Centaur Theatre’s 23rd WILDSIDE FESTIVAL: The Hottest Two Weeks of Winter! January 7 to 18, 2020

A new curator has stepped into the spotlight for Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival, the boundary-blasting showcase of independent works from Quebec and beyond. For the theatre’s 2020 edition, Rose Plotek, formerly the National Theatre School’s Associate Director (Directing Program) has selected seven trailblazing works.

This year’s delectable smorgasbord of provocative theatre embraces comedy, dance, bouffon, music, and storytelling … sometimes all at once! For the first time in its history, the edgy festival will be presented at Centaur as well as at Théâtre La Chapelle, a venue known for its artistic eclecticism. Many of the festival productions include engaging post-show talkbacks.

“The creative diversity of Wildside and the multiplicity of audiences it appeals to grow steadily every year. We are so lucky to have such accomplished theatre-maker as Rose [Plotek], who is so plugged-in to emerging artists that are exploring and stretching the limits of theatrical storytelling, and addressing issues that speak to a wide spectrum of adventurous theatre lovers. It’s wild and wacky; bold and brazen … it’s just what everyone needs to jump-start the New Year.”

– Eda Holmes, Artistic and Executive Director, Centaur Theatre

Johanna Nutter once again takes the reins to program Offside, the musical side of the festival. All four Offside events take place in Centaur’s main floor gallery, following the final performance of the evening.

For an added bonus, Centaur’s next mainstage production—Erin Shields’ riveting Stratford Festival hit, Paradise Lost—will overlap with the Wildside Festival. “Erin’s brilliant play and our Wildside selections definitely share audacious approaches to contemporary theatre”, said Ms. Holmes. “Anyone attracted to Wildside will be equally entertained and challenged by Paradise Lost and vice versa. It’s quite the intoxicating theatrical cocktail, without the hangover!”

Get $28 tickets to Paradise Lost by presenting a Wildside proof of purchase at Box Office.

With single tickets to festival productions starting at just $16 for adults and $13 for students, seniors and subscribers, why not take a walk on the Wildside this winter? See here for the complete festival line-up.