CFRC’s Shortwave Theatre Festival kicks off this week

 Festival offering free week-long original plays

Shortwave Theatre Festival features Kingston-based artists.
Supplied by: CFRC

CFRC’s Shortwave Theatre Festival kicked off this week, presenting a week of radio plays and programming. The festival runs from Nov. 1 to 6, and features work written and performed by local Kingston artists.

The 2022 Shortwave Theatre Festival—being hosted by Queen’s campus radio station CRFC for the second time—is supported by the Dan School of Drama and will feature two student-made radio documentaries. 

The festival is meant to give exposure to artists in the Queen’s and Kingston communities.

“Following the tremendous success and community support for Shortwave 2020, we’re so excited to provide another opportunity for campus and local artists to share their creativity with the entire community,” Dinah Jansen, CFRC executive director and Shortwave Theatre Festival executive producer, said in a written statement to The Journal.

CFRC is determined to make the festival as accessible as possible. 

The Shortwave Theatre Festival will remain free and available through radio and mobile listening formats. Content will be suitable for everyone in the Kingston community.

“Shortwave artists have worked collaboratively for over a year to develop and produce original, locally relevant radio theatre performances that are freely accessible through broadcast and podcast,” Jansen said.

“There’s really something for everyone in this years’ [sic] program including children. CFRC is proud to continue collaborating with artists to find new ways to reach new and wider audiences.”

The festival is supported by local theatre collective Cellar Door Project. 

Mariah Horner, an artistic producer of the collective and Shortwave Festival Director, said this year’s shows will look for magic in the everyday. The content being offered supports artists of all experience levels by allowing them to experiment with radio theatre. 

“We’re so excited to continue to support artists with different experience levels in creating new pieces of drama,” Horner said in a press release. 

“I think it’s vital for the theatre ecosystem in Kingston to continue to support artists with different experience levels in creating new pieces of drama. Even better that the program is free!” 

CFRC will broadcast its original Shortwave Theatre performances throughout the first week of November. Listeners can tune into 101.9 to hear what the festival has to offer. The radio station also offers free streaming on its website

More information and a full schedule are available on the Shortwave Theatre Festival website.


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