Kaleidoscope Sixth Annual Family Theatre Festival June 9,10 and 16. Preview.

Kaleidoscope Family Theatre Festival June 9,10 and 16. Preview.  The Family Theatre Festival: 3 Days of Great Performances, 2 New Locations, and a World Premiere! Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People is proud to announce our upcoming Family Theatre Festival, taking place on June 9th and 10th at the Belfry Theatre, and June 16th in Langford. For our sixth year, Kaleidoscope is delighted to be expanding our festival, reaching out to … [Read more...]

Djamileh: Unrequited by the Vancouver Island Performers Guild June 6-17, 2018. Preview.

Djamileh: Unrequited by the Vancouver Island Performers Guild June 6-17, 2018. Preview. Djamileh is a comedic opera and love story by Georges Bizet and was first performed in 1872 at the Opéra-Comique, Paris. Djamileh: Unrequited, is the Vancouver Island Performers Guild’s family-friendly adaptation in English showcasing multiple hidden talents Victoria has to offer including elements of vaudeville and circus for a modern … [Read more...]

A Summer of Theatre 2018 in Victoria BC.

A Summer of Theatre 2018 in Victoria BC.   Victoria Fringe Festival line-up at the Metro Studio Theatre. Photo: Derek Ford. Summer is a time of festivals and outdoor events, perfect for unwinding and experiencing theatre in venues outside of the "norm"--although there are still plenty of indoor shows too.  Here's the line-up as of May 29th. June All My Sons by Arthur Miller Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 29-June 10 Arthur … [Read more...]

Victoria Fringe Festival 2017. My away picks.

Victoria Fringe Festival 2017. 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 … [Read more...]

Ferdinand the Magnificent. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview with Nick Trotter.

Ferdinand the Magnificent. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview with Nick Trotter. A kid-friendly show that will appeal to people who appreciate absurdity and weirdness. Nick Trotter brings Ferdinand the Magnificent to Victoria. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? Ferdinand played at the Boulder Fringe last year; Victoria is his first foray into Canada. Is this your first visit to … [Read more...]

Beaver Dreams La Fièvre du Castor. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview with Maggie Winston.

Beaver Dreams La Fièvre du Castor. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview with Maggie Winston. “All humans desire to connect to nature”. Learn more from Lost and Found Puppet Company’s artist director Maggie Winston about the inspiration for this bilingual, all-ages show, created and produced by an all-female team. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit? As an artist/company? My first show at the fringe was in … [Read more...]

The Birdmann and Egg: BIRDHOUSE. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview.

The Birdmann and Egg: BIRDHOUSE. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview. In the panoply of Fringe performers, there is only one Birdmann. His quirky shows have endeared him to local audiences since he first appeared here in 2011. The feeling is mutual for Egg says “Victoria is our favourite place to perform in the world”.  The Birdmann and Egg have chosen the city for the world premiere of their new show The Birdmann and Egg: BIRDHOUSE. NB: … [Read more...]

Victoria Fringe Festival 2017 an overview

Victoria Fringe Festival 2017 an overview of the 31st annual festival August 23-September 3 2017. Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love the Fringe. I've gone from seeing more shows for the 20th anniversary (2006) than in the previous 20 years COMBINED, to volunteering (2007-2013), to writing previews (2010 on) to providing complete coverage of the festival with "picks", previews, media releases and reviews (30 last year and close … [Read more...]

Theatre SKAM presents SKAMpede July 14-16 2017

Theatre SKAM presents SKAMpede July 14-16 2017 One of my favourite summer-time experiences is Theatre SKAM's SKAMpede.  I love the feeling of the wind in my hair as I zip from show to show. Now in its ninth year this summer festival (formerly known as Bike Ride) introduces audiences to a mobile feast of short works along the Galloping Goose Trail.  Originally meant for audiences who meandered by bike from venue to venue along a series of … [Read more...]

Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2017. A review.

Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2017. A review. Oh to have the wit and erudition of the noble lords and ladies of Navarre and France.  Janet Munsil directs the light, airy and playful word feast, Love’s Labour’s Lost, perfect for summer viewing on the grounds of Camosun College Landsdowne campus as part of the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival (July 4-29, 2017). Be prepared for quick repartee and … [Read more...]