The Middle of Everywhere

Opening night saw the Metro Studio packed with fringe-goers excited to see WONDERHEADS’ newest production. They were not disappointed. WONDERHEADS’ has reached a new level of finesse in full-masked physical theatre while still using a simple storyline to make profound statements.


The show features Winston, a man of routine and order about to attend a very important presentation. Suddenly Winston’s day is disrupted by eleven years old Penny. The two are taken on a magical journey to the middle of everywhere, confronting their fears and discovering a world much bigger than themselves.

The Middle of Everywhere is a feat of time, effort and skill. The physical performance coupled with the 160 sound and 60 light cues is phenomenal, especially considering the performers wear sizeable masks that obscure their vision. Those masks each require 50-80 hours to create. To watch the process of making one, click here.

Every time I see a WONDERHEADS Production they invite me to suspend my disbelief and take in their whimsical performance, and I happily do. They crack through the hard shell of rational order and detachment, searching for connection and openness. However, I found this show’s comments on existence and chaos confusing. Also not everyone likes this type of theatre with no dialogue and simple storylines. Yet I hope you will give it a chance – there are few opportunities to see full-mask physical theatre delivered so expertly.

The Middle of Everywhere plays at the Metro Studio. For showtimes click here.

Reviews: Keeper

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Zopyra Theatre’s Emma Zabloski has more drive in her solo-performance than many 4-person casts. Her style of physical, interactive theatre gets the audience laughing and taking part in activities they wouldn’t dare do on the street. It was a thrill to watch her work as she smoothly immerses viewers in her games and big imagination.

Keeper is told by Emma’s memory-keeper, an eccentric, failed bureaucrat who is responsible for recalling her host’s remembrances on command. Through her work the Keeper tells stories of Emma’s French/Ukrainian family with all their quirks, challenges and love.  However, putting Emma’s life in the forefront is not always easy for this Keeper.

Zabloski’s clever approach to autobiographical theatre is refreshing, though I also felt it constrains the story-arc. With the Keeper trapped in her work and Emma stuck with her faulty memory, the only solution is acceptance.

A last note to the many Fringers who loved Little Orange Man – Be sure to see Zabloski’s work. It has a similar-but-different style of play, imagination and audience interaction. It’s no surprise that Keeper is dramaturged by Kathleen Green, the director of Little Orange Man.

Keeper play at FairField Hall (1303 Fairfield Rd.). For showtimes click here.

– Robyn