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The Second Mini-Fringe Opens Today!

The Second-Mini Fringe Opens Today!

The October mini-Fringe is starting today! Hop over to Granville Island from now until October 10 and see shows to Shift Your Perspective. If you’re missing spending a full day at the Fringe, all four shows will be playing on October 3 and 4! Tickets are available on the Fringe website. We encourage you to book your tickets in advance to ease your arrival and communicate any accessibility considerations. You can check out the full October mini-Fringe schedule in our Program Guide, which will be available on our website!

One Man Pride and Prejudice
Victoria, Canada
Playwright: Charles Ross
Performance Works


It is a truth universally acknowledged that an actor in possession of a woman's story must be in want of a wife--to help him adapt it. Charles Ross, (One Man Star Wars, LotR, Batman) tackles the greatest romantic comedy: the intrigue, dancing, proposals, are given the one man once-over.

Poetic / Funny / Intellectual / 60 minutes
Rob Teszka: Magic Dropout
Coquitlam, Canada
Playwright: Rob Teszka
Performance Works


Rob Teszka, almost-PhD of magic, presents an irreverent magic show about failure! Enjoy a mindblowing cocktail of tongue-in-cheek takes on topics from Mai Tais to academic burnout. Join Rob Teszka: Magic Dropout, for the unexpected results of a decade delving into the psychology of magic. All ages -- even the swearing part!

Intellectual / Funny / 60 minutes / Coarse Language


counterFACTUAL (Spectral Theatre’s Late-Night Double Feature)

Spectral Theatre
Vancouver, Canada
Performance Works


The Time: Present Day. The Place: Arcadia, the Canada of a universe orthogonal to our own. Here, self-enhancement with genetic technologies is largely unregulated, and despite the best efforts of the recently-formed Biological and Genetic Threats Directorate, democracy is about to face its newest and most insidious threat.

Intellectual / Weird / 60 minutes / Challenging Content


Study Abroad--the musical! Destination: U.K.

Cheryl Olvera Music
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Cheryl Olvera
Performance Works


When music student Cheryl's boyfriend broke up with her halfway through her degree, she had to get the heck outta Dodge! From hellish homestays, to British flings, to rediscovering her true passion, this trip was more than she bargained for. Join Cheryl in her adventurous escape to Brighton, England--all through song!

Funny / Intimate / Musical / 60 minutes / Coarse Language

Don’t forget your paperless Memberships, which you’ll need to attend shows at the Fringe! They are a one-time purchase that you can get when you first buy your tickets. For only $7, Membership fees are a great way to support the Fringe—they help cover the cost of the Festival, since 100% of the base ticket price goes directly to the artists. And if you want to show a little extra support for the Fringe during these times, you can also get Premium Memberships for only $15 per patron! The Premium Membership gives you access to perks such as premium table seating at applicable venues.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates during the Festival! And don’t forget to show everyone how much you’re enjoying the mini-Fringe on social media. Remember to tag us or use the hashtag #VanFringe so we can follow along!

Accessibility in the Second Mini-Fringe

A photo of Performance Works' entrance, the venue's sign displayed at the very front. By the door are two white volunteers in blue shirts and face masks, and a Fringe staff member in an orange shirt. They are socially distanced from each other.

Performance Works, where you can watch all four shows at the second mini-Fringe, is fully accessible for wheelchairs and mobility aids! Photo by Al Ricard.

The Fringe strives to make the Festival accessible to patrons with different needs to ensure that everyone enjoys it as much as they can—after all, our vision is “Theatre for Everyone!” Check out the accessibility supports in place for the second mini-Fringe.

Performance Works, where you can catch all four shows at the second mini-Fringe, is fully wheelchair/mobility aid accessible. To learn more about accessibility in Performance Works, you can also check out the full accessibility audit of Performance Works on our website, courtesy of PuSh International Performing Arts Festival!

For the second mini-Fringe, three shows have designated as being Low Vision Friendly. This means that the show’s meaning and enjoyment does not depend on visual elements. These shows are One Man Pride and Prejudice, counterFACTUAL (Spectral Theatre’s Late Night Double Feature), and Study Abroad–the musical! Destination: U.K. This list was established based on criteria in consultation with the blind/low vision community.

The Attendant Ticket Program is also available for the second mini-Fringe! This program provides patrons with accessibility needs a complimentary ticket for a support person to accompany them to see shows. Tickets are subject to availability. Click here to learn more about the Attendant Ticket Program and e-mail us for any questions!

And finally, there are a limited number of free tickets to live performances for folks with financial barriers who are part of equity-seeking communities—these include BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), living with disability, neurodiverse, LGBT2Q+, low vision, d/Deaf and hard of hearing). Tickets are subject to availability, and folks can apply to access a maximum of one ticket per show. Contact the Fringe’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Department to access a ticket today!

Please visit our website for more information on accessibility in the Fringe, or e-mail us if you have any questions!

Help the Fringe to Close the Gap

An illustration of a distressed-looking clown hanging on to a pole. The clown is trying to catch the life preserver coming their way.

Support the Fringe during these uncertain times by donating today! Image credit: Kitty Cheung.

This has been a challenging year for the Fringe. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fringe has lost thousands of dollars in funding opportunities and sponsorships. Although the Fringe continues to provide opportunities for Artists, show producers, and administrators by modifying the Festival, we want to ensure that it thrives. And to do so, we’re calling on for support from Fringers like you by Closing the Gap!

The Fringe is looking to raise $30,000 to help the Festival succeed in making “Theatre for Everyone” possible for many years to come. Here are two ways you can help:

  1. Donate today—whether it’s $25, $150, or $1,000, every bit helps us to Close the Gap!
  2. Buy an extra Membership, or a Premium Membership—Fringe Memberships are a one-time purchase and comes with great year-round perks, including access to all the hottest Fringe shows! The Membership Fee goes directly to support the Fringe in our year of need.

Help us Close the Gap created by the pandemic by donating today. It’s thanks to the generous financial support from Fringers like you that we’re able to cultivate artists and audiences to create an open and vibrant independent theatre community for years to come!

Submit Now to the 2021 Fringe New Play Prize!

The cast and crew of Catalina La O pose for the camera.

A snapshot behind the scenes with the Catalina La O cast and crew! This award-winning show will be coming soon to the Fringe. Photo credit: Jenny Larson.

Does seeing perspective-shifting shows at the mini-Fringe make you want to create a show yourself? Today’s your lucky day— Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Theatre Centre are now calling for submissions for the 2021 Fringe New Play Prize!

This Award gives BC artists a leg up in the process of creating and producing a show with material support. The prize package includes eight months of dramaturgy, free creation and rehearsal space, a free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series called Block P, and a guaranteed spot in the Fringe Mainstage in the 2021 Fringe Festival! Due to COVID-19, specific presentation dates and venue/platform will be in flux due to evolving government health guidelines. The successful FNPP 2021 winner will consult with both PTC and the Fringe to discuss presentation options closer to Fall 2021 dates.

The 2020 Fringe New Play Prize winners, Jenny Larson and khattieQ of JK JK, will be presenting Catalina La O Presenta: Ahora Conmigo in the staggered Fringe Festival season! You can learn more about their show on PTC’s website.

Make sure to submit your application by October 31, 2020. Learn more about the Fringe New Play Prize’s application process by visiting their website!