Let's attend Fractured Fables: The Prison Puppet Project.

Hello Everyone

My name is Gordon F. and I am a new organizer with the Victoria Outdoor and Social group. Many of you might know me from my hike and walks I have hosted through other groups. My first event with this group is not going to be a hiking/walking but a social event. For many years, I have been taking fiends to experience plays put on by William Head on Stage (or WHoS) held inside William Head prison. “Yes I said inside the Prison” This year performance is Fractured Fables: The Prison Puppet Project.

Many people have heard about  WHoS but are nervous about going by themselves  because it is inside a prison, so I am giving you the chance to go as a group and hopefully have a new enjoyable experience.

If you have never attended a play put on by WHoS they are great. I have seen professional shows not as good as these are. The inmates poor there heart and soul into the shows.  After the show, the inmates are willing to talk to you about their experience. 

About WHos

 Seven weeks ago, 27 prisoners embarked upon an impossible task: to build a giant show from scratch, using the art of puppetry to tell all their own stories.  There is no instruction manual.



The result is an hour of pure madness–an intense collage of stories where animals and humans reveal themselves through humour, darkness, and love.

This year William Head on Stage (or WHoS) has joined forces with Ingrid Hansen & Anne Cirillo from SNAFU, Peter Balkwill from Calgary’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop, island musician Katrina Kadoski (Cougar Annie Tales), designers Carole Klemm and Poe Limkul to create, design, build and perform thirteen original stories for you, the general public. .

Co-director Ingrid Hansen states that “The stakes have never been higher for these men–they have lived in institutions, some for most of their lives, and now they are asked to open their hearts and to show themselves vulnerable in front of an outside audience.  Everyone meets the challenge full on, buzzing with fear and adrenaline, haunted by past mistakes and ready for new beginnings.  We laugh a lot–we have to, the whole project is so impossible and the potential for growth is unending.  The most amazing thing for me is to watch inmates who are ‘old hats’ at the theatre company counsel the newbies, and talk them down from the ledge when the stage fright sets in.  Together, we can tackle the impossible.”

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://ticketrocket.org/whos-fractured-fables/

Also check out this article about the play - http://www.martlet.ca/culture/prison-puppetry-pioneering/

General information:

You are responsible for buying your on tickets

Tickets are $18 plus $2 service charge (must be purchased in advance they will sell out fast)

Buy Tickets In-person at MyChosen Café (4492 Happy Valley Rd, Metchosin)

- OR -

Buy Tickets In-Person at Ticket Rocket (inside Intrepid Theatre Office at #2 – 1609 Blanshard St. at Fisgard, Victoria) – open Tuesday – Thursday, 10am-2pm

Buy Tickets by Phoning[masked]

Buy Tickets Online at www.ticketrocket.org

Let meet in the prison lot at 6:30 for we can try to get seats together. (I will park near the water side of the parking lot)

Dress casual. Sometime the Gym/theater can be a bit on the cold side

Audience Reminders:

•  WHoS is located inside a Federal Institution.  Must be 19+ to enter.

•  YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW PHOTO ID

•  You may be electronically scanned and checked by drug sniffing dogs.

•  Personal belongings (purses, wallets, cell phones, money, etc.) are forbidden and must be left in your car.

•  No smoking materials are permitted.

I am planning to have dinner at My Chosen café at 5pm if you would like to join me please let me know. Unfortunately they don’t take reservations so I will head out early to get a table.

If you have any questions please feel free to call me:[masked]

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  • Joyce B

    Thanks Gordon for a fantastic evening, good food, good friends and a great entertainment experience.

    November 3, 2013

  • Brian W.

    Very good dinner and puppet show presentation. Those inmates know how to entertain. Thanks for suggesting this Gordon.

    November 2, 2013

  • Karina

    Could you please tell me how the play was ? I missed my chance to get my ticket for tonight and there's a play next Saturday. I would love to hear your stories :) <3 Ty

    November 2, 2013

    • cheryl b.

      It was a unique experience. Inspirational...... and the puppet show was very entertaining.

      November 2, 2013

  • Gordon F.

    What a great night, the show was one of the best I have seen put on by WHos. I highly reccommed seeing it. But get their early for the best seat.

    November 2, 2013

  • jamai

    I just bought my ticket. All ready for Saturday night :-)

    October 28, 2013

    • Gordon F.

      Hi Jamai Were you planning to join us for dinner or just meet at the jail? If you are planning meet us at the jail I will be parking by the water and I drive a GrayToyota 4x4 pick up. I will have my phone with me until I go inside[masked]

      October 31, 2013

    • jamai

      Hi Gordon. I should be able to join you all at the cafe before the show. Thanks for the reminder & see you on Saturday.

      November 1, 2013

  • Daphne M

    Off to buy my ticket!

    October 28, 2013

  • Gordon F.

    Hi Everyone
    I just checked and there are still a few tickets left for the show. REMEMBER YOU MUST BUY THEM AHEAD OF TIME. YOU CAN'T BUY THEM AT THE DOOR. I also called My Chosen café they said if we are there by 5pm we shouldn't have a problem getting a seat, to help speed up with our ordered please review the very large menu ahead of time http://www.mychosencafe.com/menu.

    Regards,
    Gordon

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry won't be able to make it afterall, and I was so looking forward to it. See you all next time.

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it! Still have to get my ticket and I hope there are some left

    October 24, 2013

  • Denise K.

    Hello all! Really looking forward to seeing these performances. However, I've double booked on Sat Nov 2 with something else I really want to do. Would anyone be interested in joining me in seeing this on Friday, Nov 1 or even this Friday, Oct 25? They may not switch the dates if you've already purchased a ticket. Let me know as soon as possible. Thanks!

    October 21, 2013

  • Margaret S.

    Hi....all excited! Got mine too. Put me down for the dinner as well.

    October 20, 2013

  • cheryl b.

    Have my ticket too. Sounds like a very interesting evening!

    October 19, 2013

  • Brian W.

    I will be at My Chosen for dinner. Looking forward to that evening!

    October 19, 2013

  • Joyce B

    Got my ticket Gordon, please count myself and Marion in for dinner

    October 19, 2013

  • Jo-Anne

    I just bought my ticket. I've been hearing about these performances for many years and never had the opportunity to attend. Thanks, Gordon, for organizing this event. I'm looking forward to sharing post-performance reflections.

    October 16, 2013

  • Margaret S.

    We are in for a very special evening. I have attended before thanks for thinking about it! M

    October 16, 2013

  • Sue

    Hi Gordon,
    Nice to have organized a social since so many of the hikes I am not able to attend. I have attended several performances at the prison . . . . they have been excellent. Look forward to joining the group for this one.

    October 16, 2013

  • Daphne M

    Attendance subject to availability of transport.

    October 15, 2013

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