Breathe.Feel.Love Theatre had its origins in late 2009 when a group of friends consisting of musicians and theatre artists decided to collaborate and form an ad-hoc collective. Since then, it has solidified into a burgeoning theatre company producing shows across Canada. In 2012, the collective shifted from a larger group to three permanent partners (Seth Drabinsky, Jeremy Knowles and Tim Lindsay) working with independent Canadian artists contributing their talents to the company's shows.
Breathe.Feel.Love's mandate focuses on creating superb theatrical and musical events that engage directly with local, independent arts communities. In addition to producing existing shows, we are committed to working with Canadian writers to create new works that resonate within these communities.
Breathe.Feel.Love started with an ambitious Canadian tour of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's cult-classic rock musical Hedwig & The Angry Inch in 2010. The show visited cities across Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba. It took on the challenge of presenting the show in venues of widely varying size and shape – those usually suited for rock bands, but not conventional spaces for a theatrical show – such as Velvet Underground in Toronto, the Rainbow Bistro in Ottawa and Kilroy's in Thunder Bay. The unqualified success of this venture at Winnipeg's Pyramid Cabaret led to a re-mount in that space during the 2011 Winnipeg Fringe Festival – a sold-out smash success – in addition to a very well-received one-night engagement at Montreal's Le National, and a unique outdoor performance on the main stage of Ottawa's Capital Pride Festival. The success of this production culminated in Toronto with a 3-week production at the Drake Underground in January 2013. The show garnered critical acclaim and played to sold out audiences for the majority of the run.
Having had success with Hedwig, BFL Theatre is now excited to move forward and work on new projects. Stay tuned for news of what we are up to.