Horror theatre goes online with Festival de la Bête Noire

2021 edition to present digital performances from Feb 17 - Mar 15


Montreal’s Festival de la Bête Noire returns for its annual instalment of horror theatre from February 17 to March 15, 2021. This year, however, the fest has adapted the traditional theatre experience and gone virtual!

Founded in 2018, Le festival de la Bête Noire grew out of a desire to merge both horror and theatre. Stepping into the void of this niche and underrepresented genre was the brainchild of Executive and Artistic Director Mylène Chicoine. She wanted to create a community and a platform through which artists could express their love of the genre through multidisciplinary performances in a safe and inclusive space.


Photo credit: Tyla Webster

“Horror is, in its essence, a deep exploration and perhaps reconciliation of the darkness that lurks within each of us. It is our pleasure to offer a live performance platform for established and emerging artists to explore these dark themes.”

– Mylène Chicoine, Executive and Artistic Director


Celebrating its 3rd year, the festival will maintain its traditional 5 day run where viewers will have exclusive access to live streaming content as well as the performances from February 17-21.

However, the fest will be extending the viewer’s ability to watch the performances until March 15. All shows will be viewable through a Google drive link and each ticket is $5.

This year’s lineup will include old school audio dramas, solo living room ghost stories, macabre fusion burlesque performances and much more. We wish to inspire a familiar spooky chill and cathartic emotional release with a vast array of theatrical multimedia performances from all over the world.

The festival will open from the comfort of your homes on February 17th, at 7:00PM with a free live streaming Horror Gala Hosted by Handy and Candy Kaufman, where you can enjoy a multitude of short live horror pieces from the festival companies and members of the community.


The Beast Team of Festival de la Bete Noire: A Horror Theatre Fest.
Left to right back: Robin Freidmen, Tyla Webster, Eric Wrazen
Left and right front: Mylène Chicoine, Christian Menard
Photo by Patrick McMaster


2021 FESTIVAL LINEUP

Only Footprints

Presented by: Home Theatre Productions
Written & Directed by: Steven Greenwood
Produced by: Cheyenne Cranston

In this interactive, choose-your-own adventure experience, you will solve puzzles and make hard choices as you flee a bloodthirsty killer who is chasing you through a series of terrifying settings. With many paths to death, and just a few paths to survival, do you have what it takes to escape?


Condoleance

Presented & Choreographed by: Dark Felina

You are here to pay a last tribute to the one I was. An empty soul in search of happiness… I searched for a long time… and he found me. Through a burlesque fusion act, see my new life filled with power, bloody pleasure, desires finally satisfied.


Mystery, Love, and Murder

Presented by: Thorn Hill Manor Tales
Written by: Gene Baker
Directed by: Michael Archuleta
Produced by: Eugene C. McLean Jr.

Harley Baldwin has a gift, a strange and wonderful and, at times, terrifying gift. When Harley and her mother move into the notorious Hale House with the intent of restoring it, Harley finds the journal of a horribly abused boy named Edwin Hale. Contained within the pages of the diary are dark secrets and a mystery left unsolved for over half a century. Soon those entries are crawling off the pages and into the present day. With the help of her friends and mother, can Harley put the pieces of the puzzle together before the evils of the past destroy her present?


Pento

Presented by Mad Paradox
Written by: Jeroen Linderman
Directed by: Marissa Blair

A man, struggling with mental health issues, makes a digital suicide note.


Wretch

Presented by: The Malicious Basement
Written and Produced by: Xander Barth
Directed by: Marissa Blair

Between repetition and love, 1 wishes to learn, 2 wishes to teach. Mother Bliss keeps them together despite themselves. Nothing exists outside the apartment. A darkly absurdist journey into a moment of entrapment, as the “New Normal” turns inwards against ourselves. Wretch is an intimate piece experimenting within the bounds of Theatre Cruelty, partially inspired by the works of Mark Ravenhill and Sarah Kane.


Red Paper

Presented by: The Malicious Basement
Written and Produced by: Xander Barth
Directed by: Bruce Lambie

Red Paper is a horror comedy abundant in toilet humor, pandemic fueled
despondency and human-spirit relations. Steeped in Japanese Folklore, this play asks the audience: Blue Paper, or Red Paper?


The Peony Lantern (Botan Dōrō)

Presented by: Yokohama Theatre Group
Directed by: Andrew Woolner

Yokohama, Japan, 1912. A man with a secret arrives during the annual festival of the dead. He falls in love with a young woman who may also be more than she appears.“The Peony Lantern” is a multimedia performance staged in the World Peace Theatre in Kawasaki, Japan.


The Witch Among Us

Presented by: Latino Theatre Initiative
Written by: Francisco Garza Rincones
Directed by: Carolina Pérez Jaber
Produced by: Eric Wiley

A Mexican witch hunter with a troubled past arrives in South Texas to investigate the disappearances of unbaptized babies. Helped by a terrified local who has seen the owl-witch suspected of the crimes, the hunter embarks on a hunt from hell.


RIF

Written and Co-Directed by: Bianca Folgar & Straton Rushing

When two strangers wake up, chained next to each other in a shed, they have to piece together why and how. Their captor, a masked man who calls himself “Rif”, offers no answers. They soon discover why they were chosen, and the only way they can survive.


The SerVant’s Rock ‘n Roll Spook Show

Presented by: Thanato Films
Performed by: The SerVants

The SerVant’s terrifying cinematic universe comes to life for one special evening. Old songs, new songs, blood, guts, and more. Brace yourself, boys and ghouls, for a spooky rock & roll show!


Bump in the Night

Presented by: Centralcasting Audio Dramas
Written by: Will Anderson

On a dark and stormy night an elderly couple is awoken by a series of
mysterious noises…


Ils Me Visitent la Nuit
(They visit at night – In three parts)

Presented by: Les Choreutes Théâtre
Written & Directed by: Neph Frank

MATERNEL: A new single mom moves in with her mother. The latter helps out with the newborn but is she trying to replace the former?

AFTERBIRTH: A sequestered woman miscarries. She buries the foetus next to her, trying to bring it back to life, whether through love or guilt.

KISS: A kiss that takes their breath away. Literally


Sire

Presented by: Heart of Gold Productions
Written by: Darragh Kilkenny-Mondoux

A father-daughter vampire story.


Poe in the Snow

Presented by: Quagmire Productions

“Poe in the Snow” is a selection of short adaptations of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Performed in four parts by an ensemble cast from across the globe.


Friday the 13th Hour 

Presented by: Handy Kaufman

Each night from Feb 17 to 21,  host Handy and Kandy will interview performers and team members, do some trivia, play some games, give away prizes and more… all live streamed right to your screen.



3rd Annual Festival de la Bête Noire
February 17 to March 15, 2021
Live streaming activities will occur from Feb 17-21, 2021 (exclusively)

To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.labetenoirefest.com

For general inquiries please contact: betenoire.festival@gmail.com

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