A comedy by Award winning playwright Briana Brown 

"This is actually, and positively, and certainly, and verifiably not happening to me right now."

Lark & Whimsy Theatre Collective produced the world premiere of Collective Member Briana Brown’s comedy Robert at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. The play was staged at St. George the Martyr.

Kat and James are waiting for their father to die. Not exactly estranged, but certainly not close, the two struggle to make conversation until James reveals a secret he’s kept from Kat since childhood – a secret that turns their family roles upside down, and forces them both to confront what exactly “family” means. Robert is a witty and graceful new comedy that delivers laughs and heart while taking on difficult questions of identity, grief and loss. With a set of bagpipes.

Photography by Stuart Paisley. Graphic Design by Qasim Khan.

Photography by Stuart Paisley. Graphic Design by Qasim Khan.

From the artists who produced Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control The Fun (2017 Toronto Fringe Festival, Torontoist Top 5 Pick of the Fringe, Mooney on Theatre Rave Review & Staff Pick, NOW Magazine Outstanding Performance: Janelle Hanna), Mockingbird (Next Stage Festival, Dora Nominated Outstanding Ensemble) and Almost, Again (2010 Toronto Fringe Festival, Best of Fringe), Robert is written by Briana Brown, co-directed by Briana Brown & Rob Kempson, and features Janelle Hanna & Chris Baker. The production team consists of Kathleen Harrison (Stage Manager), Jacob Kay (Assistant Director) and Erin Vandenberg (Producer/Dramaturge).


Robert was originally conceived overnight in a castle as part of Driftwood Theatre’s Trafalgar 24 event where it received Driftwood’s Beyond the Castle Award. It was further developed through a playwriting residency with Driftwood supported by the Ontario Arts Council, and was shortlisted for the Stage West Pechet Family Comedy Award by the Playwright’s Guild of Canada.