Frankenstein by David Elendune at Theatre Inconnu September 26-October 13, 2018. A review.

Since I began regularly attending shows in 2005, Theatre Inconnu has consistently presented theatre that challenges me—in both the script and the execution. Frankenstein by David Elendune, directed by Ian Case (who also created the spooky light and sound (with Jason King) design as well as the period appropriate costumes), is set in the round (design Hannah Case) with most of the audience at eye level with the action, making this already … [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...]

Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Moriarty by Outpost 31 at the Victoria Fringe 2018. Preview.

Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Moriarty by Outpost 31 at the Victoria Fringe 2018. Preview. Media release.  Local playwright David Elendune and his company Outpost 31 have had a remarkable stretch of luck, winning the Victoria Fringe lottery FOUR times, presenting Casino Royale in 2015, Winnie the Pooh in 2016 and the triple award-winning LEER in 2017. Now, in 2018, they bring you Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Moriarty, a penny dreadful … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Two

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe Day Two The venue of choice for Day Two was the Metro Studio Theatre (Venue 3) where I watched a puppet eco-drama Beaver Dreams from Lost & Found Puppet Co, the Gift by two-spirit, mixed (settler and First Nations) performing artist John Aitken and Gail Noonan and LEER, a steam-punk themed, Hell-based, gender-bent adaptation from Shakespeare by David Elendune of Outpost 31.  (My review of LEER will be … [Read more...]

Leer by Outpost 31 Victoria. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview with David Elendune.

Leer by Outpost 31 Victoria. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview with David Elendune. Back for a third year in recent memory, we caught up with the playwright. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? Always late to the party, I finally lost my fringe cherry with Good Night Uncle Joe in 2009 – Which strangely enough is getting a public reading in polish in the Baltic tourist town of Sopot … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Three.

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Three. Victoria Fringe Festival August 22-September 4, 2016. As always, my complete Victoria Fringe Festival 2016 coverage can be found HERE: All shows at Venue 2: The Downtown Activity Centre, 755 Pandora Avenue. Winnie the Pooh and Tales of the 100 Acre Wood by Outpost 31, Charlatan! by Travis Bernhardt, nerdfucker by Cameryn Moore, Field Zoology by Shawn O'Hara, Jon Bennett: Fire in  the … [Read more...]

Victoria celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy in 2016.

Victoria celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy in 2016 Arts companies all over the region are producing works by Shakespeare—some adapted and re-imagined—to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Where There’s A Will Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival Craigdarroch Castle February 18 — 21 and 24 — 27, 8pm 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's legacy, and we are having a party! Join the … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2015. Day Four.

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2015 Day Four. Victoria Fringe Festival August 26-September 6, 2015.  Reviews of Casino Royale, the Birdmann in Momentous Timing, Soul, Ha! and Sperm Wars. Elegant drama, quirkiness galore, physical comedy, heart-felt story and dramatic comedy filled my Fringe Day Four with the wide variety I’ve come to expect at the Victoria Fringe. The day started with David Elendune’s adaptation of Ian Fleming’s Casino … [Read more...]

Victoria Fringe 2015. My local picks.

Victoria Fringe 2015 My local picks. I am an avid supporter of the Victoria Fringe Festival, now in its 29th year. It didn’t start out that way though. Other priorities took precedence and it wasn’t really until 2006 that I became a Fringe fanatic. That year was the 20th anniversary and I saw more shows than in the 20 previous years combined. In the intervening years, I’ve caught up—I volunteered from 2007 to 2013, regularly see 30-40 shows … [Read more...]

Giggling Iguana presents: 1.9.8.4. by David Elendune. A review

1.9.8.4. by Giggling Iguana, currently playing at Intrepid Theatre Club until December 2nd, is harrowing, terrifying, risk-taking theatre that is definitely not for the faint of heart. Lovers of psychological thrillers and horror flicks will surely appreciate the significant work done by this ensemble, under the careful guidance of seasoned director Roger Carr. Actors walk a constant tight rope – not only in their stage personas, but with the … [Read more...]