Venue 4 – LabO
SUNDAY, JUNE 24
On closing night, the Festival’s best selling shows – one from each of the Fringe’s six lottery venues – will stage a round of encore performances.
Best of Fest winners will be announced online on Friday, June 22, 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.
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
**THE FINAL TWO PERFORMANCES OF THIS SHOW HAVE BEEN CANCELLED**
Jim Loucks’ rollicking solo performance, based loosely on his childhood, told in his Southern storytelling style with songs and humor. Granddaddy was his hero, a big man with a bigger personality, haunted by his days as Chief of Police. As he nears the end of his life, he seeks redemption through teaching his grandson to respect life and to respect himself. A moving tribute to an imperfect hero. Winner- “Best Solo Performance”- Tucson Fringe 2017.
“Loucks has the master storyteller’s art locked.” CRITIC’S PICK Cincinnati CityBeat
“Loucks is an excellent performer, and theatergoers should watch for him in any future shows. The Biscuiteater is recommended for all.” Central Texas Live Theatre
“A powerful piece about guns, death, and dignity.” Arts in LA
Written & Performed by Jim Loucks
Directed & Developed by Lisa Chess
Produced by Deb Loucks
Rylan Schwarze, Mitch Muirhead & Ashley Krawchenko
(F)un. (L)ots of fun. (A) lot of fun. (B)unches of fun. (B)unches and bunches of fun. (E)normous amounts of fun. (R)eally fun. (G)reat fun. (A)mazingly fun. (S)ooooo fun. (T)ooooo fun. (E)verything is fun. (D)on’t come to this show.
Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel: Two French musical icons. They sang songs of romance and heartbreak, and lived lives of drama and passion. This ‘impossible’ concert, featuring internationally-acclaimed singer Melanie Gall, relives their legendary lives and music. 2016, 2017 sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe!
“A beautifully rendered and loving homage, ****” – CBC, ***** – Winnipeg Free Press.
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.”
Women in refrigerators; (WiF) A trope that refers to comic book women who have been depowered, raped, mutilated or murdered in order to fuel the stories of men. Eve knows she is destined for the fridge, and we all expect it. Why do we accept it? In a superhero world, an intimate relationship is a death sentence. The only thing Eve doesn’t know is whether the light stays on when the door is shut.