Solo comedy by TV show’s ‘Granny’ opens season at Surrey City Hall’s theatre

Beverley Elliott's "Didn't See that Coming" was a Fringe Fest hit in 2014

Beverley Elliott hits Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall on Saturday

SURREY — Four shows will fill the theatre at Surrey City Hall with comedy, music, magic and more this fall and winter, starting Oct. 17 with Beverley Elliott’s “Didn’t See that Coming.”

The solo comedy opens the Centre Stage season with an autobiographical mix of stories and songs that made for a hot ticket during the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival.

“It’s not a ‘This is My Life’ show – then I did this, then I moved there, not that kind of thing,” Elliott told the Now. “It does cover a bit of that, but there are nine stories and something specific happens in each of them, except one about online dating, that involves a stranger coming into my life and there’s that life-changing epiphany. One takes place at a wedding, another a funeral, a hot yoga class.…”

Elliott, who lives in Deep Cove, has a recurring role as “Granny” on the fairy tale-drama TV show “Once Upon a Time,” and has more than 100 film and TV credits. She has also released four CDs of original music.

Her Saturday-nighter in Surrey is a 90-minute show that includes “lots and lots of comedy and a couple of poignant moments, just to have that shadow side, those darker moments,” she explained.

“Women come out in droves and a lot of them tell me that they’d wished they brought their friend, their sister, their neighbour, because even though it’s my story, they touch a universal chord.… I go to that humility place and find the humour there.”

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The other three shows at the 200-seat Centre Stage this season feature nine-member band The Nautical Miles (Nov. 5), Vitaly Beckman’s “An Evening of Wonders” magic show (Feb. 20) and singer Joëlle Rabu (March 12). Ticket and show details are on the Surrey Civic Theatres website, Surrey.ca/theatre, and by phone, 604-501-5566.

“I’m excited to perform (at Centre Stage) because I’ve been told it’s really beautiful and sounds amazing in there,” Elliott said.

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com

 

 

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