Off The Leash is born of an idea, an inspiration and a philosophy: that sometimes it’s necessary to get ‘off the leash’ to get something done.
Off The Leash produces theatre, film, the written word, photographs, events. Off The Leash was founded in 2009 by Jeremy Webb.
Take a stroll around the site to learn more about OTL’s shows, media activities and services. From event production and hosting, to full-blown theatrical production OTL has something for everyone.
Off The Leash Creative is partnering with WillPower Theatre to present a season of four plays in the Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre.
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We are thrilled to announce casting news for two of our long running shows, Shakespeare On Trial and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Thanks to all of the talented actors who submitted for these projects, making the decisions so very tough.
Shakespeare On Trial
After more than 500 performances, the originators of the roles in Shakespeare On Trial, Simon Henderson and Jeremy Webb are stepping aside in the Fall of 2015. Future tours of the long-running play will feature the talents of two new actors:
Jeff Schwager as ‘Bill Shakespeare’ and David Rossetti as ‘Shakespeare’s Characters.’
Writer/Producer Jeremy Webb says “Simon and I have had years of fun with this play. I wish those two younger, thinner, better-looking idiots a great run. They’ll be great.”
The new cast will take over in the Fall of 2015 as the show gets booked for school shows and theatre tours. Rossetti will play Iago, Hamlet, Macbeth and Juliet. As Shakespeare, Schwager will have to convince the audience/jury that he’s not out-of-date and dull.
The two actors appeared together last Summer in Festival Antigonish’s production of The Motor Trade.
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Jeremy Webb has been playing his one-man version of Dickens’ classic since 2003 (over 500 shows) and is excited to announce that the actor taking over the role is no stranger to the show.
“Rhys Bevan John was there with me at the very beginning, as part of the original crew. He operated puppets in the show for at least 3-4 years, along with Bill Wood.”
Bevan John will take over the show in December 2015 at the end of a busy year that started with Neptune’s hit comedy The 39 Steps.
“Rhys has the perfect combination of comedic skill, theatricality and all the physical theatre ability anyone could wish for for this play, ” says Webb. “He’s also toured so much. He knows this gig. He’ll be way too good.”
Shakespeare On Trial – The Web-Series
We have an application in for funding with the Independent Production Fund, to turn Shakespeare On Trial into a 10-part web-series. Part of the application is having a video online and trying to gain as many views as possible in the month of March. Please support Shakespeare On Trial and watch the video, leave a comment on the YouTube page and share the video. Many thanks.
Off The Leash / WillPower Theatre: the next show in our 2014/15 Season is Karen Bassett’s HEROINE. THE BOX OFFICE IS HERE!!
In May 2015, we present Shakespeare’s MACBETH. THE BOX OFFICE IS HERE!!
In August, 2015, we present a musical Summer event: BROADWAY on Argyle St.
The Christmas Carol CD is now available to purchase as a downloadable file!
Just click on the CD Baby link.
The WillPower/Off The Leash Season
We are thrilled to announce our 2014-2015 Season line up, partnering with WillPower Theatre.
These four shows all take place at the Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre.
2014 / 2015 Season
- Under Milk Wood (Sept 18-28, 2014) – “A treat for the eyes, the ears and dare I say, the heart” – The Coast
- Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Dec 23-26, 2014) – “A lively mix of humour and surprising emotional depth” The Chronicle Herald
- Heroine (April 9-19, 2015) - “Riveting! Played with fierce energy, humour and depth” The Chronicle Herald
- MacBeth (May 21-31, 2015) – a brand new production of Shakespeare’s classic.
- Tickets for HEROINE are on sale NOW From the NEPTUNE THEATRE Box Office: 902 429-7070, or by CLICKING THIS LINK you can buy online.
- Tickets for MACBETH are on sale NOW from the NEPTUNE THEATRE Box Office: 902 429-7070, or by CLICKING THIS LINK you can buy online.
SHAKESPEARE ON TRIAL keeps going…and going…
Our popular comedy about writer Bill Shakespeare, who finds himself on trial for being boring and ‘out-of-date,’ is touring again to schools and theatres in 2015.
Pull the THEATRE menu bar down, to go to the Shakespeare On Trial page.
Off The Leash wins touring award
September 30, 2014 | Initiated in 1998, Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) sponsors a series of awards to recognize excellence and achievement in the field of live performance touring and presentation. They are awarded during APA’s flagship event Contact East.
The Contact East Awards of Excellence celebrate the growth of the industry and recognize the accomplishments of presenters and performers who comprise the touring sector in Atlantic Canada. The Contact East Awards Committee is composed of presenters, performers, sector funders, and supporters, will review all nominations, and may, at its discretion, identify additional nominees in any of the categories. The jury may also decide not to bestow an award in any given year.
Touring Performers Award
To recognize performers whose professionalism and cooperative spirit enhance their relationship with presenters, such as cooperation in performance promotion, technical facilitation, contract fulfillment, or service above and beyond contractual agreements, either presented or self-presented.
WINNER: Off The Leash Creative
Thanks to the whole Off The Leash crew for making this happen: Sylvia Bell, Jessica Lewis, Simon Henderson, Stacy Smith, Martha Irving, Alexis Milligan, Jamie Bradley, Jeff Schwager and ALL the people who have taken our shows further and further.
Thanks to the venue staff and presenters, to every crew person and to the audiences for watchin
On a personal note, Jeremy Webb was thrilled to have been invited to play Max Bialystock in The Producers for Rainbow Stage in Winnipeg this Summer. Find out more about that production here: RAINBOW STAGE
The show opened July 4th.
The show was a lot of fun and a dream come true for Jeremy. Bravo to the entire cast and crew at Rainbow Stage. What an amazing company. Next year they are doing West Side Story and Les Miserables.
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