FRINGE 2015: “The Shiner” dishes out bittersweet comedy

The Shiner is a relatively simple one-woman show that succeeds in its heartfelt and poignant storytelling.

Focusing on stories originating in the school system, the show will resonate with anyone who has spent significant time observing and engaging with young minds.

Performed by local sketch comedian and spiritual animator Katie Leggitt, The Shiner weaves together different narratives that reflect on the experience of educators and students alike.

Funny and at times bittersweet, Leggitt smoothly transitions from precocious school girl to gruff physical educator to earnest animator.

The show manages to tackle difficult material while still retaining a sense of optimism and humour; effectively combining the dark with the light, the rosie with the grim.

Overall, Leggitt’s clever use of simple props and scenery sets the stage for a dynamic, no frills performance that highlights the acting and content above all else.

For anyone who’s ever been knocked down in the school yard or been there to wipe the tears that followed, The Shiner is touching and relatable, and guaranteed to keep the laughs coming.

The Shiner plays at the Montreal Improv Theatre (3697 Saint-Laurent) at the following times:

  • June 17th (Wednesday) at 9:45 pm
  • June 18th (Thursday) at 10:15 pm
  • June 20th (Saturday) at 11:59 pm
  • June 21st (Sunday) at 7:00 pm


Marilla Steuter-Martin is part of CJLO’s Official Fringe Team covering the sights and sounds from the 2015 St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival.

You can follow her on Twitter @MKSteuterMartin