The Queen’s Eulogy – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

The Queen’s Eulogy: Beautiful Garbage

Rachel Ganz (Writer, Plucked – Summerworks 2016, The Dumb War 2013, Teach Me 2013) and Tanya Rintoul (Director, The Nails – Summerworks 2017, Deceitful Above All Things – Storefront 2017, Good Girl – Fringe 2013 met in 2014 while training at The National Theatre School of Canada and have summoned their passions for creativity, truth and beauty to bring you a gorgeous comedy set in a dumpster.

The Queen’s Eulogy, an absurdist adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, uses theatrical ingenuity to transform a U of T garbage dump into the setting for one woman’s escape from her trashy marriage.

The orchid beauty shop is connected over a shared desire to invite audiences into an uncomfortable yet vulnerable space using humour as an entryway to truth. The collective is led by emerging feminist artists who are passionate about developing new female-initiated ideas in theatre.  The Queen’s Eulogy is our premiere production.  Performed in a garbage dump, set in a time when the world is covered in garbage, one derelict couple struggles to live by their own standards of love until they are rudely interrupted by a bloody woman, her horse’s head and their example of Better Living.

The Queen’s Eulogy is an ensemble production created by some of Toronto’s fiercest theatre talent, including past Fringe Power houses:  Danya Buonastella co-created and performed the 2013 Toronto Fringe Patron’s Pick Death Married My Daughter (with Threatre Smith-Gilmour);  Joella Crichton created and performed the 2017 Toronto Fringe Patron’s Pick Nasty;  Shanda Bezic was a founding cast member of  2016 Toronto Fringe Patron’s Prick True Blue.

The Queen’s Eulogy is this year’s festival’s most dazzling display of trash.


  • The Queen’s Eulogy plays behind St. Hilda’s Residence (U of T). (44 Devonshire Pl.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Sexual content; Smoking; Outdoors.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.


  • Wednesday July 4th, 7:30 pm
  • Thursday July 5th, 7:30 pm
  • Friday July 6th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 7:30 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 7:30 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 7:30 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday July 15th, 7:30 pm