Gas Pedal Productions' Love, Lust & Lace combines modern pop culture & the tradition of commedia dell’arte
Gas Pedal Productions' Love, Lust & Lace combines modern pop culture & the tradition of commedia dell’arte

Love, Lust & Lace is a clown show about seduction and sex, blending pop culture and the traditions of commedia dell’arte.

Love, Lust & Lace
Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St

1. Tell us about your show.

The play chronicles Il Capitano and Columbina’s trials in love. Obstacles arise as Columbia’s father, Pantalone, begins to woo Il Capitano for himself. Kinky lesbians, horny septuagenarians and a somersaulting Arlecchino dance around the central love triangle escalating to a disastrous frenzy. The zany characters frequently break the theatrical fourth wall drawing the audience into their chaotic world through direct address and participation.

2. Why should someone come see your show?

Love, Lust & Lace is an original commedia dell’arte piece co-devised by Gas Pedal Productions and Axis Theatre’s artistic director Chris McGregor. Commedia dell’arte is a form of popular Italian street theatre that emerged in the sixteenth century. It is characterised by its use of masks, acrobatics and improvised dialogue. In this production, modern trends are merged into the traditional from. This is manifested through references to pop culture, from the Godfather to Shakespeare, all adding to the hilarity of the show.

3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?

Within the superhero films of the Marvel universe, Love, Lust & Lace, is Deadpool. The comic book hails their antihero protagonist just as we do revere commedia’s Il Capitano. The film breaks the fourth wall, and so do we through playful audience participation. Driving romances, raunchy humor, vibrant female roles, masked characters, colour-celebratory casting and cartoonish clowning all display how our shows intersect.

4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?

A Dog at a Feast By Bleeding Heart Theatre.

The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit for tickets and information.