As part of a longstanding relationship between The Cultch and The Vancouver International Fringe Festival, The Cultch created the “Cultchivating the Fringe Award”. This unique award is granted once a year to a performance from the Vancouver Fringe Festival that demonstrates a strong potential for further development.
Founded in 2009, the award includes a presentation of the winning production in the following season of The Cultch’s performance series, as well as rehearsal time in The Cultch’s Vancity Culture Lab. The award has been a huge success in providing opportunities for artists to develop their existing work, while providing the community a chance to experience what these performers have to offer.
2018 WINNER: BIG Sister
Rapid Pitch Productions (Vancouver)
A true story—depending on who you ask. A one-woman comedy about the relationship between two sisters and what happens when one of them changes. The real life experience of sister/actor Naomi’s 70-pound weight loss, written through the perspective of younger sibling/writer Deborah. BIG Sister explores a world of evil siblings, fat shaming, and unlikely collaboration.
2017 WINNER: MULTIPLE ORGANISM
Multiple Organism is a genre and gender-bending surrealist comedy for adults (18+) about having a body and how our body is seen by others. Expect bizarre and hilarious nudity using the body as a projection surface, plus colourful shadow puppetry projections, and an original musical soundtrack.
2016 WINNER: THE AFTER AFTER PARTY
Written by Katey Hoffman & Cheyenne Mabberley
May 18th, 2006. Jules and Fiona, best friends and teenage dirtbags, come to their senses in a park after a night for the ages. With little to no memory of how they got there, they discover the antidote to their fireball-induced amnesia: Ritalin. As they piece together the night in order to find out where the After After Party is, they come to terms with the deeds they have done… Absurd. Outrageous. Over-the-top.
2015 WINNER: THE FIGHTING SEASON
Created by Bleeding Heart Theatre
Inspired by his father’s deployment in Afghanistan, Sean Harris Oliver’s searing play investigates the Afghan war through the eyes of a Canadian field medic, a doctor, and a recovery room nurse.
2014 WINNER: DIRTY OLD WOMAN — A WICKEDLY FEARLESS MUST-SEE
Written by Loretta Seto
When Nina, a 50-something-year old, meets Gerry, 20 years her junior, the sparks fly in more ways than one. Judgments, double standards, and comedy ensue, as Nina tries to navigate the dangerous world of dating a younger man.
2013 WINNER: BUTT KAPINSKI — A FILM NOIR MURDER MYSTERY
Created 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.
2012 WINNER: UNDERBELLY — A FEVERED HALLUCINATION INSPIRED BY BURROUGHS AND THE BEATS
Created by Stars And Hearts
Based on the on the myth and impact of Burroughs and The Beats, Jayson McDonald’s tour de force performance and poetic virtuosity take us on a hallucinatory journey of language, imagery, and an entire generation.
2011 WINNER: GRIM AND FISCHER – A DEATHLY COMEDY IN FULL-FACE MASK
Created by Wonderheads
Death meets his match in Mrs. Fischer, a tenacious granny not ready to breathe her last. In this surreal work of imagination and whimsy, one woman’s will to survive takes imaginative flight in a showdown with Death himself!
2010 WINNER: WICKED SHORTS
Presented as part of The Cultch’s 11/12 Season, Wicked Shorts is comprised of four short plays set at a local Vancouver coffee shop:
Matador Love: the blind date you never dreamed would happen to you.
Rendez-Vous: the inner dialogue of a waiter serving helpless couples on date nights.
You’ll Probably Come Back: all about “families, death and nose bleeds.”
Monsters in the Closet: answers the question: Do you tell your date that your father is a Cyclopes?
From playwrights Morwyn Brebner, Kathleen Oliver, Christopher Cook, and Seth Soulstein in a performance from Alley Theatre, directed by Marisa Smith, Wicked Shorts mixes outrageous plots with intriguing characters to deliver a unique journey through romance, comedy and suspense.
2009 WINNER: FISH FACE
Fish Face, as presented in The Cultch’s 10/11 Season, is a tale of healing, forgiveness and above all else, transformation. A young woman, about to be wed, loses her magical ring at sea. In her journey to get it back she finds she must first battle the sea’s evil forces before eventually finding the road to her destiny.
In this one woman show from The Quickening Theatre, playwright and performer Ginette Mohr combines dance, music and puppetry to transform into the six characters that make up Fish Face. Under direction of co-creator Kate Fenton, Ginette creates a magical world of fantasy to awe and inspire adults and children of all ages.