University of the Fraser Valley

Experience Intimacy with UFV Theatre this February

Experience Intimacy with UFV Theatre this February

Amara Gelaude (top left), Claudia Bedard (top right) and Mhairi McKay (bottom) are featured in Intimacy, next up for UFV Theatre.

Get ready for an intimate view of modern human relations when the University of the Fraser Valley Theatre department mounts its second performance of the 2017/18 Season of Theatre this February. Intimacy is a “bare it all” play that explores the relationship between intimacy, orientation, sexuality, and identity.

Arising from the curiosity of one inspired student, Intimacy will present authentic stories and conversations that investigate what intimacy is, how humans relate to each other physically and emotionally, and how relationships shape our identity. Intimacy is verbatim theatre, a form of documentary theatre which is based on the spoken words of real people.

Claudia Bedard (top), writer/director Des Hale (centre),  Amara Gelaude (right) Mhairi McKay (left).

This half-hour performance, written and directed by upper-level student Des Hale, is a deep and genuine look at the black, the white, and the various shades of grey of real experiences of intimacy.

Intimacy runs Feb 7–9, with performances Feb 7 & 8 at 4:30 pm and Feb 9 at 1 pm & 4:30 pm. Performance dates and times can be found at All performances of Intimacy are “pay-what-you-can,” cash only at the door. Seats can be reserved ahead of time by emailing or by phone at 604 795-2814. Performances will take place in D105 on UFV’s Abbotsford campus.

About the 2017/2018 Season of Theatre at UFV

UFV Theatre’s 2017-18 “In Transit” season celebrates the department’s move to newly renovated facilities at the university’s Abbotsford campus. This season offers a diverse selection of original, classic, and contemporary plays, featuring characters in the midst of transitions.

The season opened with The Bear, directed by upper-level student Noel Funk, and caught audiences by surprise with its farcical commentary on human nature, sudden change, and strong emotions in this refreshingly fast-paced one-act play.

Next, UFV Theatre will stage Problem Child, a dark comedy by renowned Canadian playwright George F. Walker, from March 7–17. In this comedy, Walker straddles the line between humour, desperation, and anger to depict a “fiercely struggling family in a dysfunctional world.”

The season will conclude April 25-27 with public performances of final projects from the 2017/18 directing class. Watch the department website and social media this spring for more details about these edgy, experimental, and environmental student work.