Halifax-based playwright Lee-Anne Poole confronts some fears and takes to the stage in her first one person show, Country Song: A Queer Ballad as part of the Queer Acts Festival, which runs at the Bus Stop Theatre until July 21st, 2013.
Country Song is an exploration of country music, and Poole’s own inclination toward expressing herself through country music, despite her rudimentary knowledge of the guitar and it is rooted firmly in images of her father, a distant figure whose impact on her is obviously immense. Early in the show Poole describes her impression of country music as “beautifully simple” and Country Song is just that. Beautifully eloquent, raw, at times poetic, sheepish and warm, Poole draws us into her songs and stories about heartbreak, growth, intimacy and trust. She never delves too deep into anything, leaving us to wonder and to conjecture ourselves, but she gives us more than enough for our hearts to connect ardently to hers. She has a lovely singing voice and a wry self deprecation that makes her delightful to watch.
Dustin Scott Harvey directs the piece with a very light touch, keeping the room intimately centered on Poole and keeping the ambiance relaxed and conversational. It is simplicity at its loveliest.
Country Song: A Queer Ballad plays at the Bus Stop Theatre (2203 Gottingen Street) June 20th and 21st at 9:00pm as part of the Queer Acts Festival and Halifax Pride. All shows $12 Regular, $10 Student, Seniors, Underwaged. Festival Pass – $35
BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE or visit the box office at The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen St.