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February 10, 2021 - February 20, 2021

Rhubarb Festival

Hosted by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Canada’s longest-running new works festival is a hotbed of experimentation, where artists explore new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and performance art.

This year, Rhubarb proposes an alternative: the creation of a physical performative publication that attempts to capture the energy of Rhubarb and, perhaps, recreate the live performance experience itself.

Over 20 artists respond to the prompt to bring performances to the page, with some projects published in the festival publication itself, and other interventions performed on the book after printing. Contributions range from colouring pages to a fever-dream drag performance; from a meal to music inspired by the turning of a page; and from choreographic scores to unearthed histories, real or imagined.

The limited edition run of 888 books is available for pre-order now, with distribution beginning shortly before the festival’s opening night on February 10.

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The Festival book does not and will not exist in digital book form. We will, however, be creating an audiobook version of the book—the link to this will be e-mailed to everyone who receives a copy of The Rhubarb Festival book. For blind/low-vision audience members who would like a copy of the audiobook without the physical book, please reach out to tickets@buddiesinbadtimes.com.


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

12 Alexander Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1B4, Canada

Phone number: 416-975-8555

Email: info@buddiesinbadtimes.com

Established in 1979, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is Toronto’s leading destination for artistically rigorous alternative theatre and a world leader in developing queer voices and stories for the stage. Buddies offers a year-round program that includes a full season of queer theatre, new works festivals, artist residencies, and intergenerational training and education initiatives. In its 40-year history Buddies has welcomed over one million people into its home in the heart of Toronto’s queer village and has premiered nearly 1,000 new works for the stage, making it the largest and longest-running queer theatre company in the world.