WOMEN WHO SHOUT AT THE STARS and give us strength

Published on: August 9, 2014

Filled Under: SummerWorks Festival

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Carolyn Hetherington,¬†seemingly, can’t stop creating. At the age of 80 she wrote a play for the first time, and now, at the age of 83, she’s still performing all the roles herself. WOMEN WHO SHOUT AT THE STARS is a theatrical memoir about Carolyn and a few of the dynamic women that helped shape who she is. So far, I’d say these women – with the help of Carolyn herself – have done a pretty bang up job.

1. Writing your first play at 80 years of age is amazing! How did it feel to try a new form of artistic expression at such a late date? Any regrets?
None. It felt totally surprising, daunting yet exciting to me. Without the encouragement and dramaturgical support of Judith Thompson, this play would not have been written.

2. You play the roles of actual women in your life; how do you think they would feel about your characterizations of them?
Probably raising eyebrows at some of the skeletons that come out of the closet. But all in all, I think they would approve.

3. What have you learned about yourself throughout the process of creating this show?
I think I’m a better communicator, and therefore a better actor.

4. What do you want the audience to know when they leave your show? 
I am so grateful that these remarkable women were, and still are, in my life

5. Apologies in advance if you’re frequently asked this: You seem to have lived a rich artistic life; what are 2 things (ie. pieces of advice) that have helped you along the way? Are there any rules to live by that have consistently buoyed your spirits or kept you kind throughout your life?
Instant forgiveness for blunders and a sense of humour.

WOMEN WHO SHOUT AT THE STARS is on at Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Ave) unti August 17th as part of the SummerWorks Performance Festival. For tix click here.

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