Venue 1 – Arts Court Theatre

God is a Scottish Drag Queen

Mike Delamont

The most popular one man show on the fringe circuit finally comes to Ottawa! 20 time ‘Best Of The Fest’ winner! 5 STARS “A cross between Dame Edna & Billy Connolly with a dollop of Eddie Izzard!” Times Colonist. 5 STARS “It would be a sin to miss this show!” Winnipeg Free Press. God comes down, in a mauve power suit, to skewer everything from Adam to Sky Diving in an unforgettable night of comedy!


 

 

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2 Sherlock Holmes Adventures

Kenneth Brown & John D Huston from the works of Arthur Conan Doyle

Sold out run: Edmonton Fringe! Vintage fringers, John D. Huston (Screwtape) & Kenneth Brown (Spiral Dive) play everyone in 2 Sherlockian Adventures, the world’s first, finest, sleuthing stories: Holmes, Watson, distressed damsels, perplexed police, scurrilous scoundrels. 75 years of stage-craft on dazzling display in sixty scintillating minutes. “Masters of the Fringe” (Edmonton Sun)


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Destiny, USA

Laura Anne Harris

When Laura moves from Toronto to Syracuse, New York, she wasn’t expecting to be residing in Trump’s America. Gaining her first job as a relay operator for the deaf and hard of hearing reveals the hidden humanity of the American people.

“If you are searching for a relief from modern cynicism and despair, look no further than Destiny U.S.A.” – The Ubyssey

“Harris commands the stage”- Theatre Addicts


Destiny, USA integrates ASL (featuring deaf actors) and closed captioning.


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LIGHTS! CAMERA! ODD JOBS?

Arthur MacKinnon

Join an actor in his quest for a career that goes from acting work to the many odd jobs in between. Stories of acting classes, TV and theatre gigs, interwoven with real life roles such as cherry picker, coin shop employee, and call centre representative, to name a few. Unexpected discoveries and reflections from the work, about acting and life. A journey towards…


 

 

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Pinter Stew

Harold Pinter & Third Wall

Ottawa theatre legends John Koensgen & James Richardson, try to make sense of the world with the words of another theatre legend – Harold Pinter. John directs James, James directs John, Graham Price designs. Where they’ll go nobody knows but they’ll likely end up nuking London. Nobel prize-winning writing performed by award-winning artists. Third Wall at its best! w/ St. Lawrence Shakespeare Fest.


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I AM THE MOST UNFEELING DOCTOR IN THE WORLD (AND OTHER TRUE TALES FROM THE EMERGENCY ROOM)

Melissa Yuan-Innes

Birth, blood & bodies

Have you ever shoved a breathing tube down a man’s throat?
Helped deliver a stranger’s baby?
Hit the OR because someone jumped off a bridge?
If so, awesome. If not—or if you want to compare notes—join Dr. Melissa Yuan-Innes, MD, master of disaster and mistress of distress, for hilarious and heartbreaking true tales of control vs. chaos, based on her popular book of essays, The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World.
More at www.myi.ninja, Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MelissaYiYuanInnes/), and Twitter (@dr_sassy).

Created with support from Ottawa’s Emerging Creators Unit and the Open Doors Mentorship Program.

“A hilariously honest look at life in the emergency room. It’s everything you wanted to ask your doctors, but never had the courage to ask. Melissa finds humour in some of life’s darkest moments and examines how a life in medicine can shape your perspective. It’ll make you want to hug you doctor the next time you see them, but don’t forget to sterilize!” Catherine Ballachey, GCTC Front of House and Education Services Manager/Artist Liaison

“Very refreshing, fun, and playful. Some doctor interactions are strictly clinical, almost like math, in and out. Seeing Melissa joke around makes it not so scary when I go for a Pap.” Amanda Logan, Co-founder, Toasted Theatre Company



This show is Relentlessly honest and therefore not for the faint of heart or stomach. Minimal & strictly voluntary audience participation.
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The Key to Time Travel

Allison Elizabeth Burns

What is the key to time travel? It’s easier than you think. We’re doing it right now. I’m writing this, thinking about you – and now you’re reading it, thinking about me. Present tense, days apart.

The Key to Time Travel is a theatrical contemporary dance duet inspired by the groove, strength, and shapes of Breakdance. It treads the brilliant borderland between reality and magic. The dancers travel through time by dropping memory markers/keys in specific moments in the past, present, and future. They want to know: can we somehow reach people who are here in a different “now”?

Each show will feature an open act choreographed by a different local contemporary dance artist; Geoffrey Dollar (June 13), Alya Graham (June 15), Cathy Kyle (June 16), Sarah Hopkin (June 18), Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson (June 21), and Mizuki Hoshino (June 23).

Critics’ reactions to Allisoneb’s 2017 Ottawa Fringe production:
“It’s unusual to walk into a room and experience beauty, but Do You Want To Live Forever? is an exercise in the sublime […] I was captivated.” – David Currie, Apt613

“Delightful and mesmerizing. Allison Burns is a gorgeous dancer, exemplifying poetry in motion” – Allan Mackey, On Stage

Show credits: Allison Elizabeth Burns – Project Instigator & Choreographer | Amanda Bon, Chelsea Passmore, and Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson – Collaborating Performers | Tristan Henry – Composer and Creator of Original Score | Travis Martin – Writer and Story Consultant | Keir Knight – Choreographic Consultant | Yvonne Coutts – Mentor


The Key to Time Travel (teaser) from Allison Burns on Vimeo.


 

 

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Beneath the Bikini

Katie Thayer

Beneath the Bikini is an award-winning, one woman story telling cabaret about body image and body paint!

In 2013, Katie Thayer started Bikini Advertising Space, a BYOV performance art experience, in which she walks around Orlando Fringe in a bikini, selling ad space on her body. Better known as “Bikini Katie” in Fringe circles, this is her story about growing up not-so-skinny, her love of food, and finding the confidence to start a bikini advertising venture.

In the hour long cabaret, Katie sings about her favorite foods, dressing strangely so peers would make fun of her fashion instead of her weight, and her Grandmother’s fixation with her body, while dementia was slowly starting to take her mind.

Winner: “Best Solo Show- Cabaret” (Orlando Fringe 2018)

The Orlando Weekly says “…Thayer’s quirky, heartfelt cabaret will draw you in… She has an improviser’s command of the stage, and effectively uses movement, songs and visual jokes to break up the monologues… The story is well-realized, with a good balance of laughter and serious moments.”

The Orlando Sentinel says “A good cabaret is one with a respectable performer who knows how to tell an engaging story. Beneath the Bikini is that, and more.”



 

 

This show is largely about body image.
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BEST OF FEST – Arts Court Theatre

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SUNDAY, JUNE 23

On closing night, the Festival’s best selling shows – one from each of the Fringe’s five lottery venues – will stage a round of encore performances.

Best of Fest winners will be announced online on Friday, June 21, with the performances serving as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe. Ticket revenue from these performances are split 50/50 between the artist and the Festival.