What to search for at this yr’s Ottawa Fringe Competition – Ottawa Citizen

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Ottawa Fringe Competition opened its curtains for a brand new season Thursday with 54 productions from a mixture of native and visiting artists. The Competition goes till June 23. Listed here are some reveals that piqued our curiosity:

God is a Scottish Drag Queen

One of many highest-profile, highest-reviewed and most transparently-titled entries of this yr’s pageant is Mike Delamont’s one-man comedy present wherein he portrays God as a frumpy drag queen with a Scottish accent. Within the manufacturing, God challenges assumptions we could have had concerning the well-known deity, and dishes social and political critiques of each historic instances and the present day. Delamont, who’s from Victoria, BC, is an achieved comic and has already taken this manufacturing to fringe festivals throughout Canada to rave evaluations.


“I Am the Most Unfeeling Physician within the World” is the debut theatrical tour by Melissa Yuan-Innes, a criminal offense novelist and real-life emergency physician from South Glengarry who will inform actual tales from her work in medication at this yr’s Ottawa Fringe Competition.

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I Am the Most Unfeeling Physician within the World

In the event you’ve ever wished to see the medical world from a physician’s perspective, now’s your probability. Melissa Yuan-Innes is a real-life physician from the South Glengarry space in addition to an acclaimed crime novelist, and is now getting into the world of theatre. Based mostly on her well-liked ebook The Most Unfeeling Physician within the World, Yuan-Innes will recount “hilarious and heartbreaking” true tales from her work within the hospital. This manufacturing got here to Fringe by means of their new Open Doorways Mentorship program, which supplies a platform to people from under-represented demographics who’ve by no means produced a Fringe efficiency.

Night time Feed

Portraying a world wherein numerous home items hauntingly come to life, the brand new play by achieved playwrights Sarah Pleasure Bennett and Ginette Mohr takes a surrealist take a look at the feelings a brand new mom experiences. The manufacturing options each puppets and reside actors. The creators have described their present as “David Cronenberg meets What to Count on When You’re Anticipating.” Bennett, an alumna of Canterbury Excessive Faculty, is an Ottawa native, as is the present’s rating composer David Atkinson.


A Interval Piece: Native comedians Lauren Welchner & Monica Bradford-Lea give a private, sincere and humorous tackle the taboos and experiences surrounding the menstrual cycle in “A Interval Piece,” their new hour-long manufacturing at Ottawa Fringe Competition.

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A Interval Piece

There’s undoubtedly a social stigma across the matter of menstrual intervals — so what higher venue to handle the topic than on a stage earlier than an viewers of strangers? That’s the method taken by native comedians Lauren Welchner & Monica Bradford-Lea of their new hour-long comedic work. The 2, who make up the theatre firm Spicy Day, are earlier performers at Fringe and are already gaining popularity of previews of the piece. “I didn’t get all of the jokes, however I knew it was actually humorous,” mentioned Fringe government director Patrick Gauthier.


“The Key to Time Journey,” by native choreographer Allison Elizabeth Burns, is likely one of the solely dance performances at this yr’s Ottawa Fringe Competition.

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The Key to Time Journey

Whereas Fringe is traditionally stuffed with dramatic or comedic acts, this yr’s pageant additionally options two dance productions, together with The Key to Time Journey by native choreographer Allison Elizabeth Burns. Describing its fashion as up to date however “impressed by the groove, energy, and shapes” of breakdance, the present explores the previous as we relate to it by means of private reminiscence. The present additionally options an unique rating from Montreal-based composer Tristan Henry. Burns’ work has beforehand appeared at Ottawa Fringe in 2017 with the up to date dance manufacturing Do You Wish to Reside Eternally.

Extra data on venues and showtimes, and the opposite Fringe productions may be discovered at ottawafringe.com.

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