Island Fringe Festival

Seven productions at three venues in Charlottetown

This year’s Festival includes 28 ticketed shows by local and visiting artists featuring contemporary and experimental theatre, dance, comedy, musicals and solo shows—all chosen by random draw. In addition, there will be an opening launch party, awards and closing party, and After Dark events every night, including Good Ol’ Variety Show, Trivia with Katie Perry and Cider Tasting with Red Island Cider.

The opening launch party on August 2 will give the audience some insight into this year’s performances, and encourage participation in a fun-filled, family-friendly game of Truth or Dare. Opening, closing and After Dark events are free to attend, however, tickets are required to attend performances.

The seven productions this year are detailed below. For the complete schedule and to purchase advance tickets, visit islandfringe.com. Cash admission will be accepted at the door.

Likehard: A Stand-up Comedy 

By Tanya Nicolle

Tanya Nicolle’s stand-up comedy show reflects on her life through goofy observations, and raw stories—from growing up on a bizarre farm in rural PEI, to now living as an adult with mental illness.

Join Tanya for a rollercoaster of jokes, and truly learn what it means to be a Likehard. This 45-minute show has mature themes. 

Jinny and Jack vs The Thoughts in their Heads 

By Chantalyne Beausoleil and Ryan Sutherland

Given their neurotic behaviours, Jinny and Jack aren’t the most popular of kids. They meet at an OCD support group where they develop a strong bond. As they confuse affection for romance, things take a turn for the awkward. In this whirlwind tale of self-acceptance and chosen family, the normal path was never on the radar anyways.

Rhythm Fusion 

By Island dancers from the Rhythm Collective

Step into the world of rhythm and tap with this innovative Fringe Festival production. Watch as tap dancers fuse with various types of percussion to create a unique and exciting performance. This isn’t a typical tap show—they are breaking boundaries and going outside the box to bring the audience an energetic, one-of-a-kind performance.

Six Songs about Six Men I’ve Dated 

By June Morrow

A comedic exploration of dating apps, ambiguity, kink, red flags and the search for love in middle age. In 2022,  playwright June Morrow moved to PEI after dating every age-appropriate man in Ontario.

Through original songs, stand-up and re-enactments, she recounts six of her most memorable experiences.

Directed by Island theatre and improv maestro Laurie Murphy, the show also stars Albert Arsenault.

This is an 18+ show.  

The Prick

By Brynn Cutcliffe

Guenevere thought it would be easy: girl meets cactus, girl loves cactus, cactus loves girl back. She never meant for it to go this far. In this darkly comedic new play, battle lines will be drawn, and blood will be shed. The Prick is a love story—you’ve been warned.

Starring Melissa MacKenzie, this 60-minute show is written and directed by Brynn Cutcliffe and is rated R.

Transpectrum

By Riley Jane Carson 

This one-woman show follows the journey of Riley Jane Carson. This neurodivergent trans beauty queen explains how a love for Anne of Green Gables awakened her identity; and after over 30 years of self-denial, it took another red headed Ann to help her rediscover her gender identity.

Whiskey Flicks LIVE! 

By Michael Niederman and Daniel McCoy

An unscripted, booze-infused deep dive into film. For each performance, Daniel curates a one-time-only series of themed movie clips, to which Michael reacts with an improvised mix of film criticism, social commentary and personal narrative… with whiskey. Michael doesn’t know what Daniel’s going to play, Daniel doesn’t know what Michael’s going to say, and the audience is along for the ride. 

Each performance is a unique experience for both audience and performers, drawing on a century of cinema to delve into how we live now, to reflect on how art reflects life (and vice versa), and to remember why we fell in love with the movies in the first place.