Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Six.

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Six. Reviews of How I Learned to Hug by Jon Bennett and Rocko and Nakota Tales from the Land by Josh Languedoc (will be posted Thursday). Don’t forget to check out reviews from Day One (The Session, Reminiscences of Reconciliation, Fool’s Paradise), Day Two (Water People, Fado, Carey, OK!)  Day Three (Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Moriarty!, The Measure of Love, The Boy in the Chrysalis, Para … [Read more...]

Rocko and Nakota Tales from the Land at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2018. An interview.

One of two plays centering Indigenous experience at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2018, Rocko and Nakota: Tales from the Land by Edmonton-based Anishinaabe artist Josh Languedoc is also the recipient of the CAFF lottery which allows entry into multiple Fringe festivals.  I caught up with Josh on the road between Ottawa and Winnipeg. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? As an artist I have … [Read more...]

Victoria Storytellers Guild March 2018 events

Victoria Storytellers Guild March 2018 events The Victoria Storytellers Guild, founded in 1989, has a long history of "telling" in the community. Join them in March for the following events.   Mar 19 :  WORLD STORYTELLING DAY Myths, Magic and Mirth Doors at 7pm; Stories at 7:30pm $5 / $3 .    Refreshments served Victoria Storyteller's Guild victoriastorytellers.org  250.370.2964 World Storytelling Day is celebrated … [Read more...]

West a Double Bill of BC Trailblazers at UVic Phoenix October 12-21, 2017. A review.

West a Double Bill of BC Trailblazers at UVic Phoenix October 12-21, 2017. A review. Harken back to a time before radio and television, when storytellers had only the power of words to entertain—no electricity, no technological gizmos, no extra sound—words, pacing, inflection and physical presence were all that were required to seize people’s attention and keep it for hours, even days. Danette Boucher and James Douglas In West: a double … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Four

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Four For the fourth day of the Fringe I went to see one of the most provocative artists I know, Tasha Diamant, in Naked Ugly Dancing, and then spent the rest of the day camped out at Venue 1, the Victoria Event Centre for Holly Brinkman’s A Woman’s Guide to Peeing Outside & Other Adventures, Enigmatic Events in Jukebox Drive and Sean Proudlove in The Taxi Driver is Always Listening. I'll have … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Three

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Three I’m one of twenty three Fringe Heroes who collectively since 2015 have sponsored a Fringe venue, Langham Court.  As a group, we attend one show together—this year, O’ Come All Ye Faithful by Nicholas Guerreiro. For the remainder of Day Three, I made my destination the Downtown Community Centre (Venue 2, 755 Pandora Avenue) for Vasily Djokavich by Morgan Cranny, Monica vs the Internet by … [Read more...]

My Stroke of Luck by Diane Barnes. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview.

My Stroke of Luck by Diane Barnes. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? I’m brand new to producing, but I’m having big fun with my new career!  Last year was my first on the Fringe circuit as an artist, writer, producer with my first solo show, My Stroke of Luck. Is this your first visit to Victoria? I’ll never forget flying into Victoria the first … [Read more...]

Tween Earth and Sky by Mark Lyon. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview.

Tween Earth and Sky by Mark Lyon. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview. Master storyteller Mark Lyon returns to the Victoria Fringe with a host of tales.  He was happy to answer questions about his show ‘Tween Earth and Sky, and the process of creating it. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  I have been performing one-man plays (plus performing in one two-person play and producing a one-woman show) on the … [Read more...]

Country Song at Intrepid Theatre OUTstages Festival 2017. An interview.

Country Song at Intrepid Theatre OUTstages Festival 2017. An interview. I had a chance to catch up with actor Lee-Anne Poole about her show Country Song, coming to Intrepid Theatre’s OUTstages Festival June 22nd and 24th. What sparked the creation of this show? Is this your first one person show? I wanted to try something new. And I had some bit and pieces written. Stories about my father. He loves Country Music. I spent a few … [Read more...]

Driftwood by Hawk Mom Productions at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview.

Driftwood by Hawk Mom Productions at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016.  Interview. The team behind Driftwood are Robbie Huebner, Melissa Taylor and Ian Simms. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? As a company (Hawk Mom), this is our second collaboration in Fringe. Individually, it varies. Melissa has been working as an artist in the Fringe for the last eight years. This will be Robbie’s … [Read more...]