mouth“Writing For Performance” Summer Course at Mainline Theatre, 6 July – 10 August 2014

Following our Creative Writing course at Mainline Theatre in Winter 2013, we’re offering a course aimed at those who want to explore / develop the practical aspects of writing for performance, whether it be playwriting, storytelling, radio scripts and so on.

The course tutor is Jim Burke, who has been teaching creative writing and playwriting for fifteen years at university and college level, and to the general public. He currently teaches Creative Writing at Dawson college.

Jim writes regularly for the stage, for which he won two major theatre awards, and has also written for BBC radio and television. He is currently writing a new play thanks to funding from the Canada Arts Council.

The course welcomes both  beginners and more experienced writers. The course begins on July 6 at Mainline Theatre, which is on Boul. St-Laurent, near corner of Duluth. Please email for more information.


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Adaptation of Notes From Underground to be workshopped by Playwrights Workshop Montreal. 20 Nov, 2013. My adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s ground-breaking novella will be getting the Playwrights Workshop Montreal workshop treatment this December.


Cornered back in Montreal

Rabbit in a Hat’s production of Cornered, last seen at Le Nouveau Theatre Ste-Catherine, will be revived at Infinitheatre’s unique theatre space Bain St-Michel in February 2013. Paul van Dyck will again direct. See below for more details and press comments about the previous production.

Cornered “Winner by a Knockout” according to Rover Arts, and “a blast” according to the Montreal Mirror. “Catch it while you can,” urges The Gazette.

This award-winning “nasty, brutal and short” comedy had its Canadian premiere at Le Nouveau Theatre Ste-Catherine in 2011.

Howard Rosenstein “gives an astonishingly dramatic performance…which is intelligent and literally knocks one’s socks off.”(Rover Arts)
 Christopher Moore’s “portrayal…is right on the money. His timing and emotional nuances are perfectly calibrated.” (Rover Arts)
 Director Paul Van Dyck “has paced the play so that the tension keeps building in irresistible waves until the final moments.”(Rover Arts)
 Jim Burke “is a skilful writer [with] a keen ear for colourful, catchy dialogue.” (The Gazette)

(Nov 2011)This year’s edition of Urban Tales, at Centaur Theatre, features Jim Burke’s’Three Hobgoblins’ a punkish variation on a fairytale favorite, as read by Harry Standjofski. Urban Tales runs Dec 8-17. More details on the show here


Bestiary podcast – The Montreal-based C’est La Vie Theatre recently put up a podcast of my play, Bestiary (first heard on BBC Radio and performed on stage here in Montreal in 2010 at Le Nouveau Theatre Ste Catherine in 2010). There’s also an interview with me up on their website. C’Est La Vie’s podcast performances are an admirably innovative way of showcasing new writing and fully deserving of your support. There are several other plays up on the site for your listening pleasure: these are The Prisoner’s Dilemma by Sterling Lynch;  Eight Words That Ruined My Relationship by Patrick Gauthier, Oreo by Nadine Thornhill, and In the Yichud Room by Joel Fishbane. ______________________________________________

Moby Dick on Youtube  

Click here to have a look at a short video of my award-winning adaptation of Moby Dick, which toured the UK on a theatre-ship in 2000 and 2001. The video showcases the incredible design process by Kate Borthwick and includes a montage of moments from the show, which was co-produced by Walk-the Plank Productions and Kaboodle Theatre and was directed by Lee Beagley (a true theatre visionary in our book). I’m currently looking at the possibility of a production here in Montreal and would love to hear from theatre practitioners who might be interested in getting involved (just drop me a line at   

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