Fringe for Free! Toronto Fringe ticket giveaways for shows playing on Tuesday, July 10th

We’re approaching the tail-end of the Toronto Fringe Festival and hopefully most of you have made it out to catch a show or few. If you haven’t had a chance here is your shot at getting two free tickets to one of the SIX following shows! You enter a contest for any or all the shows you like. Grab a friend and Fringe for Free. Here are the six shows that are we are giving away tickets for on Tuesday July 10th, 2012.

The shows are:

A Funeral for Clowns –  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 “Funeral for Clowns contest” by 7pm on Monday, July 9, 2012.

Gay Nerds – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 4:45pm show at Factory Theatre Mainspace (Venue 12) please send an email to with the subject line “Gay Nerds contest” by 7pm on Monday, July 9, 2012.

Grey Ground – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 8:15pm show at Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (Venue 8) please send an email to with the subject line “Grey Ground contest” by 7pm on Monday, July 9, 2012.

Mahmoud – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 3:30pm show at Tarragon Theatre Extra space (Venue 2) please send an email to with the subject line “Mahmoud contest” by 7pm on Monday, July 9, 2012.

Soulo – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 6:45pm show at Robert Gill Theatre (Venue 9) please send an email to with the subject line “Soulo contest” by 7pm on Monday, July 9, 2012.

Water –  To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 2:30pm show at The Palmerston Theatre (Venue: Fringe Kids) please send an email to with the subject line “Water contest” by 7pm on Monday, July 9, 2012.

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

A Funeral for Clowns

From press release: Nobody likes a funeral, and most people don’t like clowns. A Funeral For Clowns is what happens when a dysfunctional family with painted smiles and big red noses get together to say their last goodbyes to one of their own. If you’re interested in exploring the varying ways in which we mourn, whether it’s through addiction, anger or sleep‐deprivation, this show is for you. If nothing else, you’ll come away with the understanding that A Funeral For Clowns is no different than a funeral for the rest of us.

A Funeral For Clowns is written and directed by the same collaborative team that produced the BEST OF FR!NGE show for 2011 Fringe Kids, The Travelling Salesman & His Magical Suitcase of Desires. NOW Magazine gave it 4 N’s, mentioning Marcel Dragonieri who was “perfect as the manipulative, rapid‐spieling con artist”. The cast also includes 2009 Fringe 2‐Man No‐Show’s (NOW‐5N’s, Critics Choice) Isaac Kessler, recently nominated for the 2012 Canadian Comedy Award.

This piece plays at The Annex Theatre. Performances: July 06 01:15 PM, July 07 07:30 PM, July 09 05:00 PM, July 10 12:30 PM, July 11 09:15 PM, July 13 09:45 PM, July 14 11:00 PM

Gay Nerds

From press release: Toronto-based Misnomer Productions is launching a play and companion web series about a trio of gay nerds prone to comic misadventures in the vein of popular television shows and movies.

Summer 2012, and nerd is the word. Television shows like Community and The Big Bang Theory celebrate the socially maladjusted, while films like The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider- Man transform comic book obsessions into big box office returns. But with the overall profile of the nerd on the rise, a segment of the subculture has been left out in the proverbial cold — namely, the gay nerd!

This piece plays at Factory Theatre Mainspace. Performances: July 04 10:30 PM, July 06 05:15 PM, July 08 03:00 PM, July 10 04:45 PM, July 12 04:00 PM, July 13 07:30 PM, July 14 04:00 PM

Grey Ground

From press release: Molly (Caitie Graham) has attacked someone. She is a loner, a loser, and now a monster. Pushed to the point where only primal instinct remains, on what side will she find herself in a world where everyone listens, but no one really sees?

Beasts of the Theatre is an emerging collective focused on the exploration of human triumph through social struggle, and is ready to rattle the cages of convention at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival with the world premiere production of Grey Ground. Blending traditional dialogue based theatre with choreographed movement and physical storytelling, this captivating new play examines the animal that lives inside all of us, and for its writer Lindsay Finnie, acts as a vessel for personal healing and is a reflection of the strength of action she wished she had had.

This piece plays at The Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. Performances: July 05 10:30 PM, July 06 03:00 PM, July 08 05:00 PM, July 09 04:30 PM, July 10 08:15 PM, July 12 02:00 PM, July 13 07:00 PM


From press release: MAHMOUD is an irreverent & hilarious one-woman show about an aging Iranian engineer-cum-taxi driver, a fabulously gay Spaniard, and a young Iranian-Canadian girl, all trying to get by the day-to-day grind in the city that they call home: Toronto.

Iranian born playwright/performer TARA GRAMMY (White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, SummerWorks/Necessary Angel/Volcano) invites us to watch as these characters’ stories intertwine over the course of an hour, and through their connections with the audience, themselves, and each other, they explore the themes of displacement, immigration, home, and culture.

This piece plays at Tarragon Theatre Extra Space. Performances: July 04 08:45 PM, July 07 01:45 PM, July 08 01:15 PM, July 10 03:30 PM, July 11 11:00 PM, July 13 12:00 PM, July 14 08:45 PM


From press release: The world premiere of SOULO is presented by SoulOTheatre, Tracey Erin Smith’s company that teaches actors and non-actors how to use material from their own lives to create short solo theatre pieces. A collective creation by The Soul Circus Collective, directed by Smith, SOULO is a magical soul-circus featuring three hilarious queer-identified men sharing their personal stories of love, loss and how cross-dressing saves lives.  SOULO has its own float in Toronto’s upcoming Pride Parade on July 1.

Mckenzi Scott (the female ring leader) along with Marco Bernardi (nominated for the 2010 Tim Sims Encouragement Fund, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Homo Night in Canada), Terrence Bryant (Almeda Theatre’s The Refugee Hotel, Theatre Passe Muraille’s My Fellow Creatures) and DJ Edwards (a character comedian and Drag Queen who has performed at Second City, Yuk Yuk’s, and more) star as a sparkly funny-boy turned guardian angel, Terry the Fairy saved by applause and a Gorge-ganic Queen who devours convention and poops glitter. 3 different men, 3 unique soul stories and one message: You are the one you’ve been waiting for.

This piece plays at Robert Gill Theatre. Performances: July 06 03:00 PM, July 08 08:00 PM, July 09 02:30 PM, July 10 06:45 PM, July 11 04:00 PM, July 12 02:45 PM, July 14 07:00 PM


From press release: Young Jesters’ WATER set to make a splash at FringeKids this July! Performers from across Canada and abroad come together for this riveting show that is sure to thrill kids and adults alike!  Live music! Puppets! Masks! Dance! And the Young Jesters’ unique brand of audience interaction!

First created in Evian, France (a water town if there ever was one!) and further developed and performed at the Royal Ontario Museum in tandem with their 2011 Water Exhibition, Water, written by Lauren Spring and performed by the Young Jesters, has since been touring to elementary schools in the Greater Toronto Area.

This piece plays at The Palmerston Theatre. Performances: July 06 01:00 PM, July 07 05:30 PM, July 08 07:30 PM, July 10 02:30 PM, July 11 11:15 AM, July 12 07:00 PM, July 14 05:45 PM, July 15 01:45 PM

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.