Island Fringe Festival 2021

Island Fringe Festival returns July 28-August 1, 2021 with live performances happening in downtown Charlottetown.

This year marks our 10th anniversary, and we will be celebrating this milestone all year long.
The highlight, and to make it extra-special, this year’s festival will showcase the amazing talent that comes from right here on Prince Edward Island.

ShowRatingShow LengthVenueJuly 29July 30July 31Aug. 1
Apple BonesM30 MinutesCONNAUGHT SQUARE PARK Zone A8:15-8:458:15-8:458:15-8:454:15-4:45
Kings and QueensPG50 MinutesCONNAUGHT SQUARE PARK Zone B9:15-10:059:15-10:059:15-10:053:00-3:50
PlaygroundG40 MinutesHILLSBOROUGH SQUARE PARK Zone A6:45-7:255:30-6:106:45-7:252:00-2:40
Inner Urban EcosystemG45 MinutesHILLSBOROUGH SQUARE PARK Zone B5:30-6:156:45-7:305:30-6:153:15-4:00
Deenie’s ExitPG50 MinutesHaviland Club6:30-7:207:45-8:356:30-7:201:00-1:50
SnacksPG45 MinutesHaviland Club (yard)7:45-8:306:30-7:157:45-8:302:15-3:00
Head WarR30 MinutesDown Street Dance8:00-8:309:15-9:458:00-8:305:00-5:30
CowardiceR45 MinutesDown Street Dance9:00-9:458:00-8:459:00-9:456:00-6:45

If you see a minimum of 5 different performances throughout the Fringe Festival you will receive a complimentary 10th Anniversary Island Fringe Patron Pin. That is awesome. But what’s even more awesome is that you will also have the opportunity to vote on PATRON’S PICK of the FRINGE!! This is a big deal because the performance that receives the Patron’s Pick votes will be awarded a $250 cash prize at our closing night gala

(*2021 is the first year when Island Fringe has been able to hand out cash awards—a big step forward that will make a big impact on our artists!)

Gets you into all of our shows. You get to vote on PATRON’S PICK of the FRINGE, will receive a complimentary 10th Anniversary Island Fringe Patron Pin, will get into our after-hour events, and you join us at our Closing Night Gala at The Beer Garden!

The Gala will be a big deal: we are celebrating 10 years of Island Fringe, recognizing the remarkable performances throughout the festival, and for the first time ever, we will be awarding some cash prizes to our performers.

  • Indoor venues will have seating available for the audience. 
  • There will be a handful of seats available at the outdoor venues for people who need.
  • Audience members are strongly encouraged to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets to sit on at the outdoor venues.
  • We welcome service animals in all venues of the Island Fringe Festival.

We are making every effort to secure indoor venues in the case of inclement weather.

Decisions to move indoors will be made an hour prior to the first scheduled outdoor performance.  This will be made public on our website, on our social media, and will be emailed to ticketholders who will be affected by these changes.

Aside from a 2.9% processing fee paid to PayPal and 15%HST, 100% of your ticket price goes directly to the performer(s). Island Fringe Festival does not make any money from ticket sales. 

We are not against refunding tickets. However, may we be so bold as to suggest that if you’re unable to attend a show you’ve purchased a ticket for, or if for some reason the performance is cancelled, perhaps instead of a refund, you’d donate the $10 spent on your ticket to the performer(s). It has been a tough year for everyone, the Arts community was especially hard hit, and performers in the Island Fringe Festival have put in countless hours preparing for their performances.


What do vampires have in common with mannequins? They’re both amongst the many things Benton Hartley is afraid of. When he’s tasked by his therapist to list everything that scares him, he quickly realises that the problem might be much deeper than he thought. Darkly hilarious and unblinkingly vulnerable, Cowardice tells the story of one man’s history with hospitals, panic attacks and the great american sitcom.

45 mins, R, Descriptions of Mental Illness and coarse language

Company: Desert Island Theatre Company

Created and Performed by: Benton Hartley

Deenie’s Exit

At 95, Deenie is fed up with the decrepitude, loneliness, and, most of all, loss of control that come with old age. She convinces her friend Max to write a play about her and her determination to end it all, but Deenie’s son Peter assumes Max is after his mother’s money. Mayhem ensues! Caretaker Ruby offers perspective.

Running time: 45 – 50 min
Rating: comedy/drama. PG

Playwright: Louise Burley
Directors: Francis Bird and Sharlene MacLean
Stage managers: Lorna McMaster and Sarah Compton
Set design: Cyril Armstrong

Deenie: Barbara Rhodenhizer
Ruby: Jessica Gauthier
Max: Robbin Ward
Peter: Gordon Cobb

Head War

Head War is a found text performance that pieces together the story of creator Sadie McCarney’s 2013 hospitalization for acute psychosis. Scavenging and rearranging words from the official records of her two-month hospital stay, McCarney has crafted an experience that reclaims sentences written about her as sentences not of illness, but of transformative power. These are her words, now.

An extended version of Head War is available as a chapbook from Frog Hollow Press.

Running time: 30 min
Rating: Mature/R – coarse language, mentions of adult content, and description of sexual interference

Credits: Written and performed by Sadie McCarney

Kings and Queens

Xclusiv Crew is a diverse Urban Dance Company that was founded in 2010 by Bahamian HipHop Choreographer, Joe Dames. In 2012, he met Dawn Ward, who brought her Contemporary and African Jazz feel and vibe. They have been creating together ever since and will finally tell their love story, through the beauty of dance. Each piece in “Kings and Queens” represent a different milestone in Dawn and Joe’s life. From the moment they laid eyes on each other, to the obstacles they faced and overcame. The show will also bring awareness to the different genres of dance and how African movement and HipHop are the definite roots of all styles we learn about and see today. 

Company Name: Xclusiv Crew

Running time: 50 minutes

Number of Dancers: 22

Choreographed by: Dawn Ward and Joe Dames

Inner Urban Ecosystem

Inner urban ecosystem is a contemporary dance piece set in a local park in which the performers will evaluate the parks microcosm, allowing their personal experience and emotion to be portrayed through their movement and music. Exploring themselves through this performance will give the audience an opportunity to take a breath out of the overwhelming city life and enjoy the beauty of the local park.

Running time: 45 minutes. Suitable for all audiences

Choreographed by: Kylie Fudge Jensen in collaboration with the company members of Charlottetown Contemporary Dancers

Directed and produced by: Taryn Kristalovich and Kylie Fudge Jensen

Performed by: members of Charlottetown Contemporary Dancers: Taryn Kristalovich, Kylie Fudge Jensen, Callista Gilks, Marissa Laderoute, Megan Broome, Asia MacMillan and Megan Connors. Apprentices: Molly Rainnie and Isabelle Lee

Music Performed and created by: Michael Peters, Isaac Williams and Brielle Ansems

In sponsorship with: Dance Umbrella, Dance Virtuosa and Infrared Fitness


I’ll tell you a story…about how all the world is a playground, but all the people have forgotten how to play.” Lucy goes to the playground expecting to…well…play, but instead finds folx engaged in anything but. Is play an end in itself, or must one track progress toward a goal for an activity to be meaningful? Or is it perhaps best to just sit on a bench and not engage at all?

Running time: 40 minutes. Rated G

Written and produced by: Malcolm Murray,

Directed by: Jay Gallant.

Stage Manager: Kim Johnston.

Performed by: Amy Lynn (Lucy), MaryAnne Fitzpatrick (Magdalene), Noah Nazim (Gus), Graham Putnam (Bertrand), Sophie Jane MacInnis (Rosa) and Cameron Bennett MacDonald (Simon).


A home is like a shrine. It is a space we fill with items that represent what we believe. Moving house is a time when you are poised to evaluate everything you believe in. “snacks” is a performance that explores the subtle belief systems that creep into our lives when we’re not looking, and how we enshrine them in the things – and the people – we surround ourselves with.

Running time: 45 mins, PG 13, Descriptions of sexuality and drug use

Company: Quirky Theatre

Created and performed by: Marisa Boudreault and Oscar Kempe

Please Note:

*Please note: due to unforeseen circumstances, both Apple Bones and Castor Oil had to drop out of IFF2021.