Announcing Victoria’s very first “off-Fringe” Festival – The Singe Festival (August 24th – September 2nd) featuring three of Victoria’s hottest and best known performers: Mike Delamont (Pick of the Fringe comedian 2011), Dave Morris (Pick of the Fringe improviser 2011) and Missie Peters (M-Award winning spoken word artist).
Disappointed at not being selected in the Fringe lottery, and well aware that this year the Victoria Fringe Festival would not be offering BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) opportunities, the three performers have rented the Fort Café and will be producing their own festival.
“We discussed it first with Intrepid Theatre artistic director Janet Munsil” says Missie Peters. “We owe a lot to the Victoria Fringe Festival and didn’t want to jeopardize our relationship with them. It …speaks volumes to the success of the Fringe; that it is so mainstream now, we are the ‘fringe of the fringe’”.
Peters points out that the grand-parent of all fringes, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (founded in 1947 by artists who were not part of the Edinburgh International Festival), has had a “fringe of the fringe” since 2007. The Victoria Fringe Festival celebrates its 26th anniversary this year.
The three performers chose the Fort Café as a venue after Mike Delamont performed there at the 2011VictoriaFringe.
“I sold out every show,” says Delamont. “I’m excited to return to the Fort with Part 2: The Second Coming.”
“The Fort Cafe is a great spot because it’s right downtown – close to the other performance venues – and it serves food and drinks,” says Missie Peters. “We’re all cabaret performers, so we love having that intimate experience with the audience.”
God is a Scottish Drag Queen: The Second Coming
Comedy, 70 minutes
Written and performed by Mike Delamont
From 2012 Just For Laughs Best Comedy Award Nominee Mike Delamont comes the next chapter of his award-winning sell-out fringe hit. God, dressed in a floral 80’s power suit, returns to hilariously skewer everything from Pop Culture to Religion.
Where’s My Flying Car?!
Photo: Derek Ford
Spoken Word, 50 minutes
Written and performed by Missie Peters
Peer into a poetic future where the internet has come alive, robots get depressed and cars really do fly that will make you question your reality today.
The Life and Death of Dave Morris
Photo: Derek Ford
Improv, 50 minutes
Performed by Dave Morris
Dave Morris is a “Pick of the Fringe” award-winning storyteller and improviser. In his newest show Dave Morris will take you through the life and death of a character you help create.
Shows nightly at 7pm and 9pm. Fort Café 742 Fort Street.
All tickets are $11, cash only, only available at the door, general admission.
Tickets go on sale one hour before the show.
For more information on the festival visit www.singe.ca.
Find the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/125395500936046/.
Media Contact: Missie Peters
Please note – the Fort Café is a small 50 seat venue. Given the popularity of the three performers involved, it is advisable to arrive early, as I expect shows will sell out.
One of the benefits of being involved in the performing arts community over the last 6 years has been meeting a slew of fantastic people. I admire the talents and entrepreneurial spirit of this trio. (Missie Peters launched the Victoria Spoken Word Festival, Dave Morris founded the improvisational theatre troupe Paper Street Theatre, and Michael Delamont is filming his newest one-man comedy show Husky Panda later this year).
By all means, support the Victoria Fringe Festival, and be sure to save some time for the first Singe Festival too!
See you on the Fringe and the “Fringe of the Fringe”.