An act of self-preservation set to rare and significant music

November 26 – December 6, 2015

At The Fox Cabaret

Produced by Electric Company Theatre and Studio 58
In partnership with Barking Sphinx Performance, The Elbow Theatre and The Arrival Agency


Archibald Twill is a destitute watchmaker down on his luck. Madame Renard owns the flophouse in the downtown eastside where Twill lives. Further east, on the edge of the fairgrounds, The Old Hand presides over the most remote sideshow of all the sideshow acts. Oh yeah, and the Pulex irritans is nearly extinct. So, it’s looking pretty grim for everybody. That is until Archibald Twill comes into possession of a singing flea.  Her name is Caprice.  Soon, Caprice becomes Twill’s breadwinner and muse, and as her acclaim grows, he finds himself responsible for a counterculture outbreak that spreads throughout the city.  How Caprice became what she is?  Well, that’s an awful little story.  One that requires a chorus of 12 oppressed, half-formed performers, a cast of 4 has-been actors, plus some rare and significant music played by a happening 4-piece band.


FLEE took over The Fox Cabaret between November 26 and December 6, 2015 – the venue’s first theatrical run. FLEE featured established performers Peter Anderson, Lois Anderson, David Petersen and Kathryn Shaw, as well as the senior students of Studio 58. Original music by Peggy Lee will be performed live by Ms. Lee, JP Carter, Ron Samworth and Dylan van der Schyff. The production will be directed by Jonathon Young (Electric Company Theatre’s Artistic Director), with set design by Shizuka Kai, costume design by Barbara Clayden, lighting design by Itai Erdal, and choreography by Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond (Out InnerSpace Dance Theatre).


We would like to acknowledge the financial support of The Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, Vancouver Foundation, and Langara College.