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Theatre SKAM

Jan 23-27

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“Whatever Theatre SKAM touches seems to turn to theatrical gold.”
–Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine, Toronto

Pamela Bethel Photography

Canadian sweetheart Theatre SKAM returns to Philadelphia with their international hit Fashion Machine playing at FringeArts from January 23 to 27, 2018. Fashion Machine is a live performance event by Theatre SKAM that features 28 local children and youth remaking select audience member’s outfits in under one hour. Running as part of the International Performing Arts for Youth Conference, the show is part installation, part performance and all fun.

Following a week of training from core artists Pamela Bethel, Ingrid Hansen, Matthew Payne, Pauline Stynes, and Shayna Ward, the kids will circulate among the audience and select 7 lucky, brave patrons (among those wearing “I’m In” stickers – the less brave get chicken stickers) to be taken into the Fashion Machine. Then the action begins.

It’s an opportunity to help foster the creativity of the next generation of artists; a new, exciting breed of performance art; and the kind of innovative, entertaining fun that Theatre SKAM does best.

If the name SKAM sounds familiar, it may be because the troupe has toured to Philadelphia on three previous occasions. Louis and Dave was a show in a car at the first Philly Fringe in 1997. The company subsequently appeared at the Fringe with Zastrozzi (performed on a loading dock) in 1998 and with The Black Box in 2001.

Support for this project has been provided by CRD Arts Development Service, the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Victoria Foundation through the ALACS and Ruby Red Fund, and the Province of BC. 

The SPARK Series is made possible by a leadership gift from the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund.

Click here to read the digital playbill!

SPARK Resources:

Click here to access the youth playbill with activities for your children and young friends to enjoy!

Click here for the Family Activity Guide to learn about ways to engage with the show even after you’ve left the theater!

Enrichment materials were developed by Misty Sol.

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Pamela Bethel Photography

About Theatre SKAM

Known for their sense of fun, Theatre SKAM was founded in 1995 with a mission to to produce high quality provocative theatre for audiences in Victoria, British Columbia and on tour. Formed by four emerging artists, Theatre SKAM was created as a means to create a dialogue and partnership with like-minded practitioners (professional and non-professional), community groups and local experts.

After twelve years as an ad-hoc, project-based company, in 2007 founding member Matthew Payne took over as Artistic Producer, with a mandate to move the company to year-round operations. The company now operates year-round with full-time staff positions, supporting local artists and creating new work from our studio/office in Victoria’s Gorge neighbourhood.

Theatre SKAM has built a solid reputation as creators of innovative site-specific work and intimate elegant theatre. They play a pivotal role in the cultural life of their region and are recognized by peers across the country for the contribution to national networks and new work development.

Read more on the blog here.

$29 general / $20.50 members
$15 students & 25-and-under
$5 children 12-and-under

Featured photo: Pamela Bethel Photography

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