|ric, jan miller, jan henderson, theatre resource,
ottawa 1975, photo by Douglas Wallace
|the south of france, september,1970
|richard pochinko and friend, centaur theatre, montreal,1982
|In an abandoned convent on Breezehill Ave. in Ottawa,
Richard and Ann Skinner incorporated the
Theatre Resource Centre on July 4, 1975. The first month's
rent was paid by a 649 lotto ticket that Richard bought!
Jan Miller, Jan Henderson, Linda Rabin, Ellen Pierce,
Richard, Ann and myself, Ian A. Wallace,
formed the board of directors.
We had a company of 20 performers in a program of
creative theatre & dance techniques. Our major
production with multiple casts performing was
Byron's "Cain". The school disbanded after a year,
however, the Theatre Resource Centre concept was kept
alive, Ann took the filing cabinet, created a piece called
"Running" as well as "The Ninth Wave" then re-surfaced
in Toronto several years later in our studio on Adelaide St.
where Ric + Ian continued to evolve the mask/clown
technique through workshops and performances.
This was the manifestation of the school
as was foretold in the Paris talks.
|richard worked as a
puppet and mask
manipulator for the
Felix Mirbt and his
by the Centaur
Theatre and the
National Arts Centre.
|Summer 1985 our last picnic on the
Toronto Islands with ric, gabriel,
kathleen kennedy our super
administrator. Mike Kennard and John
Turner create "Mump & Smoot", Fiona
Griffiths movement teacher, and
Richard and Ian, co-artistic directors of
the Theatre Resource Centre
|ink drawing of rona gold by ian
woodill st, halifax, 1969,
|marc connors, University of
Alberta Drama . i worked with marc
at Stratford in the fall of 1974, we
were part of the "young Company"
directed by Robin Phillips. Toured
across Canada with "A Comedy of
Errors" and "Two Gentlemen of
Verona". Jan Kudelka and i shared
an apt. across from the Avon
Theatre. He had just played
"jesus" in "Godspell" in Halifax at
|richard, ian and neil in Central Park, N.Y.,
July 4, 1984 New York Clown Festival
organized by John Towsen.
|jude marshak, linda mancini, ian, jan miller, toronto 1989
|In 1980, Richard, Deb Silver and Dominique Fecteau formed the company
"Derido", to mount the first production of
"Nion - Kabaret de la Vita"
We transformed an old strip bar on St. Catherine's st. into an avante-garde
performance space which is known today as the "Fou-foune Electrique".
Following a critically-acclaimed (by Le Devoir, Journal de Montreal, La
Presse, and the Star) run on "the Main", we were invited by
Paul Buissoneau to move "Nion" up to his highly respected
From Montreal we took "Nion" to a new Toronto club on Queen St., the
Rivoli, opened by friends Andre Rosenbaum, sister Anique and David Stern.
Following another successful run there we were invited uptown to the
"Toronto Workshop Productions" space by George Luscombe.
Richard, Ian & Derido were honored with 6 Dora Mavor Moore nominations.
We were unknown, avante garde up against the major theatres,
received fabulous reviews, but we lost
and i am told that this helped create the "small theatre" category .
|clown guide, Memorial University
St. John's, Newfoundland 2005
|marc thomas connors
recording for Nylons
|my lovely brothers, Gordon and Douglas
Hallowe'en 1959, Sherwood Park, Alberta
photo by Archie Wallace
|the radiant yanina, from berlin and richard pochinko, paris, november 1970, they had
photo by ian. richard and yanina had performed man meets woman in a jacques le
coq neutral mask session. She cooked ratoutouille for us sometimes in our room.
|Ian with Wendy Gorling, far right, and friends from the
Le Coq Mime School, Paris 1970,photo by Richard
Below, centre back, is Robin Patterson.
|clown in our kitchen,
38 maclaren st.,
|Below, richad in high park, toronto, sept. 1969, starting
rehearsals for "HAIR" i began a series of "vudu kween"
batiks from my dream visits and ouija. We were shortly to
meet some of the people who had been on the ship in our
Halifax rescue mission "dreamtime" including Judy
Marshak, Denis Simpson, and Michael Rudder. At this
time we lived above a store on Bay St. at Dundas,
across from the Greyhound Bus Depot.
|Ian & Douglas, far right, Mummers
Edinburgh 1950, photo by Arch
|Guadeloupe, Club Med, with the Nylons, 1983.
|I remember my father coming
home from work one night to our
pre-fab in SightHill, Edinburgh.
At supper he asked "who wants
to go to Canada", "I do, I do" said
I. Barbara came because we
were going, she wanted to stay in
Scotland. We boarded a German
liner the "Homeland" coming
from Hamburg, at Southampton
in July 1951 and headed out over
the North Atlantic towards,
Halifax, then New York where the
ship was to be scrapped, it was
old, but beautifully art deco. As
landed immigrants at Halifax we
travelled by train first to Montreal,
short stop, visit to beer parlor
then back on train, destination
|ian postering for Nion
photo by Neil Gordon Lees
|Ian 1974, 548A Yonge St., Toronto
photo by Nikko De Angelis
|Beautiful Auguste Richard!