Actors and Crew Members Needed for No Exit

After a great run at the Fringe, we are excited to announce that we are in pre-production for our next show. Luciana Fernandes, our previous general manager, has taken on the role of Artistic Director. Jon Fisher is our new general manager and they are supported by a fantastic new board.

Keep an eye out for our future plans. We will continue to balance historical pieces and new works that push boundaries, while always nurturing local talent. More details are coming soon!

Our next show will be Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit, directed by Megan Kendell. This time we will look at a more subtle subject: the taboos that we uncomfortably ignore. No Exit makes us confront the uneasy idea that we are cursed with freedom; what do we make of ourselves in spite of circumstances?  Accountability can be often met with resistance. It is much easier to blame God, the universe, or the system, and become apathetic, a victim of circumstances. No Exit asks questions we often prefer not to be asked and forces us to face ourselves.

Show week will be the week of Nov 29th. Rehearsals will be held part time through October and November. We are currently working on getting the production team together. Get in touch via email to become a part of the team!

Actors: please e-mail with your resume and headshot to book a time slot. Auditions will be happening Friday, Oct 9th, 6-9 PM and Saturday, Oct 10th, 2-6 PM. Monologues are encouraged, though not required.


A Grand Guignol Double Bill! in Atlantic Fringe Festival 2015

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For this year’s Atlantic Fringe Festival, Taboo Theatre presents two short plays in the style of the early 20th century French theatre of horror by local playwrights Alison House and Ira Henderson.

In the comedy A Terrible Misstep, written by Alison House and directed by Zara Tufts, a wealthy British woman confesses the murder of her husband to a friend in a shockingly cavalier manner. In the horror play How’d You Get Those Eyes?, written by Ira Henderson and directed by Luciana Silvestre Fernandes, two women wake up in a meat locker where they are being held by a doctor with dubious intentions. Laugh your guts out and then get ready for graphic gore in a “hot and cold shower” double bill.

All shows will be at the second stage at Fort Massey United Chuch on 5303 Tobin Street in Halifax.

Directors: Zara Tufts and Luciana Silvestre Fernandes.
Producer: Mike Chandler
Cast: Andrea Dymond, Megan Kendell, Paige Smith, Mat Tufts

For mature audiences only.
Length: 60 mins.


Friday Sep 4th – 8:40PM
Saturday Sep 5th – 6:55PM
Sunday Sep 6th – 6:30PM
Monday Sep 7th – 4:45PM
Saturday Sep 12th – 3:55PM
Sunday Sep 13th – 3:15PM

For more information on Grand Guignol, the French theatre of horror popular in the early 20th century, see the website

Cast and Crew for Festival of Fear IV Announced

The cast for our 2014 Grand Guignol show, entitled Festival of Fear IV: The Evils of Envy will be Andrea Dymond, Megan Kendell, Paige Smith and Mat Tufts. Megan has appeared in previous Grand Guignol shows (and directed a play for one of them), while Paige appeared in Taboo’s production of The Madonna Painter  in June of 2013. Andrea and Mat are making their Taboo debut. The plays in this year’s show are War Crimes and Punishment by Alison House, A Terrible Misstep by Alison House and How’d You Get Those Eyes? by Ira Henderson. They will be directed by Howard Beye, Mike Chandler and Luciana Silvestre Fernandes respectively. Stephanie Kincade is the producer, Rebecca Schneidereit is the assistant director, Vance Vegas is the lighting designer and the stage managers are Liz Thomas and Mark Monk.

Here is a brief description of each of the three plays:

War Crimes and Punishment: a man accused of being a traitor during a war undergoes a harsh interrogation.
A Terrible Misstep: a wealthy British woman confesses the murder of her husband to a friend in a very cavalier manner.
How’d You Get Those Eyes?: a jealous woman arranges for some very ghoulish surgery to enhance her appearance.
The show will be presented at the Bus Stop Theatre on 2203 Gottingen St. from Nov. 6th to Nov. 9th at 8 pm, and there will also be a 2 pm matinee on Sunday, November 9th. The ticket price will be $15 regular, $10 for seniors, artists and the unwaged.

For more information on Grand Guignol, the French theatre of horror popular in the early 20th century, see the website

Actors Needed For 2014 Grand Guignol Show!

Auditions are being held at the Queen Street Sobeys Community Room in Halifax on Sunday, Aug. 24 starting at 2 pm for Festival of Fear IV, our Grand Guignol show from Nov. 6-9. Script excerpts will be provided to read but you can also perform a prepared monologue if you want. We require at least four actors – four women, one man – for the following plays: War Crimes and Punishment by Alison House, A Terrible Misstep by Alison House and How’d You Get Those Eyes? by Ira Henderson. They will be directed by Howard Beye, Mike Chandler and Luciana Silvestre Fernandes respectively. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Sunday afternoons. To book an audition time or for more information, send a message to For more information on Grand Guignol, the French theatre of horror popular in the early 20th century, see the website

Positions Available for 2014 Grand Guignol Show

Preparations are currently underway for Taboo’s next Grand Guignol show in the first week of November. We are looking for Production Managers, Producers, Makeup and Special Effects Artists and Stage Managers for this show as well as a director for one of the three plays.

We also still need volunteers willing to fill the following positions on our board:

  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Publicity Chairperson
  • Properties and Costumes Chairperson
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Member at Large

If you’re interested in any of these positions, please contact us at

Winning Submissions for 2014 Grand Guignol Show Announced!

Taboo has chosen the three plays it will produce for its fourth Festival of Fear: An Evening of Grand Guignol show this fall after putting out a call for submissions in January. Two of the plays were written by Halifax’s own Alison House: they are A Terrible Misstep and War Crimes & Punishment. The other one, How’d You Get Those Eyes? is by Ira Henderson, also of Halifax. Both House and Henderson have been involved with Taboo’s previous Grand Guignol shows as actors, and House directed one of last year’s plays.

We received over 100 submissions of original plays from Canada and abroad, and is proud to say that many of the top contenders were by local playwrights.  We would like to thank everyone who submitted a script to us. Some of the submissions will be considered for future Taboo productions.

The winning playwrights have been active members of the Halifax theatre scene for several years. Taboo Theatre’s last Grand Guignol show presented three works by Halifax playwright Dan Bray, one of which went on to be presented at last year’s Atlantic Fringe Festival.

The chosen plays will be workshopped over the next few months before being presented at the Bus Stop Theatre from Nov. 3 to Nov. 9. Grand Guignol is a genre of theatre which became popular in Paris in the early 20th century in which a program of short horror plays alternating with comedies is presented during the course of an evening. You can find more information on this fascinating and neglected theatre form at

Call for Submissions: An Evening of Grand Guignol IV

Inspired by works presented in the early 20th century at the Theatre du Grand-Guignol in Paris, Taboo Theatre’s Festival of Fear (a.k.a. An Evening of Grand Guignol) has evolved from pre-existing translations of the original French shows to new plays written in this style.  In 2012, we accepted a proposal from local playwright Dan Bray for three new works, which we workshopped and presented as a full Evening of Grand Guignol event in November of that year. This show was so successful that we remounted one of the plays (Criminal Negligee, or An Evening In) for the 2013 Atlantic Fringe Festival and it won the award for best script.

This year, we are again accepting submissions for our annual Grand Guignol show.  Here are the requirements:

–          The plays can be either (a) completely original ; (b) new translations of 20th-century French Grand Guignol works; or (c) adaptations of other material that fits the requirements of this genre (such as the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe).

–          The theme chosen for the show is Envy, so the play should have this as an essential element.

–          The plays can be set in any time period but should not require elaborate sets, props or costumes.

–          Submissions may consist of one or more plays.

–          Completed first drafts are preferred but not absolutely necessary.

–          Please include with your submission any past writing and production credits.

–          Submissions will be accepted no later than March 15, 2014.

–          Chosen submissions will be announced by April 1, 2014.

The accepted plays will be workshopped during the late spring and early summer of 2014 (the exact dates will be determined by the number of shows accepted). After the workshopping process, final working drafts are to be completed no later than August 15, 2014. 2014’s Festival of Fear will then be rehearsed and mounted over the following two months, with exact details and dates to be announced at a later time.

A great deal of information on Grand Guignol is available at the website, which also includes an example of a play in this style from the early 20th century. What we are looking for is a short play (20 minutes or less is ideal) which is a work of either horror, suspense or comedy. The show will consist of three plays, one of which will be a comedy (in keeping with the “hot and cold shower” format of traditional Grand Guignol events).  Our audiences expect  a certain amount of gore, so blood-spilling is encouraged as long as any special effects required are within our production budget. It is also important to note that although we are looking for horror plays, the plot should not depend on the existence of the supernatural (although there can be a reference to the supernatural).

Submissions can be sent to Taboo Theatre’s Artistic Director at