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The Fringe Cabaret: Back to School Special

The Fringe Festival has an addictive quality. Patrons gorge on theatre and artists riff off each others’ work. And just like the patrons, artists can’t wait for the Fringe—that’s why there’s now a series of Fringe Cabarets! Created by Fringe alumni, this variety show includes a mix of sketch, storytelling, dance, burlesque, clown, and more with different themes and artists at every performance including Jeff Leard, Sydney Hayduk, Fraz Wiest, Tristan Helgason, Andrew Bailey, Tara Travis, Jayson McDonald, Cory Thibert, Linnea Gwiazda, Valerie Cotic, David C. Jones, Natalie Watson, and more!

The Fringe Cabaret: Back to School Special
August 26, 2017

Summer is coming to a close and with September just around the corner it’s time to celebrate that special time of year.  A time filled with pencils and chalk, backpacks and spitballs, a time to reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a while and share stories of your summer adventures.  That’s right!  It’s Fringe again!  And our esteemed faculty of Fringe artists have prepared a pre-Fringe refresher course to make sure you get the most out of your Fringe experience.  Audiences will be encouraged to challenge their skills at laughter, applause, paying attention, and socializing in the lobby. 

*We do not offer college credit.

8/26/2017 8:00 PM

Squirrel Suit
Welland, Canada
Playwright: Carlyn Rhamey
Award winning storyteller Carlyn Rhamey has been described as “awkward,” “neurotic,” “self-deprecating,” but luckily also “very charming!” Chock-full of wildly, embarrassing stories, travel mishaps, and not nearly enough haggis, SAOR is a true Celtic adventure tale unlike any other!

The performance on September 10 is half-price!

Winner: Best of Venue at the 2016 Hamilton Fringe
“Absolutely hilarious.” —My Entertainment World (Toronto)
“A fantastic physical performer.” — (Ottawa)
“Part Eat, Pray, Love, part Bridesmaids.” —Raise the Hammer (Hamilton)
“A total goofball.” —the Ontarion

Funny / Weird / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Sexual Content

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
A David Lynch Wet Dream

Acherontia Productions
Montreal, Canada
Composer/Performer: Natasha Perry-Fagant 
A David Lynch Wet Dream is a surrealist movement piece, a solo show following a character trying to find her place within a harsh and intangible landscape. The story of leaving the clutches of naivety and grappling with the ever-changing nature of identity. Making use of projection and an encompassing sound design, the show plunges the audience into a one of a kind sensory experience.

“By treating the audience as an abstract body … Natasha made a poignant statement about the role external pressures play in the day-to-day performativity of the human body ... Natasha was able to bring me from despair to empowerment.” —Sonja Hanson, CJLO

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

Weird / Intense / Poetic / 45 minutes /  18+ / Nudity / Strobe Lights

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Interstellar Elder

Toronto, Canada
Playwrights: Ingrid Hansen & Kathleen Greenfield 
Meet Kitt, age 96, fierce lone astronaut protecting the last of humankind. Imagine Ridley Scott’s Aliens meets Golden Girls.

From the creators of award-winning sold out shows Little Orange Man (***** —Vue Weekly, ***** —On Stage Ottawa) and Kitt & Jane (***** —On Stage Ottawa). 

“Bold physical comedy... genuine, unscripted and undeniably charming.” —Monday Magazine
“Fierce creative energy.” —Edmonton Journal
“The sort of girl director Terry Gilliam might have dreamed up.” —Calgary Herald
“Hilarious and touching... Hansen is a delightfully bratty performer.” —Montreal Gazette 

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 75 minutes / All Ages 


9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017

The Elegant Ladies Collective 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: The Elegant Ladies Collective 
The Elegant Ladies are back for our fourth year with another interactive, site-specific, interdisciplinary theatrical cornucopia. Make a choice, make a change, make a difference—this year we are at Make, and we are challenging our audience to remake themselves, and to engage in art as social resistance through acts of creative making and mischief. 

On Peripeteia: “Go see it.” —Plank Magazine
on ESUM: “They share freely of their creativity and compassion.” —Plank Magazine
on Eidola: “It sure was something special.” —Plank Magazine 

The performance on September 11 is half-price!

Weird / Poetic / Intimate / 45 minutes / 14+ 

Underrepresented artist: The Elegant Ladies strive to be an inclusive, LGBTQ friendly, and fully accessible community that prides itself on diversity.

9/7/2017 To 9/16/2017
Chris & Travis

Chris & Travis 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: Chris Ross & Travis Bernhardt 
Multiple Pick-of-the-Fringe winner Travis Bernhardt and Chris Ross scribble outside the lines of improv comedy with their high energy, hilarious, and surreal two-man show. Their extreme physicality, endearingly strange characters, and commitment to entertain by any means necessary have surprised and delighted audiences across Canada. 

“You’ve never seen an improv show like this before.” —Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Selected for the 2017 Paper Street Improv Festival
Selected for the 2015 and 2016 Vancouver International Improv Festival 

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Funny / Silly / Weird / 45 minutes / All Ages 

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Gigantic Lying Mouth

Rhyming Optional Productions 
Glasgow, UK
Playwright: Kevin P. Gilday 
Kevin P. Gilday is an award winning spoken word artist from Glasgow, Scotland. Unfortunately, he is also dead. After perishing in a tragic yoga accident, Kevin finds himself trapped in the afterlife—only to find things are a little different on the other side.

A reflexive solo performance combining contemporary spoken word with drama and comedy. 

“This was something special. There is a quiet, unusual talent burgeoning here ... go and witness it for yourself.” —Ed Fringe Review
“A powerhouse poet at the top of his game.” —Lingo Festival 

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

Funny / Weird / Poetic / 60 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content


9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
7 Ways to Die, a love story

K.I.A. Productions 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: Keltie & Alexander Forsyth 
Rachel and Irving live in the same building, on the same floor, right across the hall. Still, they are strangers. Then one day, everything changes. A romantic comedy about suicide, 7 Ways to Die, a love story explores the isolation and absurdity of modern life, all the while in full mask without a single line of dialogue. 

“The acting is amazing ... An enjoyable show with an incredible cast.” —Edmonton Sun
“Heartwarming and funny!” —UMFM Winnipeg
“A very charming show... comedically morbid!” —The Buzz Revue

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

Funny / Silly / Weird / 60 minutes / 14+ / Sexual Content / Violent Content / Gunshots

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Distractingly Sexy

Nebula Company Theatre 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Mily Mumford 
Join real life scientist (and writer) Mily Mumford for an interactive ultra-funny, quite-wild, pretty-darn-sexy history of how women in science have been f*$%ed over for centuries.

Directed by Cheyenne Mabberley of The After After Party (Pick of the Fringe, Vancouver 2016)!

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Strobe Lights / Smoke Fog

Underrepresented artist: Written and performed by a queer woman in science.

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Help! I'm American

DK Reinemer 
Los Angeles, USA 
Playwright: DK Reinemer 
Los Angeles comedian DK Reinemer presents his only-slightly-political one-man sketch comedy show from America, and that’s okay! Right? Everything is just fine. DK’s credits include: I’m This Many: A future past comedy (2013 Winnipeg Fringe), The DK and Morgan Show (Vancouver Fringe, SF SketchFest), 100% Stuff (Austin SketchFest); as well as Chicago, Seattle, and Vancouver International Improv Festivals. More info at  

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Funny / Silly / Weird / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Multiple Organism

Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. 
Mind of a Snail’s risquést show yet! A gender and genre bending surrealist comedy for adults: live projections, puppetry, and an original musical score. Use your invagination! Another large scale shadow theatre performance from the award-winning creators of Curious Contagious (2016), Caws & Effect (2014), and Against Gravity (2013): 

***** “Delightful, innovative, and beautiful.” —Winnipeg Free Press
***** “Pushing the boundaries—not only of what stories we tell, but also the ways in which we tell them.” —Vue Weekly 

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Funny / Weird / Shocking / 60 minutes / 18+ / Nudity

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017

Theatre Terrific 
Vancovuer, Canada 
Playwright: Susanna Uchatius in collaboration with the cast. 
Breath-Ahhh’s all inclusive cast explores the universal truth... that breath is something we all share. This rhythmical explosive work uses dance, imagistic gestures, self-expressed soundscape, and all variations of emotional and physical breath to define the means to support humanity’s co-existence. Join us for another remarkable pioneering work! 

Theatre Terrific is in the development of increasing accessibility capacity for the Deaf-blind, low-vision, and blind communities. Please reach out at or through our ASL interpreters at 778.819.0836 for more information.

Weird / Poetic / Multicultural / 45 minutes / 14+

Underrepresented artist: Collaboratively created and performed by artists who may identify as deaf, physically, mentally, cognitively, gender and culturally different.


9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
The Audience Dies at the End

Singles Awareness Productions 
Surrey, Canada 
Playwright: Blair Moro 
For three years Walley has been traveling the world, prospering from his Faustian pact. Now he must face his greatest challenge yet: luring those he knows and loves into the theatre to ultimately meet their death. Blair Moro takes you on a journey for love, fame, and some light over the trouser fondling (not guaranteed). #TheAudienceDiesAtTheEnd 

“His cultural references reflect the insightful wit of a South Park episode.” —Theatre People (Australia)
“The utmost charm and affability.” — 

The performance on September 11 is half-price!

Funny / Silly / Weird / 45 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Gunshots

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Good Game in "GUNG HO!"

Good Game 
Toronto, Canada
Playwrights: Nick Chenosky, David Horn & Craig Scorgie 
Laugh with us won’t you? Won’t you?! After 10 years of what they call “comedy,” these sketch comedians are giving you nothing but the best. You deserve it. Why not? Sketch, songs, and uncomfortable feelings. Be agape with the glory of laughter.     
“This show has so many funny, unexpected moments.” —
“These are clearly three naturally funny people.” —Bloody Underrated
“Sure to make you laugh ... A must see!” —The London Yodeller 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Funny / Silly / Weird / 65 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language


9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Graceless Grace

Spiderhands Collective 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Natalie Collins  
Graceful, talented, flexible, in time with the music... None of these things describe Grace Monroe, but a little thing like lack of talent won’t stop this determined dancer from following her dream of being Canada’s Next Dance Star! Laugh, cringe, and cry with Grace while she gets back in touch with reality. Whether she wants to or not.  

The performance on September 12 is half-price!

Funny / Silly / Weird / 50 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

Underrepresented artist: Written and performed by a queer woman.

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
The Messenger

Damonde Tschritter 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Damonde Tschritter  
Do you see signs? Are they real? What happens when a person follows what the Universe tells them to do, and it leads them to a Shaman in the mountains of Mexico, where they are given “The Medicine of the Heart,” the strongest substance known to man? There’s only two ways to find out. Have the courage to do it yourself. Or come to this show. 

“He has the rare gift of commanding attention merely by talking.” —Seattle Weekly
“Comedy’s New Superhero.” —the Globe and Mail
“I dare you to go see this show.” —God 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 75 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
The Inventor Of All Things

big word performance 
Finchampstead, UK
Playwright: jem rolls  
A Jewish Hungarian wrecked the Nazi Atomic Bomb? The unbelievably true story of forgotten genius Leo Szilard. Peacemaker, physicist, refugee, Martian, celebrity. And very funny. And even more eccentric. Hated by Generals, first to think of the Atom Bomb, and much too good to flush his own toilet. A big story of a little man in big times. 

***** "Captivating." —CBC
***** “Terrific!” —Saskatoon StarPhoenix
***** "This is what must-see fringe fare looks like." —Winnipeg Free Press

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+ 

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Let Me Freeze Your Head

Neil McArthur 
Winnipeg, Canada 
Playwright: Neil McArthur 
Why leave the future to your children when you can have it for yourself? Attend our short sales presentation to learn how you can preserve your brain to live again! This one-person show takes you on a deeply personal journey into the world of human cryonic preservation.
If you give Neil an hour, he may convince you to join him... when the time comes.

**** —CBC
“A must-see ... It’s thought-provoking and original.” —Mooney on Theatre
“A strange and moving story performed with a touch of humour and an undercurrent of pathos.” —Winnipeg Free Press 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Weird / Intellectual / Intimate / 55 minutes / 14+ / Sexual Content

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Field Zoology 101

Shawn O’Hara 
Victoria, Canada 
Playwright: Shawn O’Hara  
From the untamed wilds of the Vancouver Landfill, to the loading bay behind the Burger King, Field Zoologist Brad Gooseberry has seen it all. In this introductory course he shares a lifetime of “knowledge” and “experience,” teaching you to thrive and survive in the harrowing world of field zoology. 

Winner: Favourite Comedy at 2016 Victoria Fringe Festival
“Raucously funny.” — 

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Funny / Silly / Weird / 50 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017

Oakland, USA
Playwright: Figment 
Imagine Charlie Chaplin stumbled into a Salvador Dalí painting.

Dive into the world of a curious writer whose uncontrollable story takes over her life. Figments of imagination are born from her pen, walking a wavering line between reality and fantasy. Part comedy, circus, magic, unexpected puppetry, acrobatic dance, cookies, and audience immersion.
Figmentally is a figment of your imagination that you will want to play over and over again ... A physical theatre experience unlike any other you have seen.” —The Road to 1,000 with Marc Gonzalez 
“Combined physical comedy, mime, magic, juggling, dance, and clown antics into a delightful and whimsical romp.” —Indie Voice Blog

The performance on September 10 is half-price!

Funny / Weird / Family Friendly / 60 minutes / All Ages 

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
A Very Unpleasant Evening at the Rockefeller Rink sometime Late December...ish.

Rainhair Studios
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Annahis Basmadjian 
Six people, all carrying six different sets of baggage, try to have a nice evening at the Rockefeller Rink. Things of course don’t go as planned. Stories intertwine, revelations are had, but maybe, with each other's help, they can make this unpleasant Rockefeller evening a little less unpleasant. 

The performance on September 13 is half-price!

VocalEye will live describe this show for patrons with low vision on Saturday, September 16 at 3:50pm at The Cultch.

Funny / Weird / Poetic / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Gold, Guns & Greed

Vengeance Entertainment 
Barkerville, Canada 
Playwright: J.P. Winslow 
Combining the wit of Barry Humphries’ Dame Edna, the sauciness of Brendan O’Carroll’s Mrs. Brown, and the devilish antics of shock rocker Marilyn Manson, J.P. Winslow’s Gold, Guns & Greed brings to life the legend of British Columbia’s Gold Rush serial killer Agnus McVee and explores the nature of good and evil.

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Funny / Weird / In Your Face / 65 minutes / 14+ / Violent Content / Smoke Fog

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Kurt Vonnegut's The Euphio Question

Little Mountain Lion 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: Kurt Vonnegut (book), Matt Clarke (stageplay) 
A new adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s 1951 short story. A young physicist discovers radio waves from outer space that make anyone within earshot completely and utterly euphoric. The Euphio Question asks audiences what the true cost of happiness is when it comes at the mere flick of a switch.  

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 40 minutes / 14+

Underrepresented artist: This play features youth actors and designers.

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Your Princess is in Another Castle

Down the Well Productions 
Halifax, Canada
Playwright: Wes Babcock & Nancy Kenny 
Princess Polly loses the popular vote to be Miss Leader of the Free World to a Department Store Mannequin. A Prince Charming Type knows he can save the day, if only people would listen. In this dark comedy of errors, Polly learns what it takes to change the world, and it’s less funny than she thought. 

A brand new show from the creative team that brought you Roller Derby Saved My Soul (Pick of the Fringe at 2014 Vancouver Fringe) and Everybody Dies In December (Best Drama at 2016 Atlantic Fringe). 

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Funny / Weird / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Violent Content

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Six Fine Lines

Level-Headed Friends Productions 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Mack Gordon 
A rolling, grieving, game show house party! Through a series of epigrams, anecdotes, poems, and game shows, Mack Gordon pastes together a living collage. Six Fine Lines is pop rocks for your head and heart from the creator of last Halloween’s theatre in the dark hit, Three Stories Up, and previous Fringe Festival sell out, Shake the Sheets

“Gordon is a playwright worth taking seriously.” —
“The pictures Gordon paints are so vivid, they take on a life of their own.” —Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents 

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Weird / Poetic / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+


9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
12 Minute Madness

Center for Embodied Performance 
Vancouver, Canada
Raïna von Waldenburg 
Meet Linda Kunt (a drunken social worker), Little Nazi (a baby with a big dong), and Smoker (who invited her?). These and many others live in my head. I know, freaky. But your psyche can explode when your own grandpa sexually abuses you. Hey, I’m Marlene. This is a true story with 12 twats and a harp.  

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Funny / Weird / In Your Face / 30 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Nudity / Smoke Fog

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017
Everybody Dies in December

Broken Turtle Productions 
Ottawa, Canada 
Playwright: Nancy Kenny 
From the creator/performer of Roller Derby Saved My Soul (2014 Pick of the Fringe/Canadian Comedy Award nominee), Everybody Dies in December is a dark comedy about living with death. Literally. Third generation funeral director, Claire, has it easy making friends. It’s not too hard when they don’t talk back.

Outstanding Solo Performance —London Fringe
Best Drama —Atlantic Fringe 
“Both terrific and hypnotizing.” —Vue Weekly (Edmonton)
“A delightfully quirky solo drama.” —the New Ottawa Critics
“Deliciously clever and funny.” —the Coast (Halifax)
“Kenny is a charmer ... undeniably original.” —Montreal Gazette 

This show will be interpreted into ASL for patrons who are Deaf or Heard of Hearing on Thursday, September 14 at 5:10pm at Studio 1398.

Weird / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017

West Moon Theatre 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: David Henry Hwang  
One of the most audacious and thought-provoking plays by Asian American playwright, David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), Bondage deals with issues of race and racial stereotypes by placing a fully disguised man and woman in an S and M parlor playing out sexual games. Directed by Chris Lam (Redcurrant Collective's The Nether).  

Weird / Intense / Shocking / 65 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content


9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017
Bushel and Peck

Alastair Knowles 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: Alastair Knowles & Stephanie Morin-Robert 
Alastair Knowles (of Canadian Comedy Award winning James & Jamesy) and Stephanie Morin-Robert (five-time Best of Fest winner) stage their relationship with wide-eyed wonder and odd innocence.

Winning Best Cast (London) and Best Choreography (Montreal) Bushel and Peck is “the perfect tonic for whatever ails your mind.” —London Free Press 
“A complete original. ... It’s like watching kittens play... weird yet wondrous to watch. ...  Bushel and Peck is a unique, skillful, indescribable, wonderful show. ... A masterpiece.” —Montreal Rampage         

Funny / Weird / Poetic / 75 minutes / All Ages 

9/11/2017 To 9/17/2017