The Varscona Theatre
(10329 - 83 Avenue) is a live performance venue in the Old Strathcona
neighborhood of Edmonton, Alberta
. A former firehall, since 1994 the Varscona has been operated by a consortium of small theatre companies, including Rapid Fire Theatre
, Shadow Theatre
and Teatro la Quindicina
(collectively known as The Varscona Theatre Alliance). The theatre is also the home of the nationally-renowned live improvised soap opera Die-Nasty
and the improv variety show Oh Susanna!
. In addition, the Varscona has hosted tapings of The Irrelevant Show
, a national sketch comedy program aired on CBC Radio
The Varscona Theatre was formerly called the Chinook Theatre, and served as the headquarters of Chinook Children's Theatre and the Edmonton International Fringe Festival from 1983-1993. It is still used as a venue during the Fringe festival every August.
Official Site: Varscona Theatre