Twenty years ago, his play was the talk of the international theatre scene. Now, a playwright clings to relevance as he is haunted by two of his most iconic characters.
Detailing the toxic relationship between a creator and his creation, this bold new dark comedy challenges the responsibilities of a storyteller in the art they produce. Inspired by Fight Club 2 and Bojack Horseman, (Art)ist takes on the myth of the male anti-hero and the impact art has on society.
FINALIST - 2019 Winnipeg Fringe New Play Contest
12 is inspired by Reginald Rose’s classic courtroom play 12 Angry Men. We open as a high school goes into emergency lockdown. Twelve students are forced into a room to wait out whatever is happening. A social media firestorm erupts as students theorize who is terrorizing their school, and focus accusations on one in particular. Inside the room, all but one are convinced of his guilt. If the truth is to come out, the one standing alone must convince the 11 others to consider the facts, and not just what they see on their screens.
X-Files meets The Twilight Zone… in the dark!
The AWARD-WINNING OFF-BROADWAY shadow puppet folk musical! Based on a true story.
From Paul Strickland (Ain’t True & Uncle False 5 STARS - Free Press, Papa Squat 5 STARS - CBC) and Erika Kate MacDonald (Evacuated! 4 1/2 STARS - Free Press), co-creators of last year’s SOLD-OUT Tales Too Tall for Trailers (5 STARS - Free Press).
“Superb storytelling” - Front Row Center NYC
“Wizard-like shadow and flashlight effects” - Orlando Weekly
“Seriously creepy fun” - CityBeat
A picture is worth 1,000 words but what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song...or 16?
In 35mm, each photo creates a unique song, a story behind a moment frozen in time, a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. This multimedia song cycle marries the art of photography and musical theatre to bring you 16 different stories that expose the spectrum of human emotion, from the euphoria of a new fling, the frustrations of a Manny to the darkness that lurks behind the mind of a wanna-be prom queen.
From the creator of the award-winning Beers About Songs comes a NEW true story of friendship and adventure: The 500 List.
Two friends spend two years creating lists of their 500 favourite songs of all time, and take a road trip across the US to listen to them.
Danger, heartache and run abound in this solo musical storytelling piece about love and friendship overcoming hurt and despair.
"Wells is as intoxicating as a 6-pack" - The Orlando Sentinel
"Wells is a master storyteller" - The Clothesline (AU)
"A vocal angel" - The Jenny Revue
Five-year-old Julian has a marvellous imagination and appetite for wordplay. His dad performs Off-Broadway and is a Canadian Comedy Award winner. This is the story of his dad trying to keep up.
With spot-on comedic timing, jaw-dropping physicality and live science experiments, Dandelion touches the soul and stays with you long after the curtains close.
Malkin is a 20x Best of Fest winner for his JAMES & JAMESY shows.
5 STARS, 2 for Tea (CBC, WFP)
5 STARS, In the Dark (CBC, London Free Press)
5 STARS, Thunderfoot (WFP, Theatre in London)
Where the Wild Things Scar.
A multi-award-winning supernatural solo show about inherited traits, claws and all.
In a decaying island town, a young boy confronts family legacy and creatures beyond the fence line in this otherworldly, lightning-lit, monster survival tale.
WINNER - BEST OF FEST - Cincy Fringe 2018
WINNER - Top Ten Shows of 2018 - Cincinnati Enquirer
CRITICS PICK - CityBeat: “Vivid imagery and tactile wordplay”
CRITICS PICK - Behind The Curtain: “An engaging, thought-provoking and genuinely funny sixty minutes.”
A series of vignettes take you on a journey to the same fictional town, on the same night, under the same mysterious and beautiful Aurora Borealis. Cariani’s Off-Broadway hit broke box office records for a reason. In his characters, we see ourselves in the universal struggle of love, loss and the search for human connection. In doing so, we're reminded of the importance of having a place to call home, a place where the temperature often drops well below zero, a place not unlike Winterpeg, Manisnowba!
Fans (and foes) of Eat Pray Love will love this Just For Laughs Award-nominated show that takes you on the modern girl’s hilarious search for enlightenment.
“Laugh-out-loud funny without sacrificing any warmth, and you never stop rooting for the hapless heroine.” - Visitorium
“A charming and funny critique of the way we lose ourselves in the quest for self-awareness.” - Edmonton Journal
4 STARS “A criminally funny performer who’s almost certainly the lovechild of Kristen Schaal and Tina Fey.” - Charlebois Post
Gemini-nominated comedy writer Aimée Beaudoin and autistic novelist and stand-up comedian Adam Schwartz (Aspergers a tale of a social misfit, 5 STARS) present Anna and the Substitute Teacher. This funny, heartfelt, family-friendly play is about an exceptional day in the life of a charming young lady with autism/Aspergers. When Anna’s beloved teacher, Ms. Cobweb, is replaced by a spooky substitute and Stephanie the bratty bully becomes the new teacher’s pet, it's up to Anna to save the day!
TOP 5 PICK “Bad Baby singlehandedly rescues the concept of meta-narrative at the Fringe.” - Torontoist
RAVE REVIEW & STAFF PICK “A true Fringe gem” - Mooney on Theatre
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE “Bold and brave” - NOW Magazine
Bad Baby knows all the rules for a great solo show. All of them. And she’s gonna follow the rules because rules control the fun! With exceptional acting skills, unmatched good looks, one balloon arch, and a surprise you can’t miss, we guarantee - “...nothing compares to Bad Baby.” (Torontoist)
From the bizarre mind of Aussie Fringe favourite Shane Adamczak (Zack Adams, Trampoline) comes an award-winning sci-fi buddy-comedy about a tiny man who lives in another man’s beard.
WINNER – JUST FOR LAUGHS AWARD (Best Comedy) – Montreal Fringe 2017
5 STARS “Brilliantly written... wildly funny performances... hilarious songs” - Global News
5 STARS “It’s what Australian comedy is supposed to be like. It’s touching, clever, hilarious, and wraps up perfectly.” – Rip It Up
What does it mean to be Canadian in 2019?
An avid road-tripper, a former journalist and a full-on "bud" from Canada, Barney Morin will make you laugh at Canada's biggest problems.
How can we talk openly about politics and still all hate the Toronto Maple Leafs at the same time?
Is it rude to ask your priest to smoke pot?
What is it like to be bilingual in un pays bilingue?
And WHERE IS JANN ARDEN?!?
When Kayla matches with Gabriel and discovers their shared appreciation for Richard Linklater films, what begins with four hours at the pub turns into an 11-hour, bar-setting first date—making her realize that sometimes the most amazing nights can produce the most conflicting feelings. Based on a real night inspired by the 1995 film Before Sunrise, this show is art imitating life imitating art. It’s a story of unexpected connection, vulnerability and truly letting go.
FIfteen-year-olds Jesse, Steph and Hazel are at Alice's house for what appears to be an innocent teenage sleepover, discussing crushes and classmate drama from their high school. But what is actually discussed on the inside are issues that are difficult to manage no matter your age.
A play for anyone who has ever been told that their problems don't matter.
Charles Dickens comes to Winnipeg with his brand new first novel.
Eden Ballantyne as Dickens will perform all of his (now) favourite characters mixed up in a chaotic adventure. With Oliver Copperfield meeting Fagin Magwitch then being sent to London to solve the mystery of Edwin Drood and the Jarndyce and Jarndyce case.
“This show can be recommended as something quite different, which will be an enjoyable treat and will leave you with a warm smile.” – SG Fringe
“Eden’s storytelling flows light and easy.” – Theatre Design
Jim Loucks' new solo performance, loosely based on stories from his childhood as a Preacher’s Kid, focuses on his relationship with his father, a hellfire and brimstone Southern Baptist preacher, and his struggle to come out from under the shadow of his larger-than-life persona. It is the story of someone finding their unique voice, resisting the pressures of society’s ideas of who they should be and forging their own way.
5 STARS “An outstanding hour of wonderful moving storytelling.” Audience Review - Frigid Fest
WINNER: FAVOURITE PERFORMER (Victoria)
Rising Fringe favourite Wass (RIDE THE CYCLONE, 4 STARS - Globe & Mail) unleashes a one-man a cappella musical that blends singing, beatboxing, rapping and dance into a series of uplifting song-o-logues about anxiety, social media and his journey living in Vietnam.
4 STARS "[He] sings, beatboxes and layers sounds into songs and stories that are CATCHY [and] HILARIOUS...a SUPER FUN SHOW!” - Check The Program
“A sonic assault on the senses" - Showbill Canada
A high-quality show featuring humour, magic feat, and hilarious audience participation. Magic was meant to be funny. And it was meant to be enjoyed by everyone.
5 STARS "Polished and professional, Wood has a delightful rapport with his audience and keeps the crowd laughing and smiling right to the end" - Winnipeg Free Press
“...the act never fails to reduce the audience to tears of laughter." - The Neepawa Banner
Long-distance relationships are the worst, especially when they happen right next door. Canada's 2012 Poetry Slam Champion RC Weslowski plays Lionel, a naive man-child trying to navigate the silliness of sex and bad past relationships with paper products. It's interactive and ridiculous with audience participation and there's a SING ALONG! Leave your fourth wall at home.
With 20,000 views and rising on her YouTube advice channel, the very modern and multi-award-winning spinster librarian Ms Samantha Mann spills the beans on her life as a semi-professional advice-giver. Expect tips, reminiscences and a free consultation!
4 STARS – Fringe Guru
“Snappy, witty, hilarious, lightly outrageous and always sharply-observed. Comedy at its best.” - Buxton Fringe Review
“Ms Samantha Mann is simply delightful.” - Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe
Nominated for Best Comedy Event at the 2018 Buxton Festival Fringe.
One woman, three continents, six decades and a lusty affair. From Mumbai to the Outback, New York to the Haight and naive schoolgirl to free spirit, Christina reveals all in this one-woman talk story. Join her as she relives the highlights and laughs at the mistakes. Awarded Best Storyteller, 2017 United Solo Festival (NYC)
"Six decades of adventure, discovery and denial in one charming hour... Holding herself with the charm and elegance of a heroine from a classic film noir" - Theatre Is Easy (NYC)
In 1979, a 10-year-old boy in suburban Winnipeg discovered Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and became obsessed with the ghouls and creatures within. A “monster kid” was born! Soon this “horrormaniac” was on a quest to acquire a Horror Make-Up Kit from a novelty shop so he could win a costume contest that would help him win the affections of a girl at school. Oh, the horror!
From the company that brought you Lester Gets KISSed (5 STARS – CBC Manitoba) and Brain Cravers (5 STARS – CBC Manitoba).
A story about a tough upbringing, and how that played out, by Rodney Decroo (Stupid Boy in an Ugly Town). Directed and dramaturged by TJ Dawe (Medicine, Marathon, The Slipknot and more).
“A creative powerhouse” - Canadian Beats
"A heart wrenchingly rough coming-of-age story” - VUE Magazine
“An unassuming yet mesmerizing performer” - Winnipeg Free Press
"Few artists risk attempting it: turning something profoundly and deeply painful into a work of transformative beauty.” - Georgia Straight
Let me explain...
Multi-talented comedian, writer, actor, storyteller Dion Arnold jokes and jests openly and honestly about this socially condemnable topic in this deeply personal, yet astoundingly relatable comedy.
“The perfect person to do a performance such as this.” - ThisIsRadelaide (AU)
“A wicked sense of humour.. No-holds-barred attitude.” - TheatreView (NZ)
5 STARS - MMMedia (AU)
4 1/2 STARS "Brilliant storytelling." - WAF (AU)
4 1/2 STARS "Profoundly funny." - Fringe World (AU)
“Sure to ruffle a few feathers..” - Broadway World
What happens when two very different one-man shows are accidentally double-booked on the same stage? One’s an overly serious, self-important autobiography, and the other’s a wacky, irreverent musical comedy revue. Who will win the battle for the spotlight? From the team behind the critically-acclaimed Rigby Muldoon: Time Traveller For Hire and Success 5000: Live On Stage.
5 STARS "A very, very, very funny must-see” - Edmontonfringe.ca
WINNER Best Solo Show - Storefront Fringe
WINNER Audience Choice Award - Hamilton Fringe
WINNER Best Performer Award - Swindon Fringe
Award-winning clown/magic show, El Diablo of the Cards comes all the way from Brazil to bring you an UNFORGETTABLE night. El Diablo is crossing 52 countries thrilling audiences with a unique card magic style that combines improvisation, a clown's foolishness and amazing magic skills!
"Master at getting his audience involved and excited” - Fringe Reviews
"I don't trust him!" - Philippe Gaulier
Shocking. Sordid. Disturbing… and true.
South Africa’s Erik de Waal delves into the stories lurking behind the sensational posts, tweets and scandals on our feeds. Exploring the dark side of human sexuality, de Waal shines a light on the fear and ignorance that lead to indifference and suffering. Dismissed as a “kerfuffle in a doodlesack” these lives are the hard currency behind the titillation, belly laughs and call-outs that punctuate our daily lives.
5 STARS “Mesmerizing” - CBC Manitoba
5 STARS “A master storyteller” - Winnipeg Free Press
Two mismatched bank tellers. One harried husband. One stressed-out soccer mom. One hapless assistant manager. Three clueless robbers. One determined accountant. One overtly cautious cop. And one unlikely job interview. Combine these elements and what do you have? Farrago, the frantic comedy of errors and ineptitude. From the group that brought you the Fringe hits The Last Night of the World and Hamlet Chapter Two: Back in Black.
Multi-award-winning powerhouse of guts and gusto Jon Bennett is a storyteller of the meaningful, bizarre, hilarious and true. Fire in the Meth Lab is a roller coaster of drug dealers, bikers, high-speed car chases, fights, crime, vomit and exploding houses. A family story told with charismatic hilarity and heartwarming, poignant reflection.
5 STARS “Bennett has an uncanny and unnerving ability to make you crease up with laughter before dropping a perfectly timed bombshell." - Time Out (UK)
**Best of Fest (Saskatoon Fringe, 2018)
The Professor and her Lab Assistant need YOU for their research. Bill Nye the Science Guy meets Blue Man Group in this absurd investigation of instant gratification and celebration of the scientific method.
OFFICIAL HOLDOVER - 2018 Edmonton Fringe
5 STARS - Edmonton Journal, VUE Magazine
A bold new collaboration from the company that brought you Ask Aggie (4 STARS - CBC), BEST of FEST Fools for Love (5 STARS - CBC) and the creator of BUTT KAPINSKI. A study in comedy. Do it for truth! For glory! FOR SCIENCE!
When a bungled assassination seemingly crosses with divine fate, the results are explosive.
The award-winning and always thought-provoking Adam Bailey shows us the bizarre and improbable events that started the First World War in a storytelling event of epic proportions.
From the creator of The Life Henri:
★★★★★ - VUE Weekly (Edmonton), WINNER Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Production - NOW Magazine (Toronto)
and Adam Bailey is on Fire:
★★★★1/2 - Edmonton Sun, WINNER Patron's Pick (Toronto Fringe)
When a person dies does it really mean they no longer exist?
Thirteen mysterious experiences. Thirteen compelling characters. Directed by Jeff Culbert. Music by John Sheard. An intriguing exploration about life, and what may come after.
"Wonderfully acted, thoughtful one-woman show featuring verbatim accounts of encounters with the spirit world. A must-see.” - Kevin Kindred, Halifax Fringe
"An engaging piece that is deeply moving at times, very funny at others, and always expertly performed by Richards.” - The Coast, Halifax
Growing up in Brandon, awkward but curious Ryan Clement always wanted to travel. From firing fireworks at the Chinese army to being stranded in South Africa’s Kruger Park to climbing Liechtenstein’s Alps in flip-flops, his often comedic and ill-advised adventures have taken him to 70+ countries. He’d love to share a tale or two during your Winnipeg layover. If he’s learned anything—other than how to get rejected on five different continents—it’s that this world thrives on absurdity and ordinary lives can always become extraordinary ones.
From 20-time Best of the Fest winner Mike Delamont comes the newest chapter in the most popular comedy franchise on the fringe! Winnipeg's favourite Deity in a power suit is back! Come and see why this Fringe sensation has been sold out in Winnipeg the last seven years! You don't need to have seen any of the other shows to fall in love with the Almighty! This Fringe, God returns to expound on everything from white privilege to gay rights in an all-new and hilarious hour of comedy.
Vegas, Nashville and Broadway come alive in this 75-minute comedy-cabaret featuring show-stopping tunes and seriously funny stories. Join Teddy Bender from Pickled River, the self-proclaimed "world-class entertainer", as he blows your mind in this far-out trip. Tonight is Teddy's final show and he wants to spread his flower power with all of his worldwide fans. So be ready to get your groove on and let's start this party with some infamous Pickled River champagne!
"Sensational - a must-see" - Staff writer, Pickled River Gazette
Straight out of University, best friends Mary and Beth team up to grow and sell their own strain of marijuana. However, the legalization of cannabis in Canada results in a drastic drop in customers for the dynamic duo. Stella, the third member of their trio and roommate, works towards her final exams while the high jinks of her two best friends looking for meaning beyond dealing drugs begins to compromise her sanity.
A retelling of the Roman myth of Medusa. She was a mortal woman, bound to the service of Athena. That all changed when Poseidon assaulted her, leading to a curse that petrified everything her eyes met. A reframing of the myth with modern sensibilities. What makes a monster? And have we been fearing the wrong character?
A new reimagining from the mind that brought you Medea and the Argonauts (4 STARS - CBC), one of CBC's under-the-radar picks for Winnipeg Fringe 2018.
Welcome to a one-of-a-kind assembly line in a factory fabricating hit songs that hit the spot. Wielding live wires and pulling no punch lines, Devon More Hits Like a Girl l with her “masterful blend of musical storytelling” (Plank Magazine). Switch the Hit Parade to her strange, contagious arrangements that one-hit wonder about executive dysfunction and crack jokes about moments of great impact.
From 2018 CBC Critics Pick (4 STARS “dope-ass beats") Devon More of Flute Loops: 4 STARS “This is truly a one-of-a-kind show.” (Free Press)
Hot Dogs at the Eiffel Tower
What kind of parent KNITS their daughter a wool swimsuit? Or gives her a briefcase for her 11th birthday? Or keeps her in the dark about where she came from? British comedian Maggie Gallant shares her childhood embarrassments and adulthood discoveries as she unleashes a Pandora's Box of hope, lies and 'un très magnifique' French Papa!
"Funny, French, and fantastic" - Theater Jones, Dallas
"Charismatic quirkiness" - Austin Chronicle
“Look, if you had one shot. One opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?” - Eminem
George let it slip. Now in this energetic and fast-paced one-man show, he tells the story of how he got on Jeopardy, almost won big and then blew it all. Join George as he takes you behind the scenes of America’s favourite game show and into the strange world of hyper-competitive trivia.
A show about pursuing crazy dreams, learning to embrace failure and becoming temporarily “Winnipeg famous”.
What if your mom is the Earth goddess and she doesn't like your boyfriend? What if the man of your dreams whisks you away to a land of darkness and mildew? It's the Greek myth of Persephone reimagined, featuring a singing three-headed dog, a misunderstood Medusa and a Zeus with an uncanny resemblance to a certain President. Plus, a sparkling original score that hearkens back to classic Broadway. See you in Hades!
Judy is an icon, loved as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. But in the 1930s, Deanna, “Winnipeg’s Sweetheart”, was a much bigger star. A favourite of Roosevelt, Churchill, even Mussolini, her first kiss was front page news in the NY Times. At 27, she left film for a life of obscurity in France. Ingenue tells the true tale of the lifelong friendship – and rivalry – of these two great stars of Old Hollywood. Starring Melanie Gall, from Fringe hits Piaf and Brel and We’ll Meet Again. “An unforgettable delight” - CBC; “Gall is astonishing” - Metro Arts
Two-time Montreal Spirit of the Fringe Award winner (2016/17), Montreal’s Best Kisser (2015) and certified sexpert Fiona Clark stars as Ms. Beatrice Haven (who knows nothing about sex, and finds it rather stressful). Watch as she struggles to navigate sexual education, her own sexuality and dental dams. Hopefully, you’ll learn something.
SOLD OUT: Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver Fringes
"Clark's charisma and charm fill the entire room, making you almost forget that what you’re watching is actually educational." 4 STARS - Gig City, Edmonton
Winnipeg Fringe poster child Sydney Hayduk is back with Jellyfish Are Immortal Returns: The Same But Completely Different. A collage of what matters most. Includes unseen content featuring the price we pay for survival. A manifesto. Come get fierce and tango. Welcome to the ocean. Grab a life vest. We have some more work to do.
"irrepressible energy" - CBC
"well-crafted, beautifully executed" - Montreal Rampage
From the creators of:
Angels & Aliens, 4 STARS - CBC
Village Ax, 4 STARS - CBC
Bizarro Obscure, 5 STARS - CBC
What if JULIET didn’t kill herself?
Juliet tears herself from the fabric of Romeo and Juliet, determined to write her own story. Wandering through the canon of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, she encounters other renowned female characters and recruits a team of kick-ass women to confront Shakespeare himself.
Created by Pippa Mackie (Progressive Polygamists - 5 STARS) and Ryan Gladstone (The Seven Lives of Louis Riel - 5 STARS, No Tweed Too Tight - 5 STARS) and also featuring Carly Pokoradi (Jesus Christ: The Lost Years - 5 STARS).
It's your ol' pal Larry, from Moose Creek, BC! He's “no idiom”, and he'll be the first to tell you that he's handier than a pocket on the back of a shirt. He wants to prove that he's worthy of a good woman, that he can quit 'cussin and even take up "medertation".
Bold, smart and f@#king funny, LARRY's internal trip turns out to be more terrifying than he ever thought was possible.
"A unique, world class, moving piece of theatre, comedy, and dance.” – Annette Loiselle, Artistic Director SkirtsAfire Festival, Edmonton
Inspired by real events of the Second World War and soldiers in the playwright's own family. Follow the journey of Paul Bailey, a Canadian soldier fighting his way through Italy and his wife Betty, waiting for him to return, as told through the letters they send each other.
Freedom, but at what cost? A Palestinian immigrant and her family find more freedom in the US than expected.
A true-life show directed by Bill Pats, written and performed by Laila Lee. In this one-woman show, she brings to light her experiences growing up Muslim in the South, and how she discovers her own place in the world and what sacrifices she must make.
A first-timer to Winnipeg, Laila studied theatre at the University of South Florida after abandoning her medical degree. In 2019, she won Most Courageous at Shameless Stories in Tampa.
5 STARS “Starring two of the most gifted and funny physical performers at the Fringe” - CBC
Following a highly successful 2018 tour, Pulsive Party is back with their award-winning show, LIP SERVICE, with more wit and clit than ever before!
Full of saucy song, aggressive dance and sex ed you’ll never forget, join two larger-than-life vulvas as they navigate their relationship to service, self-acceptance and sexual empowerment within a hilarious world of competition and 'doing it all'!
Keir Cutler (Teaching Shakespeare, Shakespeare Crackpot) adapts his mother’s award-winning memoir of her summers in the Laurentians in the 1930s.
“Simplicity isn't easy to find any more and neither is goodness. In this story they are stunningly exemplified.” - New York Times review, 1973.
“Keir Cutler is a masterful entertainer” - Winnipeg Free Press
“A phenomenal performer” - winnipegonstage.com
“One hell of a storyteller” - VUE Edmonton
Keir’s 15th Winnipeg Fringe!
Directed by Paul Van Dyck, winner of Montreal’s “Revelation Award.”
Have you heard this one before?
A woman, with the help of a man, sets out to tell us a joke. Soon the lines between story, performer and character blur. A tense and funny examination of gender and power emerges as we move rapidly towards the punchline.
From the company that brought you past Fringe hits Sea Wall, Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes and 4.48 Psychosis.
“A cunning trojan horse of a show” - Post City
“A brilliant and poignant piece of theatre” - Ottawa Tonite
John Michael needs your help cooking his mom’s meatballs onstage to summon her from the dead to meet his boyfriend, played by the audience.
“Unhinged in the most endearing fashion…John Michael explains the only way to avoid participating is to cross your arms. (Pro tip: do not cross your arms. You want to be a part of this).” - St. Louis Limelight
"Fast-paced, zany, hilarious and heartfelt” -Chicago Pride
“Hilarious… Beguiling… Goofy” - Theaterjones.com
“A whirlwind of happiness that must be seen." - Plays with Wendy and John
There was a time where people worked hard jobs and liked even harder drinks, a time when people kept to themselves and everyone had their secrets.
This absurdist comedy brings these secrets bubbling to the surface in a most daring murder mystery that exposes an intricate web of lies and intrigue as a cast of hilarious misfits scramble to find the identity of a cold-blooded killer.
It’s obviously Tom.
From adoption, surrogacy and gay parenting to stepmothers, no stone is left unturned in this humorous and inspiring journey. Anyone who is, has or knows a mother, stepmother or foster mother will relate. Packed with wisdom, laughter and wry surprises, this collection of short scenes shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveiling its inherent comedy and celebrating the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. In collaboration with R-G Productions (5 STARS: Not Medea - Winnipeg Free Press, 2018 Fringe)
Mistakes happen. A strong person knows how to own them. A tough person knows how to laugh them off. A clever person knows how to make sure no one noticed. My Mistake is a sketch comedy journey through accidents, errors and oopsy daisies of all kinds. The Debutantes showcase their best sketches featuring funny faux pas and snappy SNAFUs in this hilarious Fringe revue.
“A unique take on the sketch comedy genre... weird, wacky, and full of mysterious bags of ham.” - Alex Sorochan (VUE, 2017)
A fast-paced, raunchy, physical theatre comedy with enough twists and turns to keep you as confused as its hero!
The year is 1976. Grant Canyon is a perpetually inebriated insurance investigator. In his few coherent moments, he leaves a wake of dead bodies, satisfied ladies and empty bottles.
“An explosive drop-kick to the head” 41/2 STARS - Edmonton Sun
“A high-octane romp” 41/2 STARS - Winnipeg Free Press
Back by popular demand after completely sold-out runs in 2012 and 2014.
One Man, One Mystery, No Clue.
In 2005, Chris Gibbs premiered this one-man comedy play about Victorian London’s most overlooked detective at the Winnipeg Fringe. It won Best of Fest.
Now, after 14 years, over 120 performances, a new title, one sequel, at least 37 new jokes and one Steven Spielberg movie, he's bringing the show back.
“Clueless, guileless and absolutely priceless.” - Edmonton Journal
“Gibbs’s performance is near flawless. His martini-dry wit is characteristically sharp, and his comic timing is beautiful.”- CBC
Hilarious, touching, fun. Old Tom is charming and funny. He has lived long, laughed hard and loved deeply. He loves to tell stories that make you laugh out loud. Maybe he’ll even bring a tear to your eye. You'll find yourself singing along as he strums his favourite tunes on his ukulele. Winner of the 2017 London One Act Festival’s People’s Choice and Best Actor Awards and nominated for Best Comedy, Brickenden Awards 2018.
“A delightfully warm, poignant, silly and fun 60 minutes suitable for all.” - London Free Press
Charlie Ross (One Man Star Wars, One Man Lord of the Rings, One Man Dark Knight, One Man Stranger Things) is back, portraying Iron Man’s armour, Cap’s shield, Hulk’s rage, Thor’s biceps, Thanos’s chin and Black Widow’s butt. Directed by TJ Dawe. “Like the Energizer Bunny” - Calgary Herald “Nerd heaven” - Chicago Tribune “Nuclear levels of energy” - Variety “An uncanny ability to perform multiple characters at the drop of a hat” - Boston Theatre “If anyone can be described as a one-man multimedia machine, Charles Ross is it.” - Australian Stage
Fringe fave TJ Dawe (A Canadian Bartender at Butlin’s, Roller Coaster, Medicine, Marathon, The Slipknot, Labrador and many others) tells about being a theatre student, sexual anxiety and discovering beautiful music.
"A master monologist" - Toronto Star
"A flawless performer" - Charleston City Paper
"Dawe has storytelling down to a fine art" - Vancouver Sun
"A natural and prodigious gift for storytelling" - Montreal Gazette
This is TJ's 16th Winnipeg Fringe, and 115th Fringe overall.
Everything changes. From celestial objects light years away to the cells in your body. It's inevitable, but that doesn't make it any less terrifying.
As a massive star evolves and grows, Holly and Jane fall for each other, and Valerie unpacks her own real-life anxiety about dying. The cosmic echoes the atomic in this obituary for romances, supernovas and the fear of death itself.
An ending doesn't always mean The End.
5 STARS “Cotic masterfully weaves the personal with the profound” - Theatre in London
Adapted from the Harlem Renaissance novel Passing, the play follows Irene and Clare, two women of colour who were childhood friends until they parted ways when Clare chooses to pass as white and Irene chooses to embrace her African-American heritage. Their paths cross again as adults. Irene learns that Clare has never revealed her black ancestry to her white husband. Irene is critical of Clare’s choices to first deny and now attempt to reclaim her black identity. When a party is crashed and Clare’s racial heritage is revealed, tragedy strikes.
Come along on a whirlwind fairy tale, fantasy, adventure featuring Medieval characters and folklore. Meet a gifted prince, his faithful servant, an unusual Queen and a meddling witch. Discover the 'real story' behind the mysterious disappearance of the Kingdom's ruler, the Prince's father, and their King.
Music Director, Composer, Keyboardist: Rob Lindey. Set and Graphic Designer: Nicholas Burns. Stage Manager...TBA
Quirky (adjective) - characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits.
From the son of the creator of MIDDLEhood comes a mostly-true retelling of young Zeglinski’s autistic life. A hilarious and heartwarming one-man show featuring mammoths, an elusive salamander, first kisses and schoolyard bullies!
“You were so charismatic and FUNNY. You got so many great laughs, not just from the script, but from your ability to listen and react in a funny, deadpan way. I was so proud of you!” - Sam Mullins, creator of Tinfoil Dinosaur (5 STARS)
An impoverished miller seeks a better life for his only daughter by arranging her marriage to a wealthy stranger. She wants to help her family, but something wicked lurks in the woods where her bridegroom lives...
Chimera Theatre brings back their dark adaptation of this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale through puppetry and physical theatre that “had even skeptical audience members on the edge of their seats and scared.” - Kamloops This Week
“If adult, horror, puppet, folktales delight you, then this is a show for you.” - The YYScene
5 STARS "Simply beautiful. No, stunning" - Calgary Is Awesome
If the Japanese Internment of the Second World War didn’t happen, I wouldn’t be alive. Dance, theatre and humour combine to unravel one of Canada’s darkest decisions. In this BEST OF FEST winner, a heartwarming true story is delivered with "genuine humour and compassion."
"...says more with the movement of his fingers than many actors do with reams of dialogue." - Calgary Herald
"Storytelling at its finest; sophisticated, meaningful, moving, and humorous." - Ottawa Storytellers
Jolene Bailie returns with an ensemble cast of acclaimed dancers, visual work, and humor.
"fiercely athletic show, nail-biting lifts and leaps...” - dance current.
A plethora of 5 STAR reviews, including: Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Vancouver Sun, Saskatoon StarPhoenix and CBC Manitoba. 208 past Fringe performances, Best of Fest awards, sold-out shows. Visionary choreography and a brilliantly committed cast come together to celebrate possibilities, life, and the ever winding journey.
Rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal Hannibal Lecter to catch the serial killer Buffalo Bill. Clarice faces her own demons while racing the clock to unlock Lecter’s clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill. This naughty satire features a singing chorus of floppy-eared lambs narrating the action as Buffalo Bill gleefully dances while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin. Even Dr. Lecter sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls.
Two very different women, Mia and Ingrid, discover the one thing they have in common: their anxiety. Together they meditate, yoga, dance and struggle their way through their problems - because it's got to be better than talking about it.
From the creators of:
Filter This "One of the best things I've seen at Winnipeg Fringe" - Ace Burpee
One Date City 4 STARS - Winnipeg Free Press
A pajama-clad unicyclist careens on stage, suitcase in tow. Unpacking, he introduces audience to a whimsical world of clothespin towers, erratic toothbrushes and gargantuan grins. Juggling with energy and presence, Janoah “anygoodjokes?” constructs a playful performing-partner puppet from piles of props. SpinS frames skill through physical challenge, fashioning hilarious precariousness that is joyful and open. Objects and audience swirl into chaotic creation in this solo circus, recounting the learning and laughter of an itinerant performer.
Places, please! The show is about to begin, the actors are ready to perform... and… wait, that’s you! The spotlight’s on you in this comedic love story, with the audience playing all the roles. When the lights go up, you go on.
Brought to you by Winnipeg Fringe favourite Shelby Bond, creator of One Man Back to the Future, Shark Weak and People Pleaser. Conceived at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London, Spotlight is part immersive theatre, part interactive farce and completely hilarious.
But if he were, his obituary would read: “Here lies Stephen Hopwood. Dead at 40, having achieved nothing. He leaves behind his only love, Anna (who did not love him back), a legacy of regrets and a vast collection of odd socks.”
Directed by Alan MacKenzie (ImproVision) and Matthew Stacey.
Featuring Leith Clark, Luke Falconer and Shawn Kowalke (The Horrible Friends), Giovanni Navarro and Alexis Silver.
Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favourite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's quintessential children's book of fractured fairy tales. Everything from "Chicken Little" to "The Gingerbread Man" gets a complete makeover. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies and enough stinky cheese to go around.
We at 9box cannot reveal all we want about this variety revue. This is for your own protection.
When mounting a show that offers a virtual baker's dozen of single items - 76, to be exact, in only 75 minutes - we have to cushion all audience members against excess excitement, and trickle out details to tantalize - but not blow - your minds.
Let's just say that thrills, chills and octopi will likely be involved. The octopi are fictional - no seafood allergies apply.
There are door prizes as well, so hold on to your seats and your bags firmly.
From the creators of the Off-Broadway hit Flight (5 STARS - WFP, “Ingenious” - NY Times), THREE brings acrobatics up close. Experience sweat, laughter and trust as three acrobats test the limits of human connection. A kinetic theatre experience packed with adrenaline and a slick soundtrack.
5 STARS - The List
“A low-tech Cirque du Soleil” - LAist
“Astonishing acrobatic theatre" - Broadway Baby
“Awe-inspiring, surprisingly simple, and unconventionally spectacular” - Weekend Notes
WINNER Best of Fest (4x), NOMINATED Best Show (Edinburgh)
THROWBACK - a retro circus extravaganza! This variety and circus show embraces the unique culture of the pre-millennium world. A generation born with one foot in an evolving digital landscape and one foot grass-stained and sprinkler-wet, who now push the world to new artistic, technological and physical limits. This is a fun and poignant look at pop culture told through incredible acrobatics, circus and comedy! Featuring artists who have been awarded Best Circus at the Adelaide & Perth Fringes, and People's Choice at festivals across Canada.
Farmer James has lost his bees, there's only corn gruel to eat and the townspeople (the audience) have arrived chanting "there's no good food, we're in a bad mood!" This award-winning cautionary tale engages with humour and music while inspiring wonder and action to help pollinators. "... guileless storytelling and sweet slapstick to charm an audience of any age. They utilize puppetry, clowning, juggling, song, movement and audience participation to teach and entertain their charges...” – Boston Arts Review. Bee-u-tiful!
An inspirational true story of overcoming life's challenges told with story, music and humour. Three awards at the 2019 NYC Frigid Fringe.
"a gem in New York City's off-off Broadway scene" - The Paper, NYC
"Funny, beautiful and deeply affecting" - Vancouver Presents
"You should absolutely see this show. It was raw, authentic and beautiful. " - Theatre Addicts, Vancouver
Nobody said traversing the Oregon Trail would be easy… but nobody said it would be this hard, either. On a trail where thieves constantly steal your oxen, racial stereotypes abound and everyone has dysentery, how do you keep colonization alive?
A co-pro with Vault Projects:
4 STARS Matt & Ben
4 STARS How to Talk to Human Beings
4 STARS zahgidiwin/love
4 STARS Riot Resist Revolt Repeat
4 ½ STARS Women of the Fur Trade (TO Fringe)
5 STARS Little Red
Currently in development with the PTE Emerging Playwrights Unit.
The Prayer Processing Array has gone down, and this ignites an escalating series of crises on Earth and in Heaven.
Compounding these troubles, Jesus is tired of sacrificing Himself, the Holy Spirit is frustrated with living in obscurity, and the Holy Father's anger is flaring out of control. Can these three mighty personages of the Trinity resolve their differences, or is all of Creation doomed?
More important, how could we possibly poke fun at such revered figures?
Twelfth Night tells the story of the siblings Viola and Sebastian (played by real-life siblings Brooke and Zach Bowser), who are shipwrecked and separated, with Viola landing in Illyria. In this unfamiliar land, she finds herself mixed up in a love triangle involving the country's ruler, Duke Orsino, and the woman he pines for, the Countess Olivia.
If you're a fan of Shakespeare or are looking for a lighthearted romantic comedy involving cross-dressing, mistaken identities and yellow socks, then this Fringe show is for you!
World-famous illusionist Brett Sparks brings his show to the Winnipeg Fringe. Or rather, lack thereof. After a successful tour in Zanzibar, Brett’s props have yet to return. They haven’t cleared customs! So what does an illusion show look like without illusions? Brett and his stagehand better figure it out fast! After all, the show must go on and he’s under contract!
Acts from Worst Case Magic have been performed for a sold-out audience at the Winnipeg Circus Club Annual Showcase!
Produced by Trick-E-Productions and Hogan’s Circus.
Five zombie apocalypse survivors are trapped in a basement. After successfully escaping the zombies (for now), they have a new task: to survive living with one another. Living in the basement together for months, these survivors encounter many obstacles. Often comedic, sometimes dramatic, for better or worse, they are in this together.