Spotlight: The Show With No Actors
by Shelby Bond
Shelby Bond - Los Angeles, CA
V.6 - Tom Hendry Warehouse 
Places, please! The show is about to begin, the actors are ready to perform... and… wait, that’s you! The spotlight’s on you in this comedic love story, with the audience playing all the roles. When the lights go up, you go on. Brought to you by Winnipeg Fringe favourite Shelby Bond, creator of One Man Back to the Future, Shark Weak and People Pleaser. Conceived at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London, Spotlight is part immersive theatre, part interactive farce and completely hilarious.

Maddie Hanton

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12
$10 Matinees, Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & Under)



No warnings

Wed July 17 6:30 PM
Fri July 19 3:30 PM
Sat July 20 9:00 PM
Mon July 22 1:00 PM*
*(2 for $12)
Wed July 24 4:30 PM
Thu July 25 3:45 PM
Sat July 27 9:30 PM

Spotlight: The Show With No Actors

Shelby Bond—Tom Hendry Warehouse

Spotlight by Shelby Bond is a lovely play with no actors. It is a lot of fun. He doesn’t do anything to embarrass anyone and gives many people chances to get up on stage and put on a play. Some may be costumers or stage hands, the leads or the ensemble. It is really nice. I went 2 times. The story is all written and it is a fun time. An invitation to play.

Shy Pattie

Spotlight: The Show With No Actors

Shelby Bond—Tom Hendry Warehouse

Saw this because I was curious about how he did it. Despite my best efforts to avoid the light, I was spotlighted as wardrobe wrangler, which is at least in my wheelhouse. The story unfolds as a sweet romance, highly directed by Shelby Bond’s voice over and instructions via headsets to the two leads, who do have limited opportunities to improvise a few lines. Brave experiment, gently done as the intent is not to embarrass anyone. It was a lot of fun being on stage, but perhaps less fun to be in the audience?

Audra Lesosky

Spotlight: The Show With No Actors

Shelby Bond—Tom Hendry Warehouse

The show concept is interesting. The entire cast, costumer and stage hands are pulled from the audience, to follow the dictates of the stage manager and a disembodied voice in the sky. The good concept was hampered by technical issues with sound (even more concerning when the actors need to be told what to do), and relies entirely on a funny group of people composing the audience.

The concept is solid, but unless you’re ready to get on stage and steal the show, there just isn’t that much there, in the current iteration.

Josh Fidelak