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Fresh Meat theatre festival makes its triumphant return

By Matthew Guida on October 8, 2021

Are you a local artist looking to make your big break or experiment with a new show idea? If the answer is yes, then Apt613 is pleased to announce the return of the 2021 Fresh Meat Festival.

For almost a decade, this festival has served as the place of opportunity for local artists and theatre-makers—both new and experienced alike—to show off their talent and try out new ideas.

This year, the producers of Fresh Meat are pleased to announce their lineup up for their 10th annual performance festival, a.k.a. Fresh Meat 10!

Fans of theatre and the arts will have a chance to witness up to 12 different shows running through the weekends of Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 21-23. You’ll have the choice to book advanced tickets for one of 10 in-person performances at the Arts Court Studio or one of two livestreamed events.

*Note that if you plan to attend a performance IRL, please provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear face masks at all times and make sure to respect all other provincial health guidelines.*

Performances include:

Juliana: the story of a 15th-century nun influencer who wants to publish a book about animals but faces some unexpected trouble along the way. This show is written by up-and-coming playwright Cullen Elijah McGrail, along with Alli Harris, the composer for Toasted Theatre’s original show Lauren and Amanda Do It, performing music and lyrics.


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THEY WHO SAY YES: a brand-new show that comes straight out of the pandemic and helps us understand it better. Unlike most plays, this one takes an entirely different direction without plot and consistent characters and instead presents a drawn, comic book-style performance. This show is a production by local performance artist and theatre-maker Matt Miwa, whose work (though silent) has a powerful message to share; and also features Lola Ryan, a dancer, teacher, poet and writer with a love for growth and change.


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GOREgeous: written and directed by Cappie Award winner Nick Gray, and also features Curran Hall, Megan Maclean, and Julie Mathison. This show explores the lives of two teens who survive a post-zombie apocalypse and struggle against starvation and abandonment.

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For more information on Fresh Meat’s full lineup and schedule, be sure to visit their website. Shows begin nightly at 7:30 p.m. with in-person performances located at Arts Court Studio (2 Daly Ave). Tickets for in-person shows cost $25 each, while tickets for livestream shows range from $5 to $50 on a pay-what-you-can basis.