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Nathan Howe and Matchstick performer Lauren Holfeuer receiving The Best in Fest Award for Outstanding Original Work at the 2013 Montreal Fringe Festival.

Nathan Howe is a Saskatoon-based theatre-creator with a national reputation for crafting “subtle but powerful theatre” (Edmonton Sun) with an “inventive, low-tech style of presentation and resonant performances” (Winnipeg Free Press).

Nathan Howe is the recipient of the 2014 Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Achievement in Performance [Male] for his role in the Canadian Premiere of Equivocation by Bill Cain.

With Theatre Howl, his not-very-fairytale folk musical Matchstick received The Best in Fest Award for Outstanding Original Work (Ottawa Fringe 2013); it went on to be produced as a two-act musical by Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon and will be remounted next season at the Great Canadian Theatre Company  in Ottawa.

Nathan’s wordless piece Aiden Flynn Lost His Brother So He Makes Another (created with Morgan Murray) received The Centaur Theatre Award for Best English Theatre Production (Montreal Fringe 2014).

Some quotes about Aiden Flynn Lost His Brother So He Makes Another:

Aiden 1Montreal Gazette
“A wordless winter poem from those who take minus 30 degrees for granted.” – Pat Donnelly
“It’s shows like this that remind me why I love theatre so much, and how the stories it shares with us connect us as humans. Run to see this.” – Toula Drimonis Aiden 3

Winnipeg Free Press
“finely stitched together by beguiling, offbeat humour, an inventive, low-tech style of presentation and resonant performances” – Kevin Prokosh

CBC Manitoba
“the actors are top calibre. Danielle Spilchen is excellent as the “Frankenstein’s monster” child, delivering a performance as creepy as it is mesmerizing. As Aiden, Morgan Murray gives a nuanced performance as a boy who lovingly creates his monster with the utmost care, but then abandons him in child-like innocence, unaware of the fate that will befall his creation.”  – Rosie Fernandez Aiden 2

The Visitorium Review:
“Watching Aiden teach his oddball little brother to crawl, walk and dance are some of the most unforgettable moments I expect to ever see in a theatre. So simple, so real, and so powerful…this is a show that will touch your heart. Pardon if I’m gushing, but shows like this are kind of why I love theatre, you guys. The magic you always hope for.” – Kevin Reid

Some Quotes about Matchstick:

Matchstick 1“By the time they’d reached the end of their 75-minute show, I was convinced Theatre Howl have one of the best shows at the festival on their hands.” – Joff Schmidt, CBC Manitoba

“Folksy, pop-culturey, upbeat and a little weird, you might be back in line for this one before Fringe is over.” – Rebecca Medel, VUE Weekly Edmonton

“Matchstick is subtle but powerful theatre that takes you to places of memory and hurt.” – Edmonton Sun

“There is nothing predictable about this odd and highly original folk musical, or the rustic, hand-made way it sets its strange story forth onstage… There’s nothing like it at the Fringe” – Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal

“The rootsy folk songs are so good you might be buying the CD after the show.” – Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press

I can’t say enough about Matchstick.  It is an absolute must-see.” – Robyn Lester, The Charlebois Post

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