The Imaginary Real

June 16, 2022 / no comments

THE IMAGINARY REAL was launched in 2022 as an app-based project; twenty audio monologues hidden around the city. Each unique monologue was written, directed, and recorded by a team of local artists. These monologues worked in tandem with their locations to create an elevated storytelling experience for the listener. After two summers of immersive exploring, The Imaginary Real now has a new home; all twenty monologues can be found below, accompanied by lyric video visualizers created by Andrea Cooper. Now you can listen to The Imaginary Real any time, any place. 

Select a title below to jump to a piece, or scroll to see all twenty!  


Full Churchyard (Andy Jones) · Sanctuaries (Ayse Sule Akinturk) · The Happiest Place on Earth (Azal Dosanjh) · Any Good (Bridget Canning)

What a Sin to Drown in St. John’s Harbour (Darren Ivany) · Mainland Money (Daze Jefferies) ·  Holding Space (Deantha Edmunds) · By the Hush (Fionn Shea)

The Gateway (Gemma Hickey) · High Summer (Jodee Richardson) · Place of Your Own (Karen Monie) · 3am (Leah Lewis)

St. John’s is Burning (Lois Brown) · Carter’s Hill (Mary Walsh) · New Water Street (Michelle Porter) · Glow Bowl (Morgan Murray)

Dovy (Paul David Power) · Three Blankets (Shannon Webb-Campbell) · Release (Sobia Shaikh) · The Signs Outside (Vanessa Cardoso-Whelan)


Full Churchyard

Anglican Cathedral

Written by: Andy Jones
Directed by: Dave Sullivan
Performed by: Andy Jones




Kenny’s Pond

Written by: Ayse Sule Akinturk
Directed by: Sharon King-Campbell
Performed by: Ayse Sule Akinturk



The Happiest Place on Earth

Cuckhold’s Cove

Written by: Azal Dosanjh
Directed by: Sharon King-Campbell
Performed by: Behak Rueentan



Any Good

Confederation Building

Written by: Bridget Canning
Directed by: Courtney Brown
Performed by: Brad Hodder



What a Sin to Drown in St. John’s Harbour

Fort Amherst

Written by: Darren Ivany
Directed by: Courtney Brown
Performed by: Darren Ivany



Mainland Money

Pippy Park

Written by: Daze Jefferies
Directed by: Sharon King-Campbell
Performed by: Daze Jefferies



Holding Space

Virginia river Trail

Written by: Deantha Edmunds
Directed by: Santiago Guzmán
Performed by: Deantha Edmunds



By the Hush

O’Brien Farm

Written by: Fionn Shea
Directed by: Sharon King-Campbell
Performed by: Fionn Shea



The Gateway

Torbay Road

Written by: Gemma Hickey
Directed by: Bernardine Stapleton
Performed by: Paul Rowe



High Summer

Bannerman Park

Written by: Jodee Richardson
Directed by: Courtney brown
Performed by: Jodee Richardson



Place of Your Own

Quidi Vidi

Written by: Karen Monie
Directed by: Mallory Fisher
Performed by: Sarojini Lang




CBC Visitor Parking

Written by: Leah Lewis
Directed by: Santiago Guzmán
Performed by: Jeremy Nolan



St. John’s is Burning

Southside Road

Written by: Lois Brown
Directed by: Courtney Brown
Performed by: Mikaela Dyke



Carter’s Hill

Casey Street

Written by: Mary Walsh
Directed by: Dave Sullivan
Performed by: Mary Walsh



New Water Street

Queen’s Road

Written by: Michelle Porter
Directed by: Mallory Fisher
Performed by: Anna Stassis



Glow Bowl

Pennywell Road

Written by: Morgan Murray
Directed by: Dave Sullivan
Performed by: Brian Marler




Victoria Park

Written by: Paul David Power
Directed by: Sharon King-Campbell
Performed by: Paul David Power



Three Blankets


Written by: Shannon Webb-Campbell
Directed by: Mallory Fisher
Performed by: Shannon Webb-Campbell




Rennie’s Mill road

Written by: Sobia Shaikh
Directed by: Mallory Fisher
Performed by: Lonni Patey



The Signs Outside

Torbay Road

Written by: Vanessa Cardoso-Whelan
Directed by: Mallory Fisher
Performed by: Nabila Qureshi


The Imaginary Real was created as a collaboration between Artistic Fraud and Battery Radio. It is dedicated with gratitude to our friend Chris Brookes.

I Forgive You

January 21, 2019 / no comments

In October 2013, Scott Jones was leaving a bar in New Glasgow Nova Scotia when he was attacked, stabbed in the back, and left paralyzed from the waist down. In the months following, his story garnered international attention, not only for its brutality, but also for Scott’s uncommonly early decision to forgive his attacker. 

I Forgive You marries Scott’s own words with a live children’s choir performing the music of legendary Icelandic band Sigur Rós, to tell a story of trauma, recovery, and the complicated path of forgiveness.

National Arts Centre


March 1 – 11, 2023

Written by Scott Jones and Robert Chafe

Dramaturgy by Sarah Garton Stanley

Directed by Jillian Keiley

Featuring Nathan Carroll, Jeff Ho, and Scott Jones

Music by Sigur Ros

Music adapted and arranged by Ingi Garðar Erlendsson

Musically Directed by Kellie Walsh

Choreography by Christopher House

Lighting Design by Bonnie Beecher

Set and Costume Design by Alison Kate Helmer

Sound Design by Don Ellis


I Forgive You is being developed with the assistance of the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, Nordic Bridges, and Canadian Stage.

Official Transportation Partner of Nordic Bridges


Please be advised that this production comes with the following trigger warnings:

–  Brief sexual content (referenced)
– Homophobia
– References to death/murder
– Detailed descriptions of physical violence
– Detailed descriptions of medical trauma, medical procedures, and bodily fluids
– References to drinking and other substance use
– Strong language

Please also note that there will be special effect haze used in this production.

Although children are involved in this production, they have been specifically counselled and Artistic Fraud has worked with them and their parents to absorb the content of the show.
The production is not for young audiences.

Everybody Just C@lm the F#ck Down

January 21, 2019 / no comments

Known and celebrated nation-wide as a Governor General Award-winning playwright and as Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud, Robert Chafe’s newest piece also marks his triumphant return to the stage – after a 10-year hiatus – in a belated commemoration of Artistic Fraud’s 25th anniversary.

After an unexpected night in a Regina hospital emergency room, Robert can’t shake the burning question of whether he’s Tennessee Williams or Dorothy Zbornak. In Everybody Just C@lm the F#ck Down, Chafe presents a one-man stumbling folly about the aging body and mid-life anxiety.

Directed by esteemed Canadian director, and long-time Artistic Fraud collaborator, Sarah Garton Stanley.

Written & Performed by Robert Chafe
Dramaturged & Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley
Lighting Design by Leigh Ann Vardy
Sound & Video Design by Brian Kenny
Stage Managed by Crystal Laffoley
Production Management by Abra Whitney
Technical Direction by Sheldon Downey
Design Assistance by Julian Smith
Produced by Patrick Foran

Between Breaths

October 18, 2014 / no comments

Coming to St. John’s
March 2024

After touring the Maritimes and mainland, Between Breaths is finally coming back for a run in St. John’s, in partnership with Resource Centre for the Arts. Between Breaths will run from March 20 to March 24 at the LSPU Hall, and tickets are on sale now! Head to the LSPU website for your tickets and details on accessibility accommodations.

Artistic Fraud is thrilled to be bringing Between Breaths back to St. John’s with the original cast (Steve O’Connell, Bernardine Stapleton, and Darryl Hopkins) as well as our talented on-stage musicians (Valmy Assam, Josh Sandu, Andrew Laite). Many thanks to Resource Centre for the Arts for making this presentation possible!



Read more about the show below:

Well known in Newfoundland as the Whale Man, Dr. Jon Lien during the course of his work pioneered techniques for rescuing whales entrapped in fishing nets. Often risking his very life in the water with the formidable and frightened animals, Dr. Lien would seek to earn their trust as much as the fishermen’s. He looked for the best way to free whales while doing as little damage to the fishing gear as possible. His efforts saved the lives of over 500 animals, and earned him the hard-won respect of the island’s fishermen. Despite his risky work, Lien’s biggest fight came at the hands of a lengthy illness, the suspected long-term result of a random highway accident. He passed away in 2010, but not before his body was slowly conquered over 8 years by a progressing immobility and dementia.

Between Breaths jumps time backwards, from the final moments of Lien’s life – in a wheelchair and dealing with brain damage – to his very first whale intervention. As his life becomes further and further confined, his mind stretches itself in memories of release and salvation. 

Between Breaths was developed with the kind assistance of the Banff Playwrights Lab, 2015. Special thanks to Brian Quirt and Jenna Rogers.