Ed’s 10 Nerdy Picks of the 2016 Victoria Fringe Festival (and these Artists Tour Worldwide!)

3 Aug

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LITTLE ORANGE MAN
SNAFU

DATES:
Fri Aug 26, 8:15pm
Sun Aug 28, 4:30pm
Tue Aug 30, 9:45pm
Wed Aug 31, 6:00pm
Fri Sep 2, 8:15pm
Sat Sep 3, 10:30pm

LOCATION: Downtown Activity Centre (Fringe Venue 2)

Shadow puppetry and dark Danish fables are said to be at the heart of this show and while I’ve missed its appearance from previous years, I do not plan to miss it this year for its fourth return, if I remember correctly. There’s a surreal quality that I hear is fascinating, and for the art scholar in me, perhaps I might find a deeper meaning.

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PERSEUS & ANDROMEDA
CHIMERA THEATRE

DATES:
Fri Aug 26 – 9:45pm
Sun Aug 28 – 5:30pm
Wed Aug 31 – 7:15pm
Thu Sep 1 – 8:15pm
Fri Sep 2 – 9:15pm
Sun Sep 4 – 4:30pm

LOCATION: Langham Court Theatre (Fringe Venue 5)

One of my greatest loves is the study of myth, and in this show (according to the guide), Perseus is a hero on a mission from the gods. Andromeda is a princess chained to a rock to be sacrificed to a sea monster. How will their story unfold? Chimera Theatre takes Euripides’ two-thousand-year-old lost myth and brings it to life for today’s audiences through movement, music, acrobatics, and dance.

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SPACE HIPPO
MOCHINOSHA & THE WISHES MYSTICAL PUPPET COMPANY

DATES:
Fri Aug 26 – 10:30pm
Sat Aug 27 – 5:30pm
Mon Aug 29 – 9:30pm
Tue Aug 30 – 6:00pm
Sat Sep 3 – 8:00pm
Sun Sep 4 – 9:15pm

LOCATION: The Roxy Theatre (Fringe Venue 7)

This animated show sounds very promising, as it will be told through live animation. As a cartoon enthusiast, I have to wonder if this will be done through puppetry or cardboard shadow theatre. Hard to say, but I’m interested in what I believe is an all-ages show that will satisfy the sci-fi nerd in me. From the guide: Scientists weren’t lying. Earth is really dying. Space Hippo, you’re the only one, that can undo what we’ve done. Sail across the universe. Help us save the planet Earth.

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