Why enjoy one great show when you can enjoy two?
Theatre Underground presents You Didn’t Ask To Be Here and Donkey Derby in PAIRED UP, running September 11th through 13th at The Avalon Studios (738A Bank St).
In the world premiere of You Didn’t Ask To Be Here, join Charlie (a living Jack-in-the-box) for an evening of stories, puppets, dancing and a heartfelt journey to face her fears and break through the obstacles that life sometimes puts in our way.
Immerse yourself in Irish culture and get a look at a Letterkenny lifestyle with stories of growing up in Ireland in Tess Mc Manus’s Donkey Derby. This is the critically acclaimed Donkey Derby’s first time back in Ottawa after its 2012 Ottawa Fringe Festival premiere and successful tour along the Fringe circuit that summer
That’s two great shows on one ticket for one stellar evening of entertainment.
Learn more about PAIRED UP: You Didn’t Ask To Be Here & Donkey Derby
Rule number one. Smile. Always smile. If you forget everything else, remember rule number one. It will get you through the darkest places. All the other rules lead to one and all the rules come from one. Follow them. Follow it.
~ Charlie, You Didn’t Ask To Be Here
Theatre Underground is pleased to announce the two shows that will be presented as part of the first installment of PAIRED UP, running September 11th-13th.
You Didn’t Ask To Be Here
A world premiere presentation, produced by Theatre Underground. You Didn’t Ask To Be Here is a one-act one-woman highly theatrical comedy told through storytelling, shadow puppetry, dance, and more. It is written by Allan Mackey and stars Megan Carty as Charlie, the living jack-in-the-box.
Charlie is a living jack-in-the-box and leader of those stuck in the land of lost toys and discarded dreams. Childlike, and playful, she spends her time telling grand tales and avoiding dealing with her arch-nemesis, the self-named Great Enemy.
She’ll tell you all about Romeo & Zombie Juliet, how the Unicorns lost their horns, would be star quarterback John Tucker, and The Girl Outside.
Charlie is good at stories but she’s bad at facing her fears. And with the threat of the Great Enemy continuing to grow, her continued inability to do so puts everybody in danger.
Produced by Little Green Hat, written and performed by Tess Mc Manus. Donkey Derby first premiered at the 2012 Ottawa Fringe Festival and earned rave reviews for Mc Manus before the show went on the road along the Fringe circuit to Winnipeg and Edmonton.
Mary, a young Irish woman living close to the border of the Republic and North of Ireland is forced to face her crippling social anxiety after being entered into her town’s local donkey derby against her will. While providing cultural insight and a close-up look at growing up in Ireland, this play is more than just about a girl and her donkey. It’s about Ireland’s current political climate, how it impacts the lives of young people decades after the 1970s Troubles, and it’s about one girl’s plea for peace.
About Paired Up
Paired Up is where we bring two shows together to provide one full evening of entertainment.
This first Paired Up, featuring You Didn’t Ask To Be Here and Donkey Derby, will be presented at the Avalon Studio from September 11th through September 13th, 2015. Showtimes TBA. Tickets are $25.
If you have a show you’d like in consideration for the next iteration of PAIRED UP, coming in spring 2016, send us a message telling us about it.
Just a quick thank you to everybody who came and saw The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy at Ottawa Fringe and helped us sell out all six shows of our run. You rock!