Past Shows

A Grand Guignol Double Bill! (September 2015)GG Double Bill #2

For the 2015 Atlantic Fringe Festival, Taboo Theatre presented 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.

All shows were 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.

Performances:

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 grandguignol.com.

Festival of Fear IV: The Evils of Envy (November 2014)

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The fourth version of our Grand Guignol show included these three plays:

In War Crimes and Punishment, written by Alison House and directed by Howard Beye, a man accused of being a traitor during a war undergoes a harsh interrogation.
In A Terrible Misstep, written by Alison House and directed by Mike Chandler, a wealthy British woman confesses the murder of her husband to a friend in a very cavalier manner.
In How’d You Get Those Eyes?, written by Ira Henderson and directed by Luciana Silvestre Fernandes, a jealous woman arranges for some very ghoulish surgery to enhance her appearance.
Cast: Andrea Dymond, Megan Kendell, Paige Smith and Mat Tufts

Producer: Stephanie Kincade

Assistant Director: Rebecca Schneidereit

Lighting Designer: Vance Vegas

Stage Managers: Liz Thomas, Mark Monk

The show was presented at the Bus Stop Theatre on 2203 Gottingen St. from Nov. 6th to Nov. 9th at 8 pm with a 2 pm matinee on Sunday, November 9th. The ticket prices were $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 grandguignol.com.

Criminal Negligée by Dan Bray (Atlantic Fringe Festival 2013)

Criminal Negligée at Fringe 2013 At the 23rd Atlantic Fringe Festival, Taboo Theatre delighted audiences with a raucous re-staging of Grand Guignol III‘s hit sex farce, Criminal Negligée, written by Dan Bray. Starring Genevieve Jones, Ira Henderson, James MacDonald, Colleen MacIsaac and Keith Morrison. Directed by Stephanie Kincade. Stage management by Christina Macdonald.

The Madonna Painter by Michel Marc Bouchard (June 2013)

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The Madonna Painter. Poster design by Colleen MacIsaac.

 Festival of Fear: An Evening of Grand Guignol III (Nov. 2012)

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Taboo Theatre’s annual Festival of Fear: An Evening of Grand Guignol ran from November 7-11 at the Bus Stop Theatre, and once again delighted audiences with blood, gore, sex, comedy, suspense, and horror! Like our two previous fear festivals, Grand Guignol III comprised three short plays (two dramas and a comedy) in the style of the early 20th century French theatre of horror. In 2012, Taboo introduced something different: all three plays were new, original works by local playwright Dan Bray.  Not only that, but Bray’s plays were gorier, sexier, and reflect the author’s trademark wit.

Our beloved host, The Manager, returns again for 2012's Festival of Fear!

Our beloved host, The Manager, returns again for 2012’s Festival of Fear!

Cradles and Graves is inspired by real events that occurred in Argentina, but Bray’s version takes place in a militaristic Paris, where a member of a revolutionary group decides to take revenge on a doctor she believes murdered her child. Criminal Négligée is a dark comedy about an arrogant intellectual who decides to commit the perfect murder but gets more than he bargained for when he chooses two plucky prostitutes as the victims. In The Rites, a supposed suicide victim is horribly mutilated because of an ancient superstition, leaving his bride-to-be to deal with the mortifying consequences.

Scaraoke Fundraiser (Oct. 2012)

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Phaedra’s Love by Sarah Kane (May 2012)

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Taboo Theatre’s production of Phaedra’s Love by Sarah Kane, directed by Artistic Director Stephanie Kincade, ran from May 9-13, 2012 at the Bus Stop Theatre and featured an exceptionally talented and experienced cast including:

Ben Irvine

Carolyn Thomas

Emily Pettet

Jozel Campbell-Lemire

David Rossetti

Mike Chandler

Heather Beresford

Dana Thompson

Doug MacAulay

About the Play Sarah Kane is one of a few young playwrights that emerged out of Great Britain in the 1990s who specialized in shock or “in-yer-face” theatre.” These playwrights present vulgar, shocking, and confrontational material on stage as a means of involving and affecting their audiences. It is a theatre form that breaks with the conventions of Naturalist theatre. Kane’s plays are characterized by a poetic intensity, pared-down language, exploration of theatrical form, and, in her earlier work, the use of extreme and violent stage action. “Phaedra’s Love” was a commissioned work. Loosely based on Seneca’s play Phaedra, it has been given a modern setting and a distinctly modern twist by reversing classical tradition by showing, rather than describing, violent action and sexuality on stage. In this retelling of the myth, it is Theseus’ son, Hippolytus, and his cruel treatment of Phaedra that takes focus over Phaedra’s doomed love for her stepson. Often described by Kane as “my comedy,” the play explores the brutal nature of love, social relations, nihilism and belief.

Banned Aid Fundraiser (April 2012)

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The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode (Dec. 2011)

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Cast (left to right): Charles Crosby, Heather Beresford, Christine Daniels, Dan Bray (front), Eric Fitzpatrick (back), Darrell Yates, Mike Chandler, Lisa Rose Snow

Festival of Fear: Another Evening of Grand Guignol  (October 2011)

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Bloodthursty Fundraiser (Oct. 2011)

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A Box, A Bag and A Bottle by Charles Crosby (May 2011)

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An Evening of Grand Guignol (Oct. 2010)

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Adult Entertainment by George F. Walker (Oct. 2009)

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A Midlife Marriage by Charles Crosby (Atlantic Fringe Festival 2006)

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Porn Shoppe by Charles Crosby (Atlantic Fringe Festival 2005)

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Sticks and Stones (Atlantic Fringe Festival 2004)

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 Spendthrift by Charles Crosby (Atlantic Fringe Festival 2002)

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Tattoo You by Charles Crosby (Atlantic Fringe Festival 2001)

Cast: Denis Envoldson, Leana Todd, Lee Pitts, Susan Reicheld, and Darrell Yates

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