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Goblin Market | Oct 3 – 14 | York Theatre
The Dust Palace (New Zealand)
Eat fruit. Love lust. An adults only, contemporary circus retelling following two sisters, their temptation, sacrifice, and salvation. Delicious circus precariously balanced with gritty performances and candid storytelling.
The draw: New Zealand’s premier circus theatre company makes its Vancouver debut!
Hot Brown Honey | Jan 9 – 20 | York Theatre
Briefs Factory (Australia)
Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat, delivering lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment in the smash-hit that took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm. Packing a punch of Hip Hop politics, the Honeys will make you laugh, cry, clap and shake what your mama gave you. This stellar posse of phenomenal women make noise as they defiantly smash stereotypes and remix the system. Fighting The Power Never Tasted So Sweet.
The draw: “Fierce…here to make noise and to re-educate the patriarchal, colonial masses” — The Pantograph Punch, NZ
Underland | Feb 6 – 17 | York Theatre
Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Calgary)
The Old Trouts break the Sacred Covenant of the Bohemians to tell the truth about what it’s really like backstage at a puppet show: a looking-glass world, an unending tea party, where apparitions shimmer in clouds of smoke. Which is to say: Wonderland, before Alice arrives. “Take care of yourself,” screamed the White Queen …“Something’s going to happen!”
The draw: “One of the most vital and vibrant puppet companies in the world” — The Calgary Sun
Little Dickens: The Daisy Theatre | Dec 5 – 22 | Historic Theatre
Ronnie Burkett (Toronto)
In Ronnie Burkett’s Little Dickens, the cast of The Daisy Theatre take on the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, in the merriest marionette mash-up ever. Faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, plays the role of miserly, drunken, bitter Esmé Scrooge, encountering all your Daisy favourites (as Dickens’ familiar characters!) on her journey to redemption.
The draw: A raucous, adults-only holiday treat, Little Dickens features The Daisy Theatre’s most iconic and beloved character, Schnitzel, as Tiny Tim in a special premiere event for The Cultch.
1 Hour Photo | Oct 3 – 15 | Historic Theatre
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver)
Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, this is the story of Mas Yamamoto, whose life was swept up by the currents of the 20th century. From growing up in a village on the Fraser, to being imprisoned at a World War II Japanese Canadian internment camp, to guarding the Canadian Arctic against Soviets during the Cold War, 1 Hour Photo is a moving portrait saturated with the colours of our times.
The draw: A world premiere from the creators of the smash hit Empire of the Son!
The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius | Nov 22 – Dec 3 | Historic Theatre
Rumble Theatre (Vancouver)
Five actors perform a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus that one of them has penned…but they sometimes forget their lines, or they say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. Audaciously satirical and physical, Titus Bouffonius offers a lumpy, stumpy, disorienting look at violence, revenge, and broken baby dolls.
The draw: A new play by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy
No Foreigners | Feb 7 – 17 | Vancity Culture Lab
Hong Kong Exile (Vancouver) + fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto). In association with Theatre Conspiracy (Vancouver)
Shopping malls become a portal into surreal worlds that carry the nuanced stories of loss and resilience from the Chinese diaspora. This multimedia performance investigates malls as racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash where fashion, food, and commodity tether communities to a vital sense of home.
The draw: Ground-breaking Vancouver interdisciplinary artists collaborate with Governor General’s Award-winning playwright David Yee.
East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves | Nov 29 – Jan 6 | York Theatre
Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)
The Panto is back with an outrageous take on Snow White. In this East Van telling, our hero flees the Queen of North Vancouver across the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and straight into the madness of the PNE, where she dances with Superdogs, takes a ride on the Coaster, and befriends washed up 80s rock stars “The Seven Dwarves.” Pure Panto hilarity ensues as they do everything they can to escape the Queen’s wicked clutches.
The draw: Panto favourites Allan Zinyk and Dawn Petten return!
Pss Pss | Feb 20 – Mar 4 | York Theatre
Baccalà Compagnia (Switzerland)
Inspired by Chaplin and Keaton, Baccalà’s enthralling physicality and exquisite expression has been delighting audiences the world over. A breathtaking pas de deux of mishaps and acrobatics, you’ll be laughing long after you leave the theatre.
The draw: Winner of 13 international prizes, including the Cirque du Soleil prize, you’ve never seen anything like it.
Encounter | Oct 17 – 22 | York Theatre
SINDHOOR/NATYAVEDA – Navarasa Dance Theater (India/USA)
Presented with Diwali in BC. The best physical theatre out of India, Encounter delves into the struggles and challenges of the indigenous communities of India through an explosive fusion of dance and theatre.
The draw: Acrobatics and original music in a tribute to indigenous people’s history around the world.
I’m Not Here | Jan 24 – 28 | Historic Theatre
THEATREclub (Ireland) | Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Doireann is here and she wants to check if a few things are working. She’s going to be doing a couple of songs, a couple of poems, and maybe a few stories. She’s going to be doing a duet with her brother. He’s not here. She’s here. You’re here. Thanks very much for being here.
The draw: “Taking conventional notions of theatre and its audience and shoving them back in our faces, with a few expletives thrown in” — The Irish Independent
Dublin Oldschool | Jan 30 – Feb 3 | Historic Theatre
Project Arts Centre (Ireland). Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
Join Jason, a wannabe DJ on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin. Somewhere between the DJs, decks, and drug busts, he stumbles across his brother Daniel, an educated, homeless addict, living on the streets. The brothers haven’t seen or spoken to each other in three years but over a lost weekend they reconnect and reminisce over tunes, trips, their history and city. But how long can this buzz last?
The draw: “★★★★ Rap, rave music and blistering energy in a chemically enhanced Irish two-hander” — The List
World Without Us | Apr 17 – 29 | Historic Theatre
Ontroerend Goed, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Vooruit, Richard Jordan Productions in association with Summerhall and Big in Belgium. A Scotsman Fringe First winner.
Ontroerend Goed, creators of Fight Night, bring us a new piece about the end of humanity and what comes after: no more talk about the old days, about what’s possible. No more words. A world without us.
The draw: “A poignant premonition of eco-disaster” — The Guardian, UK
The History of the World Based on Banalities | Apr 25 – May 5 | York Theatre
Kopergietery and Richard Jordan Productions in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Summerhall and Big in Belgium.
A youngster decides to look after his mother in the last months of her life. Starting from run-of-the-mill situations and objects, he embarks on a quirky voyage through her past and that of the world.
The draw: Titus De Voogdt, from TV series The Missing, stars in this Scotsman Fringe First winner
Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan | Oct 20 – Nov 4 | Vancity Culture Lab
Dipti Mehta (New York) | Presented with Diwali in BC.
Award-winning actress Dipti Mehta’s acclaimed solo show visits India’s red light district where we meet the eunuch, priest, pimp, mother and daughter who call it home. A fun and poignant look at the dangerous life of Mumbai’s real-life brothels and why they exist.
The draw: “Memoirs of a Geisha” meets “Slumdog Millionaire”
Black Boys | Jan 16 – 20 | Historic Theatre
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre/Saga Collectif (Toronto). Presented with Zee Zee Theatre.
A raw, intimate, and timely exploration of queer male Blackness. Three individuals seek a deeper understanding of themselves, of each other, and of how they encounter the world, subverting the ways in which gender, sexuality, and race are performed.
The draw: “A unique point of view and the guts to make it heard” —The Toronto Star
Broken Tailbone | Feb 13 – 24 | Historic Theatre
Celebrated writer and performer Carmen Aguirre leads a Latin American dance lesson that flows into Carmen’s remarkable stories of intimacy, politics, culture, and the forgotten origins of the salsa. Explore the hidden dance halls in Canada while DJ Don Pedro creates an irresistible musical scene that will get even the most reluctant dancer up on her feet!
The draw: Daring, sexy, and fun – listen, move, and be moved!
Butcher | Mar 20 – 31 | Historic Theatre
Prime Cuts Collective (Vancouver)In Nicolas Billon’s Butcher, an old man in a strange uniform is dropped off at a police station at 3 a.m. on Christmas Eve. He refuses to speak English, and has a meat hook dangling from his neck. Impaled on the hook is the business card of a local lawyer and the words “Arrest Me.” Haunted by events a world away, a victim confronts the perpetrator of a war crime in a struggle for truth.
The draw: “★★★★ Can a play about torture be too entertaining?” — The Globe and Mail
The Explanation | Apr 17 – 29 | Vancity Culture Lab
the frank theatre company (Vancouver)
Two heterosexual men – one of whom likes to dress in women’s clothes – just happen to fall in love with one another. An exploration of the constructs we adopt to make our own realities and ways of imagining a life that’s not only endurable but quite possibly magical.
The draw: James Fagan Tait’s chamber play – punctuated by Noam Gagnon’s choreographed movement – is a playful exploration of the fluidity of gender and sexual identity.
The After After Party | Mar 6 – 17 | Vancity Culture Lab
After Party Theatre Society (Vancouver) | Winner, Cultchivating the Fringe Award
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.
The draw: “F**king hilarious…will leave you gasping for breath” — The Georgia Straight
Faith Healer | Apr 4 – 14 | Vancity Culture Lab
BC Productions (Vancouver)
The masterpiece of one of the greatest playwrights of the last 50 years, Brian Friel’s Faith Healer is an Irish meditation on the role and responsibility of the artist in society. Presented in four monologues by three characters, Faith Healer is an exploration of the meanings of healing and salvation.
The draw: Starring Vancouver acting legend Bernard Cuffling.
O’wet/Lost Lagoon | May 8 – 12 | Historic Theatre
Alley Theatre (Vancouver)
An autobiographical performance that takes us from the international modeling circuit to a spiritual canoe journey. Written and performed by Quelemia Sparrow, O’wet/Lost Lagoon grapples with the identity of a mixed-race aboriginal woman in a present-day, colonized world.
The draw: “Sparrow will simply charm you… this is a voice that we have not heard before. It’s long awaited and exciting” — Jo Ledingham