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The Show that Smells or The Last Temptation of Jimmie Rodgers ()

Produced by


Creators: Gemma James-Smith and Gil Garratt

Adapted from the novella by Derek McCormack


Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace


May 13th-14th, 2015


May 13th, 2015 – May 31st, 2015


The show follows Jimmie Rodgers, Americas Blue Yodeller, who is dying of tuberculosis.
While recording his final album, the stricken singer is approached by the devil in the guise of surrealist dress designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and her henchman,Lon Chaney the man of a thousand faces. Schiaparelli offers to take away Rodgers terminal illness, and promises him a headlining spot in her carnival midway full of adoring fans for all eternityin exchange for his soul. Tempted but tortured Jimmie is torn

But before anyone ends up burning in Hades, along come the ever-pious Carter Family Singers, along with rival designer Coco Chanel. What ensues is evangelical pandemonium, a clashing of designer perfumes, a battle to the death between good and evil, a parade of circus freaks, a lot of blood,sequins, country crooning, and a double gay wedding.

The future of country musics young soul hangs in the balance. (


Gemma James-Smith Performer
Gil Garratt Performer

Creative Team

Gemma James-Smith Creator
Gil Garratt Creator
Derek McCormack Author


Heather Thompson Stage Manager


Christopher Ross Venue Technician