Soulo Festival opens with story of Newsgirls Boxing Club

WhatsOn May 25, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

This year’s edition of the Soulo Theatre Festival will be a knock out, literally.

For its fifth annual edition, the popular solo theatre event will kick off with the world premiere of Newsgirl, a homage to the 25-year ‘herstory’ of Canada’s first female-owned and trans-positive boxing gym.

The 70-minute show stars Savoy “Kapow!” Howe, the founder and head coach of the world famous Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, which is based in Leslieville.

Howe, who has a theatre degree from McMaster University, only started working on the production about a month ago. She had previously taken two SoulOTheatre courses and was able to use some of the content she created to incorporate into her full-length show.

“It’s the quickest I’ve ever put together a show,” Howe shared during a recent interview.

“Most of these stories I’ve been telling for a long time. Some of the stories I told myself I’d never tell, but here I am telling them. Some of the stories will shock people.”

Directed by Soulo Theatre’s artistic director/founder Tracey Erin Smith, Newsgirl will be staged at the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, 388 Carlaw Ave., Unit 108, at 8 p.m. tonight.

This is the first time Soulo Theatre Festival is holding a production at a site-specific venue.

“I’ve said for year that the boxing stage is the best stage in the world,” Howe laughed.

“It made sense to have this production at Newsgirls in the ring.”

Another highlight of this weekend’s festival is the world premiere of We The Women, an eight-person show that shares stories of women in their mid-20s to mid-70s who stood up for themselves or something they felt wasn’t right. The majority of We The Women participants travelled from Toronto to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20 for the Women’s March on Washington. Smith and Howe co-hosted the magical storytelling workshop on wheels, which was affectionately dubbed the SOULO-mobile bus tour.

“It felt right to tell these stories as a group,” said Smith, who fort the first time is staging a group show during the Soulo festival.

During the master class student show, participant Lisa Alves will be sharing the story of a time when she felt empowered to stand up to a “touchy” supervisor. Artist Janice Turner will be incorporating her mask art into her piece, while Jodi Pape will be playing the ukulele as she shares the story of her first sexual experience.

On Friday, May 26, Smith will be giving a keynote address on Friday, May 26 at 5 p.m. titled The Story You Tell About Your Life, Becomes Your Life.

The Soulo Theatre Festival, which runs from May 25 to 28, will also include a range of full-length and short solo shows on a range of topics including motherhood, fatherhood, depression, the quest for love, childhood bullies, and the journey of a Syrian refugee from Aleppo, Syria to Turkey. The four-day event will also feature informative panel discussions and workshops.

All events, except for the opening night gala, will be held at the Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E. Tickets are available online or at the door.

Visit www.soulo.ca for more details.

Soulo Festival opens with story of Newsgirls Boxing Club

Event also includes world premiere of We The Women featuring Women's March on Washington participants

WhatsOn May 25, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

This year’s edition of the Soulo Theatre Festival will be a knock out, literally.

For its fifth annual edition, the popular solo theatre event will kick off with the world premiere of Newsgirl, a homage to the 25-year ‘herstory’ of Canada’s first female-owned and trans-positive boxing gym.

The 70-minute show stars Savoy “Kapow!” Howe, the founder and head coach of the world famous Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, which is based in Leslieville.

Howe, who has a theatre degree from McMaster University, only started working on the production about a month ago. She had previously taken two SoulOTheatre courses and was able to use some of the content she created to incorporate into her full-length show.

“It’s the quickest I’ve ever put together a show,” Howe shared during a recent interview.

“Most of these stories I’ve been telling for a long time. Some of the stories I told myself I’d never tell, but here I am telling them. Some of the stories will shock people.”

Directed by Soulo Theatre’s artistic director/founder Tracey Erin Smith, Newsgirl will be staged at the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, 388 Carlaw Ave., Unit 108, at 8 p.m. tonight.

This is the first time Soulo Theatre Festival is holding a production at a site-specific venue.

“I’ve said for year that the boxing stage is the best stage in the world,” Howe laughed.

“It made sense to have this production at Newsgirls in the ring.”

Another highlight of this weekend’s festival is the world premiere of We The Women, an eight-person show that shares stories of women in their mid-20s to mid-70s who stood up for themselves or something they felt wasn’t right. The majority of We The Women participants travelled from Toronto to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20 for the Women’s March on Washington. Smith and Howe co-hosted the magical storytelling workshop on wheels, which was affectionately dubbed the SOULO-mobile bus tour.

“It felt right to tell these stories as a group,” said Smith, who fort the first time is staging a group show during the Soulo festival.

During the master class student show, participant Lisa Alves will be sharing the story of a time when she felt empowered to stand up to a “touchy” supervisor. Artist Janice Turner will be incorporating her mask art into her piece, while Jodi Pape will be playing the ukulele as she shares the story of her first sexual experience.

On Friday, May 26, Smith will be giving a keynote address on Friday, May 26 at 5 p.m. titled The Story You Tell About Your Life, Becomes Your Life.

The Soulo Theatre Festival, which runs from May 25 to 28, will also include a range of full-length and short solo shows on a range of topics including motherhood, fatherhood, depression, the quest for love, childhood bullies, and the journey of a Syrian refugee from Aleppo, Syria to Turkey. The four-day event will also feature informative panel discussions and workshops.

All events, except for the opening night gala, will be held at the Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E. Tickets are available online or at the door.

Visit www.soulo.ca for more details.

Soulo Festival opens with story of Newsgirls Boxing Club

Event also includes world premiere of We The Women featuring Women's March on Washington participants

WhatsOn May 25, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

This year’s edition of the Soulo Theatre Festival will be a knock out, literally.

For its fifth annual edition, the popular solo theatre event will kick off with the world premiere of Newsgirl, a homage to the 25-year ‘herstory’ of Canada’s first female-owned and trans-positive boxing gym.

The 70-minute show stars Savoy “Kapow!” Howe, the founder and head coach of the world famous Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, which is based in Leslieville.

Howe, who has a theatre degree from McMaster University, only started working on the production about a month ago. She had previously taken two SoulOTheatre courses and was able to use some of the content she created to incorporate into her full-length show.

“It’s the quickest I’ve ever put together a show,” Howe shared during a recent interview.

“Most of these stories I’ve been telling for a long time. Some of the stories I told myself I’d never tell, but here I am telling them. Some of the stories will shock people.”

Directed by Soulo Theatre’s artistic director/founder Tracey Erin Smith, Newsgirl will be staged at the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, 388 Carlaw Ave., Unit 108, at 8 p.m. tonight.

This is the first time Soulo Theatre Festival is holding a production at a site-specific venue.

“I’ve said for year that the boxing stage is the best stage in the world,” Howe laughed.

“It made sense to have this production at Newsgirls in the ring.”

Another highlight of this weekend’s festival is the world premiere of We The Women, an eight-person show that shares stories of women in their mid-20s to mid-70s who stood up for themselves or something they felt wasn’t right. The majority of We The Women participants travelled from Toronto to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20 for the Women’s March on Washington. Smith and Howe co-hosted the magical storytelling workshop on wheels, which was affectionately dubbed the SOULO-mobile bus tour.

“It felt right to tell these stories as a group,” said Smith, who fort the first time is staging a group show during the Soulo festival.

During the master class student show, participant Lisa Alves will be sharing the story of a time when she felt empowered to stand up to a “touchy” supervisor. Artist Janice Turner will be incorporating her mask art into her piece, while Jodi Pape will be playing the ukulele as she shares the story of her first sexual experience.

On Friday, May 26, Smith will be giving a keynote address on Friday, May 26 at 5 p.m. titled The Story You Tell About Your Life, Becomes Your Life.

The Soulo Theatre Festival, which runs from May 25 to 28, will also include a range of full-length and short solo shows on a range of topics including motherhood, fatherhood, depression, the quest for love, childhood bullies, and the journey of a Syrian refugee from Aleppo, Syria to Turkey. The four-day event will also feature informative panel discussions and workshops.

All events, except for the opening night gala, will be held at the Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E. Tickets are available online or at the door.

Visit www.soulo.ca for more details.