “All In The Timing”
  • Best Actor in a Male Role – Cydney Pedersen
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Male Role – Scott Lemkay
  • Best Set – Nicole Foster
  • Best Lighting Design – Diena Tyne

Four additional performances have been scheduled to help raise funds for Portal Players travel costs to attend Mainstage in Chilliwack – see dates above. Tickets available online below.

Photo courtesy Alberni Valley News.

Our partners at the Alberni Valley News have prepared an excellent article about the Festival and Portal Players’ wins: AV News, “The Pillowman”.

In a totalitarian state a writer is questioned by the authorities about a spate of murders that bear similarities to his short stories. Is this life imitating art or something more sinister? This black comedy is widely regarded as one of the greatest plays of the past 25 years and examines the role of the artist in society. It asks “what price do we pay for freedom of expression?”.  “The Pillowman” was awarded the 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, and was a 2005 Tony Award nominee for Best New Play.

Playwright Martin McDonagh is an Acadamy Award winner and has been nominated for six additional Academy Awards. Among his many credits, McDonagh wrote and directed the films In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Banshees of Inisherin.

This show is for mature audiences only and includes advisories for a loud noise, racist & graphic language, discussion of infanticide, and live fire. We reserve the right to turn away minors without a guardian present.

Tickets for the July 5th performance at Mainstage in Chilliwack will be available here: Chilliwack Cultural Centre.


“The Pillowman” TICKETS for NANAIMO (June 21 & 22) and PORT ALBERNI (June 29 & 30) – please scroll down

Portal Players Fundraising Notebooks Now Available

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Portal Players Dramatic Society
is a Volunteer & Non-Profit Organization which owns & runs The Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni, BC. All actors, directors, producers, crew, front of house & production team members are highly skilled, talented & local volunteers, working hard to help create and promote a Vibrant Arts Community in the Alberni Valley.
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