Eight-year-old Vígdís, the youngest seeress in North America, invites you to attend the traditional (albeit scaled-down) Viking funeral of her dear hamster, Broddi, and to witness her oath of eternal vengeance against the girls of Ms. Costie’s three-four split, who bear responsibility for his untimely death.
Playwright/Director – Nicholas Guerreiro
Performer – Shea O’Connor
Costume Design – Corina Fischer
Named after the Norse god of Poetry, Bragi Theatre is a Victoria-based company that produces pathfinding theatre dares to sail beyond the confines of genre. Last summer, Bragi Theatre produced Rural Ravaillac for SKAMpede and O, Come All Ye Faithful on the Victoria Fringe.
Copper Forks Collective’s
BEE AND THE WISHING TREE
Bee is a wise woman living deep in the forest, tasked with guardianship of the Wishing Tree. Today, many will bravely seek the Tree, placing their wish among those that have come before. When the sun is highest in the sky, the worthiest’s wishes will be granted.
Playwright, Producer & Artist (Bee) – Hannah Harper
Artist (Ki) – Flavia Martin
Copper Forks Collective seeks to create collaborative based, new works. Eliminating traditional structures of theatrical creation, the company seeks to establish an process-driven environment, where body-based performance is key; as well as inviting audience members to become active participants, allowing them ownership of their experience.
DANCE Berserker DANCE’s
ALL HAPPY FAMILIES
We all have that family member who causes trouble, is super annoying and doesn’t share the popcorn. All Happy Families is a comedic and physical representation of the relationships between siblings and the family unit as a support system.
Concept & choreography – Kelly Hobson
Dance Berserker Dance is Victoria’s newest contemporary dance company. With concept and choreography by Artistic Director Kelly Hobson and video design by Alex Wlasenko, this captivating new company creates innovative and unforgettable work through a dynamic fusion of contemporary dance, theatre, and animation.
Embrace Arts Foundation’s
Creature Caste is a mixed ability dance piece that explores the social hierarchy in a group of gremlins. This comedic piece follows these creatures as they fight to come out on top (quite literally).
Performers – Jill Aalders, Claire Bruce, Max Lumsden, and Acacia Scott
Director – Tiffany Tjosvold
Embrace Arts Foundation is an organization devoted to creating meaningful artistic opportunities for individuals of all abilities. We run inclusive dance, theatre, and music programming throughout the CRD. We are excited to be creating new works after spending our last season focused on creating more accessible training opportunities in Victoria.
LOST AND ALONE: A CLOWN’S ORDEAL
A clown stumbles through the forest, completely lost. He can’t read his map. He didn’t pack survival gear… but he is far too much of a man to reach out for help!
This piece is an excerpt from a larger, multi-disciplinary exploration of contemporary masculinity called Many Fires.
Creator & Performer – Charlie Peters
Founded in 2013 and nominated for SAT Awards every year of its’ eligibility, Embrace Theatre has produced half a dozen works in a huge variety of styles. Founder, creator, and performer Charlie Peters is a Saskatoon-based stage director, actor, lighting designer, playwright, dramaturge, poet, and clown.
A bedraggled man, collecting bottles and cans. A weary new mother, collecting herself. They have more in common than meets the eye.
This is a comedy about assumptions, unexpected community and the kindness of strangers, featuring exactly the sort of riffraff you’d expect to find along the Galloping Goose Trail.
Playwright & Director – Pamela Bethel
Actor – Sarah Wilson
Pamela Bethel is an emerging playwright/director living in Victoria BC. She’s inspired and fascinated by the “in-between” times of life that challenge and evolve us – usually in painful and hilarious ways. This is a remount of the first play she ever wrote, shortly after producing her first human. The show debuted at Bike Ride 2013.
A grotesque family that doesn’t belong outside is startled by the bustle of the city and the light of day. The father, mother, and child must make sense of this brand new world, and hope to find a path back to their precious routine.
Performers – Anna Marie Anderson, Luciana Fernandes, and Ciaron Volke
Director – Andrew Barrett
Impulse Theatre is a multidisciplinary theatre company. The company has made over fifteen new works since 2010 and been presented in Uno Fest, rEvolver Theatre Festival, Spark Festival, and more. It runs PEEK-FEST, a festival dedicated to the development of local work and artists. This is the company’s fourth SKAMpede. OMG.
THE REAL SK8ER BOI
Jay is a seventeen-year old who has always fulfilled the stereotype of Avril Lavigne’s 2002 hit, “Sk8r Boi.” But what they really want is to make their own music – and for people to stop using their dead name all the freaking time. THE REAL SK8R BOI explores both the bravado and bravery of a newly out trans-masc kid.
Playwright & Performer – Kai Taddei
Director – Karin Saari
Kai Taddei is a Transgender playwright, performer and educator. They are a two-time recipient of the Victoria Fringe’s “Favourite New Play” award. Kai has a BFA in Writing from UVic.
Karin Saari is a local director and graduate of UVic’s Phoenix Theatre. Recent credits include: Bulb Duet (rEvolver Festival), Scorch (Puente Theatre) and open face beholding (Intrepid Theatre YOU Show).
Launch Pad Theatre’s
RAINFOREST ROSE AND THE FATE OF THE PHANTOM ORCHID
In a province with no laws protecting endangered wildlife, one woman battles to protect the unprotected; defending Marmots and Monarch Butterflies, fighting for Peregrine Falcons and Pussytoes… she is Rainforest Rose – Gentlewoman adventurer, friend to all species at risk, and relentless enemy to all who oppose her dream of endangered wildlife legislation.
Christina Patterson & David Radford
SKAMpede fans will remember Launch Pad’s: Pine BeetleMania, Transition City, Dial M for Mer-Murder, Chain Drive, and Crude Dark Matters. They are the creators of Tara Firm, Watch 4 Bones, and; Dracula, Arkenham Abbey, RED DEATH, and Bard in the Ballroom at Craigdarroch Castle. Up next: Nautilus at Nine!
Lisa C. Ravensbergen’s
Lisa C. Ravensburgen is a, “tawny mix of Ojibway/ Swampy Cree and English/ Irish, Lisa is a multi-hypenate theatre artist based in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish territory. A play-maker, Jessie nominated actor, dramaturge, writer, director, and sometimes dancer, she supplements her eclectic practice with the joys of motherhood and the delights of self-produced works.
She is an Associate Artist with Full Circle: First Nations Performance, as well as a former Dramaturge in Residence and Associate Playwright at Playwrights Theatre Centre in Vancovuer. She is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) and a graduate of Trinity Western University and Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.”
Asking Alice is a one on one interactive experience, dealing with mental health and self-identity. You are taken into the mind of teenaged Alice, who, since returning from Wonderland, is trying to figure out who she is. Was Wonderland real, or was it just a really bad trip? Inspired by creator Madelyn Osborne’s real-life struggle with addiction and depression, Alice leads you to answering the question, “Who are you?” (Child friendly version available!)
Producer & Performer – Madelyn Osborne
Dramaturg & Director – Michael David Stewart
Designer – Shelby Wyminga
Production Designer & Builder – Thomas van Kalken
MOMS is a performance art collective that focuses on interactive community building that pushes participants out of their comfort zones. Formed by Madelyn Osborne and Michael Stewart in 2017 with their experimental piece EntertainMe!
Story Theatre presents Denise Read storyteller and teacher and her performance of ‘The Honeymoon’, a west coast camping adventure is the perfect honeymoon for the newly weds but for one small problem.
Creator & Performer – Denise Read
Producer & Performer – David MacPherson
Performer – Victoria Stolting
Story Theatre has worked with Denise Read for about three years now. Denise is guiding the company in incorporating American Sign Language into our shows. Denise also creates ASL versions of nursery rhymes and has developed a workshop called Flash ASL which introduces participants to ASL and to Deaf Culture.
The Only Animal’s
Part of The Only Animal’s Year of the Typewriter, the Typing Pool is an audience-immersive experience in translating the narrative of place. You the audience members take a seat and a typewriter and look out. Before you is a story writ in landscape–it could be the harbor and woods, a cloudscape, a garbage barge, a stream of Victorians along the Trail, or fabulously priced harbour-front real estate. You listen and you take the dictation. What is this place trying to tell you?
Kendra Fanconi & Caroline Syniatynski
The Only Animal creates, cultivates, and inspires theatre work that arises from a deep engagement with place. The elemental identity of our west coast home is often the inspiration of our site-specific work.
On a ten-minute work break, two fast-food employees discover that history is written by those with the props.
Writer – Sara Cassidy
Actor – Grace Le
Actor – Lili Michaelis-Martin
Director – Andrew Wheeler
Dramaturg – David Geary
Theatre Nutshell is grateful to work on unceded Coast Salish territories, and thrilled to again be part of SKAMpede. Last year’s play, Leechtown, spanned 160 years, starting with a 19th-century gold miner (Alex Judd) on his way the site of a gold rush, the actual, short-lived Leechtown at the end of the Galloping Goose.The miner morphs by play’s end into a present-day drifter hitching to Alberta to work in the oil sands. This year’s Prop is also directed by Andrew Wheeler and stars Grace Le. It is in real time, but dives deep. Lili Michaelis-Martin joins Nutshell for 2018.
AFTER DEATH DO US PARTY
Funerals are for the living. Parties are for the dead! Come sing, dance, and make merry as we welcome the newest arrival to our afterlife community.
Who’s bringing the punch?
Creator/Performer – Emma Zabloski
Musician/Performer – Kate Romain
Zopyra Theatre has been creating playful, interactive, and site-specific theatre across Canada for over 10 years. Zopyra’s work has appeared at the Belfry Theatre, SKAMpede Festival, Firehall Arts Centre, UnoFest, and on the Fringe Festival circuit. We are pleased as punch to be a part of SKAMpede Numero 10. Huzzah!
Michele Hibbins and Ingrid Moore’s
A Sweet Roadside Attraction