After being cut down by the pandemic over the past two years, the Hydra Festival is set to return with 11 acts and dozens of performances across 10 days in May.
In each year of the Hydra Festival, local acts bring innovative performances in comedy, theatre and the obscure.
This year, the festival runs from May 5 to May 14, with all events at The Effie Arts Collective, 422 Tranquille Rd.
There are 11 different acts to catch — most with multiple dates.
- The Freudian Slips comedy group will present a sci-fi/dungeons and dragons improv show on May 5, May 7 (matinee) and May 12.
- Failure Party will present the interactive story and performance art piece The Squirrel Show, following Earl Casablanca, a professional squirrel tamer. Catch it on May 12 or at one of two performances, including a matinee, on May 14.
- Out-there talk show, Tonight's the Night with Zorblax, Destroyer of Worlds, will be shown on May 6, May 7 and May 8 (matinee).
- Lorne Street Playback will perform A Demonstration of Playback Theatre, where actors and musicians perform stories told by the audience. Select audience members will be welcomed on stage to tell their stories. It hits the Effie stage on May 5, May 8 (matinee) and May 14.
- The Daytime Highs funk band will perform on one day only — May 5. The band formed during the pandemic, with local talent including Kira Haug, Jeremy Kneeshaw, Brendan Methot, Eric Schwalb and Randy Sherman as members.
- On May 7 only, catch a live recording of the podcast Half-Cut Conspiracies, hosted by Todd Sullivan and Carlo Sia. The podcast will explore the idea of a flat earth, all while its two hosts are a little bit drunk.
- The Kamloops Players will present Make Believe by Gordon Smith on May 6, May 8 (matinee) and May 13. The play is a story of three friends in an apartment, with one writing a murder mystery that just so happens to use all of the roommates' names.
- A family-friendly hypnotist known as Mr. Jackson will perform on May 6, May 7 (matinee) and May 14.
- M Is For Magic is the name of the show by magician Brad Finnen, who brings the laughs along with an exploration of human connection. Catch it on May 7, May 13 and May 14 (matinee).
- Tamarack House Productions will present Sumthing on May 12, May 13 and May 14.
- On May 10 only, catch Chimera Theatre live stage reading of author, screenwriter and TRU professor George M. Johnson's Boomerangst. The show is described as "retirement rebellion" and The Big Chill meets The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Johnson's screenplay was a Top 50 finalist in the Santa Monica, Calif., Page Turner screenplay contest.
For tickets, search for Hydra Festival online at eventbrite.ca.