What is Pay What You Will?

We’re always looking for new ways to encourage our community to take a chance on new and exciting work and to make the performing arts more accessible.

The 2019-20 season is the fourth – and biggest – year for our Pay What You Will program with eight shows to choose from.

How it works

Step 1: Reserve your ticket

Just like attending any other show at the Fredericton Playhouse, you need to reserve a ticket. Book your seats in advance by calling our box office at 458-8344 or visiting us at 686 Queen Street.

If you’re unable to attend the show (life happens!), please let our Box Office know as soon as possible so that we can provide this opportunity to other members of the community.

Step 2: Sit back and enjoy

When you get to the theatre on show day (don’t forget your tickets!), our ushers will provide you with an empty envelope. Sit back and enjoy the performance.

Step 3: Pay What You Will

Once the show is over, you decide your price of admission based on your experience. You can pay anonymously using your envelope with cash, credit card or by cheque.

The shows: Spotlight Series

Rachel Beck with Atlantic String Machine

Rachel Beck’s distinctive piano melodies and emotive vocals are captivating audiences across Canada. The PEI songbird’s first single, Reckless Heart, hit #1 on the CBC Music Top 20 after earning the most online votes for six weeks straight..

In this special concert, Rachel will be performing in harmony with Atlantic String Machine.

8. RachelBeck

Tentacle Tribe’s Ghost

In this new work, Tentacle Tribe combines elements of contemporary dance, street dance and martial arts in a physical score that echoes the subtle pulse of respiration. Six of Montreal’s best street dancers immerse themselves in the mysterious mechanics of breathing – interpreting its life-giving rhythm. From technical feats to dreamlike sequences, Ghost is a welcome breath of air.

19. Tentacle Tribe


Mission Songs Project

Jessie Lloyd’s profoundly moving Mission Songs Project reveals what daily life was like for Indigenous Australians on Christian missions and state-run settlements. These unique songs consist of almost forgotten stories that can now shed light into the history of their Indigenous elders, families and communities. Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st Century.

31. Mission Songs Project

The Wonderheads: Grim & Fischer

In this loving tale Grim meets his match in Mrs. Fischer—a stubborn senior whose will to live is a force to be reckoned with. Equal parts hilarious and touching, this award-winning physical comedy is the story of a tenacious granny who comes face to face with the Grim Reaper himself and must put up the fight of her life to escape his definitive grip.

34. Wonderheads


The shows: Kidstage Series

Dufflebag Theatre: Sleeping Beauty

This holiday season, DuffleBag Theatre brings the classic story of Sleeping Beauty to life, with lots of hilarious twists along the way! DuffleBag’s fractured fairy tales are an annual favourite, full of spontaneous fun and audience involvement.


The Joshua Show

Spend an afternoon with the charming Joshua Holden and his musical sidekick Alex Knapp as they share a heartwarming story about friendship, confidence, and the value of being yourself. How do you cheer up when life gets you down? Find out in this whimsical production featuring puppetry, live music, physical comedy, and tap dancing!


Terzetto: L’Aubergine

Founded in 1974, l’Aubergine has set itself the objective of dramatizing clowning arts through the creation, production and dissemination of high-quality shows that combine various disciplines of the performing and circus arts, all of which are used to serve the characters. In this piece, Terzetto, the very different worlds of three clowns will collide. Gradually forgetting their own individuality, they build rapport around what they hold most dear: their playfulness, their ‘joie de vivre’ and an uncontrollable imagination.


The Amazing Max

“The Amazing Max” is known for his extraordinary skills as a magician and ability to entertain adult audiences while keeping the little ones spellbound. Max combines magic and comedy for a high-energy, interactive and all-around silly show that is appropriate for audiences of all ages.


Why Pay What You Will?

We’re champions of the philosophy that the arts should be an integral part of our lives, and that the Playhouse should be accessible to everyone in the community. We’re hopeful that programs like Pay What You Will can help to reduce financial barriers and make it possible for more people in our community to experience the magic of live performance.

We believe strongly in the quality of artists we bring to our stage as part of our Spotlight and Kidstage Series and we want you to take a chance on a show that you might not be familiar with. Try something new and pay the ticket price you feel reflects the performance without extending beyond your budget.

More information

Any questions? Our Box Office staff would be happy to chat with you. You can reach them by phone at 458-8344.

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