The Hamilton Fringe Festival
Jul
20
Jul 30

The Hamilton Fringe Festival

Accessible, playful, and engaging the Hamilton Fringe Festival is an action-packed performance event that takes place over 11 days each July in downtown Hamilton.

With more than 40 companies offering up musicals, dance, comedies, magic shows, dramas, and family entertainment in more than 300 performances- there truly is something for everyone!

**This year's festival runs from July 20 - 30, 2017. If you would like to have your show listed with The Theatre Reader, please contact us at thetheatrereader@live.com**

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Heart Strings Musical
Jul
20
Jul 30

Heart Strings Musical

  • The Players Guild

When a humorous and charismatic Italian apprentice delivers a music machine to Ireland, he falls in love with Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William, a wealthy and ruthless Irish businessman.

The Elephant Girls
Jul
20
Jul 30

The Elephant Girls

  • BYOV #1 Staircase Cafe Theatre (Elaine Mae Theatre)
Clever, devious and daring, they stole from the rich and gave to themselves. The riveting story of Britain’s most notorious all-female gang is told by Maggie Hale, their suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing “enforcer.” You won’t be able to look away, but just how much do you want to hear? Thur July 20: 7:30pm Fri July 21: 9:55pm Sat July 22: 6:50pm Sun July 23: 6:20pm Tues July 25: 8:25pm Wed July 26: 6:00pm Thur July 27: 7:30pm Fri July 28: 8:30pm Sat July 29: 12:30pm Sun July 30: 3:55pm

Clever, devious and daring, they stole from the rich and gave to themselves. The riveting story of Britain’s most notorious all-female gang is told by Maggie Hale, their suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing “enforcer.” You won’t be able to look away, but just how much do you want to hear?

Thur July 20: 7:30pm
Fri July 21: 9:55pm
Sat July 22: 6:50pm
Sun July 23: 6:20pm
Tues July 25: 8:25pm
Wed July 26: 6:00pm
Thur July 27: 7:30pm
Fri July 28: 8:30pm
Sat July 29: 12:30pm
Sun July 30: 3:55pm

Sawyer Bullock: Magician Ordinaire
Jul
20
Jul 30

Sawyer Bullock: Magician Ordinaire

  • Mills Hardware

What do you do when a trick goes wrong? International, award-winning performer Sawyer Bullock presents a humble, charming and unique magic show in his trademark style, which has been seen in Las Vegas, the Dominican Republic, Canada’s Wonderland and on his own TV show. An antithesis to the Vegas razzle-dazzle spectacle, Sawyer presents a powerful performance suited to contemporary audiences, yet rooted in classic magic and theatre elements.

El Diablo of the Cards 2.0
Jul
20
Jul 30

El Diablo of the Cards 2.0

  • Theatre Aquarius

Off the streets of Ouro Preto-Brazil comes magician Ewerton Martins, a master cardshark who has learned to laugh in the face of disaster. El Diablo is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have your mind blown by an authentic South American bruxo (wizard in Portugese). It is a roller-coaster ride of spontaneity and creativity!  You will never laugh so much while being AMAZED!

Thu July 20: 8:00pm
Sat July 22: 7:00pm
Sun July 23: 9:00pm
Mon July 24: 9:00pm
Thu July 27: 5:30pm
Sat July 29: 12:30pm
Sun July 30: 9:00pm

Gilda: A Tribute to the Beloved Comedienne Gilda Radner
Jul
20
Jul 30

Gilda: A Tribute to the Beloved Comedienne Gilda Radner

  • Mills Hardware

Gilda Radner, one of the most iconic and beloved comediennes of our time will be honored in this one-woman show. This tribute will pay homage to some of Gilda’s infamous characters and quirky musical numbers. Gilda used humor and laughter to get through the struggles and cruelty of a life cut short, from being the fat kid to a young woman on top of her game struck with terminal cancer. Her comedy truly made fun of the very things she battled. This show is for all of us who loved watching her on SNL each week and also for the younger generations to transport them back to a time where humor was innocent yet edgy and poignant. Gilda is a classic and timeless force that will live with us for generations to come. This show is dedicated to anyone going through Cancer or any challenging event, hoping to capture and share a glimpse of Gilda’s amazing spirit and inspire laughter through life

Someone Between
Jul
20
Jul 30

Someone Between

  • Hamilton Theatre Inc.

Triggered by a terrible event, Chantria Tram hangs in the balance between traditional and modern values, family and individuality, past and future as she seeks her Khmer (Cambodian) roots and a deeper understanding of her family’s journey to Canada. Infused with Western pop culture, Khmer (Cambodian) music and movement-driven storytelling, Chantria gives a complex and humourous look at what it means to be ‘someone between’.

In This Corner: Eight Rounds with Tommy Douglas
Jul
21
Jul 29

In This Corner: Eight Rounds with Tommy Douglas

  • Mills Hardware - Suite 108

Tommy Douglas encounters a young M.P. at one of his house parties, a week before the elections in 1979. Through a boxing lesson and manipulation of a wall hanging map of Canada, Douglas leads the M.P. (A.K.A. the audience) on a whirlwind tour of a life that changed our history and begs the question, “What lengths would you go to make a difference?”

Coal From Hades: The Story of Les Mouches Fantastique
Jul
21
Jul 29

Coal From Hades: The Story of Les Mouches Fantastique

  • Theatre Aquarius

Montreal, 1938: being queer is a criminal offense and WWII is looming on the horizon. Roswell George Mills and his one-time lover Graeme Davis share memories of Les Mouches Fantastiques, the first queer magazine published in North America that they helped create. Tales of libertine Germany, their steamy love affair in 1919 and friendship with poet Elsa Gidlow add spice to a story that might be little-known, but that forever changed the face of LGBTQ history.

Fri July 21: 5:30pm
Sat July 22: 10:00pm
Sun July 23: 7:30pm
Tue July 25: 8:00pm
Thu July 27: 9:00pm
Fri July 28: 10:30pm
Sat July 29: 7:30pm

Some of Us Pretend
Jul
21
Jul 29

Some of Us Pretend

  • The Player's Guild

Bricks n’Sticks is pleased to bring its second production to The Hamilton Fringe Festival.

‘Some of us Pretend’ follows a writer and a painter as they bond over the struggle of being a 

young artist, but the way they handle the death of a stranger threatens to pull them apart. 

Can art truly heal all wounds? ‘Some of us Pretend’ explores connections - accidentally made 

and lost, and the idea that the world is only as you perceive it.

 

July 21st - 6:00pm

July 22nd - 9:30pm

July 23rd - 8:00pm

July 25th - 7:30pm

July 27th - 9:30pm

July 28th - 5:00pm

July 29th - 4:00pm

Your Own Sons
Jul
21
Jul 29

Your Own Sons

  • Hamilton Theatre Inc.

Your Own Sons follows the story of Pauline, a mother whose son has left Canada to join ISIS. Desperate to understand, she sets out on a journey to find her own answers and confront his fate. Pursued by the government and the media, her path takes her into the heart of homegrown radicalization and to the fall-out of her son’s actions.

Acts of Fiction
Jul
21
Jul 30

Acts of Fiction

  • Theatre Aquarius Studio

A tale of obsession and deadly purpose unfolds when a playwright’s characters try to destroy her. Mind games rage, twisting truth and fiction into a single, destructive force. Audiences will be ensnared by what is real, what is fiction, and what the playwright reveals when she dares to achieve the perfect ending.

Stupefied
Jul
21
Jul 30

Stupefied

  • Elaine Mae Theatre - BYOV # 1: Staircase Cafe Theatre

With his comedic show, Stupefied, Paul Hutcheson takes you on a journey…a series of experiences vividly brought to life on stage. Constantly stupefied in life, Hutcheson recalls moments that have left him in awe. Whether self-realization at a drinking study to life as a comedic performer with commentary on love and teaching teens, his stupefaction at life will leave you in stitches.

Subway Extension to the Mariana Trench
Jul
21
Jul 30

Subway Extension to the Mariana Trench

  • Players Guild of Hamilton

In Subway Extension to the Mariana Trench a man shoots himself on a busy subway car in Toronto and no one claims to have seen it happen. As police investigate, the play explores the connection of four characters to the event, what brought them there, and how the moment changes them. Mysterious, Intense, touching, at times funny, and ultimately deeply revealing, Subway Extension to the Mariana Trench uses a unique blend of spoken word poetry and theatre to tell a story of human frailty and strength.

Normal Shmormal
Jul
21
Jul 30

Normal Shmormal

  • Evergreen Cityworks

Who is thinking about the long game? When your kids are born you check them out  – 10 fingers, 10 toes, OK check, moving on. This is just the tip of the iceberg. This is a humorous and sometimes serious look at just what is a normal kid, anyway?

Fri July 21: 8:15pm
Sat July 22: 3:15pm
Sat July 22: 9:15pm
Sun July 23: 3:15pm
Fri July 28: 7:15pm
Sat July 29: 8:15pm
Sun July 30: 2:15pm
Sun July 30: 8:15pm

The Blue Bird
Jul
21
Jul 30

The Blue Bird

  • Theatre Aquarius Studio

The Blue Bird is a magical fairy-play for all ages by Maurice Maeterlinck that tells a story of a young girl, Mytyl, and her quest. With the help of a magical diamond, Mytyl is able to finally see the souls of all the things around her. As she embarks on a perilous and exciting journey in search for the mysterious Blue Bird of Happiness, she discovers exactly how much she has been missing.

We Are Not The Others
Jul
21
Jul 30

We Are Not The Others

  • Mills Hardware

We Are Not The Others’is rooted on the findings of a two-year research project, conducted with women immigrant to Hamilton by Dr. Carranza from The School of Social Work at McMaster University, funded by the Hamilton Community Foundation, in partnership with the Immigrant Working Centre, the Emergency Support Committee for Refugees and the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic. We Are Not The Others is a creative collaboration between Dr. Carranza and playwright Izad Etemadi. It utilizes the women’s own expressions to describe their experiences of immigration, trauma, losses, resiliency and hope for a better life in Canada.

The Flesh of Her
Jul
21
Jul 30

The Flesh of Her

  • Mills Hardware

 

The quirky Zoey Dwerryhouse shares what life has been like a year away from home and a dark secret she’s been struggling to hide from her peers. A dramatic one-woman show exploring the social issue of sexual assault on College campuses. We watch Zoey pack up her belongings in her dorm room, on her last day of College. Based off of two true stories of women who were assaulted on their school residence.

Fri July 21: 10:00pm
Sat July 22: 7:00pm
Sun July 23: 12:00pm
Wed July 26: 9:30pm
Fri July 28: 4:30pm
Sat July 29: 2:00pm
Sun July 30: 7:00pm