Eastern Front Theatre is hoping the force of a one-man Star Wars trilogy will be with it as its Supernova Theatre Festival kicked off yesterday.

Artistic producer Scott Burke saw One-Man Star Wars Trilogy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is excited to bring it to Halifax as part of EFT’s 10-day May Supernova.

“You get whole families there who know every word, like he does,” Burke said of Charles Ross’ one-hour play.


Other works include Jake’s Gift, the story of a Second World War veteran returning to Normandy; Trudeau Stories, an insider’s exploration of Canada’s legendary prime minister; A Rum for the Money, a tale of ill-fated Newfoundland rum runners; He’d Be Your Father’s Mother’s Cousin, a Cape Breton caper; and Out of Frame, a photojournalist’s account of the Iraq war.

After 10 years at the Alderney Landing theatre, Supernova is crossing the water to Neptune’s Studio Theatre to take advantage of Halifax’s downtown.

“We’re trying to get a little more of a festive atmosphere,” Burke said yesterday. “We wanted to shake it up a little bit and get over here.”

With $20 tickets and half-price discounts if theatre-goers see more than one play a day, Burke is hoping people pop into a pub between shows before seeing the double-header.

“I’m looking forward to it all,” he said. “You can see so much theatre in a concentrated period of time and it’s a great variety from across the country.”

Supernova includes the Ten-Minute Play Contest, which gives high school students a shot at getting their works on stage, and Last One Standing, an all-ages break-dance competition that will see who has got the moves to win.

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