(Friday) 7:30 pm
Sweet-as-pie and sharp-as-nails, wartime wonder Pearle Harbour is an award-winning
Sweet-as-pie and sharp-as-nails, wartime wonder Pearle Harbour is an award-winning sensation and Canada’s premiere drag tragicomedienne.
“Pearle has emerged as one of the most engaging, thoughtful performance artists around.” – NOW Magazine
“Glamorous, poised, and devastatingly funny. ” – Xtra Magazine
“Looking like she sashayed out of a 1940s fashion mag, Pearle Harbour is part deliciously retro, part very much here and now.” – Toronto Life Magazine
ABOUT THE SHOW
Award-winning drag tragicomedienne Pearle Harbour presents her cabaret spectacular Agit-Pop! – musical meditations for the pre-post-apocalypse. Developed over five years of live performance, Agit Pop! is an ever-changing collection of Pearle’s favourite, best, and most heart-wrenchingly hilarious short acts.
Weaving her signature acid wit and demented storytelling through the day’s headlines, Pearle takes on the world, from our mounting ecological anxiety, to nuclear tensions (past, present, future), from the well-trod tactics of strongmen, to digital escapism.
With live accompaniment by musical director Steven Conway, Pearle serenades audiences with new arrangements of old classics and little known gems by David Bowie, Judy Garland, Tom Waits, and many more.
MORE ABOUT PEARLE
Her original works have been presented across Canada to rave critical and audience response, at some of the most prestigious theatres and festivals in the nation, including the PuSh International Festival of Performing Arts, the High Performance Rodeo, SummerWorks, the Yukon Arts Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, The Cultch, OUTstages, Next Stage Theatre Festival, The Second City, Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, and countless others, as well as published in Canadian Theatre Review and featured on the CBC.
She is an artist-in-residence at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, the longest running queer theatre in the world.
Selected accolades include the Audience Choice Award (SummerWorks), the Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund Award for a Canadian Stage Performer, Outstanding Solo Performance (My Entertainment World), a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Variety or Entertainment Special (CBC’s Queer Pride Inside), Favourite Lead Performance (Hart House), and Dora Mavor-Moore Award nominations for Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Performance.
“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is.” – Kurt Vonnegut
- created by Pearle Harbour
- written by Justin Miller
- directed by Rebecca Ballarin
- musical accompaniment Steven Conway
- lighting design Logan Cracknell
- video design Adam Miller
Created with support from the Toronto Arts Council.