Curious Contagious – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

Curious Contagious is a darkly comedic modern fairy tale genetically spliced with a surreal science film.”

From press release:

Mind of a Snail Puppet Co, creators of last year’s Patron’s Pick Caws & Effect are back in Toronto with a brand new shadow theatre spectacle! Curious Contagious is a darkly comedic modern fairy tale genetically spliced with a surreal science film.

A stressed-out Unicorn falls ill while building a giant donut shop. Meanwhile, a pair of quirky viruses search for the perfect place to replicate. The story is told using layers of shadow puppetry techniques, physical comedy, music, overhead projectors and a large number of detailed cutouts.

“it’s stunning and hilarious to witness the wizardry these two artists spin with such simple elements”  -Vue Weekly Edmonton

Mind of a Snail is a shadow puppetry duo currently based out of Vancouver BC. Since 2003, Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel have been developing a multilayered style of visual storytelling using overhead projectors as their main light source. Their performances play at the intersection of visual arts, clowning & music. They are interested in stories that reveal what is usually hidden, and creating magical immersive experiences for their audiences. In the past year, Mind of a Snail’s show Caws & Effect won awards in London, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver Fringe. Their show Against Gravity was in the National Series at Summerworks 2014.

Show times:

  • Friday July 1st, 03:00 pm
  • Saturday July 2nd, 09:15 pm
  • Tuesday July 5th, 01:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 6th, 07:30 pm
  • Thursday July 7th, 05:15 pm
  • Friday July 8th, 12:00 pm
  • Saturday July 9th, 04:00 pm

Venue:   Factory Theatre Mainspace. (125 Bathurst St)


  • Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (581 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office (cash-only), starting one hour before showtime.
  • The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.
  • Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Pictured: Jessica Gabriel. Photo by: Chloe Ziner