The YOU Show was started in 2010 as a platform for local emerging artists to launch their new work. This program has launched over 30 new shows since it’s inception, and many of these have gone to be presented at festivals across the country.
PRODUCER: Jer Banks of Arbutus Productions/Fringetastic
SHOW: The Big Smoke by Ron Fromstein
This show went on to be fully staged and toured to sold out houses at the Victoria Fringe and then continued to tour the follow year to Fringes across Canada and to the Orlando Frigne. The Producer of this piece also went on to start the Nanaimo Fringe.
PRODUCER: Missie Peters of Not Your Grandma’s Poetry
SHOW: Public Confessions of a Public Servant by Missie Peters Directed by Alex Wlasenko
Public Confessions of a Public Servant chronicles Missie’s (mis) adventures as a public servant in 9 different ministries of the BC government. The piece was presented as a staged reading for the YOU Show and went on to be fully produced and debut at the Victoria Fringe Festival in 2010. Missie was then invited to perform the show at the Uno Fest in May of 2011.
PRODUCER: Ingrid Hansen of SNAFU Dance Theatre
SHOW: Gnomeward Bound (later renamed Little Orange Man) Directed by Kathleen Greenfield
Gnomeward Bound is a story about a very imaginative little girl and her experiments with dreams. It included physical theatre, puppetry and storytelling. After some rewrites, this show debuted in full at the Calgary Fringe the following month then went on to tour in the summer of 2011 to Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver, playing to frequently sold out houses. It was chosen as Pick of the Fringe in both Victoria and Vancouver.
PRODUCER: Justin Carter
SHOW: Son of Africville written and performed by Justin Carter Co-Written by Dama Hanks
This show started as a reading for Puente Theatre and is a lovely one man show about his mother and his journey to meet her one last time before she died. Its YOU SHOW presentation was a staged reading with many of the production elements in place. It included new scripts edits and songs. Son of Africville was invited to do a full staging of the Show at UNO Fest in May 2011 and played to sold out houses throughout the festival. It has since been picked up to tour to the Maritimes.
PRODUCER: Wave Theatre
SHOW: Rosie Written and performed by Gina McIntosh Co-directed/dramaturged by Monica Prendergast and Kate Rubin
This show was presented as a staged reading and following audience feedback, a new draft was written. The new script was presented again at the Uno Fest in May 2011. It was a story about a woman consumed by her belongings and her tendency toward hoarding.
SHOW: Wrath, Created and performed by Andrew Barrett and Emily Piggford.
This physical theatre piece was created by students from UVIc and self produced through the YOU Show. It was a great opportunity for university students to start producing their own work outside the department and gain a better understanding of the intricacies of self producing their work. The show was presented here then reworked and presented the following June in an extended and more polished version. Both performances were accompanied by an art exhibit that explored the same themes and incarnations of anger and raw emotion.
PRODUCER: Castlereigh Theatre Project
SHOW: Castle in the Sky written by Francesca Albright & Jude Allen
This piece was a kind of theatrical documentary centered around the murder of a family in medicine Hat Alberta. It was put together using over 200 hours of interviews. After two days of workshops, the piece was presented as a staged reading with a talk back following. The piece has since made its fully staged debut at Sage Theatre’s Ignite Festival in Calgary and has toured to many cities around Alberta, including going back to Medicine Hat.
PRODUCER: Treena Stubel
SHOW: False Dilemna Created and Performed by Treena Stubel
This solo work in progress was a retelling of the book The Little Princebut with a female main character and a foundation in physical theatre and dance. Work continues on the piece.
PRODUCER: Joyce Kline
SHOW: Smash a Plate! Written by Joyce Kline
Smash a plate! Is a new musical and this was its second workshop reading. This version included new songs and music and a new cast. Since presenting the work and getting audience feedback on the two performances they did, Joyce has gone back for more drafts.
PRODUCER: Catflap Creations
SHOW: Cantadora, Created by Janet Walker
This presentation of Cantadora was the first time this surrealist musical had ever been worked or staged. It is a collaborative creation of a group of UVic students and it is our only YOU Show to feature a live chicken. Plans are in the works to restage it soon.
PRODUCER: The Other Guys Theatre Co.
SHOW: Cougar Annie Tales, by Katrina Kadoski
This musical play by local singer/actress Katrina Kadoski is about the West Coast pioneer. Katrina lived for several years at the Cougar Annie farm site and has used her unique insight to create songs and narrative to illustrate this amazing local character. This production has gone on to be featured in the 2012 Uno Fest’s Uno Works Series.
PRODUCER: Broken Rhythms
This movement and dance based piece is on the theme of human evolution. The simplicity of the basic primal cell would transform into the complexity of multi-cellular animal life, eventually giving way to robotic patterns through the progression of this performance.
PRODUCER: Scrumpy Productions
SHOW: The Wyf of Bathe
This workshop was a staging of Julian Cervello’s (Canterbury Cocktails, Fringe 2011) new one-man show The Wyf of Bathe. Performed entirely in its original Middle English, this raunchy and explicit, yet deeply moving 600-year-old comedy about the life of a Medieval woman named Alisoun demonstrates how timeless the structure of a ‘contemporary one-woman show’ really is. Julian is presenting Canterbury Cocktails during Uno Fest 2012
PRODUCER: Marina Legace
SHOW: Confessions of a Clown College Dropout
This workshop portrayed an intimate look into the private life of a performer; one who struggles to distinguish between fantasy and reality, with an inclination towards madness.
PRODUCER: Andrew Wade
SHOW: The Romantics
This workshop was a script-in-hand staged reading of Andrew Wade’s first full-length, two act play, The Romantics. Andrew is becoming a well know local Fringe performer and this script won the Vancouver Young Playwrights award. This presentation was the first time the public had the work and feedback was welcome after the reading.
PRODUCER Jack Horne
SHOW: Indigenous Like Me
Indigenous Like Me and tells the story of an Indigenous man coming to grips with the passing of his Mother and the culture clash this creates within his family. The play incorporates song, dance, and spoken word as Frank’s Mom is remembered through stories recounted by Frank, his sister Kay, and his best friend Mona. Entrenched in the story is Frank’s journey as a gay, Coast Salish man returning to his home and accepting his place within his Indigenous community. This show sold out it’s one-night YOU Show run in November, 2012.
PRODUCER: Mika Laulainen
SHOW: The Runaway
The Runaway is a show about love, loss, acceptance, and extra terrestrials. Sam runs away from home to live in the forest in order to convince passersby to help her save the world from an alien abduction on the ten year anniversary of her sister’s death. A supposed stranger aims to help Sam’s campaign, but this stranger may be more than she appears to be. Through narration, physical storytelling, audience inclusion, and ukulele duets, Sam’s story takes us on a journey from crazed activism to a place of real heart. This show is a bittersweet slice of life with a dash of humour and a pinch of song. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
The Runaway was originally created and produced as a 10 minute play for Theatre SKAM’s Bike Ride 2012 and it was selected to remount on Oct 20th as a part of Capital Arts Council event at Victoria City Hall. The full version was programmed as part of Kaledioscope Theatre’s 2nd Annual Family Festival in May 2014.
PRODUCER: John Green
SHOW: The Occupied Mind of Mr. K
The Occupied Mind of Mr. K. is a riotous, unnerving black comedy of the supernatural and the 1%. When jobless programmer Vijay learns of a billionaire’s recent death, he hatches the ultimate scheme: to get his friend Pericles, a psychic meditation expert, to take over the billionaire’s “vacant” body and gain them control of his business empire. This show went on to run at the 2013 Victoria Fringe Festival.
PRODUCER: Scott Thompson
SHOW: An Improvised Dungeons and Dragons
Improvisers Leave Their Fate to the roll of Dice!
Four brave heroes have embarked on a quest to rid the land of an ancient and terrible evil. The hopes of a nation depend on their success, but will fortune favor them, or destroy them? Only the roll of the di will tell…
For the first time in Victoria, the classic game of Dungeons and Dragons takes to the stage in an improvised, theatrical adaptation of one of the most prolific fantasy adventure games of all time. The cast is comprised of Pick of the Fringe performers, and members of local improv company Paper St. Theatre. Dave Morris, Missie Peters, Byron Kjeldsen, and Nicole Olszewski, have stepped into the shoes of medieval heroes, in attempt to quell an evil force from regaining power, all while following the rules of Dungeons and Dragons v3.5, complete with Dungeon Master, and dice rolls! This show sold out it’s You Show presentation.
PRODUCER: Jessica Hickman
SHOW: ALICE: A Staged Reading
Sum Theatre presents:
An original adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, ALICE, is a theatrical adventure blending text and movement by Jessica Hickman and Joel Bernbaum. In this new family friendly play, we see how Alice’s journey could easily belong to any one of us. We meet the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and other classic characters as they move in and out of the story using physical theatre, choreography and music.
PRODUCER: Nicolle Nattrass
SHOW: MAMAHOOD: Turn and Face the Strange
Nicolle Nattrass presents a staged reading of a new solo work in progress. Mamahood: Turn and Face the Strange is a sound and text exploration of one woman’s journey to an alternate time and space, Planet Mamahood.
Meet Marie, an overachieving, neurotic, deeply aware but also severely sleep deprived first time Mama who comes back to tell the tale of her experience into the unknown. This show has gone on to PGC readings in Nanaimo and a reading was presented during Kaledioscope Theatre’s 2n’d Annual Family Theatre Festival in May 2014, and Nicolle has been busy re-working and workshopping the show for further festival appearances.
Warning: Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
PRODUCER: Diana Kuch
Dianna Kuch presents Untitled. A stand up comedy show that takes you on a hilarious romp through her extended mid-life crisis which spans over two decades. The show is a celebration of imperfection and a testimony to the power of F$@!ing up
PRODUCER: Launch Pad Productions
SHOW: Watch for Bones
Launch Pad Productions presents Watch for Bones. A fast, fresh, and uproariously funny comic sketch show that combines the stylishly smart with the side-splittingly silly. Launch Pad is a Pick of the Fringe winning company and has created original sketch comedy shows and has partnered with local imrpov company Paper Street with The Half Time Show.
PRODUCER: 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac
SHOW: The Anthropocalypse – A Psychedelic Talk Opera
2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac present The Anthropocalypse – A Psychedelic Talk Opera. A unique blend of poetry and theatre, fact and fiction, surrealist satire and modern fantasy, that explores the mythical revelation of the Anthropocalypse (or humanity’s self-destruction), through the stories of two young men from a community in BC’s fabled Cadillac Mountains, who find themselves lost when their home is destroyed. This show has been a smash hit at spoken word festivals across the country, and played at the 2014 Victoria Fringe Festival.
PRODUCER: Break Contemporary Circus
Break Contemporary Circus presents Sense,Or. Mixing elements of contemporary circus, theatre and dance, Sense;Or takes viewers on one man’s journey to rediscover the value of his senses in the wake of a life threatening accident.
Sense;Or has been programmed as part of Vancouver’s CircusFest 2014.
PRODUCER: Karen Lee Pickett
On the Lam productions presents Slick. A reading of a solo show about a woman whose career as a publicist for the oil industry takes a turn when she goes to Texas to care for her dying father and discovers the pipeline about to come through his backyard. Slick was presented as a work in progress as an UnoWork at Uno Fest 2014.
PRODUCER: Liz Crocker
SHOW: The Forerunner
Salt Frog presents a staged reading of “The Forerunner”. Developed in workshops and mounted as a short work for Theatre Skam’s Bike Ride 2013, “The Forerunner” is written and performed by Liz Crocker. LIz’s French Acadian grandmother, Grandmere, has left her a legacy of forerunners and ghost stories. But is that all? Two voices untangle the mysteries. A one woman show, or is it?
PRODUCER: Andy Garland
Fishbowl Productions is proud to present DEADMONTON, a dark poetic drama from award-winning playwright Andy Garland. Set in the deep winter of 2008, it tells the story of two strangers (Richard Meen and Starlise Waschuk) who meet by chance… and both share the same violent hobby..
PRODUCER: Molison Farmer/Kerploding Theatre
Kerploding Theatre presents Word Play, a play for young audiences that tells the story of three young monsters: a dancer, a musician and a writer, using live original music, movement, poetry and dialogue.
Willa the monster has a serious problem: she’s starting to become a scary because she can’t find her talent! Luckily her monster pals Ara and Mozzie help her find her gift and work together to tell stories through dance, movement, poetry, and play!
This piece is supporting a Theatre for Development in Tamil Nadu, India.
PRODUCER: Mika Laulainen/star star theatre
SHOW: Paper Dreams
In star star theatre’s Paper Dreams, a writer receives a gift from her father, the private journals he kept through highschool. The writer, with her own old journals, decides to put her sixteen year old self in a room with her teenage dad – and ask some questions utilizing puppetry and found text.
Paper Dreams was originally developed as one of Intrepid Theatre’s Petri Dish residencies at Winterlab 2014, and was then presented as a workshop production at the 2014 rEvolver festival.
PRODUCER: Robin Gadsby
SHOW: The Princess Rescue Force
They are the best and the brightest, handpicked for excellence, superior in every way, the elite. That’s right damsels, distress no more…. the Princess Rescue Force is here! This solo show featured over 15 characters, played byGadsby and directed by Kieran Wilson.
The Princess Rescue Force was presented as a part of Theatre SKAM’s Bike Ride 2014 and the 2014 Victoria Fringe Festival.
PRODUCER: Angela Ferreira
SHOW: The Peaceful Sea
A multi-disciplinary telling of Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe that explored the dichotomy of hero vs villain.
PRODUCER: Robbie Huebner
SHOW: The Dangers of Daphne
Daphne’s sick of being tied to railroad tracks. Or purloined by some mustachioed villain. Ever since she moved to Hollywood to become an actress Daphne’s been nothing but an object the Man-of-the-Week rescues. Sure, her movie serials are popular, but what good is popularity when you’re not in control? What happens when a 1914 film star isn’t content to sit pretty?
SHOW: Francine and Frankie B Make ART!
Francine and Frankie B, veteran puppet performers, are tired of performing just for kids. Looking for a change, they have decided create Art. However, just when they are ready to begin the audience arrives! They solicit help from the audience, resulting in a wild, all-ages show, featuring live music, shadow puppetry, and audience participation.
SHOW: Kid Psychic (and Shyface)
Third grader Sam, the Kid Psychic, and her best friend Shyface, journey from 7 to 17 in this exploration of what school is teaching today’s youth about the “real world.” An honest look into how two kids grow up in our education system.
Kid Psychic was first workshopped at The Belfry Theatre’s Spark Festival as a mini-play in 2013, and appeared at Intrepid Theatre’s Homo for the Holidays.