Posted by: nancykenny | March 8, 2012

Cool People Doing Cool Things

Meet Mikaela Dyke.

She is currently one of my absolutely favorite people in the whole wide world. And I just so happen to be lucky enough to get to live with her too.

If we ever start a band, this will be the album cover.

She is funny, entertaining and quirky in all the right places. She’s an independent artist who inspires me everyday because she is able to live fully doing what she loves best. She’s really smart, a hard-worker and incredibly multi-talented. Not a single day goes by that I do not learn something new about her; whether it be the fact that she speaks Russian (among many other languages), used to do gymnastics for years, or can reprogram a computer just by looking at it.  She always knows the right thing to say when a boy breaks my heart (“Fuck that guy!”) and makes sure I don’t do things like burn down the apartment, which she tells me would be inconvenient.

And did I mention she’s funny? If you live in the Greater GTA and you happened to laugh at something today, chances are Mikaela Dyke made it happen with her magic laughter creating powers.

But, if you live anywhere else in Canada. You also know that Mikaela Dyke is an incredibly gifted dramatic actress.

In 2009, in one of my annual “must-see” Fringe lists, I wrote the following about a play called Reflections on Giving Birth to a Squid:

I saw this show in Winnipeg on a whim without knowing anything about it or anyone in the cast and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. This was a very original show with an interesting concept that never got too hockey or sentimental. I believe this was due to some very strong acting from the lead actress whose name I have unfortunately forgotten. In the spirit of Fringe, take a chance on this show.

That actress who’s name I unfortunately forgot? Yup. Mikaela Dyke. I’m not going to forget that name again (mostly because it would make things awkward at home), but you won’t either Toronto, after you see what all the fuss is about in Dying Hard, next week at the Tarragon Extra Space.

I had the privilege of seeing this show in Ottawa, before the two of us had even entertained the notion of being roommates, and I was simply blown away. And I’m not the only one. Dying Hard has toured coast-to-coast, picking up awards and accolades in every. single. city. Seriously.  You can check it out below, along with all the proper show details.

I will be seeing this beautiful show next week. Of course, since I live with the lead actor and principal creator of this piece, I was offered a complimentary ticket, but I turned it down. Why? Because this one is worth paying for.

See you at the theatre!

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The Theatre Elusive in co-production with A Vagrant presents:

DYING HARD

“There’s whole families here wiped out. It’s time for someone to make a noise.”

One of the Calgary Herald’s most memorable theatre moments of 2011.

Six true stories from a community struggling to survive the ravages of industrial carnage. Taken from archived interviews, Dying Hard reveals the strength and grace of Newfoundland fluorspar miners in spite of the extraordinary hardships they faced.

Based on interviews taken by Elliott Leyton in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland.
Adapted for the stage by and featuring Mikaela Dyke
Directed by Dahlia Katz

Dates:
March 13th – March 17th, 2012 – 8pm
March 17th – March 18th, 2012 – 2:30pm

Tickets $25, $20 for students/arts workers.

Box office: 416.531.1827
Online: https://tickets.tarragontheatre.com/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent324.html

***Winner – Best in Fest – Halifax Fringe Festival 2010***
***Winner – Best Performance – London Fringe Festival 2010***
***Winner – Best Female Performance – The Beat Magazine 2010***
***Winner – Outstanding Solo Performance – Ottawa Fringe Festival 2011***
***Winner – Best Female Performance – CBC Winnipeg 2011***

“★★★★★ – Pure Storytelling Magic” – Calgary Herald
“Larger than life… Strikes a chord of classical tragedy.” – CBC Ottawa
“Her performance is a wonder” – CBC Manitoba
“Riveting.” – Ottawa Citizen
“Intense, if not stilling.” – The Telegram, St. John’s
“I challenge you to see this show” – The Coast, Halifax


Responses

  1. Lookin’ forward to her show next week for suresies!

  2. […] then boogie back to TO in time to catch my roommate’s opening night of Dying Hard because, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I love my uber talented roommate very much. When she caught wind of my plan and realized that […]


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