Winnipeg Fringe 2019: A "Guide"
The Winnipeg Fringe Festival is right around the corner, and is arguably one of the best times of the year for theatre lovers. Our city (or at least much of the downtown) is taken over by artists, eager to share their work with Winnipeg audiences. And what's not to love? It's the one time of the year where you can pack your days full of shows from noon 'til way past your (my) bedtime. Our downtown comes alive, there's live music, beer gardens, new friends and old friends, delicious food vendors, beautiful weather... it's a time to celebrate the arts and the people who make it possible.
Although... sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming. There are only so many hours in a day, you have work to go to, a limited budget, no budget, you're juggling a work/show balance, you've got dozens of friends and colleagues involved in dozens of projects and want to support each and every one, there are some flashy shows that have been sold out years in advance therefore you'll have to sell a large portion of your soul to get a ticket otherwise you will have missed out on the only show worth seeing ever in your whole life...
In light of this beautiful and sometimes overwhelming festival, we would like to offer some words of encouragement and thoughts about how to enjoy the festival in a way that will just feed your damn soul.
Maybe try to figure out what you want to get out of this year's Fringe beforehand, and then devise a "plan" to make that possible for yourself. For instance:
Want to support local, young, theatre companies? Go see as many as possible! We are everywhere!
Want to support shows by LGBTQ2S+ folx? Make that a priority!
Want to support shows by small, young theatre companies from outside the province that you may not have a chance to see again? Do it. They will be pumped!
Interested in dance/movement-based shows? There a number of rad companies doing just this that could fill your schedule!
Stoked to take in as many one-person shows as your can? There will be lots to choose from.
Are you working to develop your skills and understanding of a particular theatrical style or genre? Look out for those shows and get some inspiration!
Want to support a mix of everything out there? Then do your best, and be kind to yourself when you can't fit something in. It happens. We get it!
We encourage you to check out shows that you feel genuinely excited about. Take some risks. Follow your heart. Find stories and people that speak to you. Fill it with the art and experiences that speak to you most!
Now, this wouldn't be a proper Fringe post without a bit of shameless self-promotion. Would it? Oh well.
Lindsay has been involved with directing a show this year, and we would love to put on your radar!
PURGE Venue #4 RIO (Portage Place)
Purge is the story of Connie (short for Constance). Join her as she explores her lifelong struggle to live her truth as a transgender woman, when she finds herself at a crossroad that challenges her entire understanding of identity and self. They're also partnering with Rainbow Resource Centre, an amazing non-profit organization that offers support to the LGBT2SQ+ community in the form of counselling, education, and programming for individuals ranging from children through to 55+. One third of the Box Office revenue from their opening performance on Thursday, July 18th at 3:30pm will be donated to Rainbow Resource Centre in recognition of the love and compassion they share with everyone in our 2SLGBTQ+ Community. (We'll be there opening, and we'd love to see you there too!)
Plus, here's an early draft of the shows we're excited about: bring us your handbills! we can't wait to see this list grow!
The Headliners by Walk&Talk, Trendsettlers, Episode IV by Vault Projects/Trans-cendent Theatre Co, My Frozen Heart by Crosswalk Productions, Jellyfish Are Immortal Returns by Peachy Keen Productions, Outside Joke and So, Do you Want to Talk About it? by It's All Relative Productions, THREE by Bossy Flyer, Water by Viva Dance Company and 13 Dead Dreams of "Eugene" by Theatre Mobile.
Comment below with some shows you're excited to see!
Happy Fringe, everybody! See you in the beer tent!