Duets for Beginners


Factory Theatre Lobby
125 Bathurst Street
Ticket Price: FREE Save with a Pass
Thursday August 4th 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Friday August 5th 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday August 8th 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday August 10th 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday August 11th 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday August 13th 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday August 14th 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Audience members may come and go throughout the performance times.


Wind-Up Toys (Factory Theatre Lobby)
Thursday August 4, 7:00 PM
Monday August 8, 8:00 PM
Sunday August 14, 8:00 PM

Wednesday August 10, 3:30 PM
(The Theatre Centre Cafe)
Thursday August 11, 9:00 PM
(The Drake Room 222)

Wontons (Pia Bouman Kitchen)
Friday August 5, 6:30 PM
Saturday August 13, 7:30 PM

Latecomer Policy

Latecomers are permitted at any time.


Wontons will have meat/poultry on site.


Combining lived experiences, popular culture, and personal obsessions, Duets for Beginners is a series of three distinct, but cumulative experiences in which Clayton Lee learns, prepares, and serves his grandmother’s recipe for wontons, finds and chats with strangers online, and works with his mother to animate her entire collection of 200+ wind-up toys all at once. His intimate performance offers an antidote to cynicism through quiet moments of reflection and a simple desire to connect. With family, friends, and strangers alike, Duets for Beginners seeks to create spaces for generosity, intimacy, and play.


Concept by Clayton Lee; Performed by Kwok Yee Han, Clayton Lee, and Josephine Lee.

Curator's Note

"There is no question that emerging artist, Clayton Lee is a charming and insolent player on the scene. Clayton creates the kind of “interventional” work that is less about springing itself onto an unsuspecting audience but rather lives quietly within the crowd until an alert few begin to notice and start spreading the word. Its impact is accumulative… the playfulness revealing itself when you least expect it. Working with both his mother and his grandmother, this intergenerational program of pop-up performances will soon have the festival crowds buzzing." - Cathy Gordon