All posts by Megan Mooney

Megan loves being in the thick of all things theatre, but her ultimate goal is to promote theatre to the world of non-theatre people. It was the same when she was the theatre writer for blogTO, or the Fringe Correspondent for CBC Radio One‘s Here and Now, as it is as the founder of Mooney on Theatre. Her basic belief is that there is theatre/performance out there for everyone to love, they just need to find it. This is not to be confused with the idea that everyone should love theatre for theatre’s sake, in fact, as obsessed as she is with theatre, even *she* doesn’t love all types of theatre.

A Kev ’n Cal Mystery – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

Photo of Christopher Hedrick and Allan Turner in A Kev 'n Cal Mystery


From Press Release


Case #31: The Curse of the Jade Dragon


Danger! Foul play! Puberty!

Whatever the risks, Kev ’n Cal can always count on each other. Or can they?

New comedy runs July 4-15 at the Annex Theatre, 736 Bathurst Street.


TORONTO, ON – Part Hardy Boys, part Scooby Doo. Stranger Things have happened. Kev ’n Cal are two mystery solving brothers, boy adventurers on the trail of trouble across dimensions ending up on the wrong side of reality. Danger! Foul play! Puberty! Whatever the risks, Kev ’n Cal can always count on each other. Or can they?


This thrilling new comedy is brought to you by an award winning team of Toronto comic actors. Directed by Second City alumnus Nigel Downer, who wrote and performed in four critically acclaimed mainstage revues including Dreams Really Do Come True (and Other Lies) and The Meme’ing of Life. In 2016, Nigel was assistant director to The Second City’s mainstage revue Come What Mayhem!. The cast includes Ted Ludzik, a veteran of film and television known for his roles in The Expanse, Murdoch Mysteries, Hannibal and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. Ted’s stage experience includes 10 years performing with sketch troupe The Riot Act, who had their own special on CBC’s SketchCom.


Kev ’n Cal were created by Allan Turner and Christopher Hedrick. Allan is a longtime member of the Toronto comedy scene. In 2015, he was voted Toronto’s ‘Best Male Improviser’ in the Now Magazine Reader’s Choice Poll. Past Toronto Fringe shows include Sour Grapes, which won Now Magazine’s Best Ensemble award. For 18 years he has embodied Toronto’s cult celebrity Jean-Paul Mullet, having performed in Fringes, festivals, and comedy stages across North America. Television appearances include YTV, Orphan Black, Murdoch Mysteries, and Ed & Red’s Night Party where he was a recurring guest star. Christopher met Allan through improv, and together along with Ted and Darren Joy, they formed the troupe Assface. Their mandate is to deliver a unique mix of emotionally charged, physically demanding, silly, surreal stories.


A Kev ’n Cal Mystery is set to do all this and more, with a fully scripted, laugh out loud comedy mystery that will keep you guessing. With live music performed by Matt Gerber, whose recent children’s album Lady Bugs and Dandy Lions has garnered rave reviews.


Suitable for children! If they’re old enough to watch The Goonies, they’re old enough for Kev ‘n Cal!



the Assface project in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents:


A Kev ’n Cal Mystery

Created and Performed by Allan Turner and Christopher Hedrick

With Ted Ludzik, Darren Joy, and live music by Matt Gerber

Directed by Nigel Downer


July 4-15, 2018

Venue 6

Annex Theatre

736 Bathurst Street

Air Conditioned!


Performance Times

Wednesday, July 4 − 10:00 pm

Friday, July 6 − 1:15 pm

Saturday, July 7 − 5:45 pm

Monday, July 9 − 9:00 pm

Wednesday, July 11 − 1:45 pm

Friday, July 13 − 8:00 pm

Sunday, July 15 − 5:45 pm


Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.


**Tickets on sale now**

Purchase online:

By Phone: 416-966-1062

In Person:

  • Throughout the Festival at the Main Box Office at the Fringe Patio at Scadding Court

707 Dundas Street West

  • One hour prior to show time at the Annex Theatre

736 Bathurst Street

Photo of Christopher Hedrick and Allan Turner by Fee Gunn

Crave – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

Photo of Liz Der & Breanna Maloney in Crave

From Press Release

Sarah Kane gets a physical reimagining at the Toronto Fringe

Crave Collective and Pure Carbon present Sarah Kane’s Crave. This physically expressive and poetic reimagining of Kane’s searing drama highlights the play’s exploration of love’s assault upon the wholeness of the self. Presented as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, the work runs at the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace from July 4-15.

Four different bodies occupying one life. The fractured voices of the whole describe their desires, remember losses in the past, and question their future in the face of their trauma. The play is known for the sheer force of its language and its penetrating gaze into the human psyche. Twenty years later it still has the power to arouse pity, fear, laughter, and catharsis.

Crave was originally produced by The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in August 1998 under a pseudonym, to avoid association with Kane’s violent, controversial earlier work, such as Blasted and Phaedra’s Love. Kane’s work was extremely controversial in its time, buts he has since become a revered voice in contemporary theatre, with productions of her work performed all over the globe. She has been described as “a radical and profoundly influential playwright” (Sarah Hemming, The Financial Times), and “a uniquely experimental voice” (Dominic Cavendish, The Independent).

Pure Carbon is known for their visceral, intelligent, contemporary reimaginings of classic works, including Private Lives (Kensington Hall, 2017), Bitchcraft (The Box, 2015), and The House of Bernadette Alba (The Box, 2015). Crave features a dynamic cast of indie performers including Wayne Burns (Miss, Unit 102; 2017 NOW Magazine Breakthrough Artist), Brenna Maloney (4.48 Psychosis, Skipping Stones Theatre), Laura Meadows (Titus Andronicus, Hart House Theatre), and Liz Der (The Ballad of Sadie Wong, Alumnae Theatre Company).

Crave Collective and Pure Carbon present


at the Toronto Fringe Festival

written by Sarah Kane

directed by Katy Murphy

performed by Wayne Burns, Liz Der, Breanna Maloney, & Laura Meadows

produced by Alexander Kentris

lighting design by Chin Palipane

performances run July 4th 6:15pm, July 7th 12:15pm, July 8th 10:30pm, July 10th 4:30pm, July 11th 6:00pm, July 13th 9:30pm, July 15th 7:45pm

at Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 30 Bridgeman Ave, Toronto

for tickets, please visit

for more details, please visit

Photo of Liz Der and Breanna Maloney by John Brodie

Mrs. Mama’s House – Toronto Fringe Festival 2018 Press Release

photo of the Bata Shoe Museum

From Press Release


Toronto, ON: Put on your fancy shoes, because Mrs. Mama is coming to Toronto this July. Staged amongst the relics of soles throughout time, playwright Nathaniel Kinghan and director Autumn Smith reimagine the classic “Old Woman Who Lived in A Shoe” nursery rhyme inside the Bata Shoe Museum.

Shoes are priceless possessions in Mrs. Mama’s House, and are treated as invaluable prizes. By teaming up with the Bata Shoe Museum, we are staging a site-informed show in an exhibit where shoes are placed behind glass on literal pedestals. There will be a layered approach to this experience, where the work informs the space and the space likewise informs the work.

This absurd retelling looks at what happens when an institution has “too many children” and “doesn’t know what to do”. Mrs. Mama’s House is a twisted take on a beloved classic: a bedtime story that will keep you up at night.

As the exhibit is an intimate venue, tickets are in short supply and early booking is recommended. We can’t wait to have you over to Mrs. Mama’s House!

in association with THE TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL presents
Written by: Nathaniel Kinghan
Directed by:
Autumn Smith
Stage Managed by: Emma Miziolek
Blake Murray, Ken Northfield, Natalie Semotiuk, and Zenia Sethna
Venue: BATA SHOE MUSEUM (327 Bloor Street West)
Performances: (7:00pm) July 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15
Box Office: / 416 966 1062 / 707 Dundas Street West
Donation request: Leave your footprint with us and donate a pair of shoes to charity.

Tickets ($13 with service fee) go on sale June 8, 2017.
Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.
Please contact regarding comp tickets and donations.

Photo of Bata Shoe Museum by Philip Castleton

Everyone Wants A T-Shirt – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

Photo of Brittany Miranda, John Wamsley, Charlin McIsaac and Madeleine Brown in Everyone Wants a T-Shirt

From Press Release

Prairie Fire, Please in association with the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival presents:

Everyone Wants a T-Shirt!

When Beatrice sinks her potato-based start-up, she must ascend the ranks of an imposing pyramid scheme in order to rebuild her career. Peddling “Women Rule The World” t-shirts, pancake mixes and portable batteries in the name of feminism, Beatrice encounters a cast of characters like herself: desperate to save the world, find community and define their own identities.

Feminism is no longer a bad word, it’s a selling feature. But what happens when corporations cash in on the ideology? Have we helped our community or have we helped turn a profit? Ever afraid of her morality, playwright and cog in the machine, Madeleine Brown invites her audience to question their own.

From the “whip smart” losers behind 2017 Toronto Fringe sellout, Madeleine Says Sorry, comes a twisted comedy about entrepreneurial failure, commercialized feminism and how to sell a shit-ton of t-shirts.

Our team is made up of key contributors from recent Toronto indie hits including Aaron Jan of Silk Bath (Next Stage Festival 2017, NNNN), Rachel Kennedy of Urban Myth (Next Stage Festival 2017, NNNN) and Madeleine Brown and Aaron Jan of Madeleine Says Sorry (Toronto Fringe 2017). But don’t take our word for it—here’s some press for Prairie Fire, Please’s Madeleine Says Sorry:


“hilarious, sharp…rapid-fire, often self-deprecating, satirical trip” –

life with more cowbell

“Provocative and stellar” –

Brief Take


Cast Creative Team Showtimes
Madeleine Brown

Charlin McIsaac

Brittany Miranda

John Wamsley



TPM Backspace

16 Ryerson Ave.

Playwright: Madeleine Brown

Director: Aaron Jan

Dramaturg: Aaron Jan

Producer: Rachel Kennedy

Stage Manager: Logan Raju Cracknell

Lighting Designer: Logan Raju Cracknell

Set Designer: Logan Raju Cracknell

Sound Designer: Jake Runeckles

Wed. July 4 – 8:15 PM

Fri. July 6 – 10:00 PM

Sun. July 8 – 2:45 PM

Mon. July 9 – 5:45 PM

Wed. July 11 – 6:30 PM

Thurs. July 12 – 4:30 PM

Fri. July 13 – 1:45 PM

Sat. July 14 – 9:45 PM

Photo of Brittany Miranda, John Wamsley, Charlin McIsaac and Madeleine Brown by Graham Isador

Tales of Foreign Lands and People – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

Photo of Anthony Audain in Tales of Foreign Lands and People

From Press Release



Winnipeg, MB (May 28, 2018) – Jazz Haz Productions brings Tales of Foreign Lands and People to the George Ignatieff Theatre for the 2018 Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival’s KidsFest.

Written and performed by Anthony Audain, veteran storyteller, Papa Say, takes the audience on a journey to exotic and magical lands. They visit a colourful market, a sunny village, and an enchanted forest with a mysterious castle. Along the way, they meet a little boy with good judgement, a little girl with big dreams, and another little boy with surprising courage in this 45 minute collage of songs, music, and inspiring stories.

Tales of Foreign Lands and People explores the themes of bullying, overcoming obstacles, and working together to find solutions.

“Anthony Audain is Papa Say, a gentle bear of a storyteller, in this pleasant diversion.” Winnipeg Free Press

“Using song, verse, drumming, and pantomime, Audain is a skilled and likeable performer.” CBC

Tales of Foreign Lands and People reveals good in others.” CNC

“Papa Say tells fine stories with authenticity and heart. The children remembered the characters by their signature actions long after we left the theatre. Wonderful singing brought the themes home for the adults in the crowd, too.” Fringe Exchange

Tales of Foreign Lands and People

Written and performed by Anthony Audain. Featuring two songs by Stephen Sondheim. Incidental Music written and performed by Rob Lindey. Set Design by Nicholas Burns

Box Office: 707 Dundas Street West I

Tickets: $11 adults I $5 kids I Recommended for kids 12 and under I Approximately 45 minutes





Wed July 4 – 6:00 p.m. Tue Jul 10 – 3:15 p.m. Sat Jul 14 – 11:45 a.m.

Fri Jul 6 – 3:30 p.m. Wed Jul 11 – 1:30 p.m.

Sun Jul 8 – 12:15 p.m. Fri Jul 13 – 10:00 a.m.


Photo of Anthony Audain provided by the company

Bakersfield Mist – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

Photo of Marie Carrier Gleason in Bakersfield Mist

ytheatre Collective presents

In association with the Toronto Fringe Festival

July 5 – 13, 2018, Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church – Chapel Room

Written by Stephen Sachs
Directed by David Eden
Featuring Marie Carriere Gleason
and Thomas Gough
DAVID EDEN is a Toronto actor and director, directing The Easter Egg and The Kildeer in Toronto and London (Ont) respectively, and more recently Maggie’s Getting Married and Cakewalk at The Village Playhouse. As an actor, David performed Douglas Coupland’s one-man show Life After God in the Toronto Fringe Festival and across the country.

MARIE CARRIERE GLEASON will be remembered for her recent portrayal of Violet in August Osage County at Alumnae Theatre. She wrote her own Fringe play, First Woman Plural which she toured across the country and the United States. Other roles include Amanda, Private Lives, (The Market Square Theatre, Peterborough); Aurelia Plath, Letters Home, (Helen Gardner Phelan Playhouse); Mrs. Budge, The Kildeer (Alumnae Theatre). Her most recent film work was as the elder Miss Brixil in the feature film Level 16.
“Toronto’s Marie Gleason is a delight.” — Halifax Chronicle-Herald
“With unbounded expressiveness, Gleason is adept at creating distinct and varied Individuals.”
— Seattle Post-Intelligencer

THOMAS GOUGH is a well-known Toronto actor in film, television, and on the stage with a number of companies. He has been recently seen at Hart House as The Nazi Captain, Bent; Polonius, Hamlet; Giles Corey, The Crucible.

“I was incredibly impressed with the comedic timing and physicality of Thomas Gough as Giles.” — Lory Diaz, Torontonicity

“[as the Nazi Captain] brutal and terrifying” — Mooney On Theatre
“Thomas Gough manages to be charming and chilling, often in the same breath.”
— Drew Rowsome, My Gay Toronto

Details for Calendar Listings:
Bakersfield Mist

Bakersfield Mist — Stephen Sachs’ hit dark comedy. Is validation a basic human need?
Maude Gutman, an unemployed, chain-smoking ex-bartender living in a run-down California trailer park, believes the painting she bought in a thrift store for $3 is really an undiscovered masterpiece worth millions. When stuffy New York art expert Lionel Percy arrives to validate the work, the result is a fiery and often hilarious debate over class, truth, validation and the meaning of art. Inspired by true events.

Written by Stephen Sachs
Directed by David Eden
Starring Thomas Gough and Marie Carriere Gleason
Presented by ytheatre Collective

Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church – Chapel Room
427 Bloor Street West (Bloor/Spadina), Spadina Subway stop

July 5 at 2:30 PM
July 6 at 7:30 PM
July 8 at 8:30 PM
July 9 at 2:30 PM
July 10 at 5:30 PM
July 12 at 2:30 PM
July 13 at 7:30 PM

All Fringe Tickets are $13
Phone: (416) 966-1062
In Person: Fringe Patio, Scadding Court, 707 Dundas St. West, (corner of Bathurst)

Find us online:
Facebook: @bakersfieldmistTO
Twitter: @BakersfieldMis1
Instagram: @bakersfieldmist

Photo of Marie Carriere Gleason by David Eden

Katharine Ferns is in Stitches – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

Image of Katherine Ferns in Katharine Ferns is in Stitches
From Press Release
“Katharine Ferns is in Stitches” at the Toronto Fringe Festival
July 4th @8:45pm, 6th @11:00pm, 8th @2:45pm, 10th @8:30pm, 11th @12:15pm, 13th @3:45pm, 14th @9:45pm
Factory Theatre – Studio (125 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2R2)
Tickets: Box Office: 1-416-966-1062
In Person: During the festival at main box office on the Fringe patio at Scadding Court – 707 Dundas St. West.
Manchester-Based Comedian Brings Critically Acclaimed Show to the Toronto Fringe
“It is a pitch perfect performance and a beautifully-written, perfectly-paced comedy script. Absolutely wonderfully done. A perfect Fringe show. Laughs. Tears. Jaw-dropping. It deserves a (formerly-known-as) Perrier Award” John Fleming
“Brutally honest from the start, this show just goes to prove you can make comedy out of tragedy…moving, witty and sincere.” **** North West End
“While some of us strive to destigmatize mental illness, to support victims of domestic violence and to empower women in embracing their sexuality, Katharine Ferns is out there doing the work, one theatre at a time.” Room Magazine
Brutally funny and unflinchingly honest, “In Stitches” is the latest Fringe hit from Manchester-based comedian Katharine Ferns (MTV, ichannel). This dark comedy show takes audiences through the visible and invisible scars of surviving mental illness, domestic violence, and drug addiction — with some feminism thrown in for comic relief. Based on true events from her own life, the story begins on April 21, 2016 — the day Prince passed away and Katharine ended up in stitches (literally). Through personal insights and a lot of laughs, Katharine’s acclaimed solo show leaves her audiences in stitches (figuratively).
Ferns says, “This is the most honest comedy show I have written. Violence and mental health are issues we don’t talk about enough, and through comedy I am able to talk about my experiences in a way that is empowering but also honest. Since performing this show in the UK, I have received so many messages from fellow survivors and people that want to be advocates for change in how we deal with domestic violence in society. These inspiring audience reactions propel me to keep telling my story and hopefully it helps others talk about their own experiences too.”
Following her critically-acclaimed performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2017, where she received an Honourable Mention for the Artistic Risk Award, Katharine is bringing her show to the Toronto Fringe at The Factory Theatre. After the festival circuit, Katharine will bring “In Stitches” to the small town where the events from her show actually happened. Ferns adds, “In a sense, I’m returning to the scene of the crime to tell my story and reveal the truth of what happened to me there, which I hid from everyone for so long.” A documentary on that journey is currently in development.
Industry and Audience Reviews:
“She takes intense personal moments, from physical pain to emotional scars, and makes them into jokes and heartbreak that we can share and relate to. This balancing act is very challenging, but Ferns is impressive in her quick turns.” TwoCents&TwoPence
“The most important and needed comedy show I’ve ever seen. Brilliant, hilarious, brave, poignant.” (Tara P)
“Absolutely brilliant, inspiring, heartbreaking and outrageously funny show.”(Mark P)
“The most incredible comedy performance I’ve ever seen.” (Phil J. as quoted on BBC Radio 2)
Link to more reviews:
More about Katharine Ferns:
“Perky, charismatic performer with an acute sense of irony” – Chortle
“Observant and witty, Katharine Ferns is a modern, 21st century woman, who throws herself into life and consequently her jokes.”— **** The Wee Review
“Salty-sweet, savagely honest, brutally funny.”—The Scene Magazine
Manchester-based comedian Katharine Ferns is relentlessly funny with her confessional and brutally honest storytelling style of comedy. With seemingly sweet and innocent charm, Katharine finds dark comedy in her observations on relationships, family, mental illness, feminism and her past misadventures.
In 2012, Katharine was a finalist in the Toronto’s Funniest Comedian Contest at Just For Laughs (JFL42) and while in Canada had been the support act for Jay Oakerson, Ari Shaffir, Kurt Metzger, Tom Segura, Sam Tripoli, Baron Vaughn, Brian Redban and Brendon Walsh. Katharine was featured on Canada’s ichannel in the stand-up series No Kidding and as a panelist on Inside Joke in 2014. She also appeared in an episode of MTV’s Losing It and several theatrical productions with the PineTree Players in Alberta.
In 2014 Katharine moved to the UK to continue her career in her family’s home country. That year she was a finalist in the Laughing Horse New Act Competition and in 2015, Katharine brought her 4 star debut solo show “Conscious, Incompetent” to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2016, Katharine returned to Edinburgh with her work-in progress show “Faking It” and split hour with Evelyn Mok to rave reviews and she also was the support act for Dane Baptiste in Northern England.
In 2017, Katharine brought her new show “In Stitches” to the Leicester Comedy Festival, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Greater Manchester Fringe and the Women in Comedy Festival. After a successful month at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the show was part of the Mainstage at the Vancouver Fringe Festival to critical acclaim where Katharine was awarded an Honourable Mention for the Artist Risk Award.

Boy Wonders – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

Cast of Boy Wonders

From Press Release

BOY WONDERS Swing into Fringe!

PETERBOROUGH, ON – May 28, 2018 – This summer, the secret confessions of costumed teenage sidekicks will be revealed at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Boy Wonders, an original play written and directed by Derek Weatherdon, takes the classic concept of the superhero sidekick and turns it on its head in a show that mixes comic book fantasy with a gritty, real world sensibility.

Boy Wonders presents a meeting between a group of crime fighting teenage protégés of Post WWII Superheroes. While their mentors are in a ballroom below forming a brand new superhero team, the sidekicks are sent to wait in a hotel room where, despite their genre-spanning differences, they discover that they are more similar than they might have thought. However, upon revealing their secret origins to one another, the heroes reveal that crime fighting isn’t all glory. It is actually a lonely life filled with danger, isolation and abuse. A drama filled with colorful characters and moments of comedy, Boy Wonders takes the same real world tone on fan favorite comic book series such as Watchmen and Kick Ass. Premiered by Peterborough’s Planet 12 Productions at The Theater on King in 2017, Boy Wonders was called “One of the Best Shows of 2017” by

Making the show unique is that the cast is made up of a talented roster of young performers between the ages of 13 to 15 playing characters filled with both wide eyed wonder and raw tragedy. The cast features the talents of Abbie Dale, Aimée Gordon, Emily Keller, Emma Meinhardt, Tyrnan O’Driscoll and Samuelle May, alongside adult performer Brad Brackenridge.

Boy Wonders is a show featuring real world themes and sensitive material mixed in with four-coloured pop culture mirth, performed by an exceptional group of young actors with the talent and maturity to make this material strike a strong emotional chord with its audience. Boy Wonders will be featured at Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, July 4-15, 2018.



Planet 12 Productions in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents

Boy Wonders

written and directed by Derek Kregg Weatherdon

featuring Brad Brackenridge, Abbie Dale, Aimée Gordon, Emily Keller, Samuelle May, Emma Meinhardt, and Tyrnan O’Driscoll

Set design Amy Keller

Costume design by Heather Ross

Stage Managed by Nicole Roy






July 6, 1:00pm
July 7, 5:30pm
July 9, 8:00pm
July 11, 12:15pm
July 12, 6:00pm
July 13, 11:15pm
July 14, 3:45pm

 Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.

Available June 7, 2018

Purchase online:

By Phone: 416-966-1062

In Person: During the festival at our main box office at the Fringe patio at Scadding Court – 707 Dundas Street West.

Photo provided by the company

The Cardboard Countess – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

image from The Cardboard Princess

urban spine’s

The Cardboard Countess

A troubled teen. A homeless woman garbed in gown of garbage bags. United by concerns of conservation, and isolated from their communities, a dangerous friendship grows. The Cardboard Countess tackles teen depression, mental health, homelessness, and the difficulties of forging human connection in today’s increasingly technological world.

by Victoria Goring

Actor (LOST, CRIMINAL MINDS), and Playwright Victoria Goring is developed this play through 2 Artist in residencies at San Gabriel National Monument and Hot Springs National Park. The set, costumes, and props are all handcrafted art created from recycled materials.


Carson Goring, age 14…
Carson Goring first attended a Fringe Festivals at 3 months. At the age of 12, Carson co-wrote an original musical about her observations of middle school. Middleschoolandia (, an instant Fringe hit. Carson’s travels across the continent are documented on the website:

Dempsey O’Connor, Maria Piccoli, Summer Rose, Abigail Stewart, Mackenzie Taylor, Anjelica Zimmerman , Russell Batcher, Nicole Filippovitch, Savannah Gabrielle, Shazdeh Kapadia, Abhishek Mishra Leah Nikolaeva

by urban spine

Dedicated to created theater that exposes our emotional nerves. Created in 1999, urban spine was creating sites specific theater before it was a recognized term. Lie With Me, was a sold out success. Sooz was the highest grossing Fringe play in Toronto in 2001, which subsequently played in BC, and resulted in a short film that CBC. Happy, Run, AND Middleschoolandia garnered critical acclaim and hold-overs.

Police Cops in Space – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

Photo of Zachary Hunt and Nathan Parkinson in Police Cops From Space

From Press Release

THE BAD BOYS of narrative driven fringe theatre comedy are back in town! And by ‘back’ we mean making their Toronto debut!

That’s right, globally acclaimed (they got a review in Poland once) THE PRETEND MEN are kick- ing down the doors to the Toronto Fringe 2018 with their Edinburgh Fringe Festival SELL OUT show 2017; POLICE COPS IN SPACE; a’Low Fi Sci-Fi’ comedy blockbuster that breaks all the rules; including how many semi-colons you can use in one sentence;.

The Pretend Men, a 3 man comedy company ‘straight outa sudbry suffolk’, have been tearing up fringe circuits all around the world, receiving critical acclaim, winning various comedy awards and breaking hearts while there at it. It’s no wonder the press are referring to them as ‘The Pretend Men’.

Currently on a worldwide tour (of north america) The Pretend Men are gracing the TORONTO Fringe with their presence. I was lucky enough to catch up with Nathan Parkinson for a quick interview.

“As I sat in the lobby of New York’s ‘Los Angeles Hotel’ where one third of three man comedy com- pany The Pretend Men (and three thirds talent) Nathan had agreed to meet me, I couldn’t help but feel as though something life-changing was about to happen. I could tell at once it was him as he made his way through those big spinning door things they have in fancy hotels. As he glided to- ward me and introduced himself I felt all at once entirely comfortable, as if I had know him my en- tire life, yet so bowled over by his obvious charisma and charm that I almost melted into my chair, like a buttery cube (butter) on a toasted bread (toast). I was vulnerable, looking skyward into his eyes, but a babe before him. Despite his youth I couldn’t help but sense behind his kind, thoughtful eyes, the wisdom of a grandfather, who’d seen it all, or a cartoon owl dressed up like an old school headmaster. He made me feel as though anything could, and would happen at any moment. I stared deep into his eyes, the hotel lobby clock reflected in their shimmer and it felt as though an eternity (9 minutes 22 seconds) past without a single word being volleyballed between us. And then, without warning, and as quickly as he had entered, he was gone – and all that remained were two, perfectly symetrical, concaved inprints in the leather chair opposite where his muscular ass buns had once been. And a flyer for The Pretend Men’s show POLICE COPS IN SPACE, Factory Theatre, Main Space, July 4th – 14th. Concessions available.”

Awards & Acclaim for THE PRETEND MEN

WINNER – ‘The Stage Award for Acting Excellence 2015’
WINNER – ‘Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence 2015’
WINNER – ‘Pulse Festival Suitcase Award 2015’
WINNER – ‘Cape Town Fringe Best International Show 2016′
WINNER – ‘VAULT Festival People’s Choice Award 2016’
WINNER – ‘IYAF Best Comedy Show Award 2016’
WINNER – ‘IYAF Best Theatre Award 2016’
NOMINATED – ‘Barry Award Best Show 2016’

★★★★★ “Unbeatable physical cop parody” – The Stage
★★★★★ “The juggernaut of cheesy parody” – EdFestMag
★★★★★ “The best comedy show of 2015″ – The New Current
★★★★★ “An absolute jewel in the crown” – The Argus
★★★★ “The Pajama Men meets Max and Ivan” – Herald Sun
★★★★ “A joy to behold” – Scotsman
★★★★ “Farce at its most intelligent” – GQ Magazine
★★★★ “Physically mesmerising” – Three Weeks

The Pretend Men:

Zachary Hunt Nathan Parkinson Tom Roe

Listings Information

The Pretend Men present
Police Cops in Space

Created and Performed | The Pretend Men Dramaturg | Nasi Voustas

Lighting Design | Adam Bottomley

Running Time: 55 mins Suitable for ages: 12+

4th,7th,8th,10th,12th,13th,14th July 2018, Various Times.
Factory Theatre Main Space – 125 Bathurst St Toronto Ontario M5V 2R2

Police Cops in Space is co-produced by New Diorama Theatre and supported by Arts Council Eng- land.

Photo of Zachary Hunt and Nathan Parkinson by Adam Bottomley