The Toronto Fringe Festival (which takes place from now until July 14) is happening all across theatres in the city. If you’ve never been, or have always wanted to go but have been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the 150+ shows on the festival schedule, not to worry–we’ve tried to help out. One of the great things about The Fringe Festival is that it hosts solo shows, dramas, and even full-fledged musicals, which means there is something for everyone. The even better part? It’s not that expensive, with individual tickets costing $11 + fees and tax.
We selected some of the feminist-focused Fringe shows happening, that you’ll want to catch before the festival ends — or before they sell out. Keep reading for our top picks!
The Weight of It All
Comedian Gillian Bartolucci balances the pressures of diet culture, fertility issues, and the ongoing struggle for self-acceptance in this one-woman stage show titled The Weight of It All. This show is ‘mission to find value and humour in the thing that cannot be measured on a scale.’
Clitoria: A Sex-Positive Superhero!
In this musical, Clitoria: A Sex-Positive Superhero!, we’re introduced to a sexually repressed high school science teacher who transforms into a sex-positive Vixen of Kink. Hilarity and hijinks happened after the Ontario government scraps the sex-education curriculum.
One of the biggest girl groups, the It Girls are getting back together after being split for fifteen years. This show documents their reunion and if ‘girl power’ is really all it’s cracked up to be.
Comedian Jess Beaulieu and actor Luis Fernandes have an honest and raw look at the emotional weight that women carry relationships. Their show, Emotional Labour, is funny and at times far too relatable.
Have we thought about the cost of fast fashion? In this show, Clotheswap, playwrights Amanda Barker and Dale Boyer explore the stories our bodies tell through clothes and how women relate to one another via these experiences.
Monica vs The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior
In this one-woman show, Monica vs The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior, comedian Monica Ogden gets honest about trolls on the Internet in the age of activism and why white feminism is kind of the worst.
If you’ve ever seen comedian Courtney Gilmour, then you’ll know that her one-woman show will be a treat. In her latest show, Congratulations!, she explores achievement, embarrassment, and self-worth as a multiple limb amputee and shares what her road to self-love has been.
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(Story by Contributing Editor, Ama Scriver)