Fringe 2012: Medicine
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Fringe 2012: Medicine

TJ Dawe. Photo by Rene Ferrer.

Big Sandwich Productions

Sunday, July 8, 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 9:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, 12:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 11 p.m.

Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (79A St. George Street)

T.J. Dawe is no stranger to the Fringe, having performed his popular anecdotal monologue shows on the circuit for years now. His highly kinetic performances have grown from collections of amusing stories to pseudo-lectures of personal exploration, all imbued with his quirky insights and high octane energy.

In his 2010 Fringe show Lucky 9 Dawe spoke at length about the self-help teachings of Gabor Mate, but this year he goes a step further. In the time that’s elapsed Dawe has both met the guru Mate and joined in one of his retreats, which involved group therapy and the use of the Peruvian psychoactive medicine ayahuasca. Medicine is the story of his experience, but it is also a startling departure from his usual style. Dawe not only lays bare his experience but also his personal discoveries, in a performance that is both surprisingly calm and powerfully raw. Medicine is not the Dawe show you’re used to, but it is a portrait of a talented artist taking a big step and evolving into something entirely new.