Venue 2 – Academic Hall
BEST OF FEST (Academic Hall) – Best of Fest winners will be announced online on Friday, June 16, with the performances serving as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe.
Could a common cold really have changed the course of history? At the 1812 Battle of Borodino, Napoleon has a lot on his mind while trying defeat the Russians. If only he could stop sneezing! Soon he must seek help from the unlikeliest of places: his loyal (but bumbling) valet, Claude Pagaille. Join our reluctant hero in this hilarious blast from the distant past.
James & Jamesy
“I CANNOT THINK OF A SHOW THAT WILL LEAVE YOU MORE PROFOUNDLY HAPPY THAN THIS” (Stage Door).
England’s 16-time BEST-OF-FEST winners, 3-time recipients of London’s IMPRESARIO Award, and 2016 Canadian Comedy Award winners, James & Jamesy accidentally flood the world with tea, clinging to their friendship and imagination to stay afloat. “One of the most popular Fringe duos ever” CBC.
★★★★★ “Outrageously funny, magnificently written.” -London Free Press
★★★★★ “Anything is possible.” -Torontoist
★★★★★ “An irresistible delight.” -Stage Door
Everyone has secrets, some are just dirtier than others. Inspired by Agatha Christie, ten strangers are lured to the middle of the Nevada desert to shoot a porno film with the promise of a huge payload. Little do they know they’ve been marked, not for their taste in entertainment, but for their taste for murder. Trapped by an erotic artist with a lust for blood, will any of them come out alive?
A BETTER PLAY THAN HAMLET is the keynote speech about Shakespeare’s play by a professor who, like the subject of his discourse, may or may not be going insane.
Written by LORNE ELLIOTT, performed by RICK COUSINS.
Lorne Elliott is unable to attend this year’s Ottawa Fringe in person, but has found a logical choice to play the part of a possibly insane professor–Rick Cousins, the fringiest member of the fringes of Ottawa’s fringe scene. “Typecasting,” says Rick. “You owe me one, buddy,” says Lorne. “Touché,” Rick replies, “Think anyone’ll notice the difference between a Canadian celebrity like you and a nobody like me?” “If they don’t, they’d have to be blind and deaf,” is Lorne’s all-too-honest answer. “So the secret is to keep the lights down low and hand out earplugs at the door…?” asks Rick. Lorne’s reply to THAT cannot be printed here.
Bert V. Royal
Poor CB. His best friend is a stoner; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. And his dog has died! But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits.
Set on a mystical island, ROUGH MAGIC is a play that follows the innocent beginnings and volatile consequences of a relationship between two unlikely beings: Ariel, an airy sprite; and Caliban, a ground-dwelling mortal. An intricate weaving of theatre, aerial work and music, the show confronts ideas of freedom and otherness through a story inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Playwright: Phillip Psutka
Director: Kevin Hammond*
Cast: Lindsay Bellaire, Phillip Psutka
Fight Director: Phillip Psutka
Aerial Choreography: Lindsay Bellaire
Stage Manager: Lisa Sciannella
Composer: Rachel C. Léger
Costume Designer: Lisa Magill
Lighting Designer: Lisa Sciannella
*Appears by permission of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. This production is engaged under a CAEA Festival Policy.
FROM THE CREATORS OF WEIRD
WINNER: Cutting-Edge Award (2016 Toronto Fringe Festival)
WINNER: Best of Fest Award (2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival)
Shortlisted for Critics’ Pick (2015 Capital Critics’ Circle)
★★★★★ “A play in a thousand and definitely not to be missed!” -Capital Critics’ Circle (Ottawa)
★★★★★ “Absolutely exquisite and mind blowing in its execution.” -My Entertainment World (Toronto)
NNNN “One of the most memorable shows at the Fest.” -NOW Magazine (Toronto)
Quest Friends Forever
Join us for an amazing adventure, the like of which will never be seen again! Literally. Quest Friends Forever is a completely improvised Fantasy Adventure based on the classic Role Playing Game: Dungeons & Dragons! The audience will control the story by rolling dice to aid (or hinder) the heroes. Will good prevail or will evil reign? It’ll be funny, it’ll be heartfelt and it. Will. Be. EPIC.
Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre
A loving family of toys finally get a house of their own. But then they meet Marchpane, a nasty doll who always gets her own way. With live music, a gorgeous, detailed dollhouse, and a video camera that brings the audience in for close-ups. Tottie is a loving little wooden doll who lives with her family in a shoebox. The doll family are owned by two sisters, Emily and Charlotte, and are very happy, except for one thing: they long for a proper home. To their delight, their wish comes true when Emily and Charlotte fix up a Victorian dolls’ house – just for them. It’s perfect. But then a new arrival starts to wreak havoc in the dolls’ house. For Marchpane might be a wonderfully beautiful doll, but she is also terribly cruel. And she always gets her own way . . .
“But what it is about is loyalty, betrayal, courage, vanity and folly, within a story as beautifully and finely worked as the tiny tapestry chairs the dolls sit on in their lovely new house. Their happiness is shattered by the arrival of one of the house’s original residents. Unlike Tottie, however, she is a very grand doll, made of kid and china and clothed in lace.” “Marchpane is a heavy, sweet, sticky stuff like almond icing,” explains Tottie to Apple. “You very quickly have enough of it. It was a good name for her.”
Marchpane drives a wedge between Emily, who wants to turn the whole house over to Marchpane and make the other dolls her servants, and the younger Charlotte, who struggles to articulate her sense of injustice until the tragedy of Birdie’s death reveals the truth.
“So you see, it’s not about dolls at all – it’s as neat a portrait of humanity as you could ever wish.” -Lucy Mangan, The Guardian
From the book by Rumer Godden
From the producers of Gatineau River Reel and A Fiddlers’ History of Canada! History comes alive when Thomas D’Arcy McGee moves into Mrs. Trotter’s boarding house on Sparks Street. There to help forge a vision of Confederation, McGee is horrified to learn that his new lodgings are home to a boisterous group of young fiddlers who meet for their weekly practices. As he learns to appreciate their music and energy, the children offer McGee an important lesson about the real meaning of community. Blending history and fiction, music and drama, this play will have your toes tapping and heart singing.
Perfect for all ages!