Vancouver International Fringe Festival

September 4th - 14th, 2014

Vancouver’s annual celebration of every kind of theatre imaginable is back at the Firehall! The Fringe features over 700 performances by artists from around the world at venues across the city and is consistently voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival by Georgia Straight readers. 

There are seven shows on at the Firehall this year. See it all – an American one-woman folk opera, singing cannibals, a junk orchestra musical, bag ladies, struggling playwrights and a mystery in the heart of Central America. There are several Fringe venues in East Van, including The Cultch, Havana Restaurant on Commercial, that are easy show hopping distance to the Firehall.



PoorShelly Cormorant is rich and she’s guilt-ridden. Her solution? Disguise herself as a baglady and hang out in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Will anyone notice? Angry Actors Co-op presents this shockingly funny new play directed by Jay Brazeau. If you loved past Fringe hits: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Blue Window, Famous Dead Stories and We Just Made Up, you’ll love Poor! >>Read more


MumA mysterious trunk sits on the peak of a mountain at the end of the universe. Out of the trunk come the clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango. They have brought with them the ashes of their dear, departed mother, whose last wish was to be scattered across the void. The clowns trip, fall, and tumble through the stages of grief. >> Read more



junkJunk! is a musical with an original score played on original instruments made from junk. Melissa stumbles into a scrapyard and is immersed in a fantastical world where a wheelbarrow bass, a garbage can cello, PVC tubing, and more trash form an orchestra that tickles the imagination while redefining the meaning of junk. From its soft, weeping ballads to its heart-thumping upbeat songs, Junk! is a musical adventure unlike any you’ve experienced before. “One man’s garbage is another man’s gold…”  >>Read more


versusFacing writer’s block, an impending deadline, and the impatience of her lead actress, a playwright struggles to finish her manuscript on time. To her shock and surprise, events in her play start to occur in the lead actress’ real life, often with horrific and hilarious consequences. Versus tracks the power dynamics between these two characters. A new play by Vancouver’s Andrea Yu. >>Read more


el centroThe nature of truth is disputed as Alex, a haunted young backpacker, relates the story of his harrowing experience in Central America to a researcher obsessed with theories of his own, and who is determined to unravel a confounding mystery. 
“Artfully and intelligently crafted…[recommended for] everyone to check it out.” -Plank Magazine on The Shoebox Philosopher (2013 Vancouver Fringe). >>Read more


cannibalA singin’, dancin’, flesh-eatin’, toe-tapper from the twisted comic mind of Trey Parker (South Park and The Book of Mormon). Hilariously ridiculous, sometimes raunchy, possibly offensive-it’s a musical sure to tempt your taste buds. On a search for gold and love, companions lose their way and must resort to unthinkable horrors…with music!  >>Read more



whitewaterA young woman flees her Civil War ravaged home of West Virginia to start a new life on the American frontier in this original one-woman folk opera. A 13 song cycle of love, betrayal, and redemption on the Kansas prairie, sung by the Ghost of Anna Morgan Faber.
“A series of magnificent narrative songs, performed just perfectly…An absolute triumph of music, production, and mischievous willingness to unnerve.” –Edmonton Journal  >>Read more

The Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 4 – 14. Tickets are available at You can also purchase tickets at the door one hour prior to show time.