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Italian Mime Suicide

Produced by Bad New Days

Bad New Days brings Italian Mime Suicide to The Theatre Centre after a critically acclaimed, smash-hit run in Montreal, earning a “Top Ten Shows of 2021” by the Montreal Gazette.

Italian Mime Suicide is loosely based on the true story of an Italian mime who, in 2003, committed suicide claiming no one appreciated his art. With an imagistic aesthetic reminiscent of the kitsch iconography of clowns, mimes and world-weary circus acrobats, Italian Mime Suicide sensitively explores the levity within tragedy, creating a funny, poetic meditation on melancholy, the acceptance of failure and the usefulness of art in troubled times.

Italian Mime Suicide marks Bad New Days’ return to Toronto stages to ask why do we make art, why is it important, and why now?

Italian Mime Suicide features four marvellous mimes accompanied by a turntable musician who fuses jazz, electro and traditional polyphonic singing. Through different vignettes, always funny, sad and touching at the same time, the characters depict what could have caused the despair of this mime and pushed him to end his life. […] isn’t that precisely the magic of mime? To offer only poetry and beauty, even if it is a question of interpreting the greatest tragedies…?” –Sophie Jama,


Directed by Adam Paolozza & Kari Pederson
Dramaturgy by Kari Pederson
Text by Adam Paolozza
Creative Producer Victor Pokinko
Assistant Producer Madeline Disera

Original music composed by Arif Mirabdolbaghi & performed by SlowPitchSound (aka Cheldon Paterson)
Featuring Rob Feetham, Nicholas Eddie Adam Paolozza
Lighting Design by Andre Du Toit
Costumes, set & projections by Evgenia Mikhaylova, based on original designs by Allie Marshall (costume) & Anahita Dehbonehie (set & projections)
Stage Manager Dylan Tate-Howarth
Poster image by Omar David Rivero

From April 21, 2022
to May 1, 2022

Tickets are $15-60; A limited number of PWYCA tickets, for any price, available in cash at the door each night.


Franco Boni Theatre

Performance Dates

Thursday, April 21 – 8 pm (Preview)
Saturday, April 23 – 8 pm (Opening)
Sunday, April 24 – 3 pm
Tuesday, April 26 – 8 pm
Wednesday, April 27 – 8 pm
Thursday, April 28 – 8 pm
Friday, April 29 – 8 pm
Saturday, April 30 – 3 pm
Saturday, April 30 – 8 pm
Sunday, May 1 – 3 pm

This performance is 1 hour