These shows are NOT ASL-interpreted but they do have visual-based content.
THE HIT SHOW IS BACK!
Half a million kids on five continents loved African Folktales. Talking giraffes, zany zebras, galumphing elephants and much more magic. African Folktales come to vibrant life through storytelling, puppetry, physical comedy and lots of laughs.
5 STARS “It’s superb. Don’t miss it.” - CBC Manitoba
5 STARS “The man just knows how to tell a story.” - Winnipeg Free Press
5 STARS “de Waal's physical comedy is impeccable... It's great, as is this whole performance.” - StarPhoenix
A high-quality show featuring humour, feats of magic 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
5 STARS “He’s a pro. His magic is well-honed and he’s funny.” - Christopher Read, CBC
"...the act never fails to reduce the audience to tears of laughter." - The Neepawa Banner
Adapted by two of Ontario's leading physical creators (performer Robert Feetham and director Colin Bruce Anthes), and pushing "epic minimalism" to the very maximum, this explosive virtuoso one-man mime performance of Jules Verne's classic Journey to the Centre of the Earth carves thrilling unforgettable sequences for audiences of all ages!
Minoosh Doo-Kapeeshiw stars Minoosh, a Métis kitty cat who goes camping and finds a friend in a funny place. It is a sweet and silent comedy narrated in Southern Michif language. Theatre magic, moving panoramas (aka Crankies), fishing and jigging! You don’t need to know Michif to have fun at the show, but you might learn some before you leave.
Past reviews for Echo Theatre: The Missadventurous Perils of Pauline 4 STARS - CBC
Award-winning dance company PointeTango returns to the stage with a spectacular new show where ballet and tango coalesce. With powerful lifts and fiery footwork, audiences will be mesmerized by PointeTango’s sultry duo as they pirouette, leap and bourrée across the stage with the passion of Argentine tango...on Pointe!
5 STARS “Scott-Kafadar makes dancing on pointe shoes look effortless” - Saskatoon StarPhoenix
5 STARS “Richardson’s choreography is a joy to behold” - Check the Program
Bossy Flyer's 2019 sell-out hit is back! Inspired by Sartre's masterpiece No Exit, THREE is a wordless acrobatic thriller packed with adrenaline and a pulsating soundtrack.
Stuck together awaiting eternal damnation, three condemned souls discover that hell is... other people.
5 STARS "A gripping story told through dazzling acrobatic feats" - CBC
5 STARS "A stunning show... [THREE] is pretty close to heaven." - Winnipeg Free Press
5 STARS "Gravity-defying... A complete triumph." - Edmonton Journal
Underbelly is a surrealist comedy in which monsters, dismemberment, shower opera, inconceivable truths and a hot date may be just the recipe needed to shed the past and let it run down the drain.
Join this multi-award-winning physical comedian in her bathroom to untangle the age-old question of perception and reality in love and life.
“Nayana Fielkov (of Ragmop Theatre, 5 STARS) shows off an impressive range of skills." - CBC
These shows have more visual-based content and less speech.
Gumbo Theatre in a wacky romp that is distinctly Japanese. A hit at Fringe Fests across the US and Canada. Take a Japanese TV game show, mix in anime, Trump, Krazy Kitty and Japanese “Businessman”.
“This kooky, edgy, cartoon-like show may be the strangest show I’ve ever seen at the Fringe. Five stars simply for audacity and invention” – Edmonton Journal
Critics' Choice Media Pick at Edmonton Fringe, Black Venue Pick at Orlando Fringe, Outstanding Comedy at San Diego Fringe, Best Ensemble at FRIGID Festival New York
Winnipeg Fringe welcomes Magic & Mystery with Ken Sky, internationally renowned magician.
Three-time Magician of the Year, Ken has performed in Mexico, Paraguay, Germany, Costa Rica, Las Vegas and Canada.
INCREDIBLE right from the start with a surprising moment. Laugh-out-loud interactive magic and mysteries.
Watch Canada vs. USA in the 2022 Olympic gold medal hockey game (this time with NHL stars) at the fictional Puck & Pickle Pub! FRINGE LEGENDS Jon Paterson and Ryan Gladstone play themselves, the commentators and every single one of the patrons in this "wildly funny and wonderfully crafted" show (5 STARS, CBC)! The play is a hilarious race to the final buzzer.
5 STARS "Plenty of laughs in this fast-paced comedy" - Edmonton Sun
5 STARS "Fringe legends" - Globe and Mail
5 STARS "Comic gold mine" - Vancouver Province
HUNKS (5 STARS) returns to the Winnipeg Fringe with another brand-new sketch comedy show.
"This comedy is as slick as it gets." - Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press
"Funnier than most good episodes of Saturday Night Live." - Jen Zoratti, Winnipeg Free Press
"Expertly crafted humour that doesn't give the audience a chance to catch a breath." - Jake Pesaruk, VUE Weekly (Edmonton)
A musical comedy show done by comedians who are great at comedy and kinda okay at music!
Featuring some of Winnipeg’s favourite comedians, these songs are so funny you might forget that the people singing are not musicians.
If you’re a fan of Radiohead, Dolly Parton, Len or Lou Bega, and also a fan of parody songs, this show might be for you.
It’s raining, I have a flat and a 100-year-old turtle just rode past me. Everything sucks. WAIT. It’s sunny. Winner, winner, goulash dinner!
mr.coffeehead: a foot-fuelled, slapstick tragedy about bikepacking, dreaming big and giving up in your 30s.
Nice things said about Spec Theatre:
4 1/2 STARS - Janet French, Edmonton Journal
“…one of my favourite Fringe plays of all time” - Sean McQuaid, The Buzz
Stories are the soil into which our imagination germinates and takes root, creating the world of tomorrow and the new stories yet to be told.
No story can rival that of a seed, but our imagination is no longer grounded in the living world, and the seeds of tomorrow are being programmed in laboratories isolated from the living world, owned by corporations.
Se'ed is the story of a farmer, living in an age of insanity.
Join Papa Say, village elder and storyteller, on a journey to exotic lands and mystic forests where three young boys learn from the consequences of their actions, and two childhood friends work together to improve the lives of their community. Enjoy some interactive storybook family theatre brought to life through animated narrative, lively music and picturesque art.
"Audain is a versatile and dynamic performer" - My Entertainment World
"Audain is a skilled and likeable performer" - CBC
These shows have more speech and/or music, and less visually-based content.
Is it possible to tell the story of human existence in one hour? Find out as George takes you on a wild 50,000-year ride in a performance that amuses and entertains as it asks the big questions about what we’ve done and why it matters. Discover why Ghengis Khan was the original gangster, a giraffe is the ultimate status symbol, and Marie Antoinette’s court was basically the lunchroom from Mean Girls.
From the creator of I Lost on Jeopardy: 5 STARS “one-man master class in punchy, engaging storytelling” – Winnipeg Free Press
Fringe legend TJ Dawe (Tired Cliches, A Canadian Bartender at Butlin’s, Medicine, The Slipknot, Operatic Panic Attack) riffs on food, the English language and the human body.
“This guy’s headed for the stand-up hall of fame” - Georgia Straight
“Dawe can actually make you hurt with laughter” - Montreal Gazette
“A flawless performer” - Charleston City Paper
“Come and see what a real virtuoso can do” - Edmonton Journal
TJ’s been doing the Winnipeg Fringe since before people had e-mail addresses.
Based on actual reports, writings and speeches, Metis actor John D. Huston (SHYLOCK, Underneath the Lintel, two Sherlock Holmes adventures, A Christmas Carol) and writer Keir Cutler (Teaching Shakespeare) resurrect a government bureaucrat who attempts to justify the unjustifiable: Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s vision for Canada’s Natives and the ongoing repercussions.
A compelling look at what is “civilized”.
Directed by Paul Hopkins (A.D. Shakespeare in the Park, Montreal; Actor: Stratford Festival, More Tales of the City).
Heroes and villains, birds of a feather, oil and water – father and son.
South African Erik de Waal explores the rocky, sometimes exuberant, relationship between two people who share the same blood and often very little else. Add a degenerative disease, some black humour and devastating honesty and you have Daddy’s Boy - a tale that bares the vulnerability behind the mask.
5 STARS “The South African storytelling machine returns with his most affecting tale yet.” - CBC Manitoba
Eleanor Ramrath Garner’s best-selling memoir, detailing her youth as an American caught in Second World War Berlin, adapted into an internationally award-winning performance by her granddaughter Ingrid Garner.
5 STARS "A rare intimacy, superb storytelling and a truly important story to tell." - Adelaide Theatre Guide
5 STARS "Unforgettable—a must-see for history buffs and theatre aficionados alike." - Fringe Review UK
BEST OF FEST - Edmonton Fringe 2015
SOLD OUT Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe 2015
Everleigh is nine years old, and her mother is a witch! It may sound fun to get a broomstick for a birthday present, or to turn your best friend into a frog. But when her own magic lessons begin, Everleigh’s spells keep going wrong! That is, until the day she finds a magic book and everything changes…
A new musical play from Melanie Gall, creator of 4 STAR children’s hits Opera Mouse and Jazz Cat.
“Kids will love it” - CBC
Best Children’s Show - Adelaide Weekly Award
Alex Dallas is back! "Queen of the Fringe" returns with Horseface. 4 STARS - Orlando Weekly, NOW Magazine
Addressing the #MeToo Movement, Horseface starts off with an encounter with a manspreader on a train.
Does she assault him and what does Jane Fonda have to do with it? Funny, poignant tale of her life from the 70s to the present and all her #MeToo moments along the way, some hilarious and some less so.
4 STARS “Dallas is an engaging, polished storyteller" - Orlando Sentinel 2019
An irresponsible bachelor answers the call to care for his ailing mother, while reckoning with his bad-ass past. But will his newfound skills be enough? A true story of love, family and the power of redemption.
25-year Fringe veteran Jon Paterson (Outstanding Solo Show – London, Outstanding Male Performance – Orlando, 10-time Best of Fest Winner) returns to his hometown of Winnipeg to premiere his first solo-written show.
Birth, blood & bodies
You ever shove a breathing tube down a man’s throat? Deliver a stranger’s baby? Hit the OR because someone jumped off a bridge? Come see Dr. Melissa Yuan-Innes, MD, master of disaster and mistress of distress, for hilarious, heartbreaking true tales of control vs. chaos.
"CAPTIVATING … masterfully connects moments of humor, nostalgia, grief, confusion, and hope.… I LAUGHED, I CRIED … "—Capital Critics' Circle
"JOYFUL and HEARTBREAKING"-Apt613
"Ample HUMOUR and COMPASSION."-Artsfile
"HILARIOUS ... POIGNANT."-CBC News
Storyteller Al Lafrance (two-time Just For Laughs Award winner, five-time Best of Fest) returns with his newest tale, featuring unexpected encounters with heroes, deep dives into piles of garbage, and unmerciful corporate heathens. If you’ve ever regretted throwing out something you loved, this show is for you!
5 STARS "A must-see for anyone who has a heart" - Edmonton Journal
"An incredibly deft and engaging performer" - Winnipeg Free Press
COMPLETELY SOLD-OUT RUN IN 2019!
What if Juliet decided not to die? Follow Juliet as she attempts to write her own ending with the help of Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Cleopatra and Miranda.
Quill fights! Barges! Killer snakes!
5 STARS “Monster Theatre is money in the bank. Don’t miss this sure-to-sell-out gem.” - CBC
4 1/2 STARS “Keeps audiences in stitches from beginning to end.” - Winnipeg Free Press
“We’ve got to get…Back to the Future!”
With some help from you, Fringe favourite Shelby Bond brings all the comedy, excitement and time travel of the original movie to the Winnipeg Fringe. In less than an hour, at 88 mph, Shelby messes with the space/time continuum as he does every character, sound effect and guitar solo leading up to the movie’s dramatic 81-jiggowat ending. Come see one of the best films of all time, brought back to life in front of you.
“The most fun” - Winnipeg Free Press
4 STARS “This show is your density” - CBC
Stand-up to make you feel sane again.
From acclaimed German comedian Paco Erhard (5-Step Guide to Being German, A History of Bullshit).
Who "might suck at being German, but f***ing rocks at comedy" - The Advertiser. Dark, smart, hilarious.
Very likely will include dramatic arc and message. Who knows? I had to write this in March.
“Comedy gold” - New Zealand Herald
4 1/2 STARS “Intelligent, political, smutty, and genius” - The Advertiser
5 STARS “German Jim Jefferies” - Three Weeks
“The comedy world is a better place for it” - Herald Sun
Orphia Flange, SPACE RANGER, is wandering the galaxy. She mourns the loss of her beloved partner who died under suspicious circumstances. Meanwhile, the Galactic Council seems to be surrendering its authority to their overseer, the evil Vizier, who is seeking immortality.
Orphia must find answers: who is responsible for the death of her beloved? Can her AI-driven spaceship with a pert personality help her survive? Where can she get the most hallucinogenic coffee in the galaxy?
The Paladin - a rollicking space/cowgirl adventure!
When schizophrenia and alcoholism collide in one Japanese family, comedy becomes her superpower -- and ticket to freedom. KAZU takes audiences on a rebellious comedic journey deftly navigating mental illness, sexism and love. KAZU's storytelling celebrates overcoming obstacles to achieve your dreams.
“Hilarious and devastating” - The Georgia Straight
WINNER Vancouver Pick of the Fringe
WINNER Best of Fest at Crazy Woke Asians Solo Performance Festival in LA
SOLD OUT in Vancouver and Los Angeles
Susan Jeremy ( P.S. 69, Teacher in the House) accidentally became a teacher after years of stand-up and being fired from almost every survival job. She was scarred for life when let go from Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips. But, she persevered, only to be fired as a clown, an usher and a roller-skating cigarette girl.
Critics have said about her previous work:
"Larger than life and twice as funny" - Globe and Mail
"Jeremy is an excellent storyteller" - Calgary Herald
"A comic powerhouse" - Winnipeg Sun
Billed as “the best storyteller in the US” (Orlando Sentinel), Dockery’s comedic, ridiculous and deeply personal story dives headlong into the mysterious connection between love and death. Funny, true and heartbreaking - sometimes all at once. Not to be missed!
5 STARS "A verbal magician” - NOW Magazine, Toronto
“Intimate and hilarious” - Georgia Straight, Vancouver
“Deliriously entertaining” - Orlando Weekly
“Hilarious, life-affirming, poignant and ridiculous" - Charleston City Paper
“Storytelling at its finest.” - City Paper, Rochester
A comedy/drama about two men on a stakeout of two men who may be on a stakeout of them. Fresh, funny and fearless. A head trip about fathers, sons and one’s sense of self. Wild, dramatically ambitious and disorienting in the best possible way.
A world premiere!
Directed by Vanessa Quesnelle. Starring Andrew Broaddus & Martin Dockery (Moonlight After Midnight, 2019).
Written by Dockery, who's been touring the worldwide circuit since 2009, garnering 50 awards for his solo shows and plays. This is his 15th production at the Winnipeg Fringe.
5 STARS "HILARIOUS, EMPOWERING & EXTREMELY VULNERABLE." – CBC
Multi-award-winning Standup Comedian and Storyslam Champion, Stéphanie Morin-Robert (Winnipeg Comedy Fest, The Moth, JFL), recounts her rocky childhood, high-risk pregnancy, and epic 56-hour labour as she mines laughs from her most embarrassing sex story yet.
"OUTRAGEOUSLY HILARIOUS!" - Montreal Gazette
BLACK EYE is a boundary punching live comedy album recording from the creator of sellout shows BLINDSIDE and THE MERKIN SISTERS.
In 1969, Chris Parsons served as a combat photographer in Vietnam. Combining his pictures with original music and dance, trombonist C. Neil Parsons (Fruit Flies Like a Banana) recounts tales of danger, resilience, and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.
“It’s unlikely anyone will forget the tragic beauty of this very personal story of one man that resonates with the loss of thousands.” – Plays With John & Wendy
Celebrate the anniversary of Prohibition with flappers, gin fizz and a cabaret of speakeasy songs. From secret cellars and doctor-prescribed alcohol to teetotallers destroying saloons with a hatchet: if it happened in Prohibition, someone wrote a song about it! Featuring (forgotten) 1920s hits: ‘Lips That Touch Liquor Shall Never Touch Mine’ and ‘Everybody Wants a Key to my Cellar’.
“An irresistible tour-de-force” – FringeFeed
5 STARS - Edmonton Journal