Rock concert. Musical. Unfairytale. WYRD has it all, without even a hint of a handsome prince. Think Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz – just add eviscerating social satire and a lot more mud.
Once upon a (pick a time in history), a woman escapes her abusive lover and finds herself in a dingy motel in the middle of nowhere. Mysteriously drawn into the woods, she wanders off the beaten path and discovers an ancient bog. There she encounters three mythical hags at their annual reunion (they’re not scary, they’re just misunderstood). Among the flatulating mushrooms, horny herons, a random game show, punk rocking crones, an egocentric King from a Shakespearean tragedy, and a visiting hag from 'down south', the woman navigates the bewildering darkness, trying to find the path home.
WYRD hilariously deconstructs everyday patriarchal norms and holds a mirror up for us to yank out our internalized misogyny and take a hearty gander at it.
Presented in association with Atomic Vaudeville.
Original Concept: Angela Drainville and Katherine McCallum
Written by: (In alphabetical order) Meg Braem, Angela Drainville, Jane Gaudet, Jenny Hamilton, Selina Heyligers-Hare, Becky Johnson, Katherine McCallum, Jacqueline McLaughlin, Melaina Sheldon, Ashley Robyn, and Britt Small
Musical Composition: Shirley Gnome, Ashley Robyn and Selina Heyligers-Hare
Directed: Britt Small
Musical direction: Ashley Robyn
Dramaturgy and Script Editing: Meg Braem
This show contains adult themes, coarse language, and references to relationship abuse/gender-based violence. Ensure that supports are in place for anyone who is triggered by these themes. Please use parental discretion when booking tickets for youth under the age of 15.
Metro Studio Theatre
May 18, - 20
The WYRD Trip for Two contest to Whitehorse, Yukon is closed.
Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse
March 16 - 19
Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture (KIAC), Dawson City
March 31 - April 1
St. Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction
"The most brilliant, moving, and hilarious production I’ve ever seen. The story was brought to life by an amazing cast of badass women with immeasurable talent. Singing so good it was bone chilling, with impressively choreographed movements on stage. The writing was inspired with all the word said and the words not said. I laughed, I cried, I connected with my inner hag. Wyrd is a perfect depiction of the feminine experience, it shows the strength that exists in our relationships with our sisters, our friends, our lovers, and ourselves." - Ivy
"The set is AMAZING and the show is incredible!!! I saw it tonight and it was SO GOOD that I want to see it again." - Sarah Kehler
"Best production I've seen in my life! Laughter! Tears! Go see this!" Fayth Starr, CKRW 96.1
"This show is INCREDIBLE! If you have a chance to see WYRD don't miss it!!! Sooo blown away by this exceptional, hilarious, moving, catchy, empowering show & the talented cast & creative team!" - Radish Loos
"Soooo wyrdly magnificent! Thank you for the beautiful writing and song and talent and laughter…." - Patti Balsillie
"The show is amazing, terrific, emotional. I was enthralled." - Catherine Millar
"Go see this show!" - Juliann Fraser
"In case you haven’t gotten tickets to see WYRD, A Musical UnFairytale, you need to. Not only is the entire cast and crew made of women and non-binary folks, it’s deeply moving and entertaining. I went to opening night and was both proud of my pals involved with it, and thankful that these stories were being brought into the world. Get your tickets. Support women and gender-diverse people in the arts in our community. You won’t regret it." - Kristy Wells, Molotov and Bricks Tattoo
"Such a wonderful show!! Completely blown away. 🔥" - Fiona Azizaj
"A splendid tour de force! The show was provocative, hilarious and innovative, while achieving the highest standards of musical and theatrical excellence." - Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for Yukon
"Congratulations, congratulations! Fantastic show - the music, the musicians, the voices, costumes and set - everything was great!! Congratulations to everyone involved. Well done." - Eileen Melnychuk
"Full of delightful performances and striking images Wyrd is a wild ride! Nellie Long Arms clown work and Hannah Muzarek’s amazing character and voice are worth the price of admission alone!" - Brian Fidler, Artistic Director, The Guild Hall
“You’ll leave Wyrd in love with the Bog Hags, smiling at the brilliance of the characters and storytelling, and humming the bars of your new favorite feminist anthem. This show taps into the rage and the hilarity of being a women in the world. This is a must see for everyone!” - Kate White, Leader, Yukon NDP
"Wyrd is a wonderful gift. You have provided a stage for a talented group of powerful female artists and they have grabbed this opportunity with creative gusto. The performances were layered with depth, poise and humour. The design and concept were well executed and it is exciting to see a company lean into YAC’s theatrical staging potential. Congrats on all of the work to get this show to lift off. Larrikin really is a gem in the Yukon." - Casey Prescott, CEO, Yukon Arts Centre
"Brilliant. The Wyrd creative team is awesome. The actresses, the musicians were on point all the way through. What a great way to spend 2 hours of my life. Congratulations! What an accomplishment!" - Inga Petri
"I was so impressed with the set, the costumes...not to mention the story, and the songs!!! I laughed so hard! The "gaslight gameshow" was a particular highlight for me! Cast and Crew did an amazing job, and I highly recommend you go check out this play!" - Tara
"Superb show. Entertaining, funny, thrilling, moving... The singing was incredible, the script, the lyrics, the direction, lighting, set, even the physical theatre portion. I definitely recommend it. It was a fun show to bring my friends to."
"WYRD was absolutely amazing! The set, the costumes, the storyline (those of us who identify as female are even stronger when we love and support each other), the script (so clever and hilarious!), the music & singing - all of it was awesome! Whitehorse is so lucky to have such talented people sharing their gifts with us! 💜" - Jenni Beauregard
"What an unusual delight - brilliant performances, stunning production, catchy music, and a roaring good time tackling a very not good topic. Thank you for this!"
"My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed WYRD! We thought it was thought-provoking, clever, and funny. The music and musicians were excellent and your harmonies were just gorgeous! We loved your energy and we were so impressed with the set and costumes...We just loved it all! Well done!!"
"All the actors had phenomenal singing voices. There were funny moments and poignant moments. The three hags were sensational. The accompanying musicians were fantastic. A well-written, directed and acted play! Don't miss it." - Stephanie
"This show was amazing. I laughed and cried and felt all the things. So amazing to hear new narratives in a fresh light from women. Queer and non binary folk. The songs were ear worms - when can I get the soundtrack. Thank you so much for addressing this topic with such deft and humour."
"I was so impressed with the set, the costumes...not to mention the story, and the songs!!! I laughed so hard! The "gaslight gameshow" was a particular highlight for me! Cast and Crew did an amazing job, and I highly recommend you go check out this play! -Tara
"An exceptional musical. Better than anything I've seen on Broadway or off. This show deserves an international audience - it's just that good. " -Michael Pealow
WRYD: A Musical Unfairytale balances fantastical comedy and real-life horror.
"Storks copulate madly, witches cavort gladly, billionaires behave badly and a toad is crushed (sadly)." - Adrian Chamberlain, Time Colonist
WYRD wields positive message through heavy themes
"Weaving humour and wit through a tale of swamps and hags and sketchy motels, the experiences of everyone involved have been deftly spun into this musical comedy and satire, a wickedly funny show for everyone to enjoy." - Storm Blakely, Yukon News
“There are so many musical genres in this show, and I am excited to put people on the auditory roller coaster and see how loud they scream,.” - Ashley Robyn, Musical Director.
Listen to Brit Small, Director and Ashley Robyn, Musical Director talking with Elyn Jones on CBC's Yukon Morning.
Listen to Katherine McCallum, Artistic Executive Director, Erin Pettifor, "Woman", and Yasmin D'Oshun, "Lake Erie Storm Hag" talking with Patrick Vis on CKRW's Morning Mess
Artistic Executive Producer / Co-Creator / Co-Writer
Co-Creator / Co-Writer
Director / Co-Creator / Co-Writer
Musical Director / Co-Writer / Co-Composer / Ensemble
Co-Composer / Co-Writer / Musician / Ensemble
Dramaturgy / Co-Writer / Story Editor
Co-Writer / Stage Manager
Lake Erie Storm Hag
Louise Yellow Snatch
Musician / Ensemble
Nellie Long Arms
Musician / Ensemble
Production Manager / ASM
Co-Technical Director Lighting
Co-Technical Director Sound
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