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Fresh Meat returns to Arts Court for its 11th annual festival, starting tomorrow!

By Apartment613 on October 12, 2022

The producers of Fresh Meat have announced the lineup for their 11th annual festival, which will run in the Arts Court Studio from October 13–22, 2022. That means the first day of performances is tomorrow! Fresh Meat has grown from an ad hoc collective performed in a cafe to a staple of the Ottawa indie theatre season and serves as a laboratory for artists to try out new works in a low-risk, high-reward environment. This year’s festival lineup features 10 new works, all created by Ottawa artists, and will showcase them all across the next two weekends.

Each year, Fresh Meat supports and showcases a diverse group of local artists by providing an accessible platform to create and perform brand-new 20-minute performance pieces. An equal playing field for both emerging and established theatre creators, Fresh Meat is the place for local artists to test their limits and try something new. Ten mainstage performance works, each 20 minutes long, will premiere on the Arts Court Studio stage on October 13–15 and 20–22, with five works on rotation each weekend. Dominion City will be on hand to provide refreshments, and Saturday nights will feature late-night programming after the mainstage performances.


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This year’s festival features works from artistic styles running the gamut, with shows based in drag, tango, juggling, and live radio as some of the most eclectic. Performers include emerging artists, transplants new to the Ottawa stage, seasoned performers from other genres dipping their toes into theatre, and local indie theatre circuit fixtures. The full schedule and lineup can be found at

To ensure the safety of performers and audience members, organizers are asking all attendees to provide proof of double vaccination upon arrival. Tickets are available for $25 here, with Thursday, October 13, and Thursday, October 20, dedicated as pay-what-you-can days.