This year’s Island Fringe Festival (IFF) features 10 acts of theatre, music, comedy, dance and more. IFF chooses acts from a lottery to be performed in unlikely venues in Charlottetown.
Grace Kimpinski, Festival Director, says, “I have read all of the shows’ descriptions and I can honestly say that every single one of them sound amazing.” One show describes itself as, “Physical theatre, comedic absurdism, lights and shadows work together to connect the audience to a story and a vision that is often eclipsed in the daily grind,” and another states, “What happens when a young man, although quite normal, has never faced those impulses deep in himself? Bees seem to have the answer.” This year’s lineup includes dance performances, musicals, a lecture-styled performance, as well as a magic show. “I’ve had a lot of requests for projectors, which is an interesting technical requirement, so I’m really curious to see how the shows will use images in their performances.”
Leading up to the Festival, Island Fringe is presenting two free performance nights showcasing original works of up-and-coming Island artists. On July 5, Fridays with Fringe presents All the World’s a Stage: Readings of Original Works, with writing by five local authors. On July 19 Fridays with Fringe hosts Getting Fringe-y With It!: Theatre, Music, Comedy, Dance, and More. This evening is filled with performances by local artists. Both nights take place at The Haviland Club and start at 8 pm. These are licensed events with mature content.
Fringe will host a Preview Night July 31 where audiences will see a snippet of up coming performances. Fringe After Dark will see the return of a late-night Scavenger Hunt, a Lip Sync Battle, and the annual Closing Party/Awards Night.