Fringe Festival Guide: Female-Focused Stories

Julianna Romanyk, one of the artists in this year's Fringe Festival. Photo by Tanja Tiziana


Female-Focused Stories

THE “F” WORD, by SaMel Tanz

Through contemporary, Latin and hip hop dance forms, The “F” Word is a powerful dance performance that explores the struggles of facing feminism.


Straight, gay, single, married, pregnant… will these five women survive midlife or die trying? A sexy, funny, and sometimes shocking one-woman show.

LIPSTIQUE, by Mix Mix Collective

Bright, bold, and extravagant. We celebrate women and the feminine and the various essences they bring to the street dance styles. We ask ourselves what is the future of the feminine?

LYSISTRATA, by Aristophanes, how.dare.collective

Lysistrata leads a rebellious group of women in a sex strike, hoping to end the war that is tearing their country apart. In this modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ classic comedy, how.dare.collective. puts a burlesque spin on this tale of resistance and desire.

NASTY, by Maelstrom Art Collective

Where do all the nasty women go? The witches, hags, and shrews all wind up here in The Museum. When given the chance to tell their own stories, will these wicked women be redeemed?

NASTY WOMAN, by Kathryn Landon, Good Company

Growing up Female ain’t for Sissies.


Inspired by the many ways and places in which women have gathered to discuss politics, share stories, and nourish one another throughout history; this piece is an exploration of women as activists, caregivers, and revolutionaries.

PICAZA, by Inamorata Dance Collective

A multidisciplinary telling of one woman’s journey to achieving self awareness, including those of the people and places that surround her along the way. Drawing upon strong roots in Latin culture, this story follows her endeavour to identify with her family, her romances, and her environment.

SHE GREW FUNNY, by Joanne O’Sullivan, O’Sullivan Lane Productions/Brett McCraig Productions

Comedian Joanne O’Sullivan tells the touching, funny and true story of how her life changed when her daughter turned six, the same age that she was when her own mother died.

The Toronto Fringe Festival is on from July 5 to July 16 at locations around the city.

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