Announcing a Fringe Mini Celebration August 26 – 30!

josephine squareIn July, the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Victoria Fringe Festival was announced. This has

been a year like no other, and the organizers couldn’t let a summer go by without a mini celebration of the Fringe to bring fans far and wide together, share some great memories, and be entertained – and it’s all FREE!

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. We are stirring up a fresh batch of Fringey lemonade August 26 to 30. To begin, the smash hit of the 2019 Fringe Josephine returns, online!

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Drag queen Vivian Vanderpuss shares facepainting tutorials at FringeKids Online.

Nyla Carpentier, the 2019 Victoria Fringe Indigenous Artist Program artist.

Nyla production shotThis Fringe celebration features:

FringeKids Online, August 29 + 30, fun for kids ages 6+ with special online appearances from some favourite characters.

Josephine Online, August 26 – 30, stream the 2019 Audience Favourite Pick of the Fringe winner on demand anytime online between noon on August 26 and midnight on August 30.

Postcards of Fringe Love, an analogue and digital memory sharing project.

Meet the artists of the Victoria Fringe Indigenous Artist Program with Q&A’s featuring four artists, released over the next 2 weeks.

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Victoria, BC’s UNO Fest Goes Online, Y’know

You know it’s UNO Fest time when the end of April rolls around in Victoria, BC. Under normal situations, this would be a live theatre event taking place at venues across this city. In the midst of the current coronavirus-19 crisis where governments are encouraging their citizens to stay at home so avoid contact with possible carriers, just how entertainment gatherings are adapting is to simply go online! Plus, there’s free events on this festival’s Facebook page.

This event starts today, and when coming to the garden city isn’t possible, fans of solo theatre can check out this unique art scene from afar.

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From Victoria to Vancouver Fringe, Who is Crazy for Dick Tricks?

In what keeps me coming back for Crazy For Dick Tricks is in how Tim Motley is a consummate entertainer. He knows his playing cards and every new deck he has to burn through inside and out, can rap with the best (I wonder how he’d do in a battle slam moment though) and can bring in the crowds at many a performance venue. He’s wrapping up his round of shows at the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival and will soon visit Vancouver Fringe starting Sept 6th.

Double entendres aside, which makes up part of the appeal of his shows, his style of stand-up comedy is right up my alley!

On stage, he is Dirk Darrow, a hard-boiled 1930s detective. He’s the P.I. who can woo any femme fetale in this latest case (complete with a few James Bond style voice over moments), He’s the Dick in that true old-fashioned sense where he’s right at home with Sam Spade. I first saw these shows under the assumption he’s a paranormal investigator than private, but when I saw his magic prowess, I was hooked. Some iterations include him applying mentalism too, so the occult is never too far.

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[Victoria Fringe Festival 2019] Tim Mooney’s Man Cave Needs A Soundtrack

Location:
Langham Court Theatre
(Fringe Venue 5)
805 Langham Court

Remaining Shows:
Aug 28 08:45 pm
Aug 29 07:00 pm
Aug 31 10:00 pm
Sep 01 02:15 pm

When the world is about to end, ala Chris Nolan’s Interstellar with all the loss of natural resources going on, Tim Mooney is sure to survive. His one-man show, Man Cave, a One-Man Sci-fi Climate-Change Tragicomedy is set in the future (2029 to be exact) and global warming is at the forefront of all damage going on. Although only a decade away, what he says is a touch uncomfortable since it suggests we have time to reverse the damage. After seeing Freeman the Handyman‘s Timeline for Homo Sapiens last week, you’d think the producers of the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival would pair the two shows together for an evening of T-talk and radio show about the decline of civilization (and what we can do to fix it).

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[Victoria Fringe Festival 2019] Jon Bennett: Playing With Men & A Lot More, A Review

Location:
Victoria Event Centre
(Fringe Venue 1)

1415 Broad Street

Remaining Shows:
Aug 29 09:30 pm
Aug 30 07:00 pm
Aug 31 08:45 pm
Sep 01 06:45 pm

Disclaimer: Profanity, sexual themes and adult humour.

Jon Bennett is always amazed in how he never misses performing at any Fringe Festival from around the world. The Gods of Comedy must love him and influence the lottery selection so that this comedian will never miss a chance to share his story. I knew I should not miss his latest show, Playing with Men, and its themes is not for the conservative minded. This show looks at what being machismo is about and the fallacies associated with it. At the same time, he talks about the most aggressive sport on Earth, Aussie rules football, and how it relates to his life now. That means:

  • No holding the man
  • No holding the ball
  • Out of bounds
  • Boys don’t cry

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[Victoria Fringe Festival 2019] The Robber Bridegroom, Brothers Grimm

Location:
Metro Studio Theatre
(Fringe Venue 3)
1411 Quadra Street

Remaining Shows:
Aug 26 07:45 pm
Aug 30 05:15 pm
Aug 31 03:45 pm
Sep 01 05:45 pm

Chimera Theatre‘s revisionist take on the Brothers Grimm fairytale The Robber Bridegroom is simply a masterpiece of German expressionism. Not only is this adaptation a love letter to this artistic movement but also a Shakespearean playwright was behind the reconstruction of the seminal tale. I have to tip my hat to Andrew G. Cooper for his use of turning the Sisters Grimm to a wicked new take of the Moirae as they are the narrators to an otherwise mimed show using various styles of puppetry to tell the story within the story. That is, to recount the seminal tale with sound, light and vision.

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