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Birthday Cake ()

Produced by

Alma Matters

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Playwright: Sarah Marchand
Director: Simone Brodie


Bob Nasmith Innovation Backspace


June 30th, 2016 – July 10th, 2016


Birthday Cake explores what happens when we pursue our obsessions–or let them pursue us. Set on her thirteenth birthday, Sarah/Lola alters from weird to whimsical as she waits for party time. Everything is ready and set to perfection; all that’s left are the invitees. Through shadow puppetry, clown, burlesque, music, Greek Mythology and more, Birthday Cake unwraps the anxious subconscious in all its chaotic, theatrical, icing-filled glory.

While Birthday Cake is fun, grotesque, and sexy, it also engages with important issues such as mental health, eating disorders, bullying, and sexism/objectification within the arts industry. By grappling with these topics within the play, we hope that in some small way, Birthday Cake can help to diminish the stigma around mental health and eating disorders, while also pushing for a more equitable and supportive environment within the arts. (Company Submission)


Sarah Marchand Performer

Creative Team

Sarah Marchand Playwright
Simone Brodie Director
Matt Jones Dramaturge
Deniz Başar Puppet Design
Helena Roy Magee Set Designer
Simone Brodie Set Designer
Loji Sound Designer
Helena Roy Magee Costume Designer
Simone Brodie Costume Designer


Andrew Johnson Photographer
Taras Lesuik Videographer
Helena Roy Magee Producer
Sarah Marchand Producer
Simone Brodie Producer
Helena Roy Magee Stage Manager


Christopher Ross Venue Technician
Rebecca Vandevelde Venue Technician
Ellen MacKay Swing Technician
Christopher Ross Festival Lighting Designer