5 Can’t-Miss Shows at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival

8799490Vancouver’s weirdest theatre fest of the year is back.

The 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival brings nearly 100 off-beat and experimental theatre acts to Granville Island, Sept. 4-Sept. 14.  Over the course of 11 days of over-the-top thespian excitement, they’ll stage more than 700 performances in venues ranging from traditional theatres to cafes and even “site-specific” places, which in the past have included fire escapes and bicycles.

First held back in 1985, the Fringe has grown into one of the city’s largest theatre festivals, drawing more than 30,000 attendees every year. Its unique format (many acts are drawn at random, literally from a hat) gives all artists, from novices to veteran actors, a chance to participate, while bringing new, adventurous and often hilarious theatre to audiences. The price is right, too: All regular-priced tickets are $14.

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5 Can’t-Miss Shows at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival

One Man Lord of the Rings this weekend!

Charlie Ross

Charlie Ross stars in One Man Lord of the Rings starting tonight (Feb. 6) and running until Feb. 9 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. Photo courtesy onemanlotr.com.

Yes, Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is beloved by millions of fantasy movie fans all over the world. But surely even some of them must have thought, at one point, “If only someone would come along and distill this nine-hour-plus epic into about sixty minutes, with an intermission.”

Well you won’t get your intermission but you will get a version of the trilogy packed into 60 minutes in Charlie Ross’s One Man Lord of the Rings.

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One Man Lord of the Rings this weekend!

Celebrate Theatre with the Vancouver Fringe Festival

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If you love theatre, then you’re in luck as the Vancouver Fringe Festival is back from September 5th-15th with over 80 shows in just 11 days.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival aims to celebrate every kind of theatre possible. Produced by the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society, the Fringe Festival has been an annual event in Vancouver since 1985. Now in its 29th year, the Fringe Festival attracts over 30,000 attendees.

With the motto, “Theatre for everyone!” the Fringe Festival employs an “everyone welcome” technique to select performers. Literally drawing names out of a hat, the Fringe gives all performers, from novice to master, the chance to participate on their Mainstage. The Fringe strives to produce a unique environment for theatre by presenting live theatre in an accessible and informal setting where the audience and artists can interact. They aim to break down the traditional boundaries of theatre by encouraging open dialogue between artist and attendee.

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Celebrate Theatre with the Vancouver Fringe Festival

The 28th Vancouver International Fringe Festival

A still from Vancouver International Fringe Festival performance Plasticity Now

The word “fringe” can refer to the uncommon, unconventional and extreme. And while the 28th annual Vancouver International Fringe Festival may feature performances that fall into those categories, there is still guaranteed to be something that appeals to everyone’s edgy side. After all, there will be 754 performances by 97 groups over 11 days. In total, there are expected to be 30,000 attendees. That’s a lot of uncommon, unconventional and extreme theatre-goers, which goes to show that sometimes the abnormal is the norm.

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The 28th Vancouver International Fringe Festival

Weird Stuff at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

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The annual foray into the absurd which is the Vancouver Fringe Festival is currently underway, running from Sept. 9-19 at venues on Granville Island and throughout the city.

The Festival highlights alternative and non-mainstream theatre performances.  The 80 eclectic productions featured at this year’s event were largely chosen at random.  Participants submitted ideas and organizers picked the winners out of a hat.  That ensures that many, many extreme and unusual performances get exposure – the kind of stuff you rarely see in a more traditional theatre environment.

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Weird Stuff at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

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