Desperate Housepets Coming to Old Town Hall in Delta

What mysteries lurk behind such an innocent face?

What mysteries lurk behind such an innocent face?

by Lorraine Payette, written March 7, 2014

(Delta, ON) What are animals to do? The game’s afoot, and things have certainly turned fowl, um, uh, “foul”.

In a desperate cycle of murder, betrayal and love, we explore the deepest of relationships between the most innocent looking house pets. Who would ever suspect there could be complications for a hamster and a rabbit that just happen to cohabit, or the havoc wreaked in a fish tank by a gifted member of the school. What about the trials and tribulations faced by dogs and cats facing death at a city pound?

In a humourous satire written by Robert Watson, no holds are barred. And the Rideau Islands and Lakes Theatre School (RILTS) is delighted to present two showings on March 29 and 30. – to read more>

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Freedom to Read Week to Be Celebrated in Delta

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading  them.” - Joseph Brodsky

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading
them.” – Joseph Brodsky

by Lorraine Payette, written February 25, 2014

“IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BURN. IT was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history. With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame with the thought of what came next, he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky red and yellow and black. He strode in a swarm of fireflies. He wanted above all, like the old joke, to shove a marshmallow on a stick in the furnace, while the flapping pigeon-winged books died on the porch and lawn of the house. While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning…”

So begins Fahrenheit 451, the future fantasy nightmare created by literary master Ray Bradbury. This was a world where reading and books were illegal, where the control of the people had become total and the government feared nothing so much as the free spread of knowledge to those it would enslave. – to read more>

Real Heroes Come Out at 3rd Annual Delta Documentary and Film Festival

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by Lorraine Payette, written August 24, 2013

(DELTA, ONTARIO) The stars were out in the daytime as the 3rd Annual Delta Documentary and Film Festival took the stage at the Delta Fairgrounds on August 23.

“I think this is a good space for kids to actually feel comfortable with their peers and it’s a safe environment where they can feel free to express themselves,” said Vicki Stevenson. “It’s really important and so well done. I don’t know how they do it. There’s a lot kids can do in this community if they’re into sports, but if you aren’t inclined that way or even if you are, and you really enjoy theatre, this is a really good thing to do. It’s a great alternative.” – to read more>

Delta Documentary and Film Festival Accepting Entries from Around the World

It’s all about fun at the Delta Documentary and Film Festival.  Worldwide entries are being accepted.

It’s all about fun at the Delta Documentary and Film Festival. Worldwide entries are being accepted.

by Lorraine Payette, written July 7, 2013

(DELTA, ONBTARIO) The long awaited news is here – the official category for this year’s Delta Documentary and Film Festival has been announced. After careful deliberation, and lots of fantastic input, the winner is “Heroes – From the Everyday to Super”. – to read more>