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Fringe Begins Tomorrow, Schedule Of Extracurricular Events

The London Fringe runs from May 29th through June 9th, and there are some three hundred artists’ performances over that twelve days. On top of the artist events, there are also a few special events that you should know about:

Performer Showcase

Palace Theatre
Tuesday, May 29, 7:30 pm
Tickets $12.00 (incl. s/c)

This is where it all begins…the buzz…the excitement… Fringe performers will have a mere 2 minutes to show you what they have in store for 2018. You have the challenge of deciding what to see from this year’s outstanding productions. There will be ticket give-aways, draw prizes, and Downtown Dollar draws. You must be at the Performer Showcase to win. Plus, with each ticket purchased, you get a FREE Fringe Button.

Cana-DUH

Palace Theatre
Sunday, June 3, 9:00 pm
Tickets $15.00 (incl. s/c)

“Zamboni Driver charged with impaired driving!” The Daily Show meets Weekend Update in a hilarious send up of the bizarre and wonderful headlines that could only happen in Canada! Starring God Is A Scottish Drag Queen’s Mike Delamont and some of your favourite Fringe performers! One night only!

A fundraiser for the London Fringe.

Danger Zone

The Arts Project
Monday, June 4 at 10:00 pm
Entry by donation

No one really knows what is going to happen here. However, we can tell you that the Danger Zone is for Fringe performers to do something, anything really, that they have always wanted or been afraid to do on stage. The main rule is that it cannot be part of a show that they are doing or have done in the past. Risk taker extraordinaire Keith Brown will host/encourage/dare other performers to dive into the Danger Zone.

The Tillee Awards & Spoof Nite

Palace Theatre
Wednesday, June 6 at 11:00 pm
FREE

This is a night to acknowledge the amazing talent at the Fringe. While we know that everyone is a winner, some stand out and are recognized by the dedicated group of reviewers from theatreinlondon.ca . The Tillee’s are always a fun-filled hour that celebrates the creative and talented performers from this year’s Fringe.

Immediately after the Awards are presented, it’s all out fun when Spoof Nite takes off! Performers parody each other’s shows with hilarious results. Hosted by the omnipresent (and magical) Keith Brown.

Circus of the Stars!

Palace Theatre
Saturday, June 9 at 11:00 pm
entry by donation

What better way to close out the 2018 Fringe than with the Show to Beat All Shows! We can’t tell you what will happen because we don’t know. However, our talented host (Keith Brown, again and always!) pulls this night together with other amazing performers. Keith and other Fringe performers will entertain, amuse, and surprise you with their closing night antics. Not recommended for those under 16.

Workshops:

Slapstick Comedy with A Little Bit Off (Bad Habits)

Saturday, June 2 from 12noon to 2:00 pm

Venue #7 Procunier Hall – Tickets $20.00

The early history of American physical comedy can be traced from the early days of vaudeville and the silent film era, all the way through modern day Hollywood blockbusters. The tradition of the onscreen antics of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and the Three Stooges, lives on today in circus and clown. Often practiced by aging acrobats, slapstick comedy sits at the intersection of acrobatics and acting.

This workshop covers the building blocks of slapstick comedy, including slips, trips, falls and slaps, as well as some acrobatics gone wrong, the right way.

Paper-made Bunraku with Lost & Found Puppet Co (Beaver Dreams)

Sunday, June 3 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Venue #2 The Arts Project Third Floor (note: This space is not accessible) – Tickets $20.00

Bunraku is a traditional form of puppetry from Japan, in which a human figure is manipulated by 3 puppeteers. One manipulates the head and arm, another the torso and arm, the third the feet. Together, through the intuitive movements of all 3 puppeteers working together, the puppet is brought to life with superb specificity. In this workshop, students will create a neutral looking human figure made out of crushed paper and masking tape. Then they will group into threes and experiment with making the puppet come alive with breath, emotion, physicality, and storytelling.

Ages 7 & up

Introduction to Argentine Tango with PointeTango (Para Dos)

Saturday, June 9 from 10:30 am to 12noon

Venue #6 Palace Theatre – Tickets $12.00/person, $20.00/couple

Ever wanted to learn the intricacies of Argentine tango? Attend a fun, introductory class to Argentine tango with the dancers from PointeTango. With over fifteen years experience in teaching, Alexander and Erin, believe that anyone can dance if they are given individual attention and taught with clarity in a fun, dynamic way. Join us at the Fringe and learn the basics of Argentine tango. With simple exercises and games we achieve instant results for everyone in class!

Open to beginners, couples and single dancers

About Mark Solway

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