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“To miss something as indelible and enchanting and inventive as Countries Shaped Like Stars would have been tragic.”

                                          – Alibi Magazine, New Mexico

“Gently unhinges language and logic, so that we can play in the spaces between words and bathe in the emotions that underlie reason. Another way of saying this is that Countries Shaped Like Stars makes you feel as openhearted and happy as a kid.”

              – Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight, Vancouver BC

* Winner *

Outstanding New Creation &

Outstanding Fringe Production

(Prix Rideau Awards)

Outstanding Production

(Ottawa Fringe)


A tragic love story for family audiences

The story of Gwendolyn Magnificent and Bartholomew Spectacular starts with demanding dragon fruits and ends with heartache whispered into the ears of birds and constellations. With spoons, water glasses, whirly-winds and a mandolin, the performers create the sounds and images of a landscape forever altered by two people coming together, and then coming apart. Part storytelling, part concert, this is a tale of love heard best through a tin can telephone.

Created and performed by

Nicolas Di Gaetano and Emily Pearlman
Directed by Patrick Gauthier
Costume and Props design by Sarah Waghorn

Production History

Countries Shaped Like Stars premiered at the Ottawa Fringe in 2009, and has since gone on to tour to living rooms, community centres, bars and traditional theatre spaces across Canada.

Official Selection:

Ottawa Children's Festival, Ottawa, ON 2022 

OYR High Performance Rodeo, Calgary, AB, 2017

Chinook Series, Edmonton, AB, 2017

Fringe Encore Series, Ottawa, 2017

Saskatoon International Children's Festival, SK, 2014

Festival Players of Prince Edward County, ON, 2013​​

Ottawa International Children's Festival, Ottawa, ON 2013
Globe Theatre Schumiatcher Sandbox Series, Regina, SK 2012

Yukon Arts Centre Firehall Series, Whitehorse, YK, 2012

Wildside Festival, Montreal, QC, 2012

Revolutions International Theatre Festival, Albuqueque NM, 2010

SummerWorks Theatre Festival, Toronto, ON 2010

Neanderthal Arts Festival, Vancouver, 2010

Wakefest, Wakefield QC, 2009