February 20 - March 3, 2013
Festival Director Laura Nanni
For two weeks, over 100 local and international artists transform Buddies in Bad Times Theatre into a hotbed of creativity and experimentation, sharing new ideas in contemporary theatre, performance art, dance, and music with adventure-loving audiences.
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    Week One – Schedule at a Glance

  • Rhubarb-Schedule-Week2

    Week Two – Schedule at a Glance

  • AllGoodThings

    All Good Things

  • AllTheLadies

    All The Ladies

  • DandyDecay

    Dandy Decay

  • DirtyPlotz

    Dirty Plotz

  • Disco-Hospital2

    Disco Hospital

  • Engaged


  • Eulogy


  • fayslift2_DavidHawe

    Fay Slift and the Three Bears

  • EvilLoveSongs

    Evil Love Songs

  • Fearful-Ghost

    Fearful Ghost of Former Bloom

  • FIRE_Raquel-Da-Silva


  • Glaciology3_PatrickPendergast


  • GracefulRebellions

    Graceful Rebellions

  • How-Can-I-Forget

    How Can I Forget?

  • Pomegranate

    How to Store Pomegranates

  • InsertMonologue

    Insert Monologue re: My Youth, Drugs and SSRI’s…

  • MolesDancing

    Moles Dancing

  • Monsters3_Celia-Speard-Ko

    Monsters, Angels and Aliens are not a Substitute…

  • Moving-Installations_Antoine-Quirion-Couture

    Moving Installations

  • mother_Marjam-Nemat-Tavousi


  • NakedPage

    Naked Page

  • PeachyCoochy


  • ResistanceAndRaunch

    Resistance & Raunch

  • VAG

    Rhubarb Festival Kick-Off Bash

  • RoynationA

    Roynation – Week One

  • RoynationC

    Roynation – Week Two

  • Shoskatovich

    Shostakovich, or Three Days in Red

  • Silver-Thread

    Silver Threads and Golden Needles

  • Step-by-Step_Rachel-Echenberg

    Step by Step

  • The-Day-You-Died

    The Day You Died and the Hour You Were Born

  • TheFaroeIslands

    The Faroe Islands

  • ALetterToEmily

    To The Other Side

  • vigilance


  • Picard

    Week Two Kick-Off Bash

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Rhubarb is not like other festivals. There are plenty of different ways to see performances, you rarely see only one show, you’re travelling from place to place, and you often end up seeing something you never expected. Here’s a handy cheat sheet to help you decide what you want to see, and explain how you go about seeing it – all of the headings refer to the colour-coded bars you see in the show descriptions

Week One & Week Two Programs. These 12 shows run for an entire week, Wednesday to Sunday evenings, in one of the two performance spaces at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. At any given point, there are shows happening in both spaces, so when you arrive at the theatre pick the show you want to see first, and 30 minutes later when it’s done you can either stay where you are or move to the other space for your next performance. A $20 Evening Pass gets you in to the entire night of programming.

Special Presentations. These shows are special events that happen after the regular program for one or two nights only. Admission to Special Presentations is included in your Evening Pass.

Mobile Works. These are special performances designed for public spaces, and happen in various locations around the city. The location of each performance is included in its show listing above, and some of them either travel or take place outside so remember to bundle up. All Mobile Works presentations are free.

The One-To-One Performance Series. These are intimate performance designed for a single performer and one audience member at a time  – they all take place offsite at The 519 Church Street Community Centre. When booking your ticket, think of it like making an appointment: you can call ahead to our box office to schedule your personal time with an artist, or you can drop in to The 519 and see what’s available (a certain number of tickets for every performance will be held for drop-ins). Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can.

Young Creators Unit. These are 30 minute solo performances from four emerging voices that have been mentored through our Queer youth Arts Program. Performances take place every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 6PM. Each weekend features two different artists and your ticket gets you in to both performances. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can.

Finally, a special note. The Faroe Islands will also be taking place offsite at The 519. While not a One-To-One performance, it is staged in an intimate environment for 10-15 people per show. Tickets to this Special Presentation are Pay-What-You-Can.

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This project has been supported by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.



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