Dundas playwright Camille Intson’s work showcased across Canada

WhatsOn Jun 23, 2017 by Debra Downey Dundas Star News

It somehow seems appropriate that a piece called Road is garnering attention for a young playwright who describes herself as a “duffel bag vagabond.”

Camille Intson’s 10-minute play about four strangers alone on a train is being curated and produced for the NewMarket National Ten Minute Play Festival. Professional and amateur playwrights from across the country were invited to create work in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Only 24 were selected for production.

Road is also being featured in a festival titled About Love, in Vancouver. Eight plays were chosen among 250 submissions from nine countries.

Intson, 20, said although it’s “super cool” that her work is being produced across the country this summer, she doesn’t feel she deserves the honour.

“I feel horribly undeserving of it,” she said. “I feel I came upon it so quickly and I’m in constant disbelief. I never expected this to be my life, but it is.”

The Dundas resident describes Road as an experimental piece of theatre that explores the fragmented yet intertwined consciousnesses of the four train passengers. One by one, the characters’ innermost thoughts are revealed, at first as clumsy observations about the other passengers, but then as bold revelations about their lives and loves.

Intson has been involved in theatre since the age of four, when she got her start with a Great Big Theatre Company production.

“I was supposed to have a silent role, but in the middle of play, I started to make up and speak lines. I have always been somewhat of a rule breaker,” she said.

Intson went on to act, through Westdale Secondary School’s drama program and the Sears Drama Festival, but was discouraged by the lack of depth in female characters.

She credits most of her playwriting talent to the fact she has always been an avid people watcher. As a child, she would make up stories about the people in her neighbourhood and record them in journals.

This summer she is also working as an education tour leader in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, and a second play titled The Stock will premier at the 30th Winnipeg Fringe Festival, July 19-30. It is the launch production of the Winnipeg-based ArtLaunch Theatre Company, of which Intson is co-director.

During the school year, Intson studies English literature at Western University in London, Ont., so she is constantly travelling between her commitments, her duffel bag in tow.

Intson is not yet sure where her vagabond existence will eventually lead.

“It’s like I fell into a puddle (play writing) and the rain is all over my pants, but I am not sure what I’m going to do with it,” she said. “The irony here is that unlike my stories, there is no clear ending.”

For more information about the NewMarket National Ten Minute Play Festival, visit www.nationalplayfestival.ca.


Dundas playwright Camille Intson’s work showcased across Canada

Road debuts at NewMarket National Ten Minute Play Festival

WhatsOn Jun 23, 2017 by Debra Downey Dundas Star News

It somehow seems appropriate that a piece called Road is garnering attention for a young playwright who describes herself as a “duffel bag vagabond.”

Camille Intson’s 10-minute play about four strangers alone on a train is being curated and produced for the NewMarket National Ten Minute Play Festival. Professional and amateur playwrights from across the country were invited to create work in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Only 24 were selected for production.

Road is also being featured in a festival titled About Love, in Vancouver. Eight plays were chosen among 250 submissions from nine countries.

Intson, 20, said although it’s “super cool” that her work is being produced across the country this summer, she doesn’t feel she deserves the honour.

“I feel horribly undeserving of it,” she said. “I feel I came upon it so quickly and I’m in constant disbelief. I never expected this to be my life, but it is.”

The Dundas resident describes Road as an experimental piece of theatre that explores the fragmented yet intertwined consciousnesses of the four train passengers. One by one, the characters’ innermost thoughts are revealed, at first as clumsy observations about the other passengers, but then as bold revelations about their lives and loves.

Intson has been involved in theatre since the age of four, when she got her start with a Great Big Theatre Company production.

“I was supposed to have a silent role, but in the middle of play, I started to make up and speak lines. I have always been somewhat of a rule breaker,” she said.

Intson went on to act, through Westdale Secondary School’s drama program and the Sears Drama Festival, but was discouraged by the lack of depth in female characters.

She credits most of her playwriting talent to the fact she has always been an avid people watcher. As a child, she would make up stories about the people in her neighbourhood and record them in journals.

This summer she is also working as an education tour leader in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, and a second play titled The Stock will premier at the 30th Winnipeg Fringe Festival, July 19-30. It is the launch production of the Winnipeg-based ArtLaunch Theatre Company, of which Intson is co-director.

During the school year, Intson studies English literature at Western University in London, Ont., so she is constantly travelling between her commitments, her duffel bag in tow.

Intson is not yet sure where her vagabond existence will eventually lead.

“It’s like I fell into a puddle (play writing) and the rain is all over my pants, but I am not sure what I’m going to do with it,” she said. “The irony here is that unlike my stories, there is no clear ending.”

For more information about the NewMarket National Ten Minute Play Festival, visit www.nationalplayfestival.ca.


Dundas playwright Camille Intson’s work showcased across Canada

Road debuts at NewMarket National Ten Minute Play Festival

WhatsOn Jun 23, 2017 by Debra Downey Dundas Star News

It somehow seems appropriate that a piece called Road is garnering attention for a young playwright who describes herself as a “duffel bag vagabond.”

Camille Intson’s 10-minute play about four strangers alone on a train is being curated and produced for the NewMarket National Ten Minute Play Festival. Professional and amateur playwrights from across the country were invited to create work in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Only 24 were selected for production.

Road is also being featured in a festival titled About Love, in Vancouver. Eight plays were chosen among 250 submissions from nine countries.

Intson, 20, said although it’s “super cool” that her work is being produced across the country this summer, she doesn’t feel she deserves the honour.

“I feel horribly undeserving of it,” she said. “I feel I came upon it so quickly and I’m in constant disbelief. I never expected this to be my life, but it is.”

The Dundas resident describes Road as an experimental piece of theatre that explores the fragmented yet intertwined consciousnesses of the four train passengers. One by one, the characters’ innermost thoughts are revealed, at first as clumsy observations about the other passengers, but then as bold revelations about their lives and loves.

Intson has been involved in theatre since the age of four, when she got her start with a Great Big Theatre Company production.

“I was supposed to have a silent role, but in the middle of play, I started to make up and speak lines. I have always been somewhat of a rule breaker,” she said.

Intson went on to act, through Westdale Secondary School’s drama program and the Sears Drama Festival, but was discouraged by the lack of depth in female characters.

She credits most of her playwriting talent to the fact she has always been an avid people watcher. As a child, she would make up stories about the people in her neighbourhood and record them in journals.

This summer she is also working as an education tour leader in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, and a second play titled The Stock will premier at the 30th Winnipeg Fringe Festival, July 19-30. It is the launch production of the Winnipeg-based ArtLaunch Theatre Company, of which Intson is co-director.

During the school year, Intson studies English literature at Western University in London, Ont., so she is constantly travelling between her commitments, her duffel bag in tow.

Intson is not yet sure where her vagabond existence will eventually lead.

“It’s like I fell into a puddle (play writing) and the rain is all over my pants, but I am not sure what I’m going to do with it,” she said. “The irony here is that unlike my stories, there is no clear ending.”

For more information about the NewMarket National Ten Minute Play Festival, visit www.nationalplayfestival.ca.