The Wilds by WONDERHEADS at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Long-time Fringe favourites WONDERHEADS return to the Victoria Fringe with The Wilds. Co-founder Kate Braidwood answered questions about their latest show. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company?  Our first year touring the Fringe was in 2011 with our show Grim and Fischer (note: Grim and Fisher is coming back for one night only November 8th at the Metro). We'd no idea how lucky we were, being … [Read more...]

The Fitting Room at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

I first saw The Fitting Room by Ellery Lamm when it was presented as part of Vino Buono’s inaugural season. Lamm and director Anna Marie Anderson answered questions about this latest version of the play. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? Ellery: This is both of our first time producing work for Fringe Festival. Have you been (or will you be) taking the show to other Fringes? Anna … [Read more...]

Unscriptured at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2018. An interview.

Travis Bernhardt has been wowing audiences on the Fringe circuit for years with his feats of magic and prestidigitation—he makes it look effortless—and his quick and witty comedy. In a departure from his normal style, he presents Unscriptured How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company?  My first Fringe was Winnipeg in 2010 — a pretty big failure and I only broke even due to street … [Read more...]

Angels and Aliens at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Jeff Leard is originally from Victoria and an alumnus of  UVic, with a ferocious gift for kinetic movement and humour that he honed working for Story Theatre on the school circuit—can there be any more demanding audience than kids?  This year he returns with Angels and Aliens, created and performed with Sydney Hayduk. Jeff answered questions about his time on the Fringe and this production. How long have you been producing work on the … [Read more...]

Field Zoology 101 at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

When an outstanding comic performer like Mike Delamont (God is a Scottish Drag Queen) tells you to go see a show—you go, or, at least I do. So it was in 2016 that he recommended Field Zoology 101 by Shawn O’Hara, another local comic who was performing for the first time at the Victoria Fringe.  The show was a hit, and it’s back for another run at this year’s Fringe. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit? As an … [Read more...]

Sweeney Todd at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 31-August 12 2018. An interview.

The behemoth that is Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd comes to the Roxy Theatre from July 31st- August 12th in Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s creative re-imagining.  I met with Patrick Du Wors, set and lighting designer, and Graham McMonagle, costume designer, to discuss the many innovations they have employed to redefine the scenario while remaining true to Sondheim’s original intentions. “Sweeney Todd is extremely taxing, even for the largest … [Read more...]

Reminiscences of Reconciliation by Logan Richards at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Logan Richards is the second recipient of the Victoria Fringe Indigenous Artist Program.  He answered questions about his show, Reminiscences of Reconciliation. The Victoria Fringe IAP provides access and mentorship for local artists who identify as Indigenous, and wish to produce work as part of the Victoria Fringe. The program incorporates collaborative mentorship, access to resources and support to strengthen participating artist’s producing … [Read more...]

Confessions of an Operatic Mute at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Brian Nasimok was at one point Canada's foremost operatic mute.  Confessions of an Operatic Mute is his story. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? About 13 years ago I directed a show that went to the Atlantic Fringe Festival and then four years ago I directed a show at the Toronto Fringe. To make a long story, shorter - after my opera “years” I pursued a stand-up career and then moved … [Read more...]

Fado the Saddest Music in the World at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

The team that brought you the 2015 Fringe hit Lieutenant Nun are back this year with the world premiere of FADO, the Saddest Music in the World.  Director Mercedes Bátiz-Benét answered questions about the show. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company?  Puente Theatre has been producing work on the Fringe circuit since 2015. Last time at the Victoria Fringe? Shows you've presented at the … [Read more...]

University of Victoria Phoenix Theatre 2018-2019 season

Media release From a one-person show to an over-the-top musical, a Greek tragedy to a contemporary comedy, the Phoenix Theatre’s 2018/19 season creates a wide assortment of learning opportunities for theatre students as well as a tremendously entertaining season for audiences! Mamahood: Bursting into Light Written & Performed by Nicolle Nattrass (BFA ’91) Directed by TJ Dawe (BFA ’97) Uvic Phoenix Theatre OCTOBER 10 – 20, … [Read more...]