Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day One

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day One Thanks to Bema Productions, I was able to attend a dress rehearsal of Horowitz and Mrs Washington.  On Day One, applying the scheduling theory of my long-time fringing buddy Arlene, I chose a venue—Fairfield Hall—and attended all the performances there.  The evening included three world premieres—Inauguration Vacation by Annette Roman, timely and topical storytelling from the life of a political … [Read more...]

Six Magicians by Andrew Brimstone. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview.

Six Magicians by Andrew Brimstone. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview. Andrew Brimmell, aka Andrew Brimstone, is a regular improviser with Paper Street Theatre Company (which is where I have mainly seen him perform over the last few years).  He’s also a magician—which led to the creation of his new solo show. NB: the first four shows of Six Magicians run the first four days of the Fringe; the last two—the last two days. Mind the … [Read more...]

A Very Commedia Christmas by Lightning Theatre December 2015 in Victoria BC. A review.

A Very Commedia Christmas by Lightning Theatre December 2015 in Victoria BC. A review. Mining a centuries-old theatrical tradition, one on which much of modern improvisation, comedy and drama is based, and re-inventing it, while making it relevant for today’s young, hip and culturally obsessed generation, is a massive undertaking requiring perspicacity, diligence and practice. Originally founded as an improv troupe with a twist in 2013, … [Read more...]

A Very Commedia Christmas December 10-12, 2015. Interview with Kevin Koch of Lightning Theatre.

A Very Commedia Christmas December 10-12, 2015. Interview with Kevin Koch of Lightning Theatre. Emerging theatre company Lightning Theatre promises a show that will be “Part Christmas Carol, part Marx Brothers, part Citizen Kane”.  Find out more as I interview Kevin Koch, founder and one of the writers of the show. Lightning Theatre has traditionally performed improvised work. Why the decision to go to a scripted play? We’d wanted to … [Read more...]