Thursday, February 22, 2024

Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest returns to Victoria (VIDEO)


Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest, a solo performance festival full of fearless artists, daring stories, and solo audience encounters, returns for its 21st year on May 9 – 19.

The festival schedule, tickets, passes and full show descriptions for the 21st Annual UNO Fest are all available at

Intrepid Theatre’s Cheap Thrills initiative at UNO Fest also offers “pay-what-you-can” tickets to opening night performances at the festival.

Pushing Boundaries

With shows hailing from Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Charlottetown, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Dublin, the 2018 program features 17 artists that push the boundaries of performance styles.

“UNO Fest pushes boundaries and reimagines the possibilities of what solo performance can be – and this year’s festival is no exception,” said Intrepid Theatre’s Executive Director, Heather Lindsay.

From a classical piano concert turned comedy show to a feminist re-visioning of James Bond through a mash-up of dance and storytelling, an immense amount of creativity will be on display.

UNO Fest Full Lineup:

Dream Another Day, Stand Up Dance/Meagan O’Shea (Tkarón:to/Toronto)

Extremophiles, Architect Theatre in association with Downstage/Georgina Beaty (Calgary)

My Nightmares Wear White, Talk Like You Theatre/Grace Thompson (Tkarón:to/Toronto)

“Perk Up, Pianist!”, HagenDoesTheatre/Sarah Hagen (Charlottetown)

SELF-ish, Classy Little Bitch Productions/Diana Bang (Vancouver)

The Humours of BandonFishamble: The New Play Company/Margaret McAuliffe (Dublin)

The Only Good Indian, Pandemic Theatre (Tkarón:to/Toronto)

Spotlight on Indigenous Women’s Voices:

These three shows explore land rights, pipelines, intergenerational trauma, and alienation.

bug, manidoons collective/Yolanda Bonnell (Tkarón:to/Toronto)
White Man’s Indian, WMI Collective/Darla Contois (Winnipeg)
The Chemical Valley Project, Broadleaf Theatre/Kevin Matthew Wong (Tkarón:to/Toronto)

Double Bill – Development Series:

UNO Fest
“Jezebel At The Still Point” Bumble Bear Productions – Photo via Intrepid Theatre

Jezebel At The Still Point, Bumble Bear Productions/Ainsley Hillyard (Edmonton)
Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers, 
Makambe Simamba (Calgary)

Site-Specific Series:

Landline UNO Fest
Landline – Photo via Intrepid Theatre

Landline, XOSECRET/Dustin Harvey + Adrienne Wong (Halifax + Ottawa)
Red Phone, 
Boca Del Lupo (Vancouver)

Family Series:

Ideas Bobert!, Candy Bones/Candy Roberts (Vancouver)
Omelette, Puzzle Theatre/Csaba Raduly (Montréal)


Alistair Ogden
Former staff writer at Victoria Buzz.

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