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Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of “Manimals” March 5-14

Thursday, February 4, 2021

TIFT is thrilled to present the Canadian premiere of Manimals, the first solo immersive exploration performance piece by critically acclaimed game producer Michelle Hudson. Manimals is a live, immersive experience driven by audience interaction and performed over Zoom.

Manimals follows the exploits of Michelle, a successful game designer who thinks she is well on her way to winning the dating game when she starts going on dates with Manimals – men posing with exotic animals in their dating profiles. Participants will actively take part in Michelle's journey into dating, loneliness, and the struggle to connect in the digital age.

Manimals is not suitable for people under the age of 18. This production contains explicit sexual content and nudity.


Michelle Hudson

Directed by
Flo O’Mahony

Creative Technician
Chloe Mashiter

Game Dramaturgy by
Amy Strike

Music Composition by
Mark Aspinall

Produced by
Olivia Munk

App Development by
Stitch Media


Friday, March 5, 2021, at 5pm
Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 1pm* & 5pm
Sunday, March 7, 2021, at 1pm & 5pm

Friday, March 12, 2021, at 5pm
Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 1pm & 5pm
Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 1pm & 5pm

*The performance on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 1pm will be live captioned 


Manimals is best experienced as an individual, rather than a couple or group participating as one (even if they share a household).

Every audience member will require the following:

  • An email address.
  • A laptop (a tablet will work instead of a laptop, but some elements of the experience are lessened).
  • A mobile phone (a laptop and a mobile phone are needed to fully take part in the experience).
  • Access to Zoom.
  • A good internet connection.