Fringe for Free! Toronto Fringe ticket giveaways for shows playing on Sunday, July 8th

With the first weekend of the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival well underway, hopefully most of you have had the chance to catch a show or two already.   However, in the event that you are undecided about what you’d like to see this year, need a little more incentive, or have already broken your fringing budget, here’s a chance at winning two free tickets to one of the following FIVE shows!  Enter to win for any or all the shows you’d like to see and Fringe for Free with a friend!  Here are the five shows that are we are giving away tickets for on Sunday, July 8th, 2012.

The shows are: 

S-27 – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 12:30pm show at The Annex Theatre (Venue 5) please send an email to with the subject line “S-27 contest” by 7pm on Saturday, July 7th, 2012.

Sad People – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 6:15pm show at the Robert Gill Theatre (Venue 9) please send an email to with the subject line “Sad People contest” by 7pm on Saturday, July 7th, 2012.

Crashland – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 7:00pm show at the Factory Theatre Mainspace (Venue 12) please send an email to with the subject line “Crashland contest” by 7pm on Saturday, July 7th, 2012.

The Little Mermaid – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 7:15pm show at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (Venue 8) please send an email to with the subject line “The Little Mermaid contest” by 7pm on Saturday, July 7th, 2012.

Speare – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 10:30pm show at the Factory Theatre Mainspace (Venue 12) please send an email to with the subject line “Speare contest” by 7pm on Saturday, July 7th, 2012.

See below for details on each show, how the contest works:


From press release: S-27 is a searing drama drawn from testimony of events in the Khmer Rouge’s S-21 prison, now the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia. Photographs of former prisoners now covering the museum’s walls inspired the characters and story of this historic fiction. While the ongoing trials of former Khmer Rouge leaders try to establish responsibility for the events of the 1970s, this play explores personal choice within a society.

S-27, by British playwright Sarah Grochala, won Amnesty International’s Protect The Human Playwriting Award in 2007. It has had critically acclaimed productions in the UK and Australia. Director Yolanda Ferrato saw the original production at the Finborough Theatre in London while working in the UK, and was inspired to produce it with her company, Intersection Theatre, for a Toronto audience.

This piece plays at The Annex Theatre. Performances: July 8 12:30 PM, July 9 8:30 PM , July 11 3:30 PM, July 12 11:00 PM, July 13 12:00 AM, July 13 4:30 PM, July 14 5:45 PM

Sad People

From press release: Bringing together the best of theatre with the best in sketch comedy, Sad People explores the mental illness, depression and general sadness that surrounds our lives – in an unexpected, hilarious format that is one part performance art, one part support group. And with different special guests with new material each night, every performance is a unique therapeutic experience.

Guests include Evany Rosen (Picnicface), Tom Henry (CCA nominee, Laugh Sabbath), Anders Yates(Uncalled For’s Hypnogogic Logic), Kris Siddiqi (Second City), Ken Hall (CCA nominee for 2 Man No-Show), Henri Fabergé (Heligoland Follies, Henri Fabergé and the Adorables), Kathleen Phillips (Laugh Sabbath), James Hartnett (That’s So Weird, Laugh Sabbath, CCA 2011 winner), Sandra Battaglini (Classy Lady), Dan Beirne (The Trotsky, The Bitter End, Dad Drives) and Freddie Rivas (Rap Battlez).

This piece plays at the Robert Gill Theatre. Performances: July 8 6:15 PM, July 9 4:45 PM, July 11 9:45 PM, July 12 1:00 PM, July 13 11:30 PM, July 14 1:45 PM


From press release: Crashland began as a staging of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land as a play for four voices. However, upon strong recommendation by Eliot’s publisher the project was abandoned. In the aftermath of this exchange, there were four characters – four unique stories remaining.

Crashland developed out of this rubble, in a way that encapsulates the still relevant modernist ideals for which Eliot’s text was known. As Crashland’s characters piece together “what’s left” after the accident, the actors are obliged to undergo a similar experience – embracing a text comprised of the left-overs from the original piece.

By retelling the strange and familiar stories in poetic, yet fragmented language, the actors commit to the challenge of speaking back to a canonized text.

Hangman Theatre is an emerging company from St. Catharines, Ontario – the newly appointed Cultural Capital of Canada. Members include: Gillian Fournier (Toronto Fringe 2011); Geoffrey Heaney (Toronto Fringe 2011, London Fringe 2010); Nathan Tanner Mac Donald (Toronto Fringe 2011, 2010); Michael Pearson (In the Soil 2011); Caitlin Popek (Solar Stage 2011). Crashland was written by Fournier and directed by Mac Donald.

This piece plays at the Factory Theatre Mainspace. Performances: July 7 1:45 PM, July 8 7:00 PM, July 10 8:45 PM, July 12 9:15 PM, July 13 2:15 PM, July 14 9:45 PM

The Little Mermaid

From press release: The Sisters have chosen a truly enchanting tale to tell in this offering. Long before Disney came along, Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid delighted audiences first in print, then opera, ballet, many animated versions and even a TV version starring Shirley Temple as The Little Mermaid. The Sisters have gone back to the original story published in 1836.

The Sisters of Salome are a constellation of stars who Belly Dance. The lead Sister and choreographer in this endeavor is Sarah Skinner, an accomplished Belly Dancer who recently re‐located to Toronto after an illustrious 20 year career in New York City.

This piece plays at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. Performances: July 6 10:30 PM, July 8 7:15 PM, July 10 6:30 PM, July 11 4:00 PM, July 12 6:00 PM, July 13 11:00 PM, July 15 5:45 PM


From press release: Speare is a dark comedy where Shakespeare’s characters unite in a game of treachery, revenge and murder. The play is presented in two parts, each part being a 60 minute story unto itself; however, seeing both gives you the full sweeping saga. Conceived as a series for stage and television, Speare will intrigue the viewer.

Written and directed by Brian Kennington (George and Gracie, The Dream), and featuring a cast of Toronto actors including: Edward Kennington(Dark Water), Roger McKeen (Tamara), Ryan McKeen (The Dream), Brendan Shoreman (Misprint), Gehan Kolamba Tantrege (Like An Old Tale), Sarah White (The Border) and Maya Woloszyn (The Dream).

This piece plays at the Factory Theatre Mainspace.  Performances: July 6 8:45 PM – Part 1, July 7 3:30 PM – Part 2, July 8 10:30 PM – Part 1, July 10 3:00 PM – Part 2, July 11 1:45 PM – Part 1, July 12 2:15 PM – Part 2, July 14 2:15 PM – Part 1

Contest Rules: 
(these will remain the same for each Fringe contest, so take the time to read the list once and you’ll be set)

  • The only acceptable form of entry for the contest is by email, sent to (Mooney on Theatre will never use your email address for anything other than to reply to the specific contest you entered, and we certainly would never sell it or anything like that)
  • Each show counts as its own contest, and each entry must be in a separate email. So, if 5 shows are giving tickets away on a given day, and you want to try for each of them, then you need to send 5 emails.
  • Entrants must be available on the day and time listed in the contest. The tickets are available for that showing only, and cannot be transferred to another date.
  • The winning entrants will be chosen by a random drawing.
  • Winners will be notified by email by 9pm on the day of contest closing and need to confirm their attendance 10am AT THE LATEST the following morning so that their names can be given to the theatre company for tickets to be set aside.
  • Photo I.D. may be required to claim the winning tickets.
  • Tickets must be picked up 60 to 30 minutes before show time at the venue box office. The box office reserves the right to release any tickets not picked up 15 minutes before show time.
  • We ask that all winners provide us with a quick blurb on what they thought of the show, either in the comments section of the press release on Mooney on Theatre, or if it has already been reviewed by Mooney on Theatre in the comments section of that.