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...]

La Palabra en el Tiempo at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Fringe festivals world-wide provide the opportunity to experience work in many different genres.  This definitely holds true for the Victoria Fringe, where this year patrons are rewarded with several dance shows.  La Palabra en el Tiempo marries fiery flamenco, exquisite guitar and profound poetry.  Principal dancer Denise Yeo and poet Garth Martens answered questions about their show. PS: I saw an earlier version of this show at the beginning … [Read more...]

How to Become Human in 5 Years at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

How often do you get to consider the work of great philosophers and writers like Franz Kafka when you go to the theatre? That's the beauty of the Victoria Fringe Festival--finding performers who aren't afraid to stretch their creative muscles to deal with erudite concepts, secure in the knowledge that a Fringe audience is daring and adventurous. How to Become Human in 5 Years by the Bobby Watson Theatre Company (Portland, OR) promises an … [Read more...]

Para Dos by PointeTango at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2018. A preview.

One of the aspects of the Victoria Fringe Festival that I appreciate the most is the ability to experience work(s) in genres that are relatively unfamiliar to me. It's that way with dance about which I know very little.  This year Para Dos by PointeTango Company is one of two dance shows at the Fringe (the other being Palabre en el Tiempo). … [Read more...]

Carey, OK! Volume 1 at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2018. An interview.

Every Victoria Fringe Festival presents wonderful surprises and this year is no exception.  I hadn’t been paying too much attention to the program (yet!) when a conversation with my son Elliott Loran in Toronto turned to “Do you know Carey Wass is doing a show at the Fringe?” What?  … [Read more...]

Concord Floral by Theatre SKAM July 31-August 26 2018. A review.

From beginning to end, a sustained sense of unease and dread permeates Theatre SKAM’s Concord Floral (currently playing July 31-August 26). … [Read more...]

Sweeney Todd at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 31-August 12, 2018. A review.

Sweeney Todd by Sondheim, currently playing at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 31-August 12, 2018, bristles with electricity and a terrible current of visceral vitality that keeps audiences spell-bound throughout. Daunting in scope for a small ensemble of ten players, this version of Sondheim’s cult hit—it’s been staged around the world since its original Broadway run in 1979, adapted as a movie in 2007 by Tim Burton with Johnny Depp … [Read more...]

Death a Romantic Comedy at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

UK word wizard Rob Gee has been a popular addition to the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) circuit with many appearances at the Victoria Fringe Festival. He’s back with his latest (and newest) show Death A Romantic Comedy.  … [Read more...]