Erik de Waal's TROLLS, BULLIES & ROCK STARS or A Kerfuffle in a Doodlesack
Written and Performed by Erik de Waal
ArtsDiva Productions - Edmonton, AB
V.3 - Alto - Portage Place 
Shocking. Sordid. Disturbing… and true. South Africa’s Erik de Waal delves into the stories lurking behind the sensational posts, tweets and scandals on our feeds. Exploring the dark side of human sexuality, de Waal shines a light on the fear and ignorance that lead to indifference and suffering. Dismissed as a “kerfuffle in a doodlesack” these lives are the hard currency behind the titillation, belly laughs and call-outs that punctuate our daily lives. 5 STARS “Mesmerizing” - CBC Manitoba 5 STARS “A master storyteller” - Winnipeg Free Press

Erik de Waal

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12
$10 Students, Seniors, Fringe Performers


Parental Guidance

Warnings: Coarse Language, Violent Content, Sexual Content

Accessibility: Low Vision / Blind
Thu July 18 5:15 PM*
*(2 for $12)
Fri July 19 7:15 PM
Sun July 21 12:00 PM
Mon July 22 3:30 PM
Tue July 23 7:00 PM
Wed July 24 1:45 PM
Thu July 25 10:15 PM
Fri July 26 5:30 PM

Erik de Waal’s TROLLS, BULLIES & ROCK STARS or A Kerfuffle in a Doodlesack

ArtsDiva Productions—Alto – Portage Place

The Fringe program shows de Waal’s photo with a giraffe puppet, which is his stock photo for the kids’show.


The Fringe made a mistake and published the wrong photo; this show is not suitable for children.

Erik de Waal’s command of story telling dominates the Fringe annually; he is one of the best narrators in the business. Having seen many of his shows, today’s rendition probably witnessed more tongue-slips than cumulative of any year’s run. Let’s just put that one on opening night rough edges.

This show’s content holds a vaultful of disturbing images and scenarios. Sadly, these tales are not just stories—they occur in real life. It’s frightening and horrible and hopefully, living these events with de Waal for one evening will help slay this behaviour from society.

Ray Yuen

ArtsDiva Productions

Erik de Waal’s TROLLS, BULLIES & ROCK STARS or A Kerfuffle in a Doodlesack—Alto – Portage Place

One post from a bullying, homophobic South African roc kstar, and a social media kerfuffle
catalyzed Erik de Waal’s TROLLS, BULLIES & ROCK STARS or A Kerfuffle in a Doodlesack. As de Waal and other queer artists protested, real people contacted him with their stories and four gave him permission to retell them in this year’s show. TROLLS, BULLIES & ROCK STARS explores the dark side of human sexuality and challenges the audience to confront its biases and privilege.