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Ottawa Fringe Festival


The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy

  • 60m
  • G
  • $8.85

Valley Wind Productions · Ottawa, ON

by Allan Mackey —

The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy is the branch of the Canadian Government that deals with unexplained stuff and things you don’t get to know about. When an average day is anything from battling university-manufactured velociraptors to tracking down a missing cat, the first thing to learn is: Keep Calm and Investigate.


  • Saturday, June 22nd 4:30pm
  • Sunday, June 23rd 12:00pm
  • Monday, June 24th 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 26th 10:00pm
  • Saturday, June 29th 7:30pm
  • Sunday, June 30th 4:30pm

Venue 4 – Studio Léonard-Beaulne

Map of Venue


  1. Ott

    Caught with their pants down…literally

    An funny premise: secret government department which is a cross between the X files and Men In Black, but faces being shit down because of a tyranical PM who is more worried about publicity than about national interest. I enjoyed the one line reference to the arts under the current regime. Sadly, in the 50 min production, that was one of about 5 lines I enjoyed.
    I’ll admit that the production was not about deep dialogue, but more than 5 amusing lines (that’s 1 every 10 mins) would be nice.

    Production wise, I only saw about half the show, as the other half is pre-recorded and played back through the speakers during the set change black-outs. Which is an effective way to keep the story moving through the blackouts. However, the set changes were too long. While some of that will tighten up during the run, and the errors which were made will be corrected with practice, there will still be a lot of the dialogue occuring without actors.

    The story is (intensionally?) strange, like Sci-fi goes on an acid trip. There are plenty of similarly strange shows at Fringe, but I don’t think all (or even many) of the choices made by the production were helpful. Why can I see skin of the female leads (not unattractive) buttocks in the first scene? Is this set in a version of our own Canada (and the prime minister is actually Steven Harper…is that why we are looking for a cat)? How come the chief of staff is the leader of the World everywhere except Canada?
    Maybe I’m overthinking things, but there were too many unanswered questions for me.

    The production has, however, been well attended and I’ve heard good comments from other people who saw it. This can only attributable to the actors, who breath life into a script with holes large enough to house a space badger. The actors were not able to make me feel interested or invested in the story or characters in any way, but were certainly enough to keep my bottom in my seat for the full 50 odd mins. Placed in a hostile environment, with a non-sense plot line and little explaination or emotional arc, no wings and having long set changes, they do perform admirably.

    As an evening show with friends after a drink in the courtyard, I would likely find it enjoyable. Otherwise, it would not be my first choice…although 2 nearly sold-out audiences seem to disagree with me.

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