The Next Stage Festival
October 18–29

presented by Toronto Fringe

Experience the best in performing arts with the 16th Annual Next Stage Theatre Festival from October 18 to 29, 2023. The Toronto Fringe is delighted to be partnering with Buddies in this new chapter of Next Stage with six unique pieces by a dynamic set of artists covering dance, sketch comedy, music, and drama – all ready for their next stage.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Next Stage Theatre Festival to the Buddies space as part of our 45th anniversary season. Next Stage is an integral platform for artists in Toronto and beyond to deepen the development of their work and connect with a network of presenters and partners. As a company with a long history of supporting new works, Buddies looks forward to welcoming the teams of artists who will animate our stages with bold new performances (this) fall.” – Daniel Carter, Buddies in Bad Times

“We are very much looking forward to the Next Stage Festival being part of the 2023 theatre season.  It is wonderful to have so much time with these artists, a full year ahead of opening and we are already talking about access measures, emerging themes and what else we can plan for conversations that will accompany the shows,” – Lucy Eveleigh, Toronto Fringe

To learn more about the shows and purchase your tickets, visit the Toronto Fringe website.

Dance: Black in Canada (Shameka Blake and Artists in Motion)
Theatre: Bremen Town (Gregory Prest)
Sketch: Dead Parents Society – a dark sketch comedy revue (Shohana Sharmin)
Theatre: ECHO (Kole Durnford)
Musical Theatre: Guildwood (Braeden Soltys)
Theatre: Something in the Water (S.E. Grummett)

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