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.

Sea Sick

December 6, 2021 / no comments


On Stage: January 20, 21, 22 at 8pm
Livestream: January 20 & 22 at 8pm

It makes up most of the planet; it “contains the switch of life.” So why do we know and care so little about the sea? Sea Sick is journalist Alanna Mitchell’s telling of her three-year, global odyssey into ocean health and science. Inspired by her international bestseller and award-winning book of the same name, Sea Sick is an intimate, humourous and chilling plea for a Darwinian-like leap forward that urges us to adapt in the face of extinction.

For tickets, call the Hall at 753-4531, or purchase online

Praise for Sea Sick

“This show is designed to hit you hard with the facts and agitate your wounds with the artistry. It
compels you to think, to act, and ultimately to heal.” – The Feminist Fringe

“a remarkable feat of storytelling and reportage” — The List

“Sea Sick is a quiet call to action, a reminder of our responsibilities, and a crucial examination of
an underexposed issue.” – The Arts Desk

“Sea Sick is a crucial lesson on climate change that we all must hear.” – The Skinny

“…a model for communicating a distressing and complex issue in an accessible and entertaining way.” – Edinburgh Guide

Winner of The 2019 Infallible Awards at Edinburg Fringe

Sea Sick Trailer from The Theatre Centre on Vimeo.


July 29, 2021 / no comments

A conversation with the past, and an invitation to listen. Five of Atlantic Canada’s finest writers engage with legendary Bonavista Biennale artworks that transformed our relationship to the landscape  forever. These short audio pieces, available through free located-audio phone app, provide a beautiful and wholly original way of thinking about the physical impermanence, but lasting legacy, of art.

Knights Cove: “Wind Worship” by George Murray, in response to Reinhard Reitzenstein’s Waiting, Watching, Waiting (2017)
Featuring the voices of Dominic Arcard and Deantha Edmunds

Bonavista:  “Weskək” by shalan joudry, in response to Jordan Bennett’s Pi’tawe’k (2019)
Featuring the voices of Elizabeth Hicks and Nora Barker

Bonavista:  “Intramural” by Sharon Bala, in response to Robert Hengeveld’s passing where to (2019)
Featuring the voices of Allison Kelly, Evan Mercer, Nora Barker, Deantha Edmunds, Robert Chafe, and Elizabeth Hicks

Elliston: “The Passing” by Lisa Moore, in response to Scott Walden’s Unsettled Revisited (2017)
Featuring the voices of Allison Kelly and Evan Mercer

Maberly:  “Seafoam” by Sara Tilley, in response to Will Gill’s The Green Chair (2017)
Featuring the voice of Sara Tilley

A partnership between Artistic Fraud and the Bonavista Biennale
The Bonavista Biennale is an innovative, rural-based, public art event occurring every two years on Newfoundland’s Bonavista Peninsula. It provides a unique platform for artists and audiences to explore, engage, challenge and express ideas on societal and cultural issues through contemporary visual art.

Ephemera was supported by:
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cultural Economic Development Program (CEDP) provides financial support to professional arts organizations for events or projects that stimulate sustainable economic development of the province’s cultural resources.

We acknowledge the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency/ Nous remercionsl’Agence de promotion économique du Canada atlantique.

One Hour Photo

April 19, 2021 / no comments

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, the people that brought us the beautiful Empire of the Son, are back and with a special virtual presentation of their latest show.

Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, 1 Hour Photo is the story of Mas Yamamoto, a man whose life was swept up by the major currents of the 20th century. From growing up in a fishing village on the banks of the Fraser River, to being confined at a Japanese Canadian internment camp during World War II, to helping build the Distant Early Warning Line in the Canadian Arctic during the height of the Cold War, 1 Hour Photo is a moving portrait saturated with the most vivid colours of our times.

The Other Side of This

September 23, 2020 / no comments

Husky Energy presents

The Other Side of This

Part treasure hunt, part radio play, a hauntingly original experience.

Artistic Fraud invites you to discover a secret city, as conjured by some of Newfoundland’s finest writers. The internal world of a diverse array of characters is brought alive inside your car in intimate short radio monologues, set against the backdrop of mystery locations around the downtown core. Buckle in and experience the city in ways you’ve never experienced it before.

Created by Robert Chafe, Patrick Foran, and Chris Brookes
Sound design by Chris Brookes
Featuring new writing from Robert Chafe, Michael Crummey, Prajwala Dixit, Nomi Fizzle, Santiago Guzmán, Elizabeth Hicks, and Bernardine Ann Teraz Stapleton.
Performed by Michael Crummey, Colin Furlong, Santiago Guzmán, Mina James, Amelia Manuel, George Robertson, and Bernardine Ann Teraz Stapleton.

What It Is

The Other Side of This is travelling adventure comprised of seven curated short radio monologues written for, and set against, specific sites around the downtown core. There are no live actors in this show

How it works

The Other Side of This plays Oct. 7-11 and 13-18 in the evening. The experience runs approximately 90 minutes.

For ease of access and traffic flow, audience start times are staggered. When purchasing a ticket, choose the date and start time that works best for you. Space is limited.

A few days after purchasing your ticket, you will be sent all the information you need to access the show, including a site map, your starting point, radio frequencies, and the order in which to proceed.

What you need

  • A car – sites are spread over a 5 km range, and your show experience will take 90 minutes. It is too far and too fast to walk.
  • An FM radio in your car.
  • Show map and info (With your ticket purchase we’ll provide you a map to print at home or you can view the map on your cell phone)

(Accessibility: Artistic Fraud is working towards an accessible online offering of the work in the near future. If for some reason you can’t take in these October presentations, please stay tuned!)


Tickets are $26 per car, and are inclusive of taxes, box office fees, and carbon offset fees.

By phone: Call the LSPU Hall Box Office at 753-4531 (weekdays, 12pm-5pm)


September 25, 2019 / no comments

Feb. 14, 2020
St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre

Artistic Fraud, in association with Neighbourhood Dance Works and the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, is proud to present Revisor by Vancouver’s Kidd Pivot.Jonathon Young and Crystal Pite revise an archetypal comic plot to serve as the basis for choreography in a true hybrid of contemporary theatre and dance. In Revisor, eight Kidd Pivot dancers embody the recorded dialogue of some of Canada’s finest actors, exploring conflict, comedy and corruption in the potent relationship between language and the body. From the creators of the internationally acclaimed Betroffenheit (winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production).


January 21, 2019 / no comments


March 13-17, 2019

Huff is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and at high risk of suicide. Wind’s fantastic dream world bleeds into his haunting reality, as he’s preyed on by the Trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and his own fragile psyche. Ancestral history combines with harsh reality and gas-induced hallucination in a tale of family, love, despair, and the possibility of redemption.

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.

Between Breaths Orchestral

November 6, 2018 / no comments


Feb. 14-15, 2019

St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre

Between Breaths is Artistic Fraud’s retelling of the story of Dr. Jon Lien who pioneered techniques for rescuing whales trapped in fishing nets. It premiered in 2018 in a sold out run, and now Artistic Fraud have commissioned acclaimed composer Duane Andrews to take the incredible original score by The Once and adapt it for 30-person orchestra. The result is a beautiful soaring backdrop to one our most acclaimed shows.

Empire of the Son

September 17, 2017 / no comments

From Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre comes this beautiful and inventive performance about a son standing in the cultural and emotional shadow of his traditional Japanese father. In this exhilaratingly original, multimedia one-man show, actor / comedian / radio broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu tells the dynamic story of an emotionally distant father, Akira, whose legacy is felt beyond his lifetime. From the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960s London, Akira’s incredible personal history continues to influence two generations. Separated by language, culture and history, what truly keeps father and son apart are their similarities. Empire of the Son is a funny, emotional and deeply thoughtful portrayal of parent/ child relationships.

Empire of the Son has thrilled and moved audiences in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. Artistic Fraud is beyond delighted to bring it to our local audiences from Nov. 22 – 26 at the LSPU Hall.

Artistic Fraud’s presentation of Empire of the Son is proudly supported by the Canada 150 Fund




July 4, 2017 / no comments

The voices of some of our city’s most vibrant trans youth take centre stage in this incredible evening where fiddle meets Shakespeare meets slam poetry meets soapbox rant. You do not want to miss this stellar show that challenges preconceptions about the trans experience and bursts hearts wide open.

“The final frontier of exploration lies not in outer space, as captain kirk suggested, but within. These talented and brave young artists are the astronauts who explore the universe within, seeking the ultimate human authenticity.”  Berni Stapleton.

Click here to watch video trailer

To purchase a copy of the published version of transVersing click here


For The Love of Learning is a dynamic arts based organization that provides support and guidance to local youth by nurturing their creativity and resilience through projects that facilitate life long learning and skills development.

transVersing was made possible with the support of the Canada 150 Fund

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

October 17, 2014 / no comments


Based on the classic novel by Wayne Johnson, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is a fictionalized retelling of the story of Joseph R. Smallwood, the man who led Newfoundland into Confederation with Canada and who served at its first premier for 23 years. Smallwood’s story is anchored and propelled by one of Johnson’s most memorable creations: the fictitious Sheilagh Fielding, a caustic newspaper columnist whose own battles with the past and alcohol addiction find full vent and expression in her tireless dogging of Smallwood’s climb to power. At its heart, The Colony of Unrequieted Dreams is the story of a man whose career is buoyed and sometimes sunk by his unresolved feelings for a woman he never allowed himself to love. It is also the story of Newfoundland’s final years as a country, the end of one cultural and political trajectory and the beginning of another.

Featuring: Colin Furlong, Carmen Grant, Brian Marler, Jody Richardson, Darryl Hopkins, Steve O’Connell, Charlie Tomlinson, Paul Rowe, Alison Woolridge, and Willow Kean.

Photo Credit: Colin Furlong in The Colony of Unrequited Dreams


Oil and Water

October 17, 2014 / no comments

Oil and Water is Artistic Fraud’s theatrical retelling of the incredible true story of Lanier Phillips. Shipwrecked aboard the USS Truxtun in 1942, Mr. Phillips was the only African American survivor. What happened to this son of the racially segregated south at the hand of the nearby town of St. Lawrence forever changed his world and became a legendary story that still resonates over seventy years later.

Oil and Water features a cast of ten supreme actor/singers and an a cappella score that blends the celtic folk tradition with African American gospel.


Magic in the theatre is rare to witness and hard to describe, but that is indeed what is happening with Oil and Water… Theatre at its most imaginative.
Toronto Star
…a powerful piece of theatre with an important story. This is theatre that engages its audience for all the right reasons.
The Slotkin Letter

Photo Credit: Clint Butler, Anderson Ryan Allen, and Mike Payette in Oil and Water


Salvage: Story of a House

October 16, 2014 / no comments

Salvage was our second of three collaborations with novelist and poet Michael Crummey. Based on his book of poetry, Salvage, our stage production was about what inhabits the places we live, the worlds we move in to when we move into a house, the generations who have been here before us.

We staged the original production in a large heritage home, Angel House, in old St. John’s, each room in the mansion hosting a character who once lived there. The audience is divided into ten different groups, the largest of which has seven audience members. Each audience member sees each room and meets each character. The audience groups follow a detailed map of the house for the order in which they see each separate story and the actors travel the rooms of the house creating a vibrant living home full of ghosts and memories.

Salvage opened at Angel House in St. John’s in October of 2003, and later ran for the full summer at the Commissariat House in St. John’s and the Pickersgill House in Salvage, on the Eastport Peninsula.

Photo Credit: Andy Jones in Salvage: The Story of a House.


Belly Up

October 16, 2014 / no comments

Funny and poignant exploration of fear, loneliness and responsibility: Belly Up.

A blind man is terrified of leaving his home. But he has a little mouth to feed, and he is quickly running out of fish food. Digital video and an original score play backdrop to this one-man audio visual feast.

Playwright/actor Robert Chafe performs the entire play matching a pre-recorded mirror- image video of himself, in an interplay between stage and screen of unprecedented precision. In Artistic Fraud’s signature style, Belly Up is a quickly paced, beautiful and compelling story with powerful sound and visuals.

Photo Credit: Robert Chafe in Belly Up.