Blog Wednesday July 26
In this age of higher travel costs, you normally see only one and two person shows touring the Fringe circuit. However, a group of local Contemporary Dance students that is currently presenting Twenty Four at the Fringe is taking their dance show to two other Fringes this summer, starting with Kingston next week. It is a financial risk to take a show with a mid-sized cast to another city, but it’s a good show and I hope it works out for them.
The Heat Is On
It’s been hot and humid the last two days (and that’s the weather forecast for today too). I’ve been to a couple of hot venues during the last couple of days. The Cre8ery has fans but not air conditioning and was a little hot on Monday night. MTYP has air conditioning but, with a big crowd, it was very uncomfortable last night. I can only imagine how hot it was for performer Mike Delamont to be under the bright stage lights for 60 minutes — he did understandably takes a few breaks to grab a drink of water and wipe the sweat off his forehead.
A couple of Fringe shows this year have asked people to take out their smartphones — Influenced and Laughing Yoga. Unfortunately, I’ve seen at least one person in each show keep their phone on after the scene was finished just to scroll. Because, they are so addictive, I’m thinking it’s a dumb idea to use smartphones in a show.
The Barn Identity is selling really well and on Saturday, Erika MacDonald’s show will have a special treat — live music (instead of recorded music) from her partner Paul Strickland.
Please join us tonight at 8 pm on 101.5 FM or umfm.com for our annual hour long round table discussion, where our reviewers will talk about some of their favourite shows at the Fringe.
Quote of the Day
“I’m not here to do art, I’m here to get rich.”
From Old Man (Venue 19).