This Is Wrestling.


Did you know that North Bay is home to one of the most successful independent wrestling promotions in Canada.

Northland Wrestling has been around for years – and was doing a show or two a year. Until the promoter decided to open up a wrestling school in North Bay. During the pandemic, an influx of locals started training and since restrictions lifted- led by a new roster featuring many locals, Northland is now running monthly sold-out shows.


Inspired by my experience with Northland-

This is Wrestling – is about a group of down on their luck working class friends, who after attending a wrestling show decide they should mount a big show in their community to make some money. It’s Pro Wrestling meets the Full Monty.

From training to tanning, promotion and pageantry, and all the interpersonal comedy and drama of the creation of scripted violence. We learn about what happens behind the scenes through the eyes of characters learning the business themselves. And what changes in the community engagement and fandom when the characters in the ring are your neighbor, your mechanic, or your kid’s teacher.


Joshua Bainbridge is an actor, writer, director, and the Artistic Director of the Proscenium Club Touring Theatre Company. His original works include The Life and Death of John the Milkman; Sit, James; Paper Dolls; Poison Ground; Barefoot on the Moon; I Live with Him Every Day: The Tragedy of David and Dave; and Happy Jack’s Motel.  Notable roles include Edmund in the Watershed Shakespeare Festival Collective (WSFC) production of King Lear, Ben in The Night of the Living Dead, Hank in Marvin’s Room, Richard in You Are Here, and Mercutio in the WSFC production of Romeo and Juliet. In March 2019 Joshua starred as John Procter in the Sun Dog Theatre Festival production of The Crucible. In winter 2013 Josh’s production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross won him the honour of Best Director at the 2014 QUONTA festival as well as winning Best Production. In summer 2017, Josh adapted, directed, and played the titular character in Macbethat the On The Edge Fringe Festival, which won two Best in Fringe Awards—Jurors’ Choice and Audience Choice.
In film and television Josh has appeared in numerous projects. His most recent roles include the titular role in the upcoming feature Nobel and the Kid, a multi-episode role on Hudson and Rex, as well as Star Trek: Discovery, The Boy in the Woods, Beyond Black Beauty, All My Puny Sorrows, and many others. Joshua also works as a northern OSLO ACTRA representative.

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