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30-Day Playwriting Challenge

FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS

FREE!

The Halifax Fringe and PARC are proud to partner in a month-long initiative for playwrights who want to try their hand at writing a play! For four Fridays starting September 10th, join PARC’s Artistic Associate, Santiago Guzmán, to discuss specific topics about the craft of playwriting. A weekly presentation will be followed by the opportunity for participants to ask questions and receive support as they undertake their writing!!

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Are You Madeline?

KEVIN JOLLIMORE

Are You Madeline? is a play about making peace with the past before it’s too late. John is a 69 year old man experiencing the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. Stella, his wife of 45 years, is determined to see him through his journey, and to help him touch base with a person he remembers from his distant past, a mysterious woman named Madeline.

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Cornwallis Park: A Work-In-Progress Showing

SHAUNTAY GRANT

This is a sneak peek into new work from playwright Shauntay Grant. In 2018 two young adults watch the removal of the controversial statue of Edward Cornwallis in Halifax.

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The Extinction of Hong Kongers: A Screening (Summerworks Festival 2018 Version)

FREE!

It is 2017, 20 years after the UK handed Hong Kong sovereignty over to China. In a long-lasting see-saw battle between Hong Kong’s democrats and communist China, Hong Kong’s local culture is being slowly eroded day by day.

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Dangerous Lies

TABRAZE SHEIKH

“I’m not racist, but…” Dangerous Lies is an honest and suspenseful true story about growing up as a visible minority post 9/11. Award-winning performer and mind-reader Tabraze Sheikh takes the audience on an intimate and interactive journey of discovering his place in the world, while facing the dangerous lies society thrusted upon him.

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A Dramatic Staging …

JAMES CUMMINS

There may only be 365 days in a calendar year, but packed within each and every year are thousands of days of celebration. Come listen to the strange journey of one person who set out to celebrate and discover more than twenty-two hundred unofficial holidays…

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Driftwood Treehouse

AARON RICHARD LEBLANC

Join James and his brother Will on their treetop adventure with Captain Greybeard as they attempt to break an evil curse and restore their childhood friendship.

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Falling Awake

VANESSA ALLEN AND DANIELLE TONER

Are you a human who occasionally enters a comatose state at spaced out intervals throughout your existence; also known to some as sleep? Well, even if you don’t, this play is for you!

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Gay Garbage

TOM HEARN

Gay Garbage is solo sketch comedy show written and performed by Canadian Comedy Award Winner Tom Hearn. Gay Garbage is an ode to queerness featuring BITING satire, original characters and impressions, musical performances that will leave you gagging…

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Hippoposthumous

LOGAN ROBINS

An immersive outdoor one hippo rap musical. Hippoposthumous is a young hippopotamus living in the Magdalena River in Colombia, misplaced in time and space thanks to an overzealous drug lord and a lot of cocaine.

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A History of the List

JULIA SCHULTZ

Join Jennifer Preamble, PhD, as she takes us on a journey from Ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform lists of fish and birds to Buzzfeed’s Top 10 Cutest Benedict Cumberbatch Moments.

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I Love How They Love the Sun

TROY GINTER

For some people there is a reverence for the bald eagle.  It is special amongst the creatures of earth, and commands respect.

Bad birds.

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An Introduction to Choreopoetry

FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS

Playwright Shauntay Grant leads a workshop on choreopoetry, a form of dramatic expression developed by Ntozake Shange in the 1970s with the creation of her groundbreaking work for the stage ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When The Rainbow Is Enuf’.

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it’s been a while

BARE THEATRE CO.

Part installation, part live performance, it’s been a while asked Fringe audience members to write an open letter to someone they’ve lost touch with. There were no restrictions on what people could write.

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Lakeview:
a live read

TARA THORNE

Lakeview is a queer ensemble comedy about a group of friends whose annual lake house weekend has been cancelled the past few summers by you-know-what.

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LEGacy Interrupted

ERIN BALL

LEGacy Circus (Vanessa Furlong and Erin Ball) has not been in the same space together since the end of 2019. The presentation itself is an exploration and expansion of our last Halifax Fringe Festival piece.

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Magic From the Twilight Lodge

VINCENZO RAVINA

In this unusual magic show, fully vaccinated magician Vincenzo Ravina (as seen on the CW’s hit show, Penn & Teller: Fool Us) will take you into an alternate dimension and show you his collection of weird magical curiosities.

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Making Zines with Colleen

For All Ages

What is a Zine? Short for ‘magazine’, Zines are a great way to express yourself! Learn how to make two different kinds of tiny books with simple materials, to use for comics, stories, poems, art, collages – anything you can think of!

Join Colleen MacIssac at the Bus Stop Theatre where we’ll have materials and supplies provided.

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Mask Making Workshop with Theatre du Poulet

For All Ages

Chun Shing Au and Carmen Lee from Theatre du Poulet will be leading a 3-day Intensive Character Mask workshop from September 10-12th.

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Midnight Baby

JUSTIN SHAW

Midnight Baby is a stand-up comedy experience performed by comedian Justin Shaw. In this hour-long performance, Shaw shares a collection of ridiculous (and painfully true) stories from his adolescence and how they shaped his worldview.

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Mind the Light

GABRIELLE PAPILLON AND AVERY JEAN BRENNAN

On the darkest of nights, in a lighthouse perched on a tiny, rocky island, Azélie-Eustaches Forgues is born prematurely, amidst a turbulent gale, while her lightkeeper father perishes in the storm trying to get to the mainland to fetch a midwife.

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Moe: An Improv Experience

AARON RICHARD LEBLANC
AND BECCA MACLEAN

I am Moe. You are Moe. We are Moe. This is improv. 

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Mr. Wonderful and I

ISAAC MULÈ

MAN and his dog Sheldon have recently moved but never quite got the chance to say goodbye. As MAN settles into his own apartment and starts unpacking, he can’t help but look back on things. 

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My First Heart Attack

JANE KANSAS

Jane Kansas returns to the Halifax Fringe. She had a great debut a few years back, with My Funeral : the dry run. That was followed by My Dead Dad : stories from the front yard, two years ago. 

She couldn’t make it last year because she was too busy having open heart surgery. Her heart attack ended up needing six hospital admissions and about 170 days in Dartmouth General and the QEII. Let her tell you all about it! In fact, just try and stop her.

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Percy’s Personal Playlist

PERCY MULLALLY

Percy’s Personal Mixtape: An Intimate Collection of My Favourite Songs to Sing + Stories & Laughs. Join me, Percy, as I unravel transformative moments in my life, and share my favourite songs along the way. A solo cabaret my eight year old self would be proud of, fulfilling my personal dream of having a live band bend to my every will.

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Prince Andrew
& The Babadook

HEIDI HODGKINSON AND MICHAEL STACK

A double bill! In November 2019, the BBC’s Newsnight arranged an interview between Prince Andrew and presenter Emily Maitlis in which he recounted his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein for the first time.

In The Babadook, Pamela and Tom attempt to watch a movie during lockdown. But will Tom be able to concentrate?

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Salar

KERSTI TACREITER, ALEXIS MILLIGAN, BENN ROSS, CATHY PORTER AND MARY LOUISE BERNARD

“Salar” is an environmental theatre performance about the Atlantic Salmon that inspires a greater awareness of the salmon’s life cycle. 

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Reel Teens – Afternoon Workshop

Workshop for ages 18 and under

A crash course in film with Tara Taylor! Over this afternoon workshop, participants will collaborate to learn the whole film-making process, creating a small one-minute video together. You’ll get an overview in the basics of filming, creating a storyboard, do some video shooting, and then put it all together.

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That Which Lights Your Way: Reflection

BREAKING CIRCUS COLLECTIVE

Breaking Circus presents Reflection, part one of That Which Lights Your Way, a series of experimental mini-performances of contemporary circus. Featuring the creative energies of the Breaking Circus Collective, Reflection provides an abstract analysis of the physics of light through human movement and lightscapes.

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The Shadow: A Live Audio Play

LIONS DEN AUDIO THEATRE

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows…. Before Superman. Before Batman. Before Spiderman. There was The Shadow.  Made a household name due to appearances on classic radio and in the pages of Detective Story Magazine, The Shadow was the first “detective / superhero to thrill audiences of all ages. 

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The Skeleton Dance

ELLA MACDONALD AND EMMA JAMES

Emma and Ella are both determined to die first. Their rivalry brings them through a playful journey, which includes (but is not limited to) skeletons, bubblegum trees, butchers, electrocution, and Peppa Pig. Who will be first to return to the primordial soup?

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To: The Unknown

COLLEEN MACISAAC

TO: THE UNKNOWN encourages us to reach out to people that we don’t know, and make a human connection in any way we can. Come by our stall to send postcards to the unknown and to the known.

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The Water Lover

PATRICK ALLABY

The Water Lover is a hand-drawn slideshow by graphic novelist Patrick Allaby. An ever-shifting work that has been performed and evolving since 2016, The Water Lover chronicles Allaby’s diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes, and the experience of living with chronic illness.

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This Inescapable City

PROBABLY THEATRE COLLECTIVE

This Inescapable City is a poetic sound installation that explores our collective relationship to water, memory, and time. The piece follows three voices: the guide, the water, and the city, and takes listeners into a dreamworld where the lines between past, present and future become blurred.

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Troubling Joy: a Bicycle Puppet Circus

LAURA STINSON AND IAN MCFARLANE

Troubling Joy: a Bicycle Puppet Circus is an original theatre performance that will be toured by bicycle and performed for rural and urban audiences around Nova Scotia in August and September, 2021. This lively circus features a cast of puppets who, in recognizing their discontent with the social structures that dictate how they live, discover the pleasure of change.

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VomBoss

SARAH SMITH

A brand new, darkly comedic thriller about endometriosis. 

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Workshop Video: Build Your Own Shadow Theatre & Puppets! With Theatre du Poulet

Ages 12 and under

Are you eager to go back to the theatre to watch some performances? Why not build one by yourself at home and create a show with your family? Or have a totally new alternative and fun way to hear a bedtime story? It is a very low-cost and eco-friendly way to create your own theatre and shadow puppets 

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Workshop Video: Mask Making with Things at Home!

Ages 12 and under

Have you ever thought of how you can make a fabulous mask from the things in your home? By using plastic containers from the grocery store, aluminum foil from the kitchen, newspapers, and some easy tools at home, you can collaborate those materials into a new thing! It is a very low-cost and eco-friendly way to create your favourite face.

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