Break a Leg

Created and performed by Brian Fidler *

Break a Leg is a collectively improvised tale inspired by Tramadol, extra-strength Tylenol and the power of community.

Created through the haze of a badly broken leg, Fidler draws the audience into his experience through storytelling and games that speak to the better part of human nature and our innate desire to help each other in challenging circumstances.

Ramshackle Theatre is bringing Break a Leg to Wells, British Columbia! We are showcasing our heartfelt tribute to the good in people on March 21st at the Northern Exposure Conference hosted by Island Mountain Arts.

For information on bringing Break a Leg to your community please contact Brian at .

* The participation of this artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance ● Opera ● Theatre Policy

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Theatre in the Bush is SOLD OUT!

Our 2023 event is completely sold out!

Thank you to everyone who entered the ticket lottery and if you haven't received an email about tickets yet check in with us at

Featuring a stellar line up of innovative Yukon creators, Theatre in the Bush offers playful daring theatre, dance, storytelling, choose your own adventure puppet shows and music mixed with a healthy dose of folksy Yukon charm.

Join us for a walk in the woods and a magical evening of performances.

The evening begins with musical guests Ellorie McNight and Brigitte Jardin !

This years line up includes performances by:

  • Erica Mah and the Forest Choir
  • Hakim Therrien Boulos and Kate Clark
  • The Compassion Pills: Claire Gallagher, Scott Maynard and Sam Gallagher
  • Rae Mombourqette
  • Beau Ryder
  • Claire Ness
  • Norah Paton

Installation Artists

  • Aimee Ellis
  • Nicole Bauberger
  • Michel Gignac
  • Jon Gelinas & Sunshine Giesbrecht
  • Tara Kolla
  • Jeremie Matrishon
  • Meredith Pritchard
  • Blake Shaá’koon Lepine
  • Rebecca Manias
  • Nicole Shafenacker
  • Jordy Walker
  • Emily Woodruffe

We are grateful to the Government of Yukon, Arts Fund for their generous support of this event.

TITB 2023

*Photo by Bruce Barrett. Paper houses by Tara Kolla

About Theatre in the Bush

Set deep in Yukon’s boreal forest, on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwächän Council, Theatre in the Bush takes the ritual and mad magic of a bush party and distills it into an interactive, multidisciplinary event.

Against a backdrop of scrubby spruce, pine and willow, audiences are led through the woods to see original performances that artists cook up over the course of a week.

Featuring a line-up of the best and brightest Yukon artists, Theatre in the Bush offers playful, daring theatre mixed with a healthy dose of folksy Yukon charm.

Past shows have featured: sound installations, synchronized swimmers, cooking shows, science experiments, drag performances, underwear fights, build your own clay creations, and many other charming, irreverent acts brimming with creativity and Yukon ingenuity.

We are grateful for the support of The Government of Yukon, Department of Tourism and Culture Arts Fund


A Cardboard Western

Written by:

Brian Fidler and Edward Westerhuis

Co-Created by:

Geneviève Doyon, Jessica Hickman and Claire Ness

Music and original sound design by:

Jordy Walker

Developed with support from the Yukon Arts Centre

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Robot uprising

photo: Edward Westerhuis

With all of the puppets and set constructed from cardboard, hot glue and magnets Tombstone mashes the genres of science fiction and westerns and blends the worlds of puppetry and film.

Earl and Petal
Petal, a lonesome cowgirl working at the robot western-styled amusement park town of Tombstone dreams of creating her own wild- west entertainment show with a real live cowboy.

When Hank rides into town Petal seizes the opportunity to use Hank’s cowboy skills but doesn’t count on falling in love with the drifter cowboy.

Set against the backdrop of a robot uprising Petal struggles with her own identity when she finds herself in a love triangle with Hank and a robot cowboy.

Tombstone is part spaghetti western, part Westworld and all cardboard!

Many thanks to our generous sponsors: tombstone sponsors

Sci-Fi Double Feature: A science fiction puppet show

Spring 2016

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About Us

In our tiny studio in the Yukon's boreal forest Ramshackle Theatre creates cardboard puppet shows,outdoor theatre events and original plays for Yukon and national audiences

" our theatre

We keep things simple and count as our most trusted materials: hot glue, cardboard and magnets. No matter what the content of the production our starting place is: How do we create this work physically with what we have at hand? If we can’t build it from found materials, buy it cheap or borrow it, we tell the story simply.

Since 2006 Ramshackle Theatre has been presenting and touring original work. Under the Artistic Directorship of Brian Fidler the company has presented two productions at the Summerworks Performance Festival (The Cloaker and the Cabinet 2007, Broken 2012), brought our production Sci-Fi Double Feature to Victoria, Vancouver, The Banff Centre for the Arts and to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and toured the solo play Broken about Alzheimer’s Disease, across the country.

Team & Collaborators

We are a core group of a few members whow work with fine folks across Canada.

Brian is an actor, director and the principal instigator and creator of all ramshackle projects

Brian Fidler*

Founder & Artistic Director

Edward is a multidisciplinary artist with roots in video, animation and visual arts. Whether he's performing with a camera on-stage or crafting cardboard puppets, he employs a sharp focus and a delicate touch.

Edward Westerhuis

Filmmaker, Collaborator, and Designer

Jordy Walker is a composer and sound designer who brings atmosphere and groove to ramshackle performances

Jordy Walker

Composer & Sound Designer

Large background photos by: GBPCreative