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Modern Theatre in Context: A Critical Timeline

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Primus Theatre in Winnipeg hosts the "Survivors of the Ice Age" Conference and Festival, featuring experimental theatre companies from around the world who are successfully battling social and economic pressures that threaten their existence. Canadian companies represented include Primus, the Vancouver Moving Theatre, Montreal's Le Groupe de la Veillée, Halifax's Jest in Time, and Toronto's Theatre Smith-Gilmour.

The event is given added significance by cuts in government funding for the arts the same year, with the Canada Council ceasing to offer operating assistance for arts service organizations, and the disappearance of the leading publisher of Canadian plays, when the federal Book Publishing Industrial Development Program withdraws all support for Coach House Press, forcing its doors to close once both the federal and Ontario governments refuse assistance.