Storytelling

Banned In The USA

Gerard Harris

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

A Brief History of Petty Crime

Jimmy Hogg

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

Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land

Josh Languedoc

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.

The Geography Teacher’s Orders

Marta Singh

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.”

NEW WORK

How to Get Over a Guy in 723 Days (and Other Useful Things I Learned from Afghanistan, the Dildo Dory Grill, and PTSD)

Judy Reid

Breaking up is hard to do. Breaking up after working in Afghanistan for four years and dealing with weird PTSD symptoms like crying whenever you hear Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” is just waaaaay harder. Newbie improv/sketch student and performer Judy Reid tells her (mostly) funny story of packing up her motorcycle and heading to Newfoundland, coping with crying jags, freaking out on public transit, and paying good money for shitty under-eye concealer while trying to find her way back to normal… and maybe even discovering something better along the way. Turns out that panicking on stage = less freaking out in life.

Half the profits from this show will be donated to Ottawa’s Improv Embassy to create an “Intro to Improv” class for people dealing with PTSD and anxiety.

NEW WORK

Drunk Girl

Thea Fitz-James

A mix of theatre & storytelling, Drunk Girl explores the intimacy, terror and celebration of women who drink. We follow 2 enigmatic characters, asking why so many smart, high-achieving women love a drink or 10. Drunk Girl is that moment the party takes a turn, a rollercoaster of calorie-counting keg parties and false feminisms. Is the drunk girl a contemporary crisis or radical feminist?

CLIT WIT!

Colette Kendall

From the 3X Canadian Comedy Award Nominated creator of THE COCKWHISPERER-A Love Story comes CLIT WIT-A Feminist Rude Awakening! A shoddy at best feminist navigates a life of CCM bikes, novelty t-shirts, middle-age, love at first sight and other similar nightmares.

“A fearless performer, her candor is often shocking but it’s also hilarious” – Georgia Straight

“A Masterful storyteller” – 5 Stars Ed Sun

NEW WORK

This is Step One

Jess McAuley

Jess has it all together… at least that’s what she wants you to think. After an accidental and horrifying blast from the past, Jess begins to recount her less than virtuous teen and young adult life. We are what we remember, and what Jess remembers isn’t the greatest picture. But time heals all things… right?

Unashamed, unabashed, and unapologetic, Jess is ready to take you on a journey of what *really* happened – and it’s gonna be dirty. She’s ready for the first steps of recovery.

NEW WORK