Island Fringe 2019

After a one-time purchase of a $5 Patron Pin, access to shows is ‘Pay-What-You-Can’ admission with 100% of that going directly to the artists. 

SHOWVENUEThurs Aug 1Fri Aug 2Sat Aug 3Sun Aug 4
The Bessie Carruthers Study Club 16:00pm5:30pm3:00pm1:30pm
Artisanal Intelligence 18:00pm7:30pm8:45pm7:30pm
L’asexualité des abeilles19:30pm9:00pm7:30pm9:00pm
Ask the Right Questions 1A7:00pm6:30pm4:30pm3:30pm
How To Be A Lady 210:45pm9:30pm5:00pm2:45pm
Dead People Are Liking Things On Facebook 29:15pm8:00pm6:30pm4:00pm
Magic Hour Plus37:45pm7:00pm6:45pm5:00pm
Worldly Women36:30pm8:45pm8:15pm6:30pm
Still Looking48:30pm6:30pm8:30pm7:00pm
That’s Not How It Happened47:00pm7:45pm7:00pm8:30pm
Venue #Venue NameLocation
1The Haviland Club Grand Room2 Haviland Street
1AThe Haviland Club Lounge Room2 Haviland Street
2Charlottetown Yoga Space49 Pownal Street
3The Soup Kitchen101 Richmond Street
4Kettle Black – please note the change of location45 Queen Street

Show Descriptions

How To Be A Lady

A theatre experiment. Featuring a new Charlottetown ensemble, this show was collectively created using only the word “LADY” as the initial springboard for imagination and collaboration. Physical theatre meets Baroness von Sketch Show meets the Vagina Monologues meets all of the above or maybe none of it at all. Through play, improv, physical exploration and devised theatre techniques, “How To Be A Lady” emerges. 

  • Canvas Collective
  • Charlottetown, PEI
  • 35 min.
  • Rated PG-13

L’asexualité des abeilles (in French) 

Sexual impulses allow one to define them self, to assert them self, and to awaken the ants crawling through their veins. However, what happens when a young man, although quite normal, has never faced those impulses deep in himself? Bees seem to have the answer.

  • Création Thoracique
  • Montreal, QC
  • 45 min.
  • Rated 16+: This show contains nudity, crude language, and some disturbing images.

The Bessie Carruthers Study Club

It’s August 1919 and you’re invited to attend Miss Carruthers’ study club with special guest, British composer, Ethel Smyth. Perhaps you’ve heard of her? She composed the rousing anthem for women’s suffrage in the UK and beyond. Is it a coincidence that Miss Carruthers, who has been active in seeking the vote for PEI women, has invited Miss Smyth to perform with her? Or is this a front for something else?

  • Pirate Jenny Productions
  • Charlottetown, PEI
  • 50 min.
  • Rating: G – Warning! This show involves singing and audience participation.

Dead People Are Liking Things On Facebook

Facebook has over 2.2 billion users. Just over 30 million are dead. By 2065, dead users will outnumber the living, rendering the site a digital graveyard. “Dead People Are Liking Things On Facebook” is a performance lecture exploring our online afterlives and their value to those we’ve left behind, and how they can be co-opted for political and economic purposes.

  • RT Collective
  • Toronto, ON
  • 60 min.
  • Rating: PG-13 – Descriptions of violence, sexuality, and drug use

Magic Hour Plus

McSorley & Chung bring their mind-blowing magic to the island. But to lighten the load, they’ve begrudgingly taken on an intern, 2-time Canadian Champion of Magic Marc Trudel, who desperately seeks their approval. Sit back and enjoy an evening of miracles as only McSorley & Chung (plus one) can deliver.

  • McSorley & Chung
  • Charlottetown, PE
  • 60 min.
  • Rating: Family friendly, but not a children’s magic show

Worldly Women

We are the chain-smoking women of Berlin with face tattoos standing as an emblem of the free and rebellious. We are the women of rural Jordan draped from head to toe in sacred scarves, the women that have to be indoors by 6pm in Northern India and the women who use their femininity to gain power on the city streets of New York. What does it mean to be a free woman? Come challenge your perception and celebrate women in a new genre of dance theatre.

Photo credit: Isabel Sullivan

  • Dance Fashin
  • Toronto, ON
  • 45 min.
  • Rating: PG

Artisanal Intelligence

Can you tell the difference between the three types of beer from a smell test?  Do you type your university essays out on a typewriter? Did you build your bicycle from scratch? Barry can, Barry would and Barry has. Artisanal Intelligence is proud to introduce the next wave in A.I. customer service—Barry—the perfect fit for all your too-cool-for-school business needs!

  • Spec Theatre
  • Vancouver, BC
  • 50 min.
  • Rating: PG

That’s Not How It Happened

Colleen Hindsley grew up in an Irish pub with her 5 siblings and larger-than-life parents. Now she sings Irish songs and tells original stories featuring family legends, unreliable memories, sketchy boyfriends, spiritual healers, several show tunes, and just maybe even a little bit of truth. Solo performer, comedy, vocal performance.

  • Colleen Hindsley
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 60 min.
  • Rating: PG-13

Still Looking

A collection of new and devised work by Maine-based 2 Sheets Theater Company about searching and releasing, connection and isolation. Physical theater, comedic absurdism, lights and shadows work together to connect the audience to a story and a vision that is often eclipsed in the daily grind.

  • 2 Sheets Theater Company
  • Portland, ME, USA
  • 45 min.
  • Rating: PG-13 – One of the vignettes contains a bunch of f-bombs; the rest of them, not so much.

Ask the Right Questions

Due to unforeseen circumstances, ‘Ask the Right Questions’ has had to withdraw from the 2019 Island Fringe Festival.

Perhaps we’ll see them at a future Fringe!!

Patron Pins

What is a Patron Pin?

A Patron Pin is a membership button which lets you access all Island Fringe shows and Fringe After Dark Events.

It’s a one-time purchase of $5.

Why do I need one?

The Island Fringe Festival is a non-profit organization that works hard to bring you affordable and accessible theatre and performance, however as 100% of the donations at shows go to the artists, Patron Pins are a way for you to support the Island Fringe Festival itself. Wear it proudly and show everyone that you’re more than an audience member; you’re a patron of the Fringe!

Preview Show and Shine!

July 31, 8-10pm, The Haviland Club, 2 Haviland Street

It’s the night before the Island Fringe Festival and we want to kick things off right!!


Come on down and give a truly dramatic reading of your favourite song… channel your best Liam Neeson as you woo the audience with your rendition of Janelle Monáe’s ‘PYNK’… or pretend you’re Viola Davis as you wow the crowd reading the lyrics of Maroon 5’s ‘Moves Like Jagger’!

Just show up and sign up to be a dramatic reader!! 


ALSO!! Troupes will have 5 minutes to pitch their shows to the audience, giving the  public a better understanding of what they should expect! And just like how the shows were selected for the Island Fringe Festival, the order of the presentations will be drawn from a hat!  Lots of fun and laughs to be had. Be sure to join us as we kick off the 2019 Island Fringe Festival!!


All Fringe After Dark Events will be held at The Haviland Club with an official start time of 11:00pm, but you are welcome to drop in earlier (please note, however, that performances will be in the Great Room until ~10:00).

August 1: Lounging in the Lounge

After getting settled in and opening night, there’s not much nicer than chilling out with a cold drink and good company. Board and card games will be available for use, but really, the pressure is off and it’s time to relax!!

August 2: Late-Night Scavenger Hunt*

It was a hit last year, so we’re bringing it back! Meet up at The Haviland, grab some friends, take your camera, and explore Charlottetown while taking in some of the nightlife that surrounds us.
Fun, friendly, go-at-your-own-pace…with prizes to be won!!

August 3: Lip Sync Battle*

C’mon… you know you love to play that air guitar and pretend you’re a star!! Now’s your chance to really shine and take home the grand prize of ‘Funkiest Faker’ at this sure-to-be-fun event!!

*Note: We will keep an eye on the forecast, if it rains on August 2, the
Lip Sync Battle and Scavenger Hunt will switch nights.

August 4: Awards and Wrap-Up Party

Awwww… over so soon? Celebrate the end of the Fringe with our annual closing night bash! There’s no better way than to close another year of the IFF than with drinks, dancing, copious amounts of ice cream, and the Island Fringe awards. We’ll bid farewell with a fantastic awards night and party like we’ve got nowhere to be in the morning!! Be sure to cast your vote for Patrons’ Pick on the IFF survey when filling it out!, copious amounts of ice cream, and the Island Fringe awards. Be sure to cast your vote for Patrons’ Pick on the IFF survey when filling it out!