Annual Wildside Theatre Festival

Centaur Celebrates 20 Years of WILDSIDE THEATRE FESTIVAL

The Hottest Two Weeks in Winter!

Centaur’s no-holds-barred blast-off into the New Year with cutting edge indie theatre featuring ‘Empire of the Son’ by Tetsuro Shigematsu (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre) and the 2016 Best of the Fringe Festival Award winner.


Wildside Theatre FestivalA Perfect Picture

Presented by: 32-Hour Theatre Company (Montreal)
Written by: Laurent McCuaig-Pitre | Directed by: Ed Roy | Featuring: Laurent McCuaig-Pitre
A child, starved, almost as if it had never really tasted life. A vulture watches.

The story of war photographer Kevin Carter and a picture that captured the world’s attention.

“A Perfect Picture was one of the more unforgettable moments of the evening, as a “vulture” whipped up audience hilarity before delivering a shockingly dark punchline.”
– Montreal Gazette

Saturday, January 7 at 7:00pm
Sunday, January 8 at 3:00pm
Thursday, January 12 at 7:00pm
Friday, January 13 at 9:00pm
Sunday, January 15 at 9:00pm

Wildside Theatre FestivalBACKDOOR QUEENS

Presented by: House of Laureen (Montreal) |  Created by: House of Laureen / Lead Writer: Tessa J. Brown | Directed by: Mathieu Flageole | Featuring: Anaconda LaSabrosa, Connie Lingua, Dot Dot Dot, Noah Gahd, Uma Gahd, Guest Performers.
Enter through the backdoor and discover a magical world of wonder and naughty secrets. Put aside your apprehensions and misconceptions, House of Laureen will guide you… BACKSTAGE!

“These queens mean business… expect twisted and whimsical social commentary.” – Crew magazine

“A huge-hearted show… transported a delighted audience way over the rainbow.” – Montreal Gazette

Friday, January 6 at 9:00pm
Sunday, January 8 at 9:00pm
Wednesday, January 11 at 9:00pm
Saturday, January 14 at 7:00pm
Sunday, January 15 at 4:00pm

Wildside Theatre FestivalEmpire of the Son

Presented by: Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver) | Written by: Tetsuro Shigematsu | Directed by: Richard Wolfe | Produced by: Donna Yamamoto
Featuring: Tetsuro Shigematsu

From former CBC personality, Tetsuro Shigematsu, comes a highly original theatre creation, Empire of the Son. The story of two generations of broadcasters, and the radio silence between them.

“One of the best shows to come out of Vancouver. Ever.” – Colin Thomas

“Exhilaratingly original. The personal becomes magical.” – Jillian Keiley, Artistic Director, National Arts Centre

Wednesday, January 11 at 1:30pm
Wednesday, January 11 at 8:00pm
Thursday, January 12 at 7:30pm
Friday, January 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 14 at 7:30pm

Wildside Theatre FestivalHOOTENANNY!

Presented by: Smith & Somers (Ottawa) | Created by: Kate Smith & Will Somers
Featuring: Kate Smith & Will Somers

Famed Australian children’s entertainers HOOTENANNY! are on their Farewell Tour – but only one of them knows it. Full of catchy songs, video segments, and mature content!

“A hilarious show that embraces the melancholy of becoming an adult.” – Melony Holt, The Yodeler (London, ON)

“Smith and Somers are absolutely to die for…” **** – Matthew Champ, On Stage Magazine­

Friday, January 6 at 7:00om
Tuesday, January 10 at 9:00pm
Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00pm
Saturday, January 14 at 9:00pm
Sunday, January 15 at 2:00pm

Wildside Theatre FestivalOUTTA HERE: An Original Musical

Presented by: Summit Performing Arts (Montreal) | Created by:  Written and Directed by Jesse Heffring and Dara Murphy | Featuring: David Bregman, Zoe Fellahi, Ali Abu Hamdi, Cassandra Mac Isaac, Ryan McElligott, Dellon Paterson, Stephanie Torriani, and the rest of the Summit School Players.

Trey hates going to a school for youth with developmental disabilities. He ditches a fieldtrip, but four students follow him. Will this be an epic adventure or a total disaster?

“Outta Here proves that we can put on a show like anyone else and it can teach people how some of us feel.” – Dellon Paterson, Student Actor

“In this play we can show others what we can do.  Sometimes the outside doesn’t matter but inside there is a whole different world you never saw before.” – Alexandrea McDavid, Student Actor

Thursday, January 5 at 8:15pm
Friday, January 6 at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 7 at 3:00pm
Saturday, January 7 at 7:30pm

Wildside Theatre FestivalSELF-EXILE

Presented by: Yarn Productions (Montreal) | Written by: Nisha Coleman | Directed by: Jeff Gandell  | Featuring: Nisha Coleman.

Nisha Coleman transports the audience from her hippie childhood in rural swampland to street performing in Paris. Self-Exile is a humorous and compelling exploration of alienation, mental health, and self-identification.

Centaur’s Best of the Fringe Award

“One of the highlights of this year’s fringe” – Cult Montreal

“A fantastic storyteller, a captivating performer” – Montreal Rampage

Thursday, January 5 at 7:00pm
Saturday, January 7 at 9:00pm
Thursday, January 12 at 9:00pm
Saturday, January 14 at 4:00pm
Sunday, January 15 at 7:00pm

Wildside Theatre FestivalTHE VILLAGE

Performed and Conceived by: Tina Milo (Montreal) | Directed and Dramaturged by: Dijana Milošević | Set and Video design by: Neša Paripović | Music by: Tina Milo

An actress auditions for the role of a depressed woman. She bravely ventures into an emotional abyss seeking answers to, “What transports us from darkness to extreme happiness?”

Theatre Ingenuity Award
– 40th Festival of Monodrama and Mime, Belgrade, Serbia, 2015

“Milo is a striking woman, a warm actor with a great sense of humour…” – David C. Jones, Vancouver Presents

Saturday, January 7 at 4:00pm
Sunday, January 8 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00pm
Friday, January 13 at 7:00pm
Saturday, January 14 at 2:00pm

For tickets and information, please call the Centaur box office at 514-288-3161 or online:

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