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A Young Lady’s Guide to Vivisection ()

Produced by

Empty Box Theatre Company

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Written by: The Company

Original Workshop by: Ryan Armstrong, Damien Doepping, Emma Farent, Anna Kidd, Keavy Lynch, Signy Lynch, Brendan Stern, Samantha Wymes


The Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse


July 4th, 2013 – July 14th, 2013


Vivisection: (from Latin vivus, “alive” and sectio, “cutting”).
Grave-robbing! Cat dissections! Petticoats! Based on a bizarrely true story, this gruesome dramedy follows the Queen’s University medical class of 1884 as they adjust to the first lady students, new scientific ideas, and the marvelously mad world of Victorian medicine. (


Samantha Wymes Elizabeth Smith
Jonathan Phillips Dr. Fenwick
Reece Presley Dr. Fowler / Mr. Herald
Signy Lynch Dr. Sullivan / Alice / Victoria
Alex Olley Dr. Lavell / Mr. Baker
Robert Elliott Dr. Oliver / Bessie
Andrew Berghout Mr. Cooper

Creative Team

Keavy Lynch Director
Conor Corrigan Music Director


Andrew Berghout Technical Wizard
Alex Mann Production Logo Design
Skylar Majovsky Publicity Photography
Andrew Berghout Set Construction


Tiffany Yaw Venue Technician
Peter Freund Festival Lighting Designer
Christopher Ross Venue Technician