River Reach, the Shaw family home stands isolated and lonely on the banks of the Ottawa River, its scandals long forgotten. Its sole occupant, the oldest Shaw daughter, guides a group of prospective buyers through its rooms as she reveals her family’s disturbing past. JIG theatre company presents a fictional mystery drama of an early Ottawa family that combines verbatim and found historical texts, storytelling and original dialogue.
The Inventor of All Things (original show listing includes reviews)
On closing night, the Festival’s most popular shows stage a round of encore performances. One show from each of the Festival’s five official venues. All five performances serve as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe, with proceeds split 50-50 between artists and the Festival.
So Leo Szilard is a Jewish Hungarian on the run from the Nazis in London in 1933.
When he has the single scariest idea any human being has ever had.
The Atomic Bomb.
Even worse, the home of Physics then is Berlin.
Which has just become Nazi Berlin.
It is what happens next.
It is a true story.
He was very funny.
And prize-winningly eccentric.
And pretty much no-one has ever heard of him.
Smash hit FringeTour 2015.
“Terrific ” ★★★★★ – StarPhoenix
“Superb” ★★★★ 1/2 stars – Edmonton Sun.
“Magnetic, mesmerising” – CBC
“The unbelievable true story of Hungarian-American physicist and inventor Leo Szilard… Jem Rolls is dynamic, funny, and passionate …proves that truth is stranger than fiction in this incredibly entertaining and engaging story … reminiscent of a party guest telling a story over dinner… It is my belief that his story has enriched my life.“ – Apartment 613, June 2015
“A Gem of a performance!… Rolls turns the life story of this incredible human being, who escaped the Nazis, into the masterful adventure of a superhero. The range of his delivery is enormous and it is this playful delivery that stimulates our attention and keeps us glued for a whole hour.” -Alvina Ruprecht, Capital Critics Circle, June 2015.
“Beloved performer” – Montreal Gazette, June 2015
A big story of a little man in big times.
Xave Ruth writes comedic songs about love, robots, bicycles, science, people named Steve, and two or three other things. Math teacher by day, his teacherly impulses creep into his show in the form of games, crafts, audience participation, and math-music-pattern-experiments. Come hear some music, laugh some laughs, and play some bingo!
Sachie Mikawa & George Lewis
Through the eyes of a giant talking Fish, a magical encounter of two girls across time and oceans tells a story of an eccentric family and incredible natural disaster in Japan. A multimedia one-woman theatrical show deeply inspired by the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami.
“IDIOSYNCRATIC GENIUS” -The Scotsman
Let Movin’ Melvin Brown take you on a Musical journey (50’s-90’s) through his incredible life. Best described as ‘The last of the great Song & Dance Men’, his award-winning entertainment career spans 5 decades of singing, tap-dancing, storytelling & laughing with the best.
“Exceptional, sheer brilliance.” -Scotsman
★★★★★ “It’s a rare treat.” -The Age
“Brown was born to perform.” ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby
He was a feature artist at Oprah Winfrey’s birthday party for Maya Angelou, he opened for Harry Connick Jr on his Australian tour, he’s appeared with legends such as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson and James Brown – and now he’s coming to Ottawa!
A Man, A Magic, A Music has received five star reviews and sold out performances in main Arts Festivals around the world from Edinburgh to Adelaide, Avignon, Brighton, Hong Kong, Macau, Seattle, Edmonton… it’s a rare treat not to be missed!
Winner ‘People’s choice’ award in Vancouver.
“I urge you to go see this show.” -Annie Leo, Rip It Up Magazine
“This guy is beautiful. One of the best nights out possible.” -Steve Jones, dB magazine
Doctor Who is about to face his greatest challenge: his number one fan.
Rob Lloyd (BBC America’s Doctor Who: Earth Conquest) is putting The Doctor on trial. Is Doctor Who (the television show) guilty of inciting in Rob a debilitating obsession, or has it shaped him into a well-rounded, mentally-sound member of society?
“A great show.” Terrance Dicks (Script Editor of Doctor Who 1969 to 1974)
“A truly funny man.” Katy Manning (Jo Grant. Doctor Who 1971 to 1973)
A chronically-single guy takes a trip around the world hoping to change his luck with love. An unflinching look at how men feel about sex, love, marriage, and massage parlors. Adult language and adult situations, including a visit to The Curious Finger Body Spa.
“Fun to watch. Four stars.” -Winnipeg FreePress
“Literary” “Raw” -DCMetroTheaterArts
“Sharply funny…a quality solo show.” -FringeReview
Writer-performer Randy Ross is the author of the comedy novel, “God Bless Cambodia.” In 2007, Ross took a trip around the world and learned to say in three languages: “Speak English?” “Got Pepto-Bismol?” and “Where is evacuation helicopter?” The trip inspired his novel and one-man show, which has been featured at fringe festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Award winning storyteller Carlyn Rhamey shares the trials and triumphs of growing up a little bit “special” and embracing what makes us different!
“Awkward”, “self-deprecating” but very “charming” Carlyn invites you into her world of chaos, creativity and combat with her mind.
“Rhamey’s energy output… could supply Arts Court with power for a week…a fantastic physical performer.” -Apt613
In this hilarious prequel to the Bible, God has a universe to create, and he is running late. If that weren’t bad enough, He has ADHD! Join the addled Creator in the Void and get a “miraculous” look at your Universe in the instant between “Let There Be…” and “Light.”
“A Comedic Hurricane!” -Washington DCMetroTheaterArts
“Quality Entertainment!” -Washington DC City Paper