Weirdest Theatre Festival in Vancouver: The Fringe Sept 8-18

vancouver fringe festival

What would happen if a theatre festival allowed anyone – from unknown amateurs to established pros –to perform?  That’s exactly the question that Vancouver’s oddest Thespian happening, the annual Fringe Festival, seeks to answer.

Over the course of the 11-day festival, 89 different troupes will deliver more than 700 individual performances.  Offerings, which are staged at seven main venues scattered around the waterfront Granville Island neighborhood, range from more-or-less conventional plays to innovative pieces that explore questions of gender and sexuality to alternative works that push the limits of bizarre.

Among many examples in the final category is performance artist Barry Smith’s show Jesus in Montana: Adventures in a Doomsday Cult.  In this one-man production, Smith, who was raised in a fundamentalist Christian household, recounts his experiences at a Montana cult headed by an 80-year-old chiropractor.

Perhaps the most groundbreaking works at Fringe are the so-called on-site acts.  Rather than being performed on a conventional stage, these works use Granville Island itself – its lakes, docks and avenues – as their backdrop.  In the chilly waters beneath the ferry dock, for instance, local artist Nita Bowerman performs her original work wreckage nightly at 9 p.m.  This one-woman production, staged partly on a small raft, explores an arduous personal journey to a new land, with danger lurking on all sides.

Eric Davis 'Red Bastard'

Fringe tickets are $12 for weekend shows and $10 for weekday shows.  From Sept. 21-25, audience favorites from the festival will get an encore performance during the Pick of the Fringe event.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Fringe website.

Any Fringe fans out there?  What acts are you looking forward to?  What are your favourite shows from years past?  Please comment below.

Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Comments are closed for this post

3 Responses to Weirdest Theatre Festival in Vancouver: The Fringe Sept 8-18