Girl in the Goldfish Bowl at Langham Court Theatre September 25-October 14 2017. A review.

Girl in the Goldfish Bowl at Langham Court Theatre September 25-October 14 2017. A review. Iris (Lianne Coates) joins a long line of stellar heroines (Ramona and Harriet among them), young girls with spunk and gumption, trying to get to the bottom of things, with the unique, and often skewed, perspective of a child. The entire world is topsy-turvy—externally, relations between the US and Cuba teeter on the brink, internally, Iris’ parents … [Read more...]

The Good Soldier Schweik at Theatre Inconnu September 26-October 14, 2017. A review.

The Good Soldier Schweik at Theatre Inconnu September 27-October 14 2017.  A review. Theatre Inconnu brings the Czech anti-war novel The Good Soldier Schweik to the stage in an adaptation by Michael John Nimchuk that owes much to the epic theatre theories of Bertolt Brecht. Poor Schweik (Justin Muirhead) is a hapless dolt caught up in the hubris surrounding Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination. One moment he’s jazzing with his buddies at the … [Read more...]

The Children’s Republic by Hannah Moscovitch. Belfry Theatre September 12-October 8 2017. A review.

The Children’s Republic by Hannah Moscovitch. Belfry Theatre September 12-October 8 2017. A review. This version of The Children’s Republic has been a long time coming.  Originally co-commissioned and co-developed (over a two-year period) by Great Canadian Theatre Company and The Ottawa School of Speech & Drama, first produced in 2009, then remounted at the Tarragon Theatre in 2011, it has been workshopped extensively at the Belfry Theatre … [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...]

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...]

Lovely Lady Lump by Lana Schwarz. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview.

Lovely Lady Lump by Lana Schwarz. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview. Aussie Comic Lana Schwarcz takes her personal experience with breast cancer and turns it into award-winning comedy, teaming up with Dense Breasts Canada to simultaneously raise the roof and raise awareness at Victoria Fringe Festival with Lovely Lady Lump. NB: Lovely Lady Lump is coming from the Edmonton Fringe and will not be in Victoria for the first weekend; there … [Read more...]

Interstellar Elder by SNAFU. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview with Ingrid Hansen.

Interstellar Elder by SNAFU. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview with Ingrid Hansen.   Fans of Little Orange Man rejoice!  Ingrid Hansen returns with her character Kitt, now a badass grandma in space.  Interstellar Elder is a futuristic dark comedy (may not be suitable for children under twelve). NB: Interstellar Elder is coming from the Edmonton Fringe and will not be in Victoria for the first weekend; there are only five shows. … [Read more...]

Six Fine Lines by Mack Gordon. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview.

Six Fine Lines by Mack Gordon. Victoria Fringe  2017. An interview. UVic Theatre alumnus Mack Gordon returns with a personal one-man show. “There are no written rules in life” he says.  Learn more about Six Fine Lines and the process of creation. NB:  Since Six Fine Lines is coming from Edmonton, the first show is Tuesday August 29th and there will only be five performances. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe … [Read more...]

Daddy Issues by Human Voltage Theatre Project. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview with Colette Habel

Daddy Issues by Human Voltage Theatre Project. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview with Colette Habel Recent UVic Theatre and Writing alumna Colette Habel is a vital part of Victoria's emerging theatre scene--as performer, creator and director.  Her new devised show Daddy Issues is "not the show you expect" How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? This is Human Voltage Theatre Project's very … [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...]