James Bond was my boyhood hero but I didn’t become a spy. Really. So why is a superpower trying to mess with me? Find out in the iNSAne, action-packed true story of a British
secret agent comic’s exploits in cybersecurity, border security and job insecurity on a simple MI5sion impossible of high-altitude stakes, fake nations & improvised murder.
“Hugely talented, a cut above most storytellers” – CBC
**THE FINAL TWO PERFORMANCES OF THIS SHOW HAVE BEEN CANCELLED**
Jim Loucks’ rollicking solo performance, based loosely on his childhood, told in his Southern storytelling style with songs and humor. Granddaddy was his hero, a big man with a bigger personality, haunted by his days as Chief of Police. As he nears the end of his life, he seeks redemption through teaching his grandson to respect life and to respect himself. A moving tribute to an imperfect hero. Winner- “Best Solo Performance”- Tucson Fringe 2017.
“Loucks has the master storyteller’s art locked.” CRITIC’S PICK Cincinnati CityBeat
“Loucks is an excellent performer, and theatergoers should watch for him in any future shows. The Biscuiteater is recommended for all.” Central Texas Live Theatre
“A powerful piece about guns, death, and dignity.” Arts in LA
Written & Performed by Jim Loucks
Directed & Developed by Lisa Chess
Produced by Deb Loucks
The British comedian, storyteller and Fringe favourite returns with tales of juvenile delinquency; physical, fast-paced, hilarious storytelling with a car crash and plenty of tangents.
OUTSTANDING COMEDY: 2009, 2011
“Part Rik Mayall, Eric Idle and Eddie Izzard, bellowing British comedy-actor Jimmy Hogg whips around the stage like an excitable Labrador puppy. Hysterically tangential.” – Now Toronto
A woman confined in purgatory grapples with fractured memories of her life. Inspired by the work of avant-garde filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist Maya Deren, Becoming delves into a stream of consciousness exploration of our identities and their ongoing metamorphosis of continued motion through discontinued space. Developed at the Emerging Creators Unit at Buddies. Directed by Liz Peterson.
Photo credit: Dahlia Katz
Janice Israeloff & Michael Smith
Comedian and Recreation Therapist Janice Israeloff shares stories of the horror and joy of aging: a geriatric survivor’s guide drawn from personal experiences of growing old while providing therapy for very old people with Alzheimer’s. Be prepared to laugh and cry. BYOAD (Bring Your Own Adult Diapers).
“…a stand-and-deliver approach…moving, funny and uplifting…” – Gary Smith, Hamilton Spectator.
A romantic comedy with a big heart on. Computer dating in your 50’s sucks and blows but sometimes that’s a good thing. Join our hero on his journey of surviving and celebrating love, sex, distance, kinda open relationships, and dad bods. Losing yourself and finding what you really want? That’s a reason to swipe right.
3 reasons why you should come and see DATING MYSELF:
1) Where else can you laugh at a naked, grown man with a less than perfect body and not feel like an asshole?
2) Because we’ve all been confused about love, sex, relationships, middle age, distance relationships or internet dating. If you’ve never been confused by any of these things, then go see one of the other awesome fringe shows, this one will confuse you.
3) Because neurotic, big-hearted, romantic comedies are awesome.
Warning: contains nudity.
Meet Nakota. A young boy who is trying to write the greatest story ever. One day, his grandfather, 103-year-old Rocko, comes over for a visit. Next thing Nakota knows, he is whisked away into a world of stories that are right below his feet. Within the land. This show explores the interplay between stories of the present against the long forgotten stories of the past.
There is a lot of MAL in the world right now but Susan is here to save the day! She will cleanse your soul, give you a spiritual enema, and teach you the secret to LOVE. Her lover “Toothless JOE” is scheduled to make an appearance. She was hoping he would have a job by now but it looks like the magic man only has tricks for you Ottawa! The creator of S#!t I’m In Love With You Again & JOE: The Perfect Man brings you a brand new comedy about the good the bad and the ugly .
“Elie is a charming performer, with a veteran’s stage presence.” – Broadway Baby
“the love child of Carol Burnett and Lenny Bruce.” – Show Score
“…Brilliant performer full of character and charm..” – Three Weeks
“Elie is especially skilled at setting you up with a warm smile and an “awwww”-inducing story only to yank the carpet from under you.” – The Ottawa Citizen
“Rachelle Elie is the consummate performer.” – Capital Critics Circle
“Rachelle Elie has incredible energy..” – On Stage,Ottawa
“…Elie brings buckets of cheeky playfulness and a mischievous twinkle in her eye.” – Three Weeks
Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel: Two French musical icons. They sang songs of romance and heartbreak, and lived lives of drama and passion. This ‘impossible’ concert, featuring internationally-acclaimed singer Melanie Gall, relives their legendary lives and music. 2016, 2017 sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe!
“A beautifully rendered and loving homage, ****” – CBC, ***** – Winnipeg Free Press.
A TWO WOMEN PRODUCTION
Created and performed by Marta Singh
Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1983. The military dictatorship has fallen. Headlines herald “The End of Fear.” Meanwhile, the geography teacher at a private English-speaking school is not replaced with the advent of democracy. Her reign of terror is legendary. Under her rule students turn against themselves and against each other, but two kids shunned for their otherness are about to earn the power to bring on the unthinkable.
From the creator and producer of Landscapes of Silence and A Dubious Blessing, comes the true-to-life story of a grade 10 classroom at an incredible time of change. It is the tale of a nation’s dream, of two unlikely heroes – and of a storyteller who, once upon a time, did not know how to think.
Praise for LANDSCAPES OF SILENCE and A DUBIOUS BLESSING:
“It’s theatre in its most essential form. It upholds the oral tradition of telling our history. It’s drama, it’s excitement. It’s a one-woman show of performance art filled with enchantment, beauty, humour and tragedy. It’s movement, gesture and the persuasive power of the human voice.”
“Words dropped in beauty. Here expressiveness is unique. Marta’s voice is her and hers only.”
“It was as if the audience was collectively holding its breath.”
“Marta Singh! So beyond entertainment!”
“More real than the chair I was sitting on!”
“Absolutely mesmerizing! Marta draws one in to her stories like thirst draws one to drink.”