On The Inside
Written & Performer by Iris Dyck
624 Productions - Winnipeg, MB
V.5 - Son of Warehouse 
When Ivy finds herself in a psychiatric hospital, she is convinced a mistake has been made. She doesn't belong here. She isn't like the other patients. She can't wait to go home, unlike Colleen, the quiet girl who keeps trying to come back to the ward. Ivy is happy to leave...until she discovers that we're all a bit the same, on the inside.

Iris Dyck

Show Info:
45 Mins
Tickets: $10

Parental Guidance
No Warnings
Thu July 20 5:30 PM
Fri July 21 10:30 PM
Sun July 23 3:30 PM
Mon July 24 8:45 PM
Wed July 26 2:00 PM
Thu July 27 7:00 PM
Sat July 29 12:15 PM
Sun July 30 3:45 PM

On The Inside

624 Productions—Son of Warehouse

On The Inside was written and performed by Iris Dyck. She performs two characters, Ivy and Colleen, two teen-aged girls who have been institutionalized due to mental health issues. I don’t know if either of the characters are autobiographical, but I suspect that this is the case.

Their stories are handled with great sensitivity and insight. The writing is succinct, but does contain enough clues to create well-rounded characters. The staging is sparse, but that only allows you, as an audience member to be more focused on the actor.

It is always gratifying to discover new or unknown performers who have the potential to go on to bigger and better things. This actress appears quite young, but is a good indicator of the kind of talent that can be found out there.

It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there as this actress did. Congratulations Iris. Excellent work. Keep doing it.

NOTE: the performance I saw ran 30 minutes, not 45 as indicated in the programme.

Michelle Cook