A true story, with live music
written/performed/composed by Alex Eddington
directed/dramaturged by Tyler Seguin
assistant director Helen Juvonen
A long summer on a lonely Scottish island.
A true story of superstition, standing stones, and sheep.
A flock of instruments, a lamb puppet...and a lot of actual yarn.
YARN is a one-human show, performed in an urban rose garden: "the perfect venue for a summer night at the theatre" (Mooney on Theatre).
Appearing at the SummerWorks Festival
*newly expanded, with more music and stories*
August 7-17, 2014
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"★★★★ There is an honesty that shines through... encourages all of us to consider our own stories and why we tell them." - CBC Manitoba
★★★★ - Edmonton Sun
"An intriguing story, wrapped in mysticism, superstition, tales, true stories... and yarn, lots of yarn...
Riveting... great entertainment." - London Free Press
"Cleverly staged... Eddington is a sweet, pleasing and musical performer who carries this show on his shoulders with the aid of his charm and the unique style of its telling." - Winnipeg Free Press
"Alex Eddington has great chops for storytelling, a mischievous, absurd manner with a tune and delightfully clever uses of props both musical and not." - Theatre in London
Thursday, August 7 - 7:30 pm
Friday, August 8 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 9 -7:30 pm
Sunday, August 10 -7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 12 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 13 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 14 - 7:30 pm
Friday, August 15 - 7:30 pm
Saturday August 16 - 7:30 pm
Sunday August 17 - 7:30 pm
YARN is an 80 minute show
Doors open 1 hour before showtime.
Come early, visit, hear live music... and sing/play along!
Warnings: mature language. 14+ recommended.
Tickets only $15 at the DOOR (Cash only)
or in ADVANCE (+fees):
- at the SummerWorks Info Booth at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen St. W.) (August 5-15)
- ONLINE at summerworks.ca
More info about SummerWorks tickets and multi-show passes HERE
VENUE L: Majlis Art Garden
"The perfect setting for a summer night at the theatre!" (Mooney on Theatre)
163 Walnut Av. (west of Bathurst, south of Queen)
NOTE: Majlis Art Garden is sheltered from rain and wind... but not climate-controlled.
**Please dress for the temperature.**
Majlis Art Garden is an accessible venue.
Parking is available at the City of Toronto “Green P” parking lot which is directly across the street.
The entrance to parking lot is at 803 Richmond Street West.
Past performances of YARN:
London, Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe Festivals
Alex Eddington is a Toronto-based theatre artist, musician and composer. Through his company Acky-Made, he has toured five of his own original plays on the Canadian Fringe festival circuit. His shows seek new intersections of music and theatre. The Fugue Code (2007) was a “musicological comedy-thriller” about hidden codes in the music of J.S. Bach, while Old Growth (2008) was a story about two lost young artists, set around a musical ritual performed in honour of a fallen giant tree. In 2009 and 2010, Alex performed a unique new version of TJ Dawe's comic monologue Tired Clichés, directed by Laura Anne Harris (writer/performer of the Fringe hit Pitch Blond), featuring sleight-of-hand magic and quirky live sound design on toy instruments. Last year he toured his autobiographical storytelling-and-music show Yarn across Canada. He has studied clown and physical theatre with teachers including Francine Côté, Helen Donnelly, Jan Henderson, Adam Paolozza and John Turner.
As the 2008/09 Urjo Kareda Resident Artist at Tarragon Theatre, Alex created and workshopped a physical theatre play about a painting elephant – even using his trombone as a trunk – and was an apprentice to three professional sound designers.
Alex has composed music and sound design for theatre and dance productions across Canada, presented by Mile Zero Dance, The Works Art and Design Festival, the InterFEAR Festival, the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Day of Delight, Thought for Food Productions and Tarragon Theatre. He has been a sound designer for several trans-Canadian Fringe touring productions.
Alex is an award-winning and prolific composer of concert music for both professional and young musicians, including recent commissions and performances by the Brantford and Mississauga Symphony Orchestras, Continuum Contemporary Music, the junctQín keyboard collective, violinist Conrad Chow, soprano Kristin Mueller-Heaslip, and the Suzuki String School of Guelph. His music for young performers includes Living Soul, which was performed by an ensemble of nearly 100 young string players at the River Run Centre in Guelph. Alex was the composer-in-residence of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra from 2009 to 2012.
He is also a music and drama teacher, choral singer, arts administrator, and bird enthusiast.
Tyler Seguin is a graduate of the University of Toronto / Sheridan College joint program in Theatre and Drama studies and is currently working as an actor, writer, director and puppeteer. His physical theatre and puppetry training includes work with Eugenio Barba (Odin Teatret, Denmark), Quinn Bauriedel (Pig Iron Theatre, Philadelphia) and David and Ann Powell (The Puppetmongers, Toronto) as well as a variety of performance techniques including Clown, Mask, Viewpoints, and Chekhov.
Tyler is the Producer at Thought For Food Productions, and directed their production of Vaclav Havel's The Memo (translated by Paul Wilson) at Unit 102 Theatre in the spring of 2014. Previous directing credits include The Universal Wolf and The Cousins of Corsica for the Toronto Fringe Festival, The Merchant of Venice for Alchemy Theatre and The Aleatory Project’s Alberta tour. He has developed and directed educational entertainment for the Ontario Science Centre including Second Leap, an exploration of human travel to Mars; The Gobsmacking Gutbag, an introduction to the digestive system; and Rediscovering da Vinci, a biographical performance about Leonardo da Vinci.
Tyler most recently apprenticed with Calgary’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop and worked on their National Film Board of Canada production From Naughty to Nice as a builder and designer. Tyler has created physical theatre such as the ensemble piece i (Ottawa Fringe Best of Fest), and his site-specific production, Rearview – the only Toronto Fringe show to be taken down by the police. He is actively working on several projects including the puppet-based Jurkka Jarvinen’s Troll Stories, which has been workshopped at The Puppetmongers’ Fresh Ideas in Puppetry Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille’s Crapshoot Cabaret and Theatre Caravel’s Seachange. He is also developing Freak Show, a new work that pairs him with a forensic anthropologist to examine modern attitudes toward disability and medicine. Tyler also facilitates puppetry workshops in schools and has been a part of the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education program.
Tyler is also an accomplished performer and has recently worked with companies such as Sudbury Theatre Centre, Theatre New Brunswick, The Guild Festival Theatre, Storm&Stress, Single Thread Theatre, and Urban Bard. He recently appeared as The Host in The Assassination of Robert Ford: Dirty Little Coward (Still Your Friend) at the 2014 Toronto Fringe which was selected as Best of Fringe and in the fall he will be playing Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Single Thread Theatre’s site-specific production at Spadina Museum.
You can visit Tyler Seguin online at tylerjseguin.com
Helen Juvonen is the founder and Artistic Director of Thought For Food Productions as well as an independent actor, director and playwright. Producing anything from Shakespeare to new Canadian plays, she is interested in theatre that explores the shared space between the performers and the audience.
With Thought For Food she has produced, directed and/or appeared in over a dozen shows including her own play The Aleatory Project, where the actors use random elements to determine the course of the play live on stage. Other productions include the new works The Cousins of Corsica and a little faux pas as well as a variety of classic plays such as Love’s Labour’s Lost, Agnes of God and The Birthday Party.
As an actor, her credits include: Purgatory in Ingleton (Summerworks); Handle With Care (Toronto FringeKids!); Beauty and the Beast (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Much Ado About Nothing (Spadina House Museum/Single Thread); The Importance of Being Earnest (Casa Loma); Volpone (Ontario Renaissance Festival); and Spring Awakening (Ranevsky Repertory Theatre). Helen was also the last actress to play Mollie in the long-running Toronto Truck Theatre production of The Mousetrap. She recently starred as Balas in the Thought For Food production of Paul Wilson's translation of The Memo by Vaclav Havel.
Helen is always working on a variety of projects and is currently writing the puppet play Jurkka Jarvinen’s Troll Stories, parts of whichhave been presented at Puppetmongers’ Fresh Ideas in Puppetry and Theatre Passe Muraille’s Crapshoot.
Helen recently fulfilled a lifelong dream when she became a Jeopardy! Champion.
You can visit Helen Juvonen online at helenjuvonen.workbooklive.com