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Theatre in the Bush

original concept by Brian Fidler*

On September 25th and 26th 2020 come celebrate the equinox at THEATRE IN THE BUSH!

In person shows are now SOLD OUT!

You can still take part in Theatre in the Bush by watching the online version of the show on Sunday, September 27 at 8 wPM

Get your tickets for the online event at

Set deep in Yukon’s boreal forest on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch'än Council Theatre in the Bush takes the mad magic of a bush party and distills it into an interactive, multidisciplinary event.

This year we’re adding a dash of order to the chaos to comply with the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s guidelines around gatherings. We are limiting the size of our audience, adding a second evening of performances and gathering people in small groups to safely enjoy the event while remaining physically distanced in the great outdoors.

In consideration of limiting our crowd size this year we are going to hold a Ticket Lottery for Theatre in the Bush. We will take ticket requests through our online form until September 14th and then we will draw names out of a hat to build the audience for our two nights of shows. If your name is drawn you can purchase up to 2 tickets. Tickets are pay-what-you-decide with a suggested donation of $25 each. If your name isn’t drawn you can still see the show! We are filming the event on September 25th and broadcasting the show on September 27th and we will give everyone who requests a ticket a link to the online screening.

Featuring a stellar line up of innovative Yukon creators, Theatre in the Bush offers playful daring theatre, dance, storytelling, choose your own adventure puppet shows and music mixed with a healthy dose of folksy Yukon charm.

Join us for a walk in the woods and a magical evening of performances.

The evening begins with Musical Guest Ryan McNally.

This years line up includes performances by:

  • Joella Hogan
  • Erica Mah
  • Paris Pick
  • Michael Reynolds
  • Aiden Tentrees and Charles Hegsted
  • Susan Walton, Megan Mary Schneider and John Streicker
  • Colin Wolf and Caleigh Crow

Installation Artists

  • Amber Church
  • Aimee Ellis and Leslie Leong
  • Jon Gelinas
  • Tara Kolla
  • Véronique Lachance
  • Jon & Rachel Travis
  • Tedd Tucker
  • Emily Woodruffe

Past events have featured: sound installations, dry land synchronized swimmers, gourmet northern food cooked over a campfire, choose your own adventure puppet shows, underwear fights, build your own clay creation stations, and many other charming and irreverent acts from daring local artists.

To protect our volunteers, performers and those around you, do not attend this event if:
✓ you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath; or
✓ you have travelled outside of Yukon, NWT, Nunavut or BC within the last 14 days; or
✓ you have come in contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors:
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A Cardboard Western

Written by:

Brian Fidler and Edward Westerhuis

Co-Created by:

Geneviève Doyon, Jessica Hickman and Claire Ness

Music and original sound design by:

Jordy Walker

Developed with support from the Yukon Arts Centre

Check out the latest development on the event page

Robot uprising

photo: Edward Westerhuis

With all of the puppets and set constructed from cardboard, hot glue and magnets Tombstone mashes the genres of science fiction and westerns and blends the worlds of puppetry and film.

Earl and Petal
Petal, a lonesome cowgirl working at the robot western-styled amusement park town of Tombstone dreams of creating her own wild- west entertainment show with a real live cowboy.

When Hank rides into town Petal seizes the opportunity to use Hank’s cowboy skills but doesn’t count on falling in love with the drifter cowboy.

Set against the backdrop of a robot uprising Petal struggles with her own identity when she finds herself in a love triangle with Hank and a robot cowboy.

Tombstone is part spaghetti western, part Westworld and all cardboard!

Many thanks to our generous sponsors: tombstone sponsors

Sci-Fi Double Feature: A science fiction puppet show

Spring 2016

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About Us

In our tiny studio in the Yukon's boreal forest Ramshackle Theatre creates cardboard puppet shows,outdoor theatre events and original plays for Yukon and national audiences

" our theatre

We keep things simple and count as our most trusted materials: hot glue, cardboard and magnets. No matter what the content of the production our starting place is: How do we create this work physically with what we have at hand? If we can’t build it from found materials, buy it cheap or borrow it, we tell the story simply.

Since 2006 Ramshackle Theatre has been presenting and touring original work. Under the Artistic Directorship of Brian Fidler the company has presented two productions at the Summerworks Performance Festival (The Cloaker and the Cabinet 2007, Broken 2012), brought our production Sci-Fi Double Feature to Victoria, Vancouver, The Banff Centre for the Arts and to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and toured the solo play Broken about Alzheimer’s Disease, across the country.

Team & Collaborators

We are a core group of a few members whow work with fine folks across Canada.

Brian is an actor, director and the principal instigator and creator of all ramshackle projects

Brian Fidler*

Founder & Artistic Director

Edward is a multidisciplinary artist with roots in video, animation and visual arts. Whether he's performing with a camera on-stage or crafting cardboard puppets, he employs a sharp focus and a delicate touch.

Edward Westerhuis

Filmmaker, Collaborator, and Designer

Jordy Walker is a composer and sound designer who brings atmosphere and groove to ramshackle performances

Jordy Walker

Composer & Sound Designer

Large background photos by: GBPCreative