Cardinal: A Workshop Presentation


Cardinal first played at the 2016 Ottawa Fringe Festival, where it was praised by audiences and critics alike, and won the University of Ottawa Emerging Artist Award. Since then, co-creator/performers Mitchel Rose and Madeleine Hall have workshopped the piece extensively with a team of collaborators, and are inviting audiences to a special workshop presentation and reception on December 1st.

A silent clown piece about Alzheimer’s disease, Cardinal takes place in the imagined space inside a man’s mind. The two performers depict an intimate battle between Memory and Disease as the latter lays her claim to the space, slowly transforming it from cardinal red to stark white.

A trio of accomplished musicians will join the two performers on stage to perform a live rendition of the original score.


“An early contender for one of the best shows at this year’s Fringe.” —The Ottawa Citizen

“Cardinal is a powerfully affecting, clown-based journey into Alzheimer’s disease… The show is compassionate, insightful and sometimes very funny as it tries to laugh valiantly at the disease. Most importantly, it’s true. ” —The Ottawa Citizen

“This show is brilliant.” —Brie MacFarlane, New Ottawa Critics

“Go see Cardinal. Even if you don’t like clowns see it anyway – it might change your mind.” —Ian Huffman, New Ottawa Critics


This development of this work has been graciously supported by The Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa. With special thanks to Arts Court, Pop Drone & Apartment 613.