Mr. Marmalade

by Noah Haidle

Comparable to an episode of Rugrats on LSD, Mr. Marmalade centres around Lucy, aged four, and her abusive relationship with her imaginary friend Mr. Marmalade—a violent, degenerate, sex-obsessed drug-addict. Through its darkly comic lens, the play explores the way in which children are being socialized and sexualized at a younger and younger age in our media-inundated culture.

This promenade-style production is staged inside an actual kindergarten classroom. The audience roams the space alongside the performers, and selects their own vantage point from which to watch the story, and drink their juice box.

  • August 4 – 14, 2011
    July 16 – 28, 2012

St. Mary Catholic School, SummerWorks Festival
Holy Family Catholic School

The most well executed site-specific show I’ve ever seen

Mooney on Theatre

Mr. Marmalade

Mooney on Theatre

Fresh and remarkable theatre
★ ★ ★ ★

The Toronto Star

Mr. Marmalade

The Toronto Star

Playing house has never been so comical or so dark!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

NOW Magazine

Mr. Marmalade

NOW Magazine

Mr. Marmalade

Cast & Creative Team


  • Amy Keating as Lucy
  • David Storch / Philip Riccio (Remount) as Mr. Marmalade
  • Ishai Buchbinder as Larry
  • Sébastien Heins as Bradley
  • Katherine Cullen as Sookie/Emily/Sunflower
  • Jason Chinn as Bob/George/Cactus
  • Ava Jane Markus / Julie Tepperman (Remount) as Audience Guide

Creative Team

  • Mitchell Cushman – Director
  • Simon Bloom – Producer
  • Jon Grosz – Production Design
  • Sarah Miller-Garvin – Stage Management
  • Bryn McLeod – Artistic Accomplice
  • Chloe Cushman – Illustration and Graphic Design


Awards & Accolades

  • Outstanding Independent Production – Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2013)
  • Emerging Artist Award – SummerWorks Festival (2011)
  • ★★★★ – Toronto Star
  • ★★★★★ – Torontoist
  • NNNNN – Now Magazine