Fringe-ing after the Fringe!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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:
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.
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!