A drawing of a jar of tomatoes, green leaves grow outside it. A tooth and a finger lie next to it. Grey background

The Remembering

Created by Billie Nell | Produced by Nell Creations | Origin: Ottawa, Canada
Venue 2 – ODD Box
12 + fees

Show Details

The discovery of a tooth in a tomato garden begins a chilling spiral into this trans, autistic reimagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This new work of contemporary, queer horror by acclaimed spoken word artist, Billie Nell, melds Gothic fiction, theatre, and poetry in an excavation of late autism diagnosis and interrogation of what one finds when you hold a shovel to your own stomach…

Content Notes

This show contains themes of gender dysphoria, depression, and mental health trauma as it relates to autistic masking. There are discussions of amputation and the use of phantom limb as a metaphor. There is some gory literary imagery and descriptions of acts such as dismemberment.

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  • Thursday, June 15th8:00pm
  • Saturday, June 17th9:30pm
  • Sunday, June 18th4:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 21st7:30pm
  • Friday, June 23rd6:30pm
  • Saturday, June 24th11:00pm
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Praise for Nell in GCTC’s Forever Young: A Ghetto Story

“standout performance” Ottawa Citizen

“Billie Nell was outstanding in the role of Joshua … [Their] performance was phenomenal … [they] are a genuine artist and expert in [their] craft” Covert Ottawa Guy

“[a] passionate, heartfelt performance” Broadway World Ottawa

“Nell elevated Joshua to be one of the most unique characters out of the cast” The Charlatan

Created and performed by: Billie Nell

Director: Ludmylla Reis

Stage manager: Kat Brett

Set designer: Patrice-Ann Forbes

Costume designer: Vanessa Imeson

Sound designer: Charlotte Stewart-Juby

Illustration: Shawn Philip Hunsdale

Special thanks to Deborah James and Lilies’ Guilt Productions for creative collaboration and script development.

*June 21st Reduced Capacity performance

*Masking required for this production. 

4 responses to “The Remembering

  1. I loved this! I felt so much of Billie’s emotion through their performance. Your performance was powerful. Thank you for sharing your story

  2. Nell set an impossibly high bar for Fringe when I saw The Remembering as my first show this year.

    Solo shows are a hard sell, but Nell brought intensity and skill to a sharp edge in this show. They shared trans and neurodivergent experiences with the backdrop of a story we can reasonably look at as part of the cultural backdrop, bringing a shared language to something so many people don’t understand, and doing it in an emotional, powerful way.

    I can’t ignore that the set piece is a second character in and of itself, and is used beautifully to ground the entire performance. The minimal nature of Fringe is rarely used as well as Nell used it here.

    Beautifully, beautifully done.

  3. This is the most powerful show I have seen this fringe. It is unsettling, dark, and well told. I absolutely loved this show. Please go see this, everyone show experience this type of storytelling and THIS is the perfect example of what a solo performance can look like. Spectacular.

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