Announcing the 2023/24 Fringe Theatre Season!

From stepsisters to libertines, the 2023/24 Fringe Season has something for everyone.  

What is the Fringe Season, you ask? Well, we’re glad you did. Fringe Season is our way of sprinkling the magic of Festival throughout the year. It’s a celebration of daring new work by local artists curated by our Artistic Director Murray Utas. If you like to Fringe in August, we know you’ll love our Season.  

A brand-new Holiday Fringe Revue will party on in the heart of winter on December 8. Small Matters Productions brings their deliciously disruptive dark comedy The Spinsters to the Arts Barns on January 19, written & performed by Christine Lesiak and Tara Travis. Take an erotic look at art and love in Jordan Tannahill’s Botticelli in the Fire directed by Sarah Emslie.  

See it all with a Fringe Season bundles! They’re the best value for your buck. A full season is like eating green onion cakes AND hot sauce. Sure – sauce is good. Green onion cakes are amazing. But together? It’s an EXPERIENCE. Get your tickets today!

Read below for more info on each event.  

Each season show includes three ASL interpreted performances and two relaxed performances. (exact dates to be announced – please stay tuned!). Offer What You Will tickets are available for every performance. You may offer any dollar amount you’re able to contribute, or you can offer other non-monetary ways of showing respect and mutual investment, such as tobacco, your own art, or a donation you feel the artist(s) will benefit from. No one will be turned away.




Fringe Revue - Holidays

Fringe Theatre

December 8, 2023
Westbury Theatre

For ONE NIGHT ONLY, curl up by the metaphorical fire for an evening of stories and shenanigans. That’s right – we’re making Fringe Revue bigger and even better than before. We’re planning on two – one Holiday Special in December plus the return of our Spring Revue where we’ll announce our season, announce the Festival theme…you know, those old chestnuts.  

But this Winter moment… 

Just think – unhinged Fringe hilarity and entertainment, but in WINTER. . Like with snow on the ground and stuff. We’re talking a special event involving 4 writers, a groovy ensemble, and 2 weeks to make it all happen leading to a special 1-night-only-show. What could go wrong? (probably a lot) Better buy your ticket and have a grand old time. 


The Spinsters

Small Matters Productions / Written & Performed by Christine Lesiak & Tara Travis

January 16 – 27, 2024
Westbury Theatre

Cinderella’s Ugly Stepsisters. This time, it’s their ball. 

The Ugly Stepsisters cordially invite you back to the Palace, just like the good old days. Doesn’t everyone love a ball? The pageantry, the elegance, the romance… but their ball, their rules, and the world’s most infamous stepsiblings are ready to dish the dirt. What scandals hide within the glittering facade? What was Cinderella really like? Are the stepsisters really vapid? Vindictive? … Victims? 

The Spinsters is a seductive feast featuring mesmerizing movement, magical dresses, and stunning shadow puppetry. It’s a deliciously disruptive dark comedy for adults brought to life by some of the most innovative designers and creators from across Western Canada. 


Botticelli in the Fire

Written by Jordan Tannahill / Directed by Sarah Emslie

April 16 – 27, 2024
Westbury Theatre

Painter Sandro Botticelli is an irrepressible libertine, renowned for his weekend-long orgies as much as he is for his great masterpieces of the early Renaissance. But things get complicated when Lorenzo de’ Medici commissions Botticelli to paint a portrait of his wife, Clarice. What emerges is the famed The Birth of Venus and a love triangle involving Botticelli’s young assistant Leonardo that risks setting their world alight. For while Florence of 1497 is a liberal city, civil unrest is stoked by the charismatic friar Girolamo Savonarola who begins calling for sodomites to be burned at the pyre. 

“The best new Canadian play of the year.” – Robert Cushman, National Post 

“Jordan Tannahill’s bracingly fresh double bill takes fragments of stories from the historical record and turns them into plays for today, damning more than a few torpedoes as he goes.” – Karen Fricker, Toronto Star 

“Tannahill’s work is witty, sexy, and audacious, with a strong emotional core.” – Martin Morrow, Torontoist 


GET A BUNDLE DISCOUNT – For Fringe Theatre’s 2023/24 Season

From Step Sisters to Libertines – there’s a lil’ something for everyone.  

Did you know you can get your tickets at a special discount when you purchase tix for more than one Season show? 

STEP 1 – Go to  

STEP 2 – Add tickets to Botticelli in the Fire, The Spinsters AND/OR Fringe Revue* to your cart.  

STEP 3 – Once you’ve added tickets for at least two Season shows, your tickets will be automatically discounted in your basket!  

STEP 4 – Proceed to check out and look forward to the best time. The. Best. Time.  

*Fringe Revue tickets are LIMITED. But don’t fret! If you can’t get a ticket to the Revue, that’s all right. The discount is still available if you are purchasing tix for both Botticelli in the Fire and The Spinsters