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  • Multiple Organism: Pick of the Fringe

    Buy tickets Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. Vancouver, Canada Playwrights: Mind of a Snail Puppet...
  • Chris & Travis: Pick of the Fringe

    Buy tickets Chris & Travis Vancouver, Canada Playwrights: Chris Ross & Travis...
  • Falling Awake

    Buy tickets RAGMOP Theatre presents Falling Awake, a surrealist physical comedy with mesmerizing illusions,...
  • The Fringe Cabaret October

    Buy tickets The Fringe Festival has an addictive quality. Patrons gorge on theatre and artists riff off each...
  • Mockingjay: The Musical - A Hunger Games Musical

    Buy tickets District 13 PresentsGood things come in threes... even angst filled dystopian musicals with kicky...
  • The Fringe Cabaret December

    Buy tickets The Fringe Festival has an addictive quality. Patrons gorge on theatre and artists riff off each...
  • Blindside

    Buy tickets Stéphanie Morin-RobertAfter her recent American, Canadian, and European tour, one-eyed multiple...

Fringe-ing after the Fringe!

September 21, 2017

The Public Market Pick of the Fringe is on through Sunday

Your Pick of the Fringe winners are excited to see you again this week at Performance Works! Photo by Philip Dovey.

Your Public Market Pick of the Fringe winners are excited to see you again this week at Performance Works! Photo by Philip Dovey.

We had a feeling that you’d be suffering from Fringe Festival withdrawals so we brought back more Fringe just for you. The Fringe is bringing back the shows that critics and audiences raved about all Festival, now through Sunday, September 24. So let’s introduce you to this year’s Public Market Pick of the Fringe!

BC Touring Council Award Winner Swordplay: A Play of Swords  made a spectacular return to the stage last night! Tonight, Radhika Aggarwal will perform her “magnetic solo tour-de-force,” An Arrangement of Shoes at 8:45pm. Not one to be missed, Cry-Baby: The Musical‘s “hilarious, high-energy musical” (the Georgia Straight) will be on Saturday, September 23 at 6:45pm followed by the sold out show, Bombay Black by Anosh Irani on at 9:00pm. Over the weekend see Cultchivating the Fringe Award, Artistic Risk Award, AND the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award Winning show Multiple Organism on Sunday, September 24 at 6:00pm and crowd favourite Chris & Travis right afterwards at 7:45pm.

See them at Performance Works on Granville Island for just $25 each!

More Fringe Just For You!

Morgan Brayton hosted Awards Night last week. Her show Give it Up is in our Pick Plus series! Photo by Philip Dovey.

Morgan Brayton hosted Awards Night last week. Her show Give it Up is in our Pick Plus series! Photo by Philip Dovey.

If you didn’t get enough of the Fringe during our Festival, then we have good news for you. Our handpicked selection of Fringey shows, Pick Plus, is coming to town and they’re staying until Sunday, September 24! And if you know anything about the Fringe you’ll know that Pick Plus will be just as Fringey and just as fun as ever.

Last night, The Merkin Sisters tore up the stage with their “piss your pants funny show” (Rachel Levine, Montreal Rampage)! Tonight, it’s “weird and wacky” (Daily Xtra) Fringe hit Give It Up at 7:00pm followed by some “intelligent black-comic sex balladry” (Edmonton Journal) with Shirley Gnome: Taking it Up the Notch on Friday, September 22 at 7:00pm. And to round out the week, Peter n’ Chris are bringing their Best Bits in Peter n’ Chris’ Best Bits on Friday, September 22 at 8:45pm!

And you don’t have to go far. All of the Pick Plus shows are at Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright Street on Granville Island. Tickets are just $25 and available online or at the venue starting 45 minutes before show time. And if you purchase your tickets as part of a Theatre Wire Subscription, your tickets will be discounted! Subscription pricing comes into effect when you buy tickets through the Theatre Wire website and purchase tickets to three or more Theatre Wire subscription shows. Pick Plus shows are just four of the 16 shows on offer. Visit TheatreWire.com for more info!

Thank You Volunteers!

A big thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers! Photo by Al Ricard.

A big thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers! Photo by Al Ricard.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival has wrapped up and it’s time to celebrate a few (hundred) people who made the Festival happen in the first place. Our volunteers, of course! We had a stand out group of volunteers this year, many of whom came from the other side of the world to be a part of the Festival, including France, China, Germany, and South Africa!

Our Volunteer Coordinator Assistant, Andrea Cowan says, “Our fantastic group of volunteers fuel the Festival with their hard work, enthusiasm, and love of the Fringe. And we love and appreciate every single one of them!” The Fringe thanks them too—thank you Volunteers for making the Festival such a success!

We would also like to thank our sponsors who support the Volunteer Centre, the Volunteer Appreciation Party, and our Volunteers: ShearComfort, Boston Pizza, Earnest Ice Cream, KIND, Sun-Rype Tea, Hardbite Chips, Big Rock Brewery, and Road 13 Vineyards. Thank you—you make the Fringe a better experience!

You voted us the Best Local Performing-Arts Festival! Photo by Carlos Santos.

You voted us the Best Local Performing-Arts Festival! Photo by Carlos Santos.

We’re the Best Local Performing Arts Festival

We put out the call for our Fringers to vote for us in the 22nd Annual Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver Readers Choice Awards and you answered! Because the Georgia Straight just released the results and we’ve won first place in the Best Local Performing-Arts Festival category! It’s now official. You love us and we love you!

Tell us on Facebook! Did you have fun at the Vancouver Fringe Festival? Rate and like us! We want to hear what you think.

Roundhouse Radio is donating $1 to the Fringe for every new subscriber! Photo by Ravi Maharaj.

Roundhouse Radio is donating $1 to the Fringe for every new subscriber! Photo by Ravi Maharaj.

Reminder: Join Roundhouse Radio and They’ll Give to the Fringe!

Did you know that you can give $1 to the Vancouver Fringe Festival—by listening to your local radio station? That’s because this September, we are Roundhouse Radio’s charity of the month! For every new subscriber, Roundhouse Radio will donate $1 to the Fringe! And, in return, you’ll gain access to exclusive Roundhouse performances, podcasts, and station events. Pretty good deal right? But you only have 9 more days—so go to their website and subscribe now!

 

 

 

More Holdovers!

There are even more opportunities for you to keep on Fringing! Artists will often organize their own post-Festival holdovers and this year is no different:

Draining the Swamp
September 21 – 23 at 8:00 pm at Havana

Curious Creations, the company that brought you last years Fringe hit, Waiting for Garbo, gets curious again this time about He Who Shall Not be Named. Fringe regular Jacques Lalonde, repris(es) his Trump schtick from last year with gusto) with his Apprentice (energetic and eager Katie-Rose Connors). This musical takes a comedic jab at the privileged few who hold your wealth in their hands. Comic mayhem ensues when The Boss fires his apprentice, shoots his driver, and gets arrested for murder.

Your Princess is in Another Castle
September 27 at the Heritage Grill in New Westminster

After Princess Polly loses the popular vote to become Miss Leader of the Free World (…to a department store Mannequin!), a Prince Charming Type steps in to save her—by helping her GO VIRAL. Poetry meets political satire in this postapocalyptic metaculture where reality is live-streamed 24/7, and that Mannequin behind the coffee shop counter is flirting with you…

Want to see even more theatre? Theatre Wire offers independent and Fringe theatre year-round! There are so many shows you can even make a subscription package! Visit Theatre Wire for details on shows and to purchase your subscription! And don’t forget to sign up for the Theatre Wire newsletter so you can stay in the loop on shows added throughout the year!

It’s a Fringe Goodbye… For Now

September 18, 2017

It’s OVER—A Fringe Festival in Review

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is now over which means it’s time for a Fringe Recap. Queue the montage!

Queer as Funk filled the Fringe Bar to maximum capacity on Friday, September 8! Photo by Carlos Santos.

Queer as Funk filled the Fringe Bar to maximum capacity on Friday, September 8! Photo by Carlos Santos.

The first day of the Festival was EXPLOSIVE—quite literally, with a power outage that shut down half of Granville Island! The culprit? Ingrid Hansen of Interstellar Elder can be seen holding IT (she dubbed it the “evil balloon”) on our Instagram. But, after a rough start, the Festival forged on anew, with three of the cancelled performances staging extra performances the following week. And more good news? There were a number of shows that sold out multiple performances, including Draining the Swamp, An Arrangement of Shoes, and Almost a Stepmom. Bombay Black by Anosh Irani sold out ALL of their performances by the first Sunday of the Festival!

And the successes kept coming! With the expansion of the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, including live music, magic shows, and artist performances in the afternoons, the Fringe Bar was filled to the brim. In fact, we recorded thousands of people coming and going over the course of the 11 day Festival! Some nights, the line ups extended out the door and down the block—a first for the Vancouver Fringe!

We closed this explosive Festival with Awards Night, where we announced the winners of all our Awards, including Mind of a Snail, whose show Multiple Organism won a Public Market Pick of the Fringe spot AND the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award, the Artistic Risk Award, and the Cultchivating the Fringe Award! Click here to see all the Awards that were won and the shows that won them! We also did the final Raffle Draw! Congrats to Jelena Culibrk (ticket # 30785) for winning a one-year membership to Float House, to Zachary Lamarche (ticket #30989) for winning the Whistler Package including a four-night stay at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa and two 60-minute Swedish massages at the Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, and to our Grand Prize winner, Ken Hsuch (ticket #30325) who gets a nine-day Costa Rica Quest trip to Costa Rica from G Adventures!

Many thanks to Fringe donors, artists, and volunteers without whom there wouldn’t be a Festival at all!

For a review in pictures, check out our Facebook page. We hoped you enjoyed it as much as we did!

It’s the Public Market Pick of the Fringe

Vancouver just can’t get enough Fringe Theatre—that’s why there are Fringe holdovers after the Festival! From September 20 through 24 the Public Market Pick of the Fringe will be held at Performance Works on Granville Island. Tickets are $25!

Pick shows got people talking in lineups, at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, and online—and they received rave reviews—so we just have to bring them back for another performance!

And without further adieu, the Public Market Pick of the Fringe winners are:

Swordplay: A Play of Swords
Wednesday, September 20 at 8:45pm

Chandelier-swinging, dastardly schemes and swordfights, swordfights, swordfights await as Sex T-Rex bring their signature style to the stage, dipping their rapier wit into all things sordid and sworded.

“I sat on the edge of my seat, bounced up and down, giggled, and howled with laughter.” —Deneh’Cho Thompson for ColinThomas.ca
An Arrangement of Shoes
Thursday, September 21 at 8:45pm

Set in an Indian railway colony during the Gulf War, this poignant family portrait is a captivating solo performance about family and global history in the Age of Faith.

“Magnetic piece of theatre ... remarkable storytelling.” —Extra! Extra!
Cry-Baby: The Musical
Saturday, September 23 at 6:45pm

Allison Vernon-Williams is drawn across the tracks from her 1954 finishing-school background into a relationship with the orphaned Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker, the leader of a pack of rebel outcasts.

“This over-the-top satiric musical with a sincere and timeless message is a rocking good time.” —Vince Kanasoot, the Georgia Straight
Bombay Black by Anosh Irani
Saturday, September 23 at 9:00pm

The lives of an Indian exotic dancer and her embittered mother are altered when a blind stranger visits them. Anosh Irani’s Dora Award-winning Bombay Black is a searing play set in the bitter reality of India.

“One of the most harrowing, unsettling, and mesmerizing plays I’ve ever seen.” —Andrea Warner, the Georgia Straight
Multiple Organism
Sunday, September 24 at 6:00pm

Mind of a Snail’s risquést show yet! A gender and genre bending surrealist comedy for adults: live projections, puppetry, and an original musical score. Use your invagination!

“Even diehard fans of Mind of a Snail ... are in for a surprise—and a treat.” —Kathleen Oliver, the Georgia Straight
Chris & Travis
Sunday, September 24 at 7:45pm

Travis Bernhardt and Chris Ross scribble outside the lines of improv comedy with their high energy, hilarious and surreal two-man show.

“Forty-five minutes of delightful absurd silliness.” —Penny Warwick, Two Cents & Two Pence

More Fringe Just for You! Pick Plus Shows Run Sept. 20-24!

Are you sad that the Vancouver Fringe Festival is over? Yes? Well then we have some good news for you. Pick Plus has returned with a series of Fringe Hits handpicked for your enjoyment!

(Top to Bottom, Left to Right) Give It Up, The Merkin Sisters, Shirley Gnome: Taking It Up The Notch, and Peter n' Chris' Best Bits will return in our Pick Plus series!

From left to right, top to bottom: Give It Up, The Merkin Sisters, Shirley Gnome: Taking It Up The Notch, and Peter n’ Chris’ Best Bits will return in our Pick Plus series!

Ingrid Hansen, of sold out show Interstellar Elder, and Stephanie Morin-Robert, of critically acclaimed show Bushel and Peck, return in Pick Plus show The Merkin Sisters. “They have the chemistry, synchronized movement, expert choreography, and puppet mastery that can’t be found in any other show this year. In thirty years of Fringing, I have never seen anything as good as this at pushing the limits of edgy comedy,” says Lisa Campbell of The Jenny Revue. The Merkin Sisters will play Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00pm!

Fringe celebrity and Vancouver Fringe Awards Night Host Morgan Brayton will bring Fringe hit Give It Up to Pick Plus. “Between the moments of vulnerability, Morgan brings to the stage out-of-this-world, car-crash-you-can’t-look-away-from characters that have the audience in stitches,” says Stephanie Lo of Plank Magazine. See it on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm!

Or take it up a notch with Shirley Gnome: Taking it Up the Notch! Glen Sumi of Now Magazine described it saying, “Vancouver’s Shirley Gnome is like a sweet-voiced, folk singer version of NYC’s chanteuse of raunch, Bridget Everett. But she’s even funnier.” Her show will play Friday, September 22 at 7:00pm!

And there’s no better way to end a week than with three-time Canadian Comedy Award Winners Peter n’ Chris. They’re bringing Peter n’ Chris’ Best Bits to Pick Plus. In fact, the CBC called it, “a terrific blend of narrative momentum and relaxed absurdity, where reality is elastic and the fourth wall comes and goes.” Catch them Friday, September 22 at 8:45pm.

So there you have it, four shows hand picked just for you. See them all September 20-24 at Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright Street on Granville Island. All Pick Plus Shows are $25 on our website. But you can save money when you buy your tickets as part of a Theatre Wire Subscription. Subscription pricing comes into effect when you buy tickets through the Theatre Wire website and you purchase tickets to three or more Theatre Wire subscription shows. Pick Plus shows are just four of 16 shows on offer. Visit TheatreWire.com for more info.

How to Win the Fringe New Play

Cast member lee williams boudakian rehearses her play Setting Bones, last year's New Play Prize winner.

Cast member lee williams boudakian rehearses their play Setting Bones, last year’s New Play Prize winner.

If the Fringe has got you thinking of putting on your own show—now’s your chance! Because Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) is calling for applications for the Fringe New Play Prize. What’s that you say? It’s a prize that offers BC artists a leg up in producing a new play. And with eight months of mentorship from PTC Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, a spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, and a guaranteed space on the Fringe Mainstage for the 2018 season, it’s not something you’ll want to pass up.

Last year’s New Play Prize winning team lee williams boudakian, Anoushka Ratnarajah, and Kamee Abrahamian produced Setting Bones at the Fringe Festival this year. To see their journey from new project to new play, read it here.

Just be sure to submit your application no later than October 2, 2017. Find info and application details here!

Touring Lottery Application is Open for the 2018 Circuit

Keep an eye out for our Touring Lottery applications. Open soon! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

Keep an eye out for Touring Lottery applications. They also draw shows from a hat! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival may be wrapping up but we know you’re already thinking about next year’s Festival. What if we told you, you could have your own show at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival—guaranteed? Well today’s your lucky day because the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) is opening applications for the touring lottery! Winners of the touring lottery will be guaranteed a spot in a minimum of five CAFF Festivals of their choice (for example, the Vancouver Fringe Festival and four others). And it’s in high demand! Last year they had 170 applications for ten touring spots, with hopes to add an additional five this year! So get a head start on next year’s Festival and apply before October 22 at 11:59pm (CST)! Applications open September 18.

And while you’re applying for that, keep an ear out and an eye open because the Vancouver Fringe Festival will be opening applications for our own lottery later this fall! Details will be announced in an upcoming newsletter so make sure you’re subscribed.