2015 Festival Lineup

Over 50 showtimes August 13-23

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Fringe Buttons - $5 
Become a member: this one-time purchase is required to attend festival shows. Buttons are available at the door.
Option 1: Festival Pass - 5 Shows for $40 (plus button)
See any five shows by presenting your pass at the door instead of a ticket. Festival passes are on sale at the door of all shows during the festival, at Fascinating Rhythm (51 Commercial Street), and by clicking on the star.
Option 2: Individual tickets - $12 each (plus button) 
Don't want a festival pass? You can buy advance tickets below, or at the door starting 30 minutes prior to that showtime.

VENUE 1: Harbour City Theatre, upper stage  

To Kill a Hummingbird
DIM Productions (Nanaimo)
Written by Kim Clark & Darryl Knowles
60 minutes | Comedy, Adult

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Will a hummingbird obsession and a new neighbour drive a dysfunctional mother-son duo to murder? Or can Betty White save the day? “Fowl” play ensues in this iridescent laugh-out-loud comedy! This play was incubated, written and hatched right here in Nanaimo.

Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter
Alison Wearing Ink. (Stratford)
Written by Alison Wearing
70 minutes | Comedy, Drama, Adult

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Times Colonist review (Aug 2013)

“This show is a five-star work of heart.”
– CVV Magazine

Based on her bestselling memoir, Alison Wearing’s show tells the story of growing up with a gay father in the 1980s. Balancing intimacy, history, and downright hilarity, this story has won awards across the country and off-Broadway. 

That Robot Seems Happy
XOXOXO (Calgary)
Written by Shawn Hoult
60 minutes | Comedy, 14+ (language & mature themes)

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This is a show about a robot, it is also a show about love, because all shows are kind of about love, except this one has a robot. There are crafts, adventures, a bit of music, an educational interlude, and probably a few surprises, but mostly there is a robot.

5 Hot Women... The Joys of Menopause
Hen Party Productions (Courtenay)
Anne Clarkson & Camille Soper
60 minutes | Comedy, Musical, All Ages

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What do you get when 5 women, of a certain age, going through a certain change, are trapped in a fitness class, during a power outage? You get heat, hormones and hilarity. Come see this original musical written by Camille Soper and Anne Clarkson. It will have you laughing ‘til you pee your pants.

The Actor's Nightmare
Cloth Cap Productions (Nanaimo)
Written By Christopher Durang
35 minutes | Comedy, All Ages

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An accountant finds himself on a stage being forced into a costume to perform in a play he has never rehearsed. So begins a whirlwind of hilarity through the worlds of Noel Coward, Shakespeare, Beckett and others.

How to Fringe

We run a tight schedule. There’s no entry once the show has begun.

Arrive at least 10 minutes early to visit our box office and washroom facilities. There are no intermissions, and we clear the theatre quickly after each performance.

Wear your fringe button! If you forget it you’ll need a new one to get in.

Please note: shows in Venue 2 are not wheelchair accessible

VENUE 2: Harbour City Theatre, lower stage  

The Most Honest Man in the World
Spired Theatre (Richmond)
Written By Andrew Wade
70 minutes | Storytelling, PG

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“A brave experiment, in both theatre and life.”
– Saskatoon Star Phoenix

"It's a wonderful, heartbreaking journey to go on with him.”
- myentertainmentworld.ca

A life-long love story about the pursuit of honesty over all happiness. Andrew Wade builds a working lie detector and straps himself in. Using stories, music, apps, and tap shoes, Wade looks at old relationships and insecurities as he tries to learn how to honestly let go.

Burning Hearts
Seismic Shift Productions (Vancouver)
Written By Brent Hirose
60 minutes | Comedy, Drama, Adult

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"This one-man show is articulately written, with vivid descriptions of every scene and character. Hirose is graceful in his presence and performance. A lovely show" 
- Winnipeg Free Press

When ghosts lose their memories, they wander the city, haunting over its people, searching for the beating of a heart that will remind them of who they used to be. Listen closely, and you just might hear it. Brent Hirose (The Suckerpunch) returns with a fantastic tale of what we leave behind.

Am I a Grownup Yet?
Grayson Morris (Los Angeles)
Written By Grayson Morris
60 minutes | Comedy, Adult

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Mountain Xpress review (Jan 2015)

A one woman show centered around true personal stories and illustrated with cartoons, toy theater, and shadow puppetry. Comedian Grayson Morris uses humor and pathos to explore what it means to be a child-like woman trapped in an adult’s life.

Cyrano A-Go-Go
Minion Productions (Seattle)
Written By Brad McEntire 
60 minutes | Comedy, Storytelling, All Ages

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TheatreJones review (Mar 2015)

A chance encounter with the script leads to one restless artist’s fascination with the swashbuckling play ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’. Presented as old-school oration, McEntire gives a funny, warm meditation on the nature of theatricality, the nobility of personal identity and the hard-won lessons of love. (unrequited and otherwise).

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