Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Seven

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Seven Years of study and discipline have resulted in the works of three remarkable companies/artists—Beau & Aero: Crash Landing by A Little Bit Off (Amica Hunter and David Cantor); Interstellar Elder (Snafu Dance Theatre) performed by Ingrid Hansen and created together with Kathleen Greenfield, Britt Small and Emma Zabloski; and Olive Copperbottom: a New Musical by Charles Dickens and Penny … [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...]

Sleeping Giants by William Head on Stage WHoS October 7-November 5 2016. A review.

Sleeping Giants by William Head on Stage WHoS October 7-November 5 2016. A review. Sleeping Giants currently playing at William Head on Stage (in collaboration with SNAFU) is SNAFU’s founder Ingrid Hansen first introduced devised theatre to the men at William Head in 2010—the result was CHALK, a silent movement-based piece.  In the intervening years, they have gone on to imagine Fractured Fables (a series of fairy tales based on inmates' … [Read more...]

ArtSmarts Monday Magazine October 2016

ArtSmarts Monday Magazine October 2016. Spooky theatre among October events. This content was first published in the October 2016 print edition of Monday Magazine and I have been given permission to re-publish it online. For theatre enthusiast in Victoria, October represents one of the year’s busiest months with chances to experience shows in every genre in a wide variety of venues—including a scene shop and a federal institution. Whether … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2015. Day Nine.

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe2015.  Day Nine. Victoria Fringe Festival  August 26-September 6, 2015. Reviews of Lieutenant Nun and Two Ruby Knockers, One Jaded Dick. Read all of my Victoria Fringe Festival 2015 coverage HERE. Please remember on this final weekend of the 29th Victoria Fringe Festival--advance tickets (or lining up well in advance) are advised. If a show is sold-out, take a risk on another. That's what the Fringe is … [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...]

Victoria Fringe Festival 2014. My “local” picks.

Victoria Fringe Festival 2014. My "local" picks. The 28th annual Victoria Fringe Festival August 21-31, 2014. I love the Victoria Fringe Festival. I get to applaud local artists I’ve met over the years, and am always on the look out for people whose works is, as yet, unknown to me. Since falling in love with the fringe in 2006, I regularly see between 30 and 40 fringe shows a year, and attend more theatre during the year.  In addition … [Read more...]

Kaleidoscope Theatre 2nd Family Theatre Festival May 1-11, 2014.

Kaleidoscope Theatre 2nd Family Theatre Festival May 1-11, 2014. Media release. After a very successful first season (staged in February 2013 at Royal Oak Berwick House auditorium), the Family Theatre Festival returns with two new venues—May 1-4 in Centennial Square for Somethingville by Snafu Dance Theatre, Runaway by Theatre SKAM, Snow White by the Kaleidoscope Teen Ensemble, Mamahood by Nicole Nattrass; May 10/11 for Robinson and Crusoe by … [Read more...]

Kitt and Jane, Alumni Spotlight at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre – a review

It’s the First International Wildlife Diversity Appreciation Day, and Kitt Pederson (Ingrid Hansen) and Lucas “Jane” Jameson (Rod Peter Jr) have been chosen out of all the Grade 9 students to make a brief presentation. What could possibly go wrong? As it turns out – plenty! Kitt and Jane, the current Alumni Spotlight at the University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre (October 17 – 26th) is the sequel to a previous Snafu Dance Theatre production, … [Read more...]

Fractured Fables: The Prison Puppet Project – a review

Words like “labour of love” and “massive undertaking” are often over-used.  In the case of Fractured Fables: The Prison Puppet Project currently playing at William Head Onstage (WHoS) they accurately describe not only the creation process but also the end result. Founded in 1981, William Head on Stage is the only inmate-initiated, inmate-run theatre program inside a Canadian federal prison which opens it’s gates to a public audience.  Over the … [Read more...]