Ashtrays, empty pint glasses, ex-lovers… We can’t wait to see The Elephant Girls!

“Without doubt, they were the most notorious girl gang Britain’s ever seen.” –Brian McDonald, The Gangs of London Clever.

A fascinating piece of lost women’s history, this is the gripping tale of the all-female gang which terrorized London for over 100 years. Parry Riposte Productions tells us that The Elephant Girls is a story both captivating and repelling, humorous and terrifying. You won’t be able to look away. We wanted to know more about this hit play, coming to the 5th Annual One More Night Festival.

If your show was on Netflix, which category would it be in?
British True Crime Drama

What would my 90 year old Grandma love about your show?
The sex and violence.

What would my 90 year old Grandma hate about your show?
The sex and violence. (One 83 woman marched out of an Edinburgh performance, shouting “That’s disgusting! Filth, filth, filth!”).

What would Donald Trump tweet about your show?
“Nasty woman. Loser. So sad!”

If your show had a Tinder profile, what would you put on there to make me Swipe Right?
Maggie Hale — Convincing straight girls to “give it a go” since 1917.

What else should people know about this show?
The show has queer content, features a lesbian character, performed and written by a lesbian. On your way out of the theatre, you will be asking yourself: Did that really happen? How much of the story is true?

Twitter: @margo_thespian @PRPtheatre
Instagram: @margo.thespian
Facebook: The Elephant Girls, Margo MacDonald, Parry Riposte Productions

Get your tickets: HERE

Elephant_Girls_Promo_3⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – CBC
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Planet Nation
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Capital Critic’s Circle
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Winnipeg Free Press
“Best of Fest” and “Critic’s Pick” – Ottawa Fringe
“Critic’s Choice” – Hamilton Fringe
“Must See” – Arts Ally
“The Elephant Girls is one show you must see…bracing, vivid, sharply-observed.” – Lynn from Toronto

“The Forty Elephants” was a gang that terrorized London, England for over 100 years. And their members were 100% women.
With a pint glass in hand, Maggie Hale—the gang’s suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing,”Enforcer”—tells the forgotten tale of how the Girls lived high on a lifetime of crime, and how it all came crashing down.

😱🤣😎😍 #LostStory #TrueStory #CrimeDrama #GirlGang #GrippingStory 

Written and Performed by: Margo MacDonald
Directed by: Mary Ellis

Previously Performed: Ontario Street Theatre: Southern Ontario tour 2017, Hamilton Fringe 2017, Winnipeg Fringe 2016, Edinburgh Fringe 2016, Ottaway Fringe 2015

Get your tickets: HERE

GREY tells us we need to start looking at every angle of a story.

Richard Buttle has spent twelve years in prison for murder. Today is the day of his first parole hearing. While he desperately wants to be free he needs to convince the board in front of Charlie Alexander, the father of the boy he killed.
We are excited to keep the conversations going about the important topics in Grey at The One More Night Festival.

We asked playwright Chantal Forde a few questions about the production, which has been described as packing an “emotional wallop.” She told us to come for the drama – stay for the conversation.

Why do you think audiences want to see Grey?
We push boundaries. We say things that make people uncomfortable. So why would anyone want to see this? Because it addresses the complexity of human behaviour. Because we forget that people have a layered history and wealth of experiences that lead us to our decisions – the good and the bad. Because we, as generally good citizens, don’t like to admit that we too have prejudices and biases.

What will we see in your show that we haven’t seen before?
It’s not that you haven’t seen it, it’s that you’ve never seen it from so many angles. This is about perception, information and bias. How do you see the story?

Why Toronto, why this show, and why now?
This is a show that resonates on many levels and is particularly, and sadly, relevant with the current North American racial tension. While the show doesn’t deal with racial conflict head-on, it is often lingering in the background. This story asks the audience to examine their biases and how they came to be.

What would my 90 year old Grandma love about your show?
That it plays with your perceptions.

What would my 90 year old Grandma hate about your show?
That it plays with your perceptions.

What are critics saying about Grey?
“There’s not a weak link to be found among the superb five-actor cast though, with each actor creating a fully realized character that I could connect with.” – My Entertainment World
“True crime hits the stage in this provocative exploration of the space between right and wrong.” – Now Magazine

Twitter: @perceptionsplay
Facebook: @perceptionplay
Instagram: threefiveproductions

Grey plays Saturday October 21, at 7PM
The Commons Theatre
587a College St

Get your tickets HERE

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“It absolutely blew me away… A [rating]” – My Entertainment World
“Top 5 Fringe Picks” – Bygone Theatre

After 12 years, Charlie must once again face the man who murdered his son at a parole hearing. Someone’s a bully. Someone’s a murderer. Someone’s a hero. Someone’s to blame.
Murder is black and white. Until it isn’t.

😮😓😍😳 #ARated #Drama #MoralAmbiguity #TopFringePick

Written by: Chantal Forde
Featuring: Andrea Carter, Asante Tracey, Kion Flatts, Mandy Roveda, Kenton Blythe.

Previously Performed: Toronto Fringe 2017
Get your tickets HERE

Joanne O’Sullivan, a Veteran in Standup, Explores How She Grew Funny

She Grew Funny was a hit at the 2017 Toronto Fringe, and sold out the last three shows. We are thrilled to give audiences one more chance to catch Joanne O’Sullivan in The One More Night Festival.  The autobiographical show – a mix of the funny and serious –  asks: “What did losing your mother so young do to you?” She Grew Funny is a look into the age-old connection between tragedy and comedy and how our pasts can irrevocably affect our future.

We asked Joanne to tell us why audiences love this show, and she kept us giggling with her answers.

What will we see in your show that we haven’t seen before?
Me, three months older.

What emojis best describe what you see on audiences’ faces when you perform this show?
Is there a “everyone’s face is completely obscured because I’m staring into a spotlight” emoji?

If I followed the main character of your show on Instagram, what would my feed be full of pictures of?
Two enormous cats and her very cute 7-year old daughter.

What would Donald Trump tweet about your show?
“At first I was like, who writes a show about their dead mother? Sad. But then I found out the dead mother was HOT. Tremendous play.”

If your show had a Tinder profile, what would you put on there to make me Swipe Right?
Joanne. Holding a mic. And when she’s nervous she really grips it.

What does your show give me that cat videos on Youtube can’t?
I’m not sure. Few things are better than cat videos on Youtube. But at 50 minutes in duration, She Grew Funny won’t keep you from cat videos very long.

Tell me what I should know about the playwright. Bonus points if they rhyme.
Joanne is a comic who wrote a play,
It’s the third that one she gets to say,
It was the hardest to write, but her pain did pay,
’cause Brick and Mortar gave her one more day!

As you leave the theatre, Joanne hopes you will be left thinking about how her tale relates to your own stories.

She Grew Funny plays Friday, October 20, at 9pm
The Commons Theatre
587 College St Toronto
Get your tickets HERE

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NNNN – Now Magazine
“Top 12 Fringe Pics” – Derrick Chua, Intermission Magazine
“O’Sullivan is a true original” – Toronto Star
“What an amazing, inspiring night. Thank you, Joanne O’Sullivan. I was deeply, deeply moved.” – Jacklyn from Toronto

When a person deals with loss and tragedy at a young age, what do they become? Writer for CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Baroness Von Sketch Show, Joanne O’Sullivan tells a touching, funny and true story of how her life changed when her daughter turned 6, the same age she was when her own mother died of Cancer.

🤣😳😭😍 #LaughAndCry #Comedy #SoulOTheatre #BringTissues

Written and Performed by: Joanne O’Sullivan
Directed by: Chris Earle

Circles “could be one of the best pieces of theatre to come out of Toronto this year…”

Circles might be based on The Inferno of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, but Dead and Lovely Collective promises us we will leave the theatre thinking: “I never thought a 14th century religious text could rock so hard!” We asked them a few questions about their upcoming production in the 5th Annual One More Night Festival.

Describe how audiences react to Circles, using Emojis only.
🍆 😱🙈🤢😎👺

If your show was on Netflix, which category would it be in?
Critically acclaimed independent features, Cult sci-fi & fantasy, Showbiz Dramas, Faith & Spirituality Movies

Who is this show for?
Anyone who loves music! It is a totally unique approach to music in theatre. It’s a mix between a rock concert and a play, with a bit of magic.
Ok… maybe not your 90 year old grandma. Its loud, and it’s dirty.

If I followed the main character of your show on Instagram, what would my feed be full of pictures of?
Broken glass, dive bar bathroom pics, out of focus concert pics (from fake concerts staged in their garage)

What are critics saying about Circles?
“To be clear here, Circles isn’t a jukebox musical; every one of the 22 live songs are original pieces by Lucas Penner, and musically they’re fantastic. The songs are catchy and unique, blending spoken word, jazz, punk and dark pop together to create a mosaic of styles that works really well with the anarchic feeling of an open mic evening.” – Vance Brews, Mooney on Theatre

This is a story of a band called Dante playing at what they think is a regular open mic, but turns out to be an infernal trap and night of horrors.
Come for the tunes, stay for the rest of eternity!

Circles plays Thursday, Oct 19 at 9pm
at The Commons Theatre
587a College St

Get your tickets HERE

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In this adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, a band called Dante plays what they think is an open mic. As this innocent performance turns into an infernal trap and a night of horrors, their friendships and musical careers are put to the test.
Post-punk, jazz, dark-pop, theatre. This production is redifining how music works in theatre with 20 original songs by coposer Luke Penner woven into a compelling and complex narrative.

😱😳😂😈 #Musical #LiveMusic #Thriller #AdultsOnly
Created and Performed by: The Dead and Lovely Collective

Previously Performed: The Cameron House, 2017

Get your tickets HERE

Szeretlek is About Making Love, Not War!

The Grand Salto Theatre is the company behind the award-winning play, Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story.
They have travelled across Canada, performing their show in 7 different Fringe Festivals.  They have received rave reviews, standing ovations, sold out houses and even an award for “Most Adorable Show.” They are a company based out of Toronto, and yet they have never performed in Toronto.
That is until now!
We sat down with the creators behind Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story, to talk about their upcoming, one-night-only performance in The One More Night Festival.

First of all, tell me three things I should know about the playwright and creators of the show.
1) Playwrights/performers Zita Nyarady and Myque Franz are husband and wife.
2) They interviewed Zita’s Grandmother for the show.
3) Everything you see on stage happened in real life.

What else will we see in your show that we haven’t seen before?
The combination of true storytelling, masks, dance and linguistics!

If your show was on Netflix, which category would it be in?
Historical documentary and Romantic foreign film with a touch of comedy

What emojis best describe what you see on audiences’ faces when you perform this show?
😍


What would my 90 year old Grandma love about your show?
Our show is about Zita’s 90 year old Grandma! Grandmas love this show.
That’s true! Why Toronto, why this show, and why now?
The show is about love and how love can grow in dark times.
We are from Toronto but don’t often perform in the city. After performing this show at seven fringe festivals across Canada we are excited to have it’s Toronto debut at OMNF.
If the main character of your show had Instagram, what pictures would my feed be full of?
Stylish hats.

While we’re on the social media topic, if your show had a Tinder profile, what would you put on there to make me Swipe Right?
Pictures of 19 year old Katalin Szabo in 1946 or pictures of 90 year old Katalin Szabo in 2017. She was a hottie. She still is a hottie.
What does your show give me that cat videos on Youtube can’t?
Cat videos don’t teach you Hungarian.

If we were to turn your show into a documentary, we might rename it:
 How to survive ________ in Canada.

How to survive Being Hungarian in Canada

What is the one thing you want audiences to be talking about as they leave the theatre?

“How did they do that?” “Love can blossom in even the darkest times.” “I have an idea on how to perform/write/draw/archive my family stories!”

How can we follow you on social media? 
@TheGrandSalto (Twitter and Instagram)
https://www.facebook.com/thegrandsaltotheatre (Facebook)

Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story plays Sunday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM
The Commons Theatre: 587a College Street
Part of The One More Night Festival 
Tickets: HERE

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⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 – Winnipeg Free Press 
⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 – Vue Weekly
“Most Adorable Show” – Ottawa New Critics 
Charming and Fun” – Theatre in London 
“This was, by far, my fave.” – Ron, theatre-goer from Winnipeg

On the eve of her grandmother’s 90th birthday, playwright Zita sat down with her grandmother and interviewed her about her life. What she didn’t expect was to hear a touching, heart-string-pulling love story about her grandmother’s first love in a tiny, war-torn, Hungarian Village.
Two actors perform a factual and comical re-telling of a beautiful and true love story, set in 1946.

😲😍😂😚  #LoveStory #HungarianCulture #Nostalgia #TrueStory #Mask #FolkDance #Comedy 
Written and Performed by: Zita Nayrady and Myque Franz
Directed by: Maria Wodzinska

Tickets: HERE