A Nightmare on East Hastings

Bill’s been busy since he was at the London Fringe in 2014. He’s proud to return with an autobiographical comedy about his misadventures while managing residential properties in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside “Canada’s most notorious neighbourhood”.

May
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  1. 27
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          1. 31
            1. 8:00 pm
              A Nightmare on East Hastings

              See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2018/05/a-nightmare-on-east-hastings/ for details.

              Location: Procunier Hall

          June
          1. Sun
          2. Mon
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          4. Wed
          5. Thu
          6. Fri
          7. Sat
          1. 1
            1. 2
              1. 4:30 pm
                A Nightmare on East Hastings

                See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2018/05/a-nightmare-on-east-hastings/ for details.

                Location: Procunier Hall

            2. 3
              1. 4
                1. 5:30 pm
                  A Nightmare on East Hastings

                  See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2018/05/a-nightmare-on-east-hastings/ for details.

                  Location: Procunier Hall

              2. 5
                1. 6
                  1. 7:00 pm
                    A Nightmare on East Hastings

                    See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2018/05/a-nightmare-on-east-hastings/ for details.

                    Location: Procunier Hall

                2. 7
                  1. 10:00 pm
                    A Nightmare on East Hastings

                    See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2018/05/a-nightmare-on-east-hastings/ for details.

                    Location: Procunier Hall

                3. 8
                  1. 9
                    1. 1:00 pm
                      A Nightmare on East Hastings

                      See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2018/05/a-nightmare-on-east-hastings/ for details.

                      Location: Procunier Hall

                  4 thoughts on “A Nightmare on East Hastings”

                  1. Jeffrey Preston
                    Reviewer
                    says:

                    Having seen (and loved) I Hate Bill Pats several years ago at Fringe I was really looking forward to Nightmare, but this endeavour into the world of personal narrative just wasn’t quite able to get to the same heights as IHBP. Pats is an exceptional storyteller and, as usual, his comedic timing was on in this show, but the script itself seemed unpolished and cobbled together, feeling more like a clip show of experiences rather than a purposefully drawn together narrative that doesn’t just bring the audience into the world but actually takes them on a journey. I just really struggled to understand why THESE were the stories being told, how they were intended to relate to one another and what, as an audience member, it was hoped I would take from the show. Is it about personal growth? Is it about the tragedy of homelessness and addiction? Is it about working crumby jobs? The performance alluded to all of these themes, but the individual stories themselves could have been better structured/positioned to drive one or two of these point forward rather than simply going for the laughs/tears and assuming the audience will arrive at the desired destination.

                    I’m curious to see how this show develops over the course of the summer and into next year, because I think there is some really interesting material to work with here, it just needs a bit more refining into a cohesive package and could benefit from some additional stage craft (blocking, lighting, AV perhaps).

                    2.5 / 5 stars

                  2. L Graham says:

                    Oh dear. It’s clear that living in Vancouver’s downtown east side was a nightmare for the performer, but because he simply recounted what happened to him, it was not compelling.

                    I have reminded myself to check the program in future – is the person directing him/herself? If so, maybe it’s not a good sign (although Jon Bennett is an exception). I think performers need that critical eye to develop a good show.

                  3. Bill Pats says:

                    Thanks for the feedback but you have my show times wrong. June 4 is 5:30, June 6 is 7pm.

                    1. Sorry about that, Bill… I must have imported it from the website before the last update. Fixed now!

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