PTE @ PTE presents FESTEN

The 2015 Professional Training Ensemble presents

FESTEN (Celebration)
Adapted from the Danish film by David Eldridge
Directed by Debbie Patterson

Friday May 29th @ 7:30 pm
Saturday May 30th @ 2:00 pm
Saturday May 30th @ 7:30 pm

TICKETS: $12 adults, $6 students
Available online (, by phone (204-942-5483), or at the door

“It’s Daddy’s birthday
Oh yes it is, and it is today…”

You are cordially invited to the country estate of successful restaurateur Helge for his 60th birthday celebration. Shocking revelations and surprise guests are on the menu as the ghosts that haunt the Hansen family may very well tear them apart.

It promises to be one explosive evening.

Festen is the devastating story of a familial dinner party where poisonous dysfunction slowly presses to the surface, a stunning play which is by turns blackly comic and terribly powerful.

In a large house in the Danish countryside, a well-off family
gather to celebrate the sixtieth birthday of Helge, the patriarch of a chain of restaurants. Of his four children, only three – Christian, Michael and Helene – return to the home where they grew up, as Christian’s twin sister has recently committed suicide. Her absence leaves a jagged hole in the festivities which only grows wider as the parade of salutatory speeches and festivities is hijacked by Christian, who makes a terrible revelation. But rather than breaking open the civilised veneer of the evening, Christian’s accusation only warps and disfigures it: the extraordinary tension of the dinner table perversely punctuated by songs and conga lines is torturously enthralling.

Festen is adapted from Thomas Vinterborg’s screenplay of the Dogme 95 film of the same name. It was first produced at the Almeida Theatre in 2004.

WARNINGS: Mature content, coarse language, violence


The Professional Training Ensemble (PTE @ PTE) is an advanced training program for serious emerging adult actors who already have some experience and training.

This performance-based program has been developed especially for those who are serious about pursuing an acting career.

This program offers intensive training from theatre professionals in a professional theatre setting. Ensemble members will learn more about the actor’s craft under the guidance of some of Winnipeg’s finest working professionals and develop their skills as part of a performance ensemble.

The 2015 Professional Training Ensemble are:
Judy Arnason
Nicholas Curry
Tom Dobbs
Brian Earle
Karl Eckstrand
Peggy Hamilton
Mallory James
Bianca Orvis
Aidan Ritchie
Manny Sylvester
Reba Terlson