Factory Theatre is back with another season of their audio-drama podcast You Can’t Get There From Here. This year, it features four spooky stories written by award-winning Canadian playwrights Monica Garrido, Catherine Hernandez, Elvira Kurt and Aurora Stewart de Peña all of which are directed by Factory Theatre’s Artistic Director Mel Hague. Unique to this season is the ability to attend recording sessions live! Audiences can get a sneak peak at these incredible performances before the podcast season launches in March. A spine-chilling sensory experience featuring incredible performances, and MC’d by the effervescent Gay Jesus, You Can’t Get There From Here Volume 3: A Nightmare on Bathurst Street is a fabulous addition to Factory’s audio drama library.

“Haunted Hallways” by Catherine Hernandez is the perfect way to set the tone for the series. Featuring Carolyn Fe and Merlin Simard, along with Mel Hague, “Haunted Hallways” is about the ghosts which haunt the very theatre we sat in. This story was truly creepy, with jump scares and blackouts which were just a little too long for comfort. Fe and Simard truly have me totally freaked out, they deliver such impressive performances. All I know is that I’m certainly going to be more cautious the next time I use the main space washrooms.

“Box of Smells” by Mónica Garrido featured Margarita Valerrama and Garrido herself. “Box of Smells” is about Sarah, who receives a subscription box she knows nothing about, but as she goes along the ‘journey’ of the box, it unravels more and more about her past. Garrido and Valerrama are fantastic, their timing is impeccable and they told the story beautifully. were Moments of hilarity punctuate the tension and confusion, making for a delightful story that keeps you guessing until the very end.

“Touched” by Elvira Kurt explores the unpleasant, and potentially dangerous, side of a breakup. Featuring Anna Chatterton and Vanessa Dunn, “Touched” will give you all the heebie-jeebies! A Psycho-esque tale rife with mommy issues, you’ll never want to go into someone else’s basement again! Chatterton and Dunn both give dynamic performances you won’t soon forget.

“The Wichita Lineman” written by Aurora Stewart de Peña is the last episode of the series, and has the audience laughing and crying in equal measure. Featuring Philip Akin and Sochi Fried, “The Wichita Lineman” is about a man who is recently deceased and we experience his first few moments in the afterlife with him. Fried and Akin don’t miss a beat, every joke lands perfectly and I could barely stop laughing. But when it comes time, Akin delivers a beautifully heartfelt speech that’ll bring a tear to your eye.

There are still two chances to be a part of one of the live studio audiences! They’re on the 24th and 25th of February, both at 7:30 pm with the 25th being a fully masked performance. If you can’t make it out in person, the podcast will be available in March! For more information and tickets, visit: https://www.factorytheatre.ca/shows/you-cant-get-there-from-here-vol-3/


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