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Macbeth (Shakespeare; dir. Dave St-Pierre) Schauspiel Frankfurt

What happens when a German theatre hires a French Canadian choreographer to direct a play by Shakespeare? Something very Canadian. Dave St-Pierre’s staging of Macbeth at the Schauspiel Frankfurt is, in essence, a two-hour movement piece. The theatre,...
From: dispositio on 2 May 2015

Canadian Theatre’s Youth Problem? Still There.

I got into a bit of a squabble on Facebook today with Kelly Nestruck about Stratford and what I described as its unwillingness to hand over substantial, youthful parts to youthful, perhaps inexperienced, actors. Kelly countered that Stratford employs...
From: dispositio on 11 Jan 2015

Winners and Losers; Storytelling; Theatre

A fairly hasty post, but if I don’t write it now, I won’t have time to write it at all, and I’d like to write it. This morning, Michael Wheeler published an interesting piece on “Storytelling in the the Present” on,...
From: dispositio on 29 Nov 2013

Do We Have a Problem with Actor Training in Canada?

This isn’t a post so much as a call for responses. In some of the comments on my “Youth Problem” post, both on the blog and on Facebook, a thread was emerging that suggested that one reason we see far fewer young actors on Canadian stages...
From: dispositio on 25 Nov 2013

Canadian Theatre has a Youth Problem

A couple of weeks ago when I was in Vienna, attending a congress celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Burgtheater’s current home, an utterly over-the-top theatre palace and one of the reputed hallowed sites of German-language performance arts,...
From: dispositio on 1 Nov 2013

Six Anti-Canonical Questions

About a month ago, Jordan Tannahill posted what he called an “anti-canon of essential Canadian theatre and performance” in list form as a note on Facebook; a few weeks later, a modified version appeared as blog post on; and...
From: dispositio on 30 Jul 2013

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

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Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.