These shows are NOT ASL-interpreted but they do have visual-based content.
England’s 20-time BEST OF FEST and CANADIAN COMEDY AWARD WINNERS James & Jamesy return from Off-Broadway to steep their most uproarious celebration of friendship and imagination. 2 for Tea is a delightfully bizarre world brimming with innocence and endearing chemistry performed by “one of the most popular fringe duos ever” (CBC). 5 STARS “Complete and utter fun” - CBC 5 STARS “Full-out belly laughs all the way through.” - Winnipeg Free Press 5 STARS “Extraordinary. Amazing.” - Edmonton Journal 5 STARS “Hilarious theatre” - London Free Press
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)
Keith Brown is a world-class magician, speaker and VIP entertainer who has inspired wonder in over 22 countries and counting! Most recently, Keith performed for the First Lady of Iceland! He was chosen Toronto’s BEST magician… and he’s not even from Toronto! Prepare to engage your imagination in mysteries that open the door to infinite possibilities. “Very entertaining” – Eliza Reid, First Lady of Iceland “Jesus Christ! WOW!” – Joe Thornton, NHL “You’re incredible!” – Dave Grohl
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 true comedic story of life and death 200 years in the making. While digging through an attic, Patrick found a book listing the obituaries of his family from the past 200 years. Lightning strike, ox cart, boiling oil. You name it. Cursed will tell these tales with comedy and facts about how it could happen to you. 50% comedy, 50% storytelling, 50% TED Talks, 100% bad math People's Choice Award winner - Adelaide Fringe Best Monologue Award winner - Victoria Fringe 5 STARS - Glam Adelaide 4 STARS - Winnipeg Free Press 4 STARS - Weekend Notes
A variety show for the marginalized, the angry, the unseen. LUB DUB is unapologetic, political and fiercely entertaining. Centering the experiences of Black, Filipino, Queer, disabled and low income folks, LUB DUB invites you to celebrate, collaborate and smash white supremacy. “VULNERABLE. ODD. ENGAGING.” - apt 613 “I left feeling recharged... I made monkey sounds and put pepper up my nose, but I didn’t feel pressured to do it” - APT 613 (Ottawa Fringe Festival)
Jolene Bailie returns with an ensemble cast of acclaimed dancers, visual work, and humor. Previous productions: "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.
A hungover captain, two "unique" crew members and a petulant God wielding a mean trident are on a collision course. And you thought the walking on water bit belonged to just one dude! Join us for thunderstorms, killer waves and the odd game of chance or two when we start Setting Sail!
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.
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)
A compilation of contemporary dances themed around the power of water and performed by the incredibly athletic Viva Dance Company. Set to a soundtrack of modern rock and danced with equal parts ferocity and grace, this show is sure to fill your cup. Viva Dance Company earned a FIVE-STAR rating from CBC at the 2015 Winnipeg Fringe.
These shows have more visual-based content and less speech.
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.
Venturing into the rhythmic world of the BAMBOO, the SYNERGY dance production showcases different dances from various parts of Asia. Watch the strategic swiftness and focus of the dancers as they go in and out of clapping bamboos. As the rhythm and music change from country to country, one thing remains the same. Come along with us as we embrace the bamboo dances from the Philippines, India and Malaysia, along with some singing and hip-hop dance performance for a treat.
Jay and Eytan are a New York-based professional comedy duo, originally from Canada. They showcase a perfect blend of sketch and stand-up comedy in their one-hour headlining act - packed with energy, countless punchy premises and just the right amount of spice. Jay and Eytan bounce from quick offbeat impressions to honest and relatable stand-up, to fully choreographed musical numbers, going right for the jugular when it comes to the laughs. So kick back, have a drink, and get ready for a full-on ab workout.
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)
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
BEST OF THE CAPITAL (DC) FRINGE! "Everything a Fringe show should be: a wonderfully challenging and thought provoking way to spend an evening." 5 STARS London Fringe Festival: "A compelling story of a crisis of conscience that should give its viewers pause to reconsider what it means to care. O'Brien holds the crowd in the palm of his hand from start to finish." "MUST SEE! "Enough food for thought to spark a post show conversation going well into the night and beyond." - St. Paul Pioneer Press
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 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
A Glimpse of Sunshine is an exploration of self-discovery by various members of the Sunshine Bunch. The act will feature drag queens, spoken word, dramatic re-enactments and some puppets! The group is made of some of the most interesting and diverse people involved in Winnipeg's queer community! This show is a fundraiser for Sunshine House Winnipeg.
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.
We want YOU! Grab a pillow and your favourite flavour of lip smackers. The girls in cabin five need you for The Great Pillow War. It’s 1996 and do you think we're going to let the boys cabin walk all over us again? Ugh. As if! It’s time to enter the war zone - the fluffy, dandruff-filled war zone. From the team that brought you Call Girls (4 STARS - Winnipeg Free Press) comes a new comedy about the battle of going through life as a young teen. All we need is YOU! Come on, soldier!
What’s the difference between dying “properly” and dying with Alzheimer’s? Dying while loved or...? Does death require the bereaved to exclaim: 91 is too young to die! Does Alzheimer’s demand forgetting them before they forget you? Using humour and horror, this new one-man show tells how Gerald and husband tended the final five years of nonagenarian parents. Describing their individual shuffling off, this funny, poignant and thoughtful reflection offers an understanding on life, roles as children and expectations met or missed.
10,000 sq. feet of paper. One pen. Canadian Comedy Award winner and Off-Broadway performer Alastair Knowles, of 20x Best of Fest JAMES & JAMESY, bids a visually stunning adieu to the era of putting pen to paper. A sketch comes to life, determined to find depth in a two-dimensional world. Knowles has a “pitch-perfect ability to express his character’s bittersweet search for human connection through movement.” - Toronto Star 5 STARS - CBC/Winnipeg Free Press, 2 for Tea 5 STARS - CBC, In the Dark 5 STARS - Theatre in London, Bushel and Peck
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).
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.
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
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.
Tilly Mouse lives under an opera house and dreams of performing onstage. But when anybody sees her, they scream and run away. With determination, imagination and help from her friends, Tilly proves that even a mouse can be a star! Featuring music from Carmen and Gianni Schicchi. Performed around the world - from Scotland to Sudan - including two Off-Broadway runs! 4 STARS “Bravo to Melanie Gall for creating Opera Mouse, a Fringe show that's equally satisfying for kids and their accompanying adults” - CBC 4 STARS - Broadway Baby
A lonely hunter meets a mysterious and powerful fox woman. Before the West cultivated hatred of the wild, there was a love affair. Flamenco artists, dancer Denise Yeo and guitarist Gareth Owen retell this Siberian myth through hypnotic and improvised speech and rhythm. “There’s virtuosity to burn… Owen plays like he has a hundred fingers… Let it wash over you.” - The Georgia Strait “Yeo is a spitfire, uncontainable in her passionate delivery, staccato feet blurring in ferocious movement." - Janis La Couvée, theatre reviewer
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
The Electronic Gospel is a musical providing a front row seat into the mind of a born-again believer. Sonny is a train wreck. God extends an offer to help him... on one condition, He must be resurrected and spend eternity as a fool. Post resurrection Sonny realizes He is not happy with the deal. Relentlessly railing against God and man, Sonny's dark side takes over as he struggles to find the Light. He starts his journey telling his story with dynamic electronic music.
These shows have more speech and/or music, and less visually-based content.
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.”
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
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.
Before he fought the Predator, before he got his ass to Mars and before he was The Terminator again, Arnold Schwarzenegger was Colonel John Matrix. Adapted from the 1985 classic, Commando: The Radio Play takes history's greatest action film* back to a simpler time when special effects were made with slapsticks, aluminum sheets and celery. This production is performed live by voice actors and a Foley artist without the aid of digital effects. It's the blockbuster you have to hear to believe. *Don't argue. I will fight you on this.
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.
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
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
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)
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
Sparked by the death of his father and birth of his daughter, Comedy Central comedian Bill Santiago goes in search of answers and laughs at the border of science and religion, exploring the comic nature of the cosmic quest for understanding existence, life, death and the number 33 (not necessarily in that order). “No cosmic question is too challenging to escape the laser wit of Bill Santiago,” notes theatre critic Amy Kotkin (DC Metro Arts). “You will never have a better time musing on the nature of life.”
The critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway show based on the life of Josephine Baker returns! Josephine is a one-woman biographical musical that combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century. 5 STARS "If there’s a truly must-see show…it’s Josephine" – Winnipeg Free Press 5 STARS "It’s a perfect piece of theatre for the time we are currently in" – Plays To See NYC
From one of the creators of Cast Away: a Musical Parody, the talents of award-winning composer Brad Torres are reanimated into a melodic penny dreadful - The King in Yellow: a Musical Parody. The paths of Alec, the poet, the church-going Ambrose and the painter Mr. Scott have never crossed. Nevertheless, something sinister binds their fates, as they try to laugh through the pain of circumstances far beyond their control. "Brad [rose to] the challenge of making a musical from damn-near-impossible source material." - Winnipeg Free Press
Join an actor in his quest for a career that goes from acting work to the many odd jobs in between. A surprising narrative of adventures on and off set, all in pursuit of the dream. Inside stories of acting classes, TV and theatre gigs, interwoven with real-life roles such as cherry picker, coin shop employee and call centre representative, to name a few. Unexpected discoveries and reflections from the work, about acting and life. A journey towards….
Interspersed with selected songs found on his Mom's old mix tapes, as well as a few original songs, local theatre veteran Cory Wojcik, backed by a four-piece band, recounts a story of the most difficult yet one of the most amazing days of his life. A show with songs you know and a story so unbelievable it could only be true. It's a concert, it's a show. Set inside the air conditioned X-Cues Cafe and Lounge, come an hour before or stay after for refreshments.
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)
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.
Well, I guess by default I'd be the storyteller, a farmer taking to the stage. And the seed? Let's let that one be found in our imagination and the caring hands of a gardener, and the telling of the story, for every story contains a seed, just as every seed contains a story. All this and much, much more can be found at the Winnipeg Fringe, but you already knew that! Thanks for stopping by.
6X Outstanding Performer winner and 2018 Vivian Robinson Award nominee (for her Off-Broadway portrayal of the iconic Josephine Baker in Josephine), Tymisha Harris returns backed by a jazz trio to share personal stories and sing from the songbook of La Baker in this world premiere cabaret.
Physicist, fugitive, pioneer. On Christmas Eve 1938, two refugees from the Nazis walk out into the Swedish snow. Sat on a tree trunk, they make a shocking scientific discovery. And the world changes forever. From the creator of The Inventor of All Things: 5 STARS CBC, Winnipeg Free Press, Edmonton Journal How did a shy Austrian, who graduated high school at 23, open so many doors and achieve so much? Jem Rolls tells the life of a remarkable and forgotten woman. “I will have nothing to do with a bomb.”