Performance Club 5: The Talking Grave by Hope Thompson

Thursday / Sep 12 / 19
7:30 pm

The Commons @ 401
401 Richmond Street West, 4th floor
FREE / Accessible space & washrooms
Hope Thompson


Save your Thursdays in September for the ultimate trio of Queer Performance Clubs performed by Moe Angelos (September 10), Hope Thompson (September 12) and David Bateman (September 19).




The Talking Grave

Cornell Woolrich in conversation with Hope Thompson


“It’s not everyday you get to talk to the dead—and they answer.”

~Hope Thompson

In a rare, ‘one-on-one’ Hope Thompson interviews crime writer and father of noir, Cornell Woolrich (1903–1968). Thompson brings alive her obsessive fascination with both Woolrich’s writing and his life in this ‘tell-all-from-beyond-the-grave’ interview performance. A solitary and reclusive figure in life, Woolrich is similarly reticent in death, however, Thompson’s interview techniques draw out the writer, giving the Performance Club a window into the dark secrets, vulnerabilities and surprising humour of this often overlooked giant of 20th century crime fiction.


Cornell Woolrich’s seminal short story, Three O’clock, will be provided as a sample of the author’s work. In this thriller of marital revenge, a husband known only as “Stapp” plots the murder of his wife, only to have a series of surprise events send him spiraling into nail scratching despair.


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Join us after each performance for a talk back with the artist and their fellow club artists.

September 10: Moe Angelos with David Bateman

September 12: Hope Thompson with Moe Angelos

September 19: David Bateman with Hope Thompson




Join us for Performance Club and get your own Performance Club: THE SYLLABUS, a brand new addition to FADO's Golden Book series (as always, designed by Lisa Kiss). This time, it's bigger (it won't fit in your pocket, think book bag) and it contains three performance texts and an incredible intro, entitled "This is a Queer Series..." written by the one and only Moynan King.



As a proposition for a performance or the framework for an actual book club, Performance Club redefines the historical and contemporary performance art canon, one book club, and one book / article / essay / anthology at a time. Invited artists perform the role of book club facilitators, leading the audience through a performance of a reading, a reading performance, a performance about a book, or a bookish performance. This series is on-going. Sometimes we pick the book and invite an artist; sometimes we invite an artist and they pick a book. Just like a real book club, we ask the audience to read the suggested material before coming to the performance. But don't worry, just like a real book club, no one ever does. 


Performance Club: 2017–2019


Performance Club 1

Queer/Play edited by Moynan King

Performed by Moe Angelos

December 14–15, 2017


Performance Club 2

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

Performed by Keith Cole

January 20–February 20, 2018


Performance Club 3

9Questions, an artist project by Gustaf Broms (2018)

(The time we made our own book.)


Performance Club 4

Book Club: snowflakes in the echo chamber

Performed by Moe Angelos

September 10, 2019


Performance Club 5

The Talking Grave

Performed by Hope Thompson

September 12, 2019


Performance Club 6

Art Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, subtitle; Does This Giacometti Make Me Look Fat?

Performed by David Bateman

September 19, 2019




[ Performance Club ]

+ Performance Club 4: Book Club: snowflakes in the echo chamber by Moe Angelos
+ Performance Club 6: Death, Sex, & Macrame by David Bateman
+ PUBLICATION: Golden Book 6: Performance Club: The Syllabus