Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. My away picks.

Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. My away picks. In 2006 I celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Victoria Fringe Festival and got truly bitten by the Fringe bug.  I saw many more shows than originally planned, and had so much fun I decided to volunteer the following year (and did so until 2014 when I switched to reviewing).  Over the years I’ve met many Fringe artists and followed their careers—both in Victoria and further afield. Even before … [Read more...]

Space Hippo by Mochinosha, the Wishes Mystical Puppet Company at the Victoria Fringe Festival2016. Media release.

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Space Hippo by Mochinosha, the Wishes Mystical Puppet Company at the Victoria Fringe 2016. Media release. I try really hard to be objective and impartial in my coverage of the Victoria Fringe Festival--however, there is one exception this year--Space Hippo by Mochinosha, the Wishes Mystical Puppet Company.  I have a particular love of everything shadow puppet related--whether it be intricate and exquisite cut-outs (as in Space Hippo, and … [Read more...]

Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. My local picks.

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Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. My local picks. In 2006 I celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Victoria Fringe Festival and got truly bitten by the Fringe bug.  I saw many more shows than originally planned, and had so much fun I decided to volunteer the following year (and did so until 2014 when I switched to reviewing).  Over the years I’ve met many Fringe artists and followed their careers—both in Victoria and further afield. Even … [Read more...]

Mom’s the Word at the Belfry Theatre August 2-28, 2016. A review.

Mom's the Word ensemble August 2016

Mom’s The Word at the Belfry Theatre August 9-28, 2016. A review. Twenty one years ago a group of young mothers, all professional actors, got together to share stories.  This process ultimately yielded the smash-hit Mom’s the Word and, ten years later, Mom’s the Word 2: Unhinged, about their life with teenagers. Now, the Belfry Theatre reprises the original, updated for a contemporary audience, with a new group of young mothers.  The … [Read more...]

Adam Bailey is On Fire at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview.

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Adam Bailey is On Fire at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? The First show I directed at a Fringe was in Toronto in 2012. It was a little puppet musical called The Enchanted Crackhouse which, of-course, became a cult hit that year. I’ve continued as a Fringe director since but things really took off for me when I wrote The Assassination of … [Read more...]

Driftwood by Hawk Mom Productions at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview.

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Driftwood by Hawk Mom Productions at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016.  Interview. The team behind Driftwood are Robbie Huebner, Melissa Taylor and Ian Simms. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? As a company (Hawk Mom), this is our second collaboration in Fringe. Individually, it varies. Melissa has been working as an artist in the Fringe for the last eight years. This will be Robbie’s … [Read more...]

True Story an Improv Show by Vikes Improv at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview.

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True Story an Improv Show by Vikes Improv at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview. Victoria is a hot-bed of improvised theatre with no less than three shows at this year’s Victoria Fringe Festival.  In addition to companies working professionally and semi-professionally, there is also a very active improv community at the University of Victoria—Vikes Improv. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an … [Read more...]

Bowser by Joyce Kline at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview.

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Bowser by Joyce Kline at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? Okay, shameful confession time: I did a weird experimental performance art thing in the very first Vancouver Fringe Festival. I cringe just remembering it because, one, it means I’m older than god and, two, it definitely wasn’t a play. Still, it was a useful experiment; one day I’ll use … [Read more...]

Perseus and Andromeda by Chimera Theatre at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview.

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Perseus and Andromeda by Chimera Theatre at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? This is Chimera Theatre's second year on the Fringe Circuit. We were at the Victoria Fringe Festival last year with a show that I wrote called The Untold Tales of the Brothers Grimm and it was so much that we just had to come back and do it again! Is your show a … [Read more...]

Wild Society by star star theatre at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview.

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Wild Society by star star theatre at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company?                                                       star star theatre's first Fringe Festival production was at the Victoria Fringe with Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone? (featuring Mika Laulainen as a performer).  Last year starstar produced the sell-out production of … [Read more...]