A Fall of Theatre 2018 in Victoria BC. September-December

It's fall, glorious fall—the busiest time in the arts calendar, and local theatre companies, large and small, established and emerging, professional, indy, community and student, present a wide variety of opportunities for every pocket book. Don't let anyone tell you Victoria is a cultural backwater—there are almost fifty productions this season.  Our ticket prices continue to be some of the lowest in the nation with many opportunities to … [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...]

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...]

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...]

BLOOD RELATIVE at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

US/Canadian raised and New Zealand-based Ren Lunicke of Zir Productions (and the award-winning comedic story-telling show “Ze”), ruthlessly exposes the ongoing mythology about biological kinship in their new play BLOOD RELATIVE. Photo by Megan Bowers-Vette How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? I built my first solo show in 2015 about my travels as an Ameri-nadian through Australia. Although … [Read more...]

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...]