Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre is inviting audiences to rediscover a sense of discovery and
adventure with Toby Hulse’s adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days! Join Phileas Fogg as
he races from continent to continent after wagering an incredible sum of money that he can
travel around the world in 80 days. Based on a novel written by Jules Verne in 1872, Around the
World in 80 Days! explores Victorian era’s fascination with innovations that opened a world of
possibilities to travelers and adventurers.
Directed by Shaw Festival veteran Sanjay Talwar, this family-friendly adaptation, showcases the
human desire for adventure, and explores the fun and magic of theatre. The cast is made up of
three actors who, in addition to main parts, play a vast range of characters from all over the
globe. Blue Bridge favourite Trevor Hinton as Phileas Fogg will be joined by newcomers Tamara
McCarthy as Passepartout and Pedro Siqueira as Fix of the Yard.
“We’re going to explore how to make the various characters different, but it really is kind of the
same body, the same energy. And there’s something about expanding and shrinking the globe
at the same time, just in terms of perspective, that I think is fun - and valuable, in terms of
today’s world,” adds Talwar.
Alongside Talwar, with set design by Hans Saefkow, costume design by Yi Misty Buxton,
lighting design by Rebekah Johnson and sound design by Carl Keys, this show’s creative team
will use the magic of theatre to transport audiences around the globe.
“We’re going to focus on the transformational aspect of theatre. Wholly engaging your
imagination is something that we do naturally as kids,” states Sanjay Talwar, the show’s
Director. “But we sometimes forget that we can still engage with our imagination as adults. If we
can do that within the structure of telling a more complicated story than you would tell, maybe, a
six-year-old, then it’s super fun. Then, I think, generations of people can engage with each other
while relating to the story, whether it’s grandparents and grandchildren or anyone in between.”
Both streamed and in-person tickets areavailable online at bluebridgetheatre.ca or by calling 250-382-3370