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...]

Reminiscences of Reconciliation by Logan Richards at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Logan Richards is the second recipient of the Victoria Fringe Indigenous Artist Program.  He answered questions about his show, Reminiscences of Reconciliation. The Victoria Fringe IAP provides access and mentorship for local artists who identify as Indigenous, and wish to produce work as part of the Victoria Fringe. The program incorporates collaborative mentorship, access to resources and support to strengthen participating artist’s producing … [Read more...]

Confessions of an Operatic Mute at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Brian Nasimok was at one point Canada's foremost operatic mute.  Confessions of an Operatic Mute is his story. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? About 13 years ago I directed a show that went to the Atlantic Fringe Festival and then four years ago I directed a show at the Toronto Fringe. To make a long story, shorter - after my opera “years” I pursued a stand-up career and then moved … [Read more...]

Fado the Saddest Music in the World at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

The team that brought you the 2015 Fringe hit Lieutenant Nun are back this year with the world premiere of FADO, the Saddest Music in the World.  Director Mercedes Bátiz-Benét answered questions about the show. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company?  Puente Theatre has been producing work on the Fringe circuit since 2015. Last time at the Victoria Fringe? Shows you've presented at the … [Read more...]

Kitt and Jane at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Multi-award winning SNAFU Dance Theatre has been creating work since 2006, on the Canadian Fringe circuit and beyond.  Ingrid Hansen and Rod Peter Jr return to the 2018 Victoria Fringe Festival with a brand new director's cut of their smash hit Kitt and Jane. Ingrid Hansen answered questions about Kitt and Jane. Kitt and Jane. Poster art by Hank Pine. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit? As an artist/company? … [Read more...]

Beginning/Middle/End at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2018. An interview.

Beginning/Middle/End by ReCued Productions promises a “choose your own adventure for theatre-lovers”. Writer and creator Brian Quackenbush answered questions about the show which appears at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2018. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit? As an artist/company? Brian:  This is my 2nd Fringe show, 1st with this company. Is this your first time at the Victoria Fringe? Yes this is the … [Read more...]

Kalamazoo by Bema Productions at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Bema Productions, founded in 2013 by veteran theatre-maker Zelda Dean during Congregation Emanu-El’s Arts Festival, has a reputation for producing thought-provoking dramas and comedies.  This year’s offering at the Victoria Fringe Festival, in the "bring your own venue" of the synagogue’s social hall is Kalamazoo. Zelda Dean was happy to answer a few questions. How long have you been producing work at the Victoria Fringe circuit?  As an … [Read more...]

The Birdmann and Egg: Finale at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

To this day the work of The Birdmann and Egg remains some of the fringiest at any festival, and is a reminder of the importance of the Fringe circuit.  Arriving as The Birdmann in Victoria in 2011 (before beginning a serendipitous collaboration with fellow artist Egg--Sachie Mikawa), Trent Baumann quickly captured the hearts of audiences with his unique, quirky stylings that riff off classic vaudeville and busking routines.  Never afraid to push … [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...]