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WELCOME TO THE BUNKER! Comes to the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival

Welcome to the Bunker! is an immersive zombie apocalypse comedy set in a bunker deep below Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. Katie, a young zombie rights activist, and Todd, an antisocial doomsday prepper, will give you and your fellow survivors an orientation into bunker living that could just save your lives- if everything goes according to their half-assed, yet optimistic, plan. Feelings Circles! Obsessive rationing! Nearly fully figured out chemical toilets! Just ignore that scratching coming from the walls, won't you?

Bunker! was created as a collaboration between two very different artistic disciplines: comedy/improvisation, and traditional theatre, plus a side of nerdy obsession with horror tropes. Welcome to the Bunker! is a fast, furious, non-stop comedy that uses the ridiculous cliches of zombie mythology to explore themes such as generational tension, loss, and hope in the face of disaster. Like...a really big, gory disaster.

This is the first collaboration between Clare Blackwood and Ryan F. Hughes. Ryan is an award-winning playwright, actor, and improviser. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School's playwrighting program and Second City Toronto's Conservatory program. Clare Blackwood has worked with many independent theatre companies in Toronto, specializing in Shakespeare and musical theatre, and is a My Entertainment World Award best ensemble winner for Romeo and (her) Juliet (Urban Bard/Headstrong Collective). Director Alison Louder has previously assistant directed 2016 Patron's Pick The Harvester (Rabbit in a Hat Prod.) and has held a spot on the Best Local Actress Top 10 list in Montreal for over a decade. Film/tv credits include Being Human, Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, and Xavier Dolan's upcoming film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Stage Manager Justine Cargo was the assistant stage manager for 2016 Fringe hit Romeo and Juliet Chainsaw Massacre, and stage manager for Storefront Theatre's Tough Jews, nominated for 6 Dora Awards.

Don't miss this Fringe's weirdo, underground (literally!) zombie hit that will have you die laughing, rise again laughing, and eat some brains. Laughing.

Written by Clare Blackwood and Ryan F. Hughes

Directed by Alison Louder

Starring Clare Blackwood and Ryan F. Hughes
Lighting design by Justine Cargo

Stage managed by Justine Cargo

Set design by Adam MacWha

Opens July 5th runs to July 15th

Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace

16 Ryerson Ave. Toronto, ON M5T 2P3


July 5, 10:00pm

July 7, 6:30pm

July 9, 9:45pm

July 11, 8:30pm

July 12, 4:45pm

July 13, 6:15pm

July 14, 3:30pm

June 15, 1:00pm

Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.


Tickets go on sale June 8, 2017.

Purchase online:

By Phone: 416-966-1062

In Person: During the festival, tickets can be purchased at the main box office at the Fringe Club at Scadding Court - 707 Dundas Street West.

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