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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Purple Carrots Drama Studio

Drama classes run by a professional Speech Language Pathologist and drama teacher for children and youth aged 7-15 with special needs: Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and mild learning disabilities.  The Creation lab is a great space to hold workshops because of it’s convenient location, low prices and super helpful staff!

Workshop 1: Ages 7-11,  February 15-March 22 (Sundays 9am-11am)

Workshop 2: Ages 12-15,  March 16- March 20 (March Break Mon- Friday 9am-3pm)


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Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Rehearsing Piece by Piece for NSTF

16-year-old Steffie can’t leave the ICU where she lost her mother. Barb is slowly losing her husband as his memory fails. John can control everything in his life but his wife’s fertility. In this compelling ensemble piece, strangers are drawn together in a story of sorrow, hope and remarkable moments of love in times of loss.

Mary Francis Moore (L) and Alison Lawrence (R) have a history of spinning Fringe hits into gold. Their wildly popular play The Catering Queen was a hit at the 2006 Toronto Fringe, and the popular non-fiction book they penned (bittergirl) will have its world premiere at the Charlottown Festival in 2015.


Piece by Piece

Mary Francis Moore and Alison Lawrence



Purchase tickets for Piece by Piece here






Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Now in the creation lab: DINK Rehearsal for NSTF

DINK is a drama with musical interludes, where the unravelling of a family is triggered by an uncovered lie. Led by a strong ensemble that features Stratford, Shaw and Second City performers, DINK is a crime tale that addresses gender politics, class, race and leadership constructs in the volatile year of 2009. It is a Canadian Tragedy, which spans from suburban Canada to war-torn Kandahar.

Caroline Azar had her start as the lead singer of the experimental all-woman punk band Fifth Column. Now a successful playwright and director, Azar has contributed to Fringe theatre for over 20 years. In 2005, she wrote the Fringe favourite Man-O-Rexic, garnering exuberant reviews. For the 2012 Fringe, she rewrote the controversial Honour Killings.



Caroline Azar


Buy tickets for DINK here


Thursday, November 27th, 2014

now in the creation lab: cow over moon children’s theatre present: hansel and gretel

Cow Over Moon is preparing for our December show, Hansel & Gretel, which will be taking place at the Red Sandcastle Theatre in Toronto and The Maja Prentice Theatre in Mississauga.

Cow Over Moon’s Hansel & Gretel is a modern twist of the classic tale. In our show the brother and sister duo, who have long relied on gadgets and technology, suddenly find themselves in a situation where they have to rely on their cunning and instinct instead.

Will they make it to the Enchanted Gingerbread House without an iPhone, and what will they do when they meet the witch?

Watch Hansel and Gretel discover the importance of teamwork and truly understand the meaning of the words family and home.

With dancing, singing, improvisation and audience participation Hansel & Gretel has something for everyone.


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Faisal Butt and Gene Abella.



Carys Lewis and Michelle Thibodeau












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Gene Abella and Michelle Thibodeau


Tickets can be purchased here:




Monday, November 10th, 2014

now in the creation lab: “This is why we Live …” by Open Heart Surgery

This is why we Live …

Is a new play inspired by the poetry and collage work of Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska. Often called “The Mozart of Poetry”, her work is so relatable, honest, whimsical and ironic while also touching on universal topics of existence.  We have been taking her poems and finding ways of performing them, engaging with her words and text in a visceral way.  After leaving the Lecoq school in Paris we have come together to Toronto to create our first  piece.  This new work is inspired by surrealism, cabaret and the poetry of Szymborska – and we are excited to dive into the first phase of this project at the Fringe Creation Lab with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

This is why we live…Directed by Coleen MacPherson and Translations by Viktor Lukawski



Wislawa Szymborska






















Creating in the Lab!

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(Nick Storring, Alaine Hutton, Elodie Monteau)


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(Alaine Hutton and Elodie Monteau)

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

BIG SHOT: Running January 8-18 as part of the Fringe’s Next Stage Theatre festival

Surreal SoReal Theatre, an award-winning touring physical theatre company, comes to the Toronto Fringe’s NEXT STAGE THEATRE FESTIVAL, bringing their thrilling tour-de-force, BIG SHOT to Toronto for the first time since 2008!

Massively impressive… a challenging puzzle for the audience”  – The Georgia Straight

About the show: A shooting has just occurred on the Vancouver Skytrain, and a twelve-year-old boy who was at the scene of the crime retells it all for the audience, in the style of his favorite action movies. Complete with slo-mo stops, freeze frames and fast-forwards, the boy weaves in and out of every character involved, all a part of Vancouver’s diverse, fractured communities. Big Shot is a portrait of the tensions that rise when different cultures within the urban community are forced to fight for themselves – and a riveting piece of multi-media physical theatre.

The black-clad Stewart actually seems to change the planes of his face with every character he plays” – The Winnipeg Free Press (Big Shot)





Big Shot

Jon Lachlan Stewart



Written and performed by JON LACHLAN STEWART
Projection design by MATT SCHUURMAN and PAUL BEZAIRE
Videography by CINDY AUYEUNG
Stage managed by BRIAN KENNY
Japanese speech coach


Facebook: SurrealSoRealTheatre

Twitter: @SurrealTheatre


Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

In the creation lab now: Jasmyn Fyffe Dance presents PULSE

We are currently remounting Pulse for the 2015 NSTF and are so grateful to have access to the Creation Lab. We will be utilizing the space to rehearse/warm up before each performance day of the upcoming festival
-Trudy Lee Gayle
PulsePulse, Montreal Fringe, 2013
L to R: Roney Lewis & Bretonie Burchell
Photographer: Jamie Johnston



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Pulse, Montreal Fringe, 2013 
L to R: Irvin Chow, Bretonie Burchell, Jessica Tomasone, Alyssa Petrolo, Daniel McArthur & Roney Lewis
Photographer: Jamie Johnston

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Rehearsing now in Creation Lab for NSTF: SNAFU Snack Music

Free Snacks! Live Music! Experience fiery grassroots storytelling where Real People share their personal True Stories, except the Real People are You, and professional animators replay your story using phantasmagorical puppetry.

Co-Artistic Director Ingrid Hansen collaborating with musician Steve Chmilar and puppeteer Andrew Young

Appearing at the Factory Theatre bar during Next Stage Theatre Festival!

Snack Music

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

now in the creation lab: Shotgun Juliet presents STEALTH


Matt Eger Headshot

Hello there!

My name is Matthew Eger and I am the Artistic Director of a new theatre company called Shotgun Juliet. Shotgun Juliet is a new Canadian theatre company devoted to creating new, innovative, and exciting theatrical works. Starting out, it is close to impossible to find affordable space, and without opportunities like the creation lab, productions like STEALTH would never happen.

A little bit about our show: Four women have vowed to be silent and in hiding throughout the night. Is what threatens them outside, or is it hiding with them in the shadows? When one attempts escape, nothing will ever be the same.

Directed/Conceived by Matthew Eger

Choreographed/Performed by Patricia Allison, Miranda Forbes, Darwin Lyon, and Amanda Pye

Cast Miranda Small
Cast of STEALTH                                                          Miranda Small


8-11 Gallery, 233 Spadina (Entrance in alley off Sullivan St.)

October 28th – Nov 1st


Tickets $17 @ the door (cash only)

Inquiries send to




Monday, October 20th, 2014

Now in the Creation Lab: Johnson Girls – My Treasure Island


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Little Richard from My Treasure Island!!!


We rehearsed our show, My Treasure Island!!!, at C-Lab. It plays at Passe Muraille’s Backspace Oct. 24 – Nov. 16, 2014. It’s a comedy about a young woman who becomes obsessed with Robert Louis Stevenson’s book, Treasure Island. 

Rehearsing at C-Lab was great. Nice natural light and good floors. Love the café on the first floor and the supercool conglomeration of people doing work in that building, The Centre for Social Innovation. No issues with noise and the cupboard is a godsend!

Many thanks!

Karen Woolridge

Producer, Johnson Girls



My Treasure Island!!! stars Caitlin Driscoll (Punch Up) and Gemma James-Smith ( Directed by Kate Lynch.




For More Information visit:

Twitter hashtag: #MyTreasureIsland