Inside the 2024 undercurrents festival

Logo for Ottawa Fringe's undercurrents festival.
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Ottawa Fringe has unveiled the lineup for the 2024 undercurrents festival, presented bilingually in French and English.

Whether you’re looking for work by up-and-coming local playwrights, interested in how AI can be integrated into theatre-making, or wanting to walk the halls of a high school at night, undercurrents offers much to discover. The festival includes works from Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Wakefield.

“This year we’re asking you to jump in and experience different styles of theatre and space — we’re asking you to immerse yourself in theatre,” said executive director Alain Richer in a press release.

Here is the lineup for the 2024 undercurrents festival:

Mainstage Productions


Blood Offering 

by Vishesh Abeyratne

In the wake of yet another mass shooting in the United States, the death of Kayla Gordon leaves an American town reeling.

I Don’t Even Miss You

by Elena Belyea

In Tiny Bear Jaws’ dystopian pop “solo” show, a non-binary computer programmer wakes one morning to discover they’re alone. A bold, multidisciplinary exploration of AI, grief, love, and legacy, I Don’t Even Miss You asks how gender, identity, and family can exist with no one to perceive them. 

Kimiko

by Kaylie Hatashita

A poetic circus show that tells a tale of self-discovery and reconciling generational trauma. 

Le Concierge

by Daniele Bartolini and Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin

Playing the entire first week of the festival at De La Salle Public High School, the Toronto immersive hit Le Concierge follows the astonishing nightly journey of a janitor as he goes from classroom to classroom and through the hidden corners of a school. 

Terminally Ill

by Melissa Yi

The world premiere of a complex yet funny play inspired by Yi’s medical mystery novel of the same name, praised as “entertaining and insightful” by Publishers Weekly

Through My Lens

by Amy Amantea

A new work from Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement, Through My Lens combines conversation, hospitality, and portraiture. Amantea is an artist with a lived experience of blindness; she’s also a photographer with a practice that involves walking the city at twilight looking for interesting light patterns and capturing them with her camera.

Malunderstood

by Kenny Streule

The hit autobiographical comedy comes to Ottawa in a French translation commissioned by undercurrents. Immerse yourself in a collection of memories that explain how Streule was raised by a wild beaver. Using comedy, puppetry, and movement, he examines his relationship with his Swiss German grandmother.

Discovery Series


KEEP MARS RED

by Elizabeth Logue and Brian Sanderson

Sunà is intent on communicating with Mars in order to warn it of the doom impending if earthlings land there — especially ones like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson.

L’hippocampe 

by Marie-Ève Fontaine and Judith Poitras

Why do we dream? Two dream-researchers will tackle that question through a panoply of tests using theatre, drawing, mechanical art, and more. This immersive French piece is perfect for families with children ages four and up.

Chasse au Trésor 

by Chançard Lemvo and Éric Beevis

A French play about a young man of Congolese descent newly arrived in Canada. His questioning of his personal identity spills over into his family relationships, love life, and the reality of being a young Black man in North America.


undercurrents festival runs from February 7 to 17. More information is available here.


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