(Re)Tired Magical Black Man (Halifax)

A satirical, self-reflective solo-ensemble comedy
from Velvet Duke Productions 

“(Re)Tired Magical Black Man” (Velvet Duke Productions) premiered
In-Person as part of the 2022 Halifax Fringe Festival

Halifax Media Reviews & Mentions

(Re)Tired Magical Black Man Comes to Halifax (Sept 7, 2022) – Katie Kelly interviews Velvet Wells on the show and winning 2022 Emerging Artist from the JRG Society For The Arts as a Black queer neuroexpansive disabled person who is also hard of hearing and hard of seeing

Puppets and puns and songs, oh my! (Sept 2, 2022) – Mark Robie’s Q&A about (Re)Tired Magical Black Man

Art ‘n Soul with Portia Clark (Aug 29, 2022) – Portia Clark and Tara Taylor talk up the show

Mainstreet NS with Jeff Douglas (Aug 26, 2022) – conversation with Jeff Douglas about the show, Velvet Duke Productions, and community care

Halifax Fringe Festival Performance Schedule

Photo from Ottawa Fringe Festival production of (Re)Tired Magical Black Man. Asase (Black female puppet) and dJerald (nonbinary Djinn) face each other, sharing platonic love. photo: Anna M

(Approximately 60 minutes)
Bus Stop Theatre Co-op (in person)
2203 Gottingen St (Google Map)

Friday Sept 2nd – 10:00 PM
Saturday Sept 3rd – 8:50 PM *
Sunday Sept 4th – 6:00 PM *
Monday Sept 5th – 4:30 PM
Thursday Sept 8th – 7:30 PM
Friday Sept 9th – 11:59 PM**
Saturday Sept 10th – 12:30 PM *
Sunday Sept 11th – 3:00 PM *

* ASL interpretation provided by Mae Striteman
** Barrier-reduced discount code: FAMILY

Note: Ticket holders were admitted into the event after buying a ticket ($12.00 + service fees).

Digital Program

To save paper, enjoy either the mobile-optimized or print-optimized digital show program for (Re)Tired Magical Black Man (link: Canva)

Accessibility Statement

Accessibility solutions incorporated by Halifax Fringe Festival

Accessibility solutions incorporated by Velvet Duke Productions

  • Barrier-Free Tickets
    • Late entry allowed (up to 7 minutes after performance start)
    • Donated tickets for community organization staff and giveaways
  • Four ASL Interpreted Performances (Sept 3, Sept 4, Sept 10, Sept 11) provided by Mae Striteman
  • Content Notes (Google Docs)
  • In kind donation to Every One Every Day – rollable racks

Accessibility solutions – Upon Request

  • Show Transcript
  • Meet the Theatre (guided tour behind-the-scenes)
  • Touch Tours (ability to touch puppets, set fabric)

Known Gaps

  • Relaxed and Audio Described Performances – Conflicting needs mitigated by incorporating audio description voiceovers into the show
  • Vibrotactile devices – outside budget scope of Fringe productions

Awards, Bursaries, and Grants


Velvet Duke Productions acknowledges funding support through the Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators (recommended by Ottawa Fringe and Tangled Art + Disability) from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario #ArtsAddValue

(Re)Tired Magical Black Man (Velvet Duke Productions) received the 2022 “Most Accessible Show” award from April Hubbard and Sara Graham (Halifax Fringe Festival). This award comes with a $250 discount off 2023 festival registration fees.

(Re)Tired Magical Black Man (Velvet Duke Productions) received the 2022 “Emerging Artist” award from JRG Society for the Arts. This award comes with a $3500 cash prize.

Velvet Duke Productions appreciates the financial and in-kind
production support received from their global community. Thank you!

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