T-Minus 10 Days till the Fringe, 8 Days till Opening Night!

Preview the Fringe at the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All!

Fringe-For-All fun from last year! Photo by Paul Duchart

Camel Camel during their Fringe-For-All two-minute preview in 2015! Photo by Paul Duchart.

Get your Program Guides and your pencils ready because the Vancouver Fringe Festival’s fast-paced preview show will be coming back on September 8! That’s right people… we are talking about none other than the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All!

You can decide what shows you want to see by simply reading the show descriptions in the Program Guide, but if you want to get a taste for what shows excite you, then join us at the Fringe-For-All. Watching 40 of this year’s artists previewing their shows will definitely help you decide which of the 110 shows in this year’s Festival you’ll see! Not only that, but this always well-attended event is a great way to meet artists and to connect with other Fringers! Plus… the hilarious David C. Jones will be hosting once again!

The event will start at 10:00pm at Performance Works on September 8. Tickets available for $10 online or at the door (if it doesn’t sell out first!). Get your tickets now!

The Box Office Physically Opens September 6!

Photo by Amar Menon.

Only one more week until the Fringe’s  Box Office physically opens! Located at 1398 Cartwright Street on Granville Island (in the “Fish Bowl”) the Box Office will open on September 6. You can purchase tickets in person at the Fringe Box Office, as well as pick up Memberships and Passes.

The Fringe Box Office is open September 6-18, 4-9:00pm on weekdays and noon-9:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Please note that there will be no refunds or exchanges once a ticket has been bought.

If you have any questions about tickets or passes, it’s all explained here!


Quick! Get Your Opening Night Tickets!

Butt Kapinski is coming to Opening Night! Don’t miss this performance!

Opening Night is almost here and there aren’t many tickets left! Make sure to secure your ticket and join us for a night of Film Noir fun! There is no dress code for this party, so Film Noir costumes as well as jeans will both be enthusiastically welcomed! Also Butt Kapinski will be there to bring the critically acclaimed laughs to the Performance Works stage! Get your tickets now!




Smut Slam: Where Sexy and Storytelling Collide

Cameryn Moore will be hosting Smut Slam!

Have you ever had an insane sexual experience that would make for a pretty crazy story? Have you been dying to tell someone this story but got cold feet every time you tried to? Has holding the story in driven you closer and closer to having a brain aneurysm? Well then, come to the Vancouver Fringe Festival and get your story out at the Smut Slam!

Smut Slam is an open mic show where anyone and everyone can either tell their sexy stories on stage or submit anonymous questions and confessions in the infamous FUCKBUCKET. Cameryn Moore (writer, producer, and performer of Nerdfucker) will be leading this night of “sexploration,” as participants “talk about those times and places and positions where [they] went in bold, poked around our boundaries, or maybe even just stayed home and read the guidebook.”

Sign up to tell your five minute real-life story as a Smut Slammer on September 10 at 10:30pm—and with luck you will be one of the eight to 10 names randomly drawn! Click here for full details, rules, and guidelines. And even if you don’t have a story to share, you’ll want to be there to hear all the juicy details! Get your tickets now!

Dispatches From Deneh’Cho Thompson On Creating His Fringe Play

Tickets to Deneh's show, The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine, are on sale now.

Tickets to Deneh’s show, The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine, are on sale now.

Deneh’Cho Thompson won the 2016 Fringe New Play Prize from Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC). His win means that his Fringe artist fees have been waived. Moreover, he will be working with PTC’s dramaturg, Kathleen Flaherty on the development of his show, The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine. Deneh wrote about his playwriting process on PTC’s website:

“Playwriting is the most vulnerable thing I have ever done, it brings me to tears, it makes me angry and I find myself running away or turning to vice. As a theatre creator I spend a lot of time discussing the work I most value as an artist; the plays I find most engaging grapple with personal struggles that the playwright has survived.”

Read Deneh’s whole post here.

Do you want to work with PTC and get your artist fees waived while producing a show for the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival? Submit your application for the Fringe New Play Prize today! Your application could lead to you enjoying great benefits that are worth, all together, an estimated $5,000. The benefits include eight months of dramaturgy, creation and rehearsal space, free admission to PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series called Block P, and a free space on the Fringe Mainstage. If you want to be the next Deneh, click here to apply!

More Artist Mentorship Opportunities with the Fringe

Apocalypse Parade from Popcorn Galaxies is one of the Generation Hot shows.

Did you know the Fringe has programs that focus on providing opportunities for artists to learn and showcase their work?

We are excited to announce Advance Theatre: New Works by Women! In partnership with Ruby Slippers Theatre and Equity in Theatre, the Fringe will showcase dramatic readings of five new plays by Canadian women playwrights in an effort to prioritize equality and diversity in theatre. Click here for the full list of Advance Theatre plays! Tickets to Advance Theatre readings are available at the door only and are pay-what-you-can with a suggested price of $5 to $10.

The Fringe has been collaborating with The Only Animal in the creation of site-specific shows since 2011. This year, the Generation Hot program will be giving a voice to theatre youth who are courageous enough to respond to the climate crisis through new performances. Be sure to catch the creativity of these young performers who have been working with The Only Animal for six months! These pieces will be short, and so they’ve been grouped into three separate programs. Check out the Generation Hot page on our site for details.

Workshops for Artists and Aspiring Artists!

Fringe street promo!

Pick up some tips on how to flyer at the Fringe at Fringe Street Promo 101, a vital part of being a successful Fringe artist! Photo by Abel Goeun Lee.

We love giving Fringe artists the opportunity to display their creativity at the Festival, but we don’t want to leave it there. We also want to give them, and other aspiring artists, tools that they can use for continued success and growth. If you’ve read through page 24 of the Program Guide you may already know where this is going. We’re calling for artists to sign up for workshops!

On Tuesday, September 6 Cameryn Moore will be facilitating Fringe Street Promo 101 for all artists looking to gain skills in promoting their production (which should be everybody). Whether you are flying solo or have a double-digit cast, you can gain some very important knowledge in how to get the word out. Bring flyers for your show, and be ready to talk!

We also have lessons on touring! The On the Road Touring Workshop will teach you the broad range of touring knowledge including what you need to know about booking shows, planning, preparing promotional materials, to budgeting and fees, and touring to different markets. Join us for this workshop on Tuesday, September 13!

Finally, there is Plays Well With Others on Thursday, September 15, which provides theatre artists, producers, and administrators from any/all lived experiences a space to foster inclusive practices that target community building. This workshop will be a continuation of the equity and inclusion conversations happening in the theatre community. The forum will feature self-identified, under-represented Fringe artists.

Check out the details on how to sign up and start honing your craft!

Fringe Partners