“Bray plays Buxtehude with great comic sensibility and banter with the audience. Colleen MacIsaac gives a lovely performance as Ria… The relationship between Buxtehude and Ria builds the tension of the play nicely, is rooted in the play’s silliness, but also manages to have nuance and subtext. Follow Me is very funny and very ghosty. It’s a lovely Fringe offering from the Villains. “
-Amanda Campbell, The Coast
This is my conduit, through which the fiends of hell
and ministers of heaven peer and share and whisper.
Though sometimes too – they scream.
“AWESOME!” “DELIGHTFUL!” “Hilarious and scary”
“A perfect blend of ethereal and comedy. Villains Theatre will creep you out.”
Come see the world-famous medium and self-professed clairvoyant, Gunter Buxtehude, as he opens the veil between this world and the next via his audience’s personal heirlooms. But be careful, for you may discover something ominous in the dust of your relics. Follow Me is a postmodern ghost story, inspired by some of the Renaissance’s greatest scenes of horror.
Follow Me’s workshop performance premiered at the Atlantic Fringe Festival (Fort Massey 2nd Stage), 2015. The show is currently available for touring.
Dan Bray as Gunter Buxtehude
Colleen MacIsaac as Ria MacNamara
Director: Daniel Gervais
Playwright: Dan Bray
Production Manager: Colleen MacIsaac
Playwright, “Gunter Buxtehude”
Dan Bray is excited and terrified to share this strange, new ghost story with all of you. He is the founder and Artistic Director of The Villain’s Theatre and has directed many plays for the company – most recently The Duchess of Malfi, The Maid’s Tragedy, and The Roaring Girl. This fall, he is directing the company’s newest work, an adaptation of an Elizabethan tragedy, entitled Arden. As an actor, he has done multiple seasons with Shakespeare by the Sea and Lions Den, and has also worked with Us Vs Them, Xara Choral Theatre, Taboo Theatre, and several others. The last two shows he wrote for the fringe – Wake Up, Rosie! and Criminal Negligee – were awarded Best Family Show and Best Playwright, respectively.
Daniel Gervais is an actor, writer and director who now calls Halifax home. He has performed with The Villain’s Theatre in The Duchess of Malfi, Doctor Faustus, The Maid’s Tragedy, The Roaring Girl, A Yorkshire Tragedy and The Revenger’s Tragedy and will be joining the villains again in Arden this fall. He has worked as an actor with Shakespeare by the Sea and Festival Antigonish, Lion’s Den Theatre and DaPoPo Theatre. Dan has previously directed shows for Lions Den’s An Evening of Ives, and for Up the Hill Theatre’s 30/60 (which he also had a hand in writing). Dan took part in Misery Loves Theatre’s collaborative invocation process to create Greatest Pretend Ancestry. Dan is currently developing (along with frequent Villain’s collaborator Christine Daniels) a Halifax-based Arts and Culture radio show called The Threepenny Podcast.
Production Manager, “Ria MacNamara”
Colleen MacIsaac is a multidisciplinary artist based in Halifax. She is the artistic producer of The Villain’s Theatre, managing director of 2b theatre company, creator of the Halifax Indie Theatre (HIT) book, and chair of the board at the Bus Stop Theatre Cooperative. As an actor, she has performed with a number of local companies including The Villain’s Theatre (The Duchess of Malfi, In the Telling, The Maid’s Tragedy), Xara Choral Theatre (Waiting on the Eastern Line, Fatty Legs, Constellations), Us Vs Them (The Insomniac’s Handbook, A Tournament of Lies), and Lions Den Theatre (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Waiting for the Parade, An Evening of Ives). She is so happy to be working with lovely team DanDan on this very fun project! Next up, catch her in Arden with the Villains this November, and Tales of the Old North with Xara Choral Theatre.