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Vancouver storyteller TJ Dawe can be irritating when he dons his teacher hat and merely informs us of stuff he thinks we should know.

Fortunately, there’s little of that in his genuinely moving new monologue. It’s the true story of how he took the psychoactive drug ayahuasca, supervised by shamans, to try to overcome a disturbing personal problem.

By courageously revealing his own shame — and honestly acting it, not detaching from it — Dawe touches all of us wounded children who are ashamed of our destructive habits and secrets, desperate to be cradled, afraid to ask for what we need.

Dawe is maturing into an artist who knows how to find those universal truths. His childhood memory of drawing a spiritual picture that couldn’t be appreciated by his parents is just one of the small gems in this soul-nourishing story.

— Alison Mayes

 

From the Fringe program:

Fringe circuit perennial TJ Dawe (Lucky 9, The Slipknot, Totem Figures) returns with a story about a retreat led by Dr. Gabor Mate involving the ingestion of the Peruvian shamanic plant medicine ayahuasca and the exhumation of a great big secret.

This is TJ's 90-somethingth Fringe.

 

"Dawe has storytelling down to a fine art - his timing and delivery are masterful" - Vancouver Sun

"A master monologist - he's a true original and a total delight" - Toronto Star

 

Recommended for: Mature audience

Length: 60 min

Tickets: $10

Under 14 not admitted.

Warnings: Subject matter, language, sexual content

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