TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

by Erin Scott

Erin Scott, poet and performer, is the mistress of ceremonies (with her own agenda) for an interactive performance investigating truth and the lies we live with.

Come play a game about the power of lies, the truth hidden within the stories we share, and the freedom in accepting consequences. As Bob Barker would say, “I hope your consequences are happy ones”.

Stay after the show for a concert/dance party.




BLACK BOX THEATRE

DATE: Fri. January 11
TIME: 8:00PM

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BLINDSIDE (Vancouver)

by Stéphanie Morin-Robert

In a feat of riveting comedy, one-eyed storytelling champion and cancer survivor Stephanie Morin-Robert recounts her life as a feisty 7 year-old who wields her glass-eye as a superpower.  

In Blindside, a prospector’s recent diamond discovery forces his daughter, a young and sheltered cancer patient with a prosthetic eye, to change schools in the middle of the third grade. While her family members are distracted by their luxurious new lifestyles, she struggles with finding the confidence it takes to face her tormenting bullies at her new school. With the help of her cat, a pair of sunglasses, and an undesirable superpower, she soon discovers that she has what it takes to fight back and come to terms with her disability.
For more about Morin-Robert and Blindside visit the artists website and watch a preview.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Expert physical comedy and impeccable timing.” - CBC
  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Heartwarming reminder of hte power of embracing what makes us unique.”  -Vue Weekly

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Funny, vulnerable, and sweet.  Phenomenal and not to be missed!” -Inside Ottawa

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Morin-Robert’s greatest strength is that she makes you... fall in love with her.  She tells her story with an intoxicating way - bringing the audience to a crescendo of laughter, only to knock the wind out of your sails and have you on the verge of tears.” -Theatre In London

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “A triumph of storytellling. Go. Go. Go.”   -CM Montreal

“We laughed until we cried, and cried until we laughed. -Montreal Times

“Everyone must see this show.” -CTV






BLACK BOX THEATRE

DATE: Wed. January 16
TIME:  8:00PM

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IDEAS BOBERT! (Vancouver)

by Candy Roberts
From award winning creator Candice Roberts comes a clown comedy tour de force. With vintage silent film styling, shadow puppetry, stop motion, animation projections, dance and live music, the world of Ideas Bobert! is rich with magic and creativity.


For more about Candy Roberts visit the artist’s websiteand preview Ideas Bobbert here.

★★★★ “All ages will enjoy the fine clown work of the multi-talented Roberts. Anyone with a curious heart will find theirs aflutter watching Ideas Bobert!”- Winnipeg Free Press

★★★★ Charming and skillfully performed. Putting Ideas Bobert on your list would be a good idea.” -CBC Winnipeg


“That was the best show I’ve ever seen” – Stella Roberts age 6




BLACK BOX THEATRE

DATE: Fri. January 18
TIME: 6:00PM & 7:30PM

DATE: Sat. January 19
TIME:  1:00PM & 2:30PM


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ages 4+

PUPPET SLAM!



Michael V. Smith (as Cookie) hosts an evening of professional and amateur performers doing unusual things with objects.  He can be seen here as a young puppeteer and as the creature he became...

ADULT CONTENT & NUDITY (puppets and people)


Underground puppet slams are popping up everywhere. They feature contemporary short-form puppet and object theater for adult audiences, often late at night in small venues, nightclubs, and art spaces. 



Puppet Slams exist at the nexus of vaudeville, burlesque, and performance art through the intersection of experimental theater, art, music, and dance as a viable alternative to the culturally homogenous digital mass media. If you have a secret life as a puppeteer and want to come out, or an attention-worthy relationship with objects, this is your chance.








BLACK BOX THEATRE

DATE: Sat. January 19
TIME: 9:30PM

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MACBETH MUET  (Montreal)

by La Fille Du Laitier

A soldier loyal to his country encounters three witches on the battlefield that tell him he will be king. Now, Macbeth and his partner in crime, Lady Macbeth, are on a bloody path of ambition, power, and betrayal.


Macbeth Muet completely deconstructs this Shakespeare tragedy into a fast-paced, visceral theatre experience, using the body, objects as imagery, and a ton of fake blood. Entire scenes are reduced to a single look, as Shakespeare’s complex and beautiful poetry is rendered mute and searing. And through it all, a couple is transformed irrevocably. Our Macbeth is a world so devoid of morality or thought and so disposed towards action and results that human lives are as disposable as styrofoam cups. And the excess, the blood, the scraps, the waste, will all be left behind for future kings.
“…inventive and oxygenating…it may break your heart in a way you don’t see coming.”
– New York Times


★★★★ ★ “This is a display of sheer theatrical invention.- 5 STARS, Winnipeg Free Press
“…a brilliant alternative presentation of Shakespeare’s play told through physical theatre and the manipulation of everyday
objects…performers Clara Prévost and Jérémie Francoeur are as impressive as the best young classical actors.”
- NOW Magazine, NNNNN (out of 5)


★★★★ ★“The promise, it seems, is that things are about to get messy – and they do, with crowd-pleasing results…Frenetic, fun and ingenious, Macbeth Muet is killer theatre.”
- CBC Winnipeg (5 STARS)


Winner Best Director - NOW magazine Toronto Fringe awards)
Winner Best Ensemble - NOW magazine Toronto Fringe awards
Winner Best Production - NOW magazine Toronto Fringe awards


For more, check out the  MacBeth Muet trailer andthe La Fille du Laitier website



RCA (MARY IRWIN THEATRE) 


DATE: Sat. January 19 
TIME:  8:00PM

DATE: Sun. January 20
TIME: 8:00PM

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BUSHEL AND PECK (Vancouver)

by Alastair Knowles & Stéphanie Morin-Robert

Alastair Knowles (James & Jamesy) and Stéphanie Morin-Robert (Merkin Sisters / BLINDSIDE) fuse their mastery of comedy and movement as they tear up their performance handbook, touch the untouchable, and are blown away by the uproarious consequences.
Bushel and Peck will boisterously charm your naked heart.

“Brilliant and absurd.  The perfect tonic for whatever ails your mind.”London Free Press

“Visually stunning.” - Montreal Gazette

“With use of simple objects like balloons, a wooden board, a microphone, a light, and collared white shirts, these two performers created magic onstage.” - Miya Abe, Edmonton Fringe Festival

Visit the artists’ website for more about Bushel and Peck




BLACK BOX THEATRE

DATE: Sun. January 20
TIME: 2:00PM

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BUTT KAPINSKI (USA)

by Deanna Fleysher

Think it’s a solo show? Think again. Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a film noir murder mystery. Join Butt in a seedy world of sex, sin, shadows and subterfuge as you take the ride of a full-on interactive comedic experience. Kick reality to the curb! Play in a world of dark dreams and bad similes. ADULTS ONLY.

“This was a remarkable piece of theater, sort of like a foreign language immersion course. Almost everyone in the audience was drawn into this interaction show, and turned in quite incredible improv performances themselves. Don’t miss this limited run – you’ll be kicking yourself if you do.”

—LA Reporter

“You know how laughter sometimes just keeps spooling out of you, like it’s this great, long silken rope and you can’t believe how much of it there is? Like you just sit there helplessly and shake while it keeps unraveling? Kids laugh like that all the time. And that’s how I was laughing when I saw Butt Kapinski, for my second time, at the Cultch last night.”

—Vancouver theatre critic Colin Thomas
“It’s a brave, sometimes terrifying spectacle to have a performer construct a play in conversation with an audience like this, and Fleysher pulls it off beautifully.”

—Vancouver Sun

“To say audience members surrendered themselves wholeheartedly to their roles would be an understatement… Fleysher’s ability to create community in the space of 60 minutes is nothing short of amazing.”
-The Georgia Straight

“* * * * * … a tour de force of character comedy and clowning.” —The UK Independent


“* * * * * Ludicrous, racy and entertaining immersive comedy at its finest.” —Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“* * * * *… Butt Kapinski is not just a show; nor is it just the name of the main character; it could very well be the name of a new type of theatre/comedy style.” —Glamadelaide (full review)

“* * * * * … the kind of ‘make believe’ joy rarely encountered since childhood.” —Fritz Magazine, Adelaide

“* * * * *… Calling Butt Kapinski ‘a one-woman show’ is like calling Wayne Gretsky ‘a hockey player’… I can’t remember when I’ve laughed so hard or so often…”
—Calgary Herald

” * * * * This is not audience participation, this is immersive comedy like you have never experienced. And we love it.”
—Kate Copstick, THE SCOTSMAN




BLACK BOX THEATRE

DATE: Sat. January 26
TIME: 7:30PM

DATE: Sun. January 27
TIME: 8:00PM

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PEPPER PEPPER:
DIVA PRACTICE

by Kajanne Pepper

Being fabulous takes practice! Diva Practice embodies fabulousness by hybridizing drag, technological interventions and contemporary dance.   While blending genres, Diva walks between the worlds of nightlife, dance-theatre, and installation, while also making accomplices of the audience.

For more information, visti the Pepper Pepper project website or preview the show on Vimeo.



BLACK BOX THEATRE

DATE: January 26
TIME:  9PM

PALMYRA (UK)

by Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas

Clowning turned nasty and the crockery started to fly in Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas’s brilliantly conceived, absurd two-hander that takes its name from the much fought over ancient Syrian city. It could be seen as a show about the west’s inability to take action in Syria, but equally read as a metaphor for a personal relationship breakdown. Viciously funny.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“ The duo who created eurohouse shift from comic to tragic in a brilliant piece that reflects on Syria and the breakdown of relationships.”
★★★★ Lyn Gardner
THE GUARDIAN(full review)

“It’s rare to see emerging artists with such a strong signature style...stressful...but subline as well.”
★★★★ Matt Trueman, WHATSONSTAGE(full review)

A strong contender for ‘Best Piece of Political Theatre,’ Edinburgh 2017.” - Andrew Haydon, Postcards from the Gods.

Top 10 shows in London in 2017 - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Winner -Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation, & Playing with Form, 2017Winner - Stockholm Fringe Festival 2017
Grand Prix Winner Mess Festival
Winner ‘Best of Be’ Festival Award

For more, visit the artists’ website

RCA (MARY IRWIN THEATRE)

DATE: Fri. February 1
TIME: 8:00PM

DATE: Sat. February 2
TIME: 8:00PM

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