★★★★★
This is an extraordinarily moving story,
well-crafted and compassionately told.
See it now before it sells out.
— CBC

 

Based on her bestselling memoir, the Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter one-woman show tells the story of growing up with a gay father in the 1980s. Woven through music and imagery, the comic monologue moves from Alison’s carefree childhood to the moment she learned, at age twelve, that her family was a bit more complex than she had thought.

The ensuing years were a time of confusion and disbelief, puff pastry and opera, bathhouse raids, scandal and celebration. Balancing intimacy, history and hilarity, this is a captivating tale of family life: deliciously imperfect, riotously challenging, and full of life’s great lessons in love.

The show has won numerous awards, including four Best of Fest awards at Canadian Fringe Festivals, CBC Manitoba's Outstanding Solo Show award and Best Dramatic Script at NYC's United Solo, the largest festival of solo theatre in the world.

Alison has done more than 100 performances of the show since its premiere in 2011 and she continues to tour the show, together with the book, to theatres and festivals across North America and around the world.

 

Directed by Stuart Cox
Dramaturgy & Design by Catherine Hume
Media Design by Calvin B. Grant

★★★★★ This show is a five-star work of heart.
— CVV Magazine
★★★★★
Uber-literate Alison Wearing holds the audience in the palm of her hand...Almost every sentence has a ticklish wordplay or phonic treat that makes listening a pleasure.
Combined with her presence on stage, Confessions is great storytelling. Grab your tickets early; they’ll be in hot demand.
— Winnipeg Free Press
★★★★★
Blending an easily digestible mix of storytelling, impressions, physical comedy, and a handful of costume props, Wearing takes you to the most awkward, and sometimes most hilarious,
moments in her unconventional family’s history...
The humanity in this show is overwhelming.
Drag your favourite homophobe along and challenge them not to be moved by this story.
— The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
★★★★★
The show works beautifully on all levels. Wearing is a skilled actress who commands our attention. Her script is tightly written, cleverly constructed and highly literate...
Be forewarned, the word is already out on this show. Line up (or buy advance tickets) early. Do make the effort; you will not be disappointed.
— Times Colonist (Victoria)
★★★★★
I would have sobbed loudly, but I’m too damn manly, so I just grunted and choked...Decades-old angst about sexual orientation might have felt stale, but, from the kid’s perspective, it’s fresh...The show, which Wearing performs expertly, also bursts with humour: how could she not have known her old man was queer when, instead of loot bags at one of her early birthday parties, he gave out homemade cassettes of a Mozart wind quintet?
— Georgia Straight (Vancouver)

Production History

~ creation ~

The Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter one-woman show was created in 2011 in Tepoztlán, Mexico, by writer Alison Wearing and director Stuart Cox. It had its premiere in Mexico in March 2011 and then toured in Quebec and Ontario, Canada, before Alison decided to take a year off and expand the script into a full-length book. When the memoir was published in 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf Canada, Alison did a cross-country tour of the book, together with the show, doing more than 50 performances in 5 months in 15 cities, and garnering 5-star reviews and numerous awards in virtually every festival in which it appeared, including Best Dramatic Script in New York City's United Solo Festival. The show continues to tour to theatres and festivals across the country and abroad.

~ past Performances ~

(Producer is listed in bold, then venue, city & dates.)

Northern Arts & Cultural Centre

   NACC: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; 12 May 2017

Lighthouse Theatre

   Lighthouse Theatre: Port Dover, Ontario; 18 March 2017

Imperial Theatre

   Imperial Theatre: Saint John, New Brunswick; 2 March 2017

Galle Literary Festival

   Hall de Galle: Galle, Sri Lanka; 14 January 2017

Stratford Writers Festival

   Knox Amphitheatre: Stratford, Ontario; 23 October 2016

University of Guelph

   Massey Hall: Guelph, Ontario; 19 October 2016

Huntsville Festival of the Arts

   Algonquin Theatre: Huntsville, Ontario; 8 July 2016

Lebovic Centre for the Arts

   Nineteen on the Park: Stouffville, Ontario; 2 July 2016

Haida Gwaii Arts Council

   Queen Charlotte Community Centre: Haida Gwaii, British Columbia; 7-8 April 2016

Minister of Culture: The Cornelia Street Cafe

     The Cornelia Street Theatre: New York, NY; 13 Nov 2015

Gabriola Island Theatre Festival

   Mainstage Theatre: Gabriola Island, BC; 15 August 2015

Nanaimo Theatre Festival

   Harbour City Theatre: Nanaimo, BC; 13-23 August 2015

Frye Festival

   Théâtre l’Escaouette: Moncton, New Brunswick; 2 May 2015

Theatre Collingwood

  Historic Gayety Theatre: Collingwood, Ontario; 11 April 2015

Lakefield College School

   Bryan Jones Theatre: Lakefield, Ontario; 31 March 2015

Trent University

   Nozhem Theatre: Peterborough, Ontario; 26 March 2015

Wilfrid Laurier University

   Maureen Forrester Recital Hall: Waterloo, Ont; 12 Feb 2015

University of Western Ontario

   Kenny Theatre: London, Ontario; 19 November 2014

Coffin Ridge Winery

   Coffin Ridge Winery: Owen Sound, Ont; 12 September 2014

SOUNDS of Northumberland

   Fifth Wind Theatre: Cobourg, Ontario; 26 July 2014

Lakefield Literary Festival

   Bryan Jones Theatre: Lakefield, Ontario; 12 July 2014

World Pride Festival

   George Ignatieff Theatre: Toronto, Ontario; 25-28 June 2014

TaDa! Festival

   Centre Wakefield La Pêche: Wakefield, Quebec; 15 June 2014

Eden Mills Literary Festival

   The Bookshelf/e-Bar: Guelph, Ontario; 23 May 2014

Under the Volcano Master Class Program

   El Fauno Feliz: Tepoztlan, Mexico; 16 January 2014

Vancouver Writers Fest

   Studio Theatre: Vancouver, British Columbia; 22-24 Oct 2013

WordFest Literary Festival

   The Banff Centre: Banff, Alberta; 18 October 2013

WordFest Literary Festival

   John Dutton Theatre: Calgary, Alberta; 17/19 October 2013

United Solo Festival

   Theatre Row: New York, New York; 12 October 2013

Kingston Writers Fest

   Waterfront Hotel: Kingston, Ontario; 26 September 2013

Vancouver Fringe Festival

   The Cultch Historic Theatre: Vancouver, British Columbia; 6-14 September 2013

Victoria Fringe Festival

   Downtown Activity Centre: Victoria, British Columbia; 23-31 August 2013

Saskatoon Fringe Festival

   Victoria Theatre: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; 1-10 August 2013

Winnipeg Fringe Festival     

   Red River College Theatre: Winnipeg, Manitoba; 18-28 July 2013

Regina Fringe Festival

   Mackenzie Gallery: Regina, Saskatchewan; 10-14 July 2013

The Arts & Letters Club

   The Arts & Letters Club: Toronto, Ontario; 14-16 June 2013

Alison Wearing Ink.

   Gordon Best Theatre: Peterborough, Ontario; 8 & 9 June 2013

Pride London

   Palace Theatre: London, Ontario; 31 May 2013

Alison Wearing Ink.

   Staircase Theatre: Hamilton, Ontario; 25 May 2013

Stratford Springworks Festival

   Factory 163: Stratford, Ontario; 16 & 19 May 2013

Alison Wearing Ink.

   Garafraxa Live Theatre: Durham, Ontario; 7 December 2012

The Village Bookshop

   Bayfield Town Hall: Bayfield, Ontario; 27 October 2012

Alison Wearing Ink.

   Rotary Hall: Lion's Head, Ontario; 2 October 2011

Hamilton Fringe Festival

   Theatre Aquarius Studio: Hamilton, Ontario; 15-24 July 2011

Wakefield International Fringe Festival

   The Black Sheep Inn: Wakefield, Quebec; 25-26 June 2011

The Downtown Bookstore

   The Backspace: Owen Sound, Ontario; 17 June 2011

 

PREMIERE: Celebrating Cultures/Clark-Dawson Family

   Casa Temictli: Tepoztlán, Mexico

   18 March 2011


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