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On The Inside ()

Produced by

s&m productions

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Playwright: Michelle Thoms
Director: Michelle Thoms


Tarragon Theatre – Mainspace


July 7th, 2017 – July 16th, 2017


On The Inside is a docutheatre production inspired by Ashley Smith, a young female inmate from New Brunswick. Convicted of a minor infraction, Ashley later spent nearly three years in solitary confinement. This piece takes a close look at the effects of solitary on a young person and the hunger for relationships. Shame and vulnerability reveal themselves at different moments in the lives of an inmate, nurse and two prison guards. Each character journeys through the contrast between a harsh penal system and the reality of our universal desperation to be felt, heard and seen. (Toronto Fringe Festival)


Kelechi Ofoha Tracey Obi
Marnie Wohl Bennett Sharon Kineski
Harry Lavigne Correctional Officer Ben
Ryan Christopher Kotack Correctional Officer Clay

Creative Team

Michelle Thoms Playwright
Michelle Thoms Director
Carol Harvey Costume Designer
Clayton Barr Sound Designer


Catherine Gava Stage Manager
Clayton Barr Lighting Designer
Steve Thoms Projections