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Qaggiq Theatre is putting together the first in an anticipated series of Inuit legend plays under the direction of Leah Shaw of CBC Iqaluit.

Shaw will be acting as a volunteer artistic director, adapting her own radio drama about mythic figure Nuliajuk to the stage.

“It’s a fantastic story and an ideal piece for us to use as one of our pilot projects announcing ourselves to the community,” said Jonathan Dewar, executive director of Qaggiq Theatre.

The company got its start last summer when a group of community members with past involvement in amateur theatre decided it was time to look into developing a performing arts body that could professionalize performance and literary art.

After much brainstorming the group formed a board, wrote up a mandate and eventually gained non-profit status. The Nunavut department of sustainable development came through with some funding last year to conduct a feasibility study.

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