The Island Fringe Festival (IFF) theme this year is Choose Your Own Adventure and you’re encouraged to do just that. With a ten show lineup, the possibilities are endless with local and Canadian talent as well as three international shows.
Grace Kimpinski, Festival Manager, says, “There is something for everyone—comedy, drama, absurd. All of them are thoughtful and thought-provoking… I have read all of the shows’ descriptions and all of them sound so interesting.”
“If I’m being honest, the Fringe isn’t about seeing one particular show… it’s about the festival as a whole. It’s cool to have so many creative people together, and to see the audiences come out and enjoy such a unique experience.”
Dave Stewart, local writer and artist, agrees: “Since it began, The Island Fringe Festival has been an event that presents really interesting and unique theatre. If you’re interested in stage work, who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Honestly, it’s just one of those things that just keeps getting better and better.” Stewart is directing “The Satan Show,” one of the local shows in this year’s IFF.
Rory Starkman is a part of this year’s Island Fringe Festival and says, “The Island Fringe Festival is a unique experience because of its size and location. Typically the Island theatre community commits itself to musical theatre performance while Fringe gives theatre artists the opportunity to showcase new and original work. For us as a production company (Small Town Queer Menace Productions) it gives us a space to explore edgier, riskier topics in a socially conservative place.”
Suzanne Wilkie, Festival Coordinator is working to create a schedule in which everyone will be able to see each show once if they want. “It’s definitely a challenge—especially each show plays every day of the festival—but I’m trying my best to create a schedule in which someone could see all of the shows,” she says. “That’s part of the adventure!”
The Island Fringe Festival will host a Launch Party on August 1 at which people will recount stories of “That Time I had an Adventure” and Fringe in the Park on August 3 where families can take in some fun in the sun. Fringe After Dark offerings include a Scavenger Hunt, Broadway Karaoke, and a Closing Party which includes an awards show.
Celebrating independent and alternative theater in downtown Charlottetown, the Island Fringe Festival is an adventure you don’t want to miss. It takes place in downtown Charlottetown from August 2 to 5. Schedules and additional programming will be released throughout July. Check Facebook and Instagram @islandfringe and visit islandfringe.com.