A Fall of Theatre 2018 in Victoria BC. September-December

It's fall, glorious fall—the busiest time in the arts calendar, and local theatre companies, large and small, established and emerging, professional, indy, community and student, present a wide variety of opportunities for every pocket book. Don't let anyone tell you Victoria is a cultural backwater—there are almost fifty productions this season.  Our ticket prices continue to be some of the lowest in the nation with many opportunities to … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Six.

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Six. Reviews of How I Learned to Hug by Jon Bennett and Rocko and Nakota Tales from the Land by Josh Languedoc (will be posted Thursday). Don’t forget to check out reviews from Day One (The Session, Reminiscences of Reconciliation, Fool’s Paradise), Day Two (Water People, Fado, Carey, OK!)  Day Three (Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Moriarty!, The Measure of Love, The Boy in the Chrysalis, Para … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Five.

Reviews of Death, a Romantic Comedy by Rob Gee and Confessions of an Operatic Mute by Briane Nasimok. Don’t forget to check out reviews from Day One (The Session, Reminiscences of Reconciliation, Fool’s Paradise), Day Two (Water People, Fado, Carey, OK!)  Day Three (Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Moriarty!, The Measure of Love, The Boy in the Chrysalis, Para Dos), and Day Four (The Birdmann and Egg FINALE, Cornelius and Titania BLOOD … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Three.

Reviews of Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Moriarty by David Elendune, produced by Outpost 31 Victoria, The Measure of Love by Nicholas Billon, The Boy in the Chrysalis produced by hapax theatre and Para Dos by Pointe Tango. Day Three was dedicated to all three shows at Langham Court Theatre before heading downtown to the Metro Theatre.  (side note: thanks to Langham for this year’s concession, which was doing brisk business in treats—you can … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Two.

Reviews of Water People by Ellen Arrand, produced by Theatre Inconnu, Fado by Elaine Avila, produced by Puente Theatre and Carey, OK! Timeless Timely Tunes by Carey Wass. Everyone Fringe fanatic has a plan and a strategy—sometimes I borrow my friend Arlene’s and go to one venue to stay there to see as many shows as possible, at other times I want to plan forays to the off-site venues.  Friday night was a blend of both—catching an early show at … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day One.

Reviews of Kalamazoo by Bema Productions, The Session by things falling apart theatre company, Reminiscences of Reconciliation by Logan Keewatin Richards and Fool’s Paradise by Anna MacAlpine (Blue Elephant Theatre). Lindsay Delaronde, the Indigenous Artist in Residence for the City of Victoria, opened the 32nd Victoria Fringe Festival with a performance and enjoined those present at the preview in Centennial Square to “hold space” for the … [Read more...]

Recovery Show at the Victoria Fringe 2018. A preview.

RECOVERY SHOW: A powerful story of personal and political recovery comes to Victoria Fringe (media release) Racks of dead bodies in the Murambi Genocide Memorial Centre. Government conspiracies to sell brain-space real estate. Comings to terms with the diagnosis of schizophrenia. Recovery Show is a riveting solo performance based on Clara Madrenas’ own experiences of psychosis during a field study of the Rwandan genocide and the … [Read more...]

Love for Sale at the Victoria Fringe 2018. A preview.

Vancouver-Island raised Jayne Walling graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in 2002. She made the professional leap to Paris, France in 2008 to study clown and bouffon with clown master, Philippe Gaulier, and began making international devised theatre with diverse artists from around the world.   She returns as part of the Paris-Berlin based Compagnie des Wanderers to presents the world première of their newest devised theatre … [Read more...]

Fake Ghost Tours 2 at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Not all shows at the Victoria Fringe Festival take place in a theatre.  Local comedians Abdul Aziz and Shawn O’Hara paired up in 2017 for a comedy walking tour—the wildly-popular Fake Ghost Tours (of downtown Victoria) and they’re back this year. My recommendation—buy tickets in advance if you are planning on going. This show was a sell-out for its entire run in 2017. … [Read more...]

The ADHD Project at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Fringe festivals worldwide provide people with the opportunity to tell their own unique story.  The ADHD Project is a celebration of neurodiversity, disability and mental health. Carlyn Rhamey is an award-winning story teller (see below for more details). … [Read more...]