The Trophy Hunt at The Victoria Fringe Festival!

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Three unique characters irrevocably affected by the big business of Big Game Hunting share their stories of this controversial industry. 

Parker has waited his whole life for this trip. Jan grudgingly guides those who can afford it into the wild with the promise of glory. Soraya wishes they’d all just leave her alone and let her enjoy her vacation.

Based on the ‘rolling world premiere’ concept used by the National New Play Network in the U.S., separate teams of professional artists will interpret and present The Trophy Hunt in different ways at Fringe Festivals across the country this summer (Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria). Using mask, and theatre-in-the-round staging Open Pit Theatre contributes to this National Consortium of artists with an outdoor secret site-specific expedition through Fan Tan Alley into a hidden courtyard where human and animal worlds collide in the wilds of… downtown Victoria.



LOCATION: The Trophy Hunt begins at 539 Fisgard St. where you will find our Fringe pop-up tent nestled amongst the urban landscape of China Town. It is from here that our experienced guide will lead you through Fan Tan Alley to a secret hidden courtyard (generously donated by Robert Fung and The Salient Group!!!).

WEATHER: As on any other safari, you should be dressed for any weather. Umbrella’s may get awkward, so we suggest bringing a poncho instead - much better for viewing the wildlife and you will look great.

TERRAIN: The landscape is fairly level and is suitable for wheelchairs. You may come across stylish cushions placed on milk crates for low but optimal viewing of the wildlife.

PHOTOGRAPHS: We encourage the use of phones and photographs throughout the tour. Please document any wildlife you may come across, post it freely on the internet, and don’t forget to tag us at #trophyhuntfringe. Cardboard binoculars may be provided and a TripAdvisor review is always appreciated.

ADVISORIES: The trip lasts roughly 60 minutes, and you don’t get your money back if we don’t spot any wildlife…it’s like the whale boats. The content is strong and isn’t suitable for anyone under 12 years of age.


Celine Stubel and Jessica Hickman have come together to co-direct and co-produce The Trophy Hunt! Our performers are David Radford (Victoria, BC), Geneviève Doyon (Whitehorse, YT), and Christina Patterson (Victoria, BC). To read our performer bios CLICK HERE.

  • Co-Director/Producer = Celine Stubel

  • Co-Director/Producer/GUIDE = Jessica Hickman

  • PARKER = Geneviève Doyon

  • JAN = David Radford

  • SORAYA = Christina Patterson

  • Sound Design = David Radford

  • Mask Making & Poster Design = Jessica Hickman

  • Show Photography = Sam Blades

  • Front of House Manager = Grace Fedorchuk

  • Volunteer Extraordinaire = Tanya Hickman



“The Trophy Hunt is an exploration of wildness. I’ve become fascinated with wildness, and its associated danger. With how we use or subvert our own wildness within. With how we choose to interact with the truly natural world. And what happens when wildness is squeezed to the margins, when it’s cornered, and just might have to fight back.”

Trina Davies is a playwright based in Vancouver BC Canada. Trina’s award-winning plays include Shatter, Multi User Dungeon, The Auction,  The Bone Bridge and Waxworks. Her play The Romeo Initiative was a finalist for Canada’s top literary prize the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama 2012 and was the winner of the National Enbridge Prize for Established Artist. Her plays have been performed across Canada and in a number of other countries including the United States, Germany, Italy, and India. Her work has been translated into Italian and German. She has participated in artist residencies at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Banff Centre for the Arts, the Playwrights Theatre Centre and the Bella Vita Playwrights Retreat in Italy. She is currently working towards the world premieres of her plays Waxworks (to be revealed) and Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell (The Grand Theatre, 2018). She is also working on The Bone Bridge, recent winner of the Woodward International Playwrighting Prize, which had its academic premiere at the University of New Hampshire in October 2017.


Did you know that Fan Tan Alley is private property? It is owned by Robert Fung and The Salient Group who have generously donated the use of the hidden courtyard to Open Pit Theatre free of charge. We cannot thank them enough for supporting the arts in Victoria, and helping to create a thriving city full of arts and culture.

The businesses of Fan Tan Alley have been extremely supportive of the show, especially JC eco Design and Sawyer Construction who have lent us their office common space to be used as the green room for our performers throughout the festival.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

***This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Festival Policy.