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Wolf Trek: Alone in the Woods

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Whitehorse performer Kevin Kennedy’s one-man storytelling show was dramaturged by TJ Dawe, and it has a similar esthetic to that monologue master’s works: a tale well told, interwoven with a personal epiphany.

The unassuming Kennedy proves a fine narrator, spinning a (true) story about his ill-advised solo trek through Wood Buffalo National Park, where he howls with wolves, battles bugs and faces death in the form of a buffalo. He really makes you hear the buzz of the blackflies, smell the musk of the bison and sense the majesty of the North, but where he shines is in conveying the fear he feels, not of being eaten by wild things, but of the disappointments and failures that crowd his own mind and keep him from truly living.

Kennedy occasionally falls into the singsong cadence of the solo storyteller and his tale needs a bit of tightening — a more visceral emotional climax is needed, and the wolf metaphor doesn’t quite mesh with the message — but this is a trek worth taking, no bug spray required.

— Jill Wilson

From the Fringe program:

Charged by bison, trapped by wolves, nose-to-nose with bears: what drives a broken-armed man for three buggy weeks hiking subarctic Wood Buffalo Park? True story of his arm-smashed-up buffalo walk. Dramaturged by TJ Dawe.

"Easily my favourite...When he howls with the wolves, I want to howl with him" - Vancouver Province

"Affecting, rewarding" - Georgia Straight

**** - Victoria Times Colonist

Best Script, Montreal Fringe

"Old-fashioned storytelling, hair-raising anecdotes, sheer slapstick" - Whitehorse Star

Audience Classification: General

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $7 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under)

Warnings: Mild Language

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