Saturday, June 20, 2009

Opening out of town

Tonight I open Harper Girl Does Canada in London, ON. It's been a really wonderful experience working on this show and I hope it gets the audience it deserves. I'm really pleased at how it's come together and was pleasantly surprised at our tech yesterday at how much we had to work with in terms of lighting. It's a great venue and wonderful people involved. Now we wait and see about audiences.

The London Fringe opened Thursday night and I've had a great time so far. What amazes me is that all the venue FOH managers are volunteer. They're really lucky in having such a dedicated group of people in running the festival. And the late night talk show is fantastic, reminding me of the glory days of the Rumoli Brothers at the Tranzac club. I'm really sorry I'm only going to be here until tomorrow night - the camaraderie between the performing companies has been wonderful.

Hope to see as many of you as possible either here in London or in Toronto.

In other news, Simon has a great post at The Next Stage concerning advice to the playwright. A great read.

Also, it appears that Charles Ross has gotten the go-ahead to tour One Man Lord Of The Rings. He's taking it to Edinburgh, where it should do well. I enjoyed it, even though I'm not a fan of the books or the trilogy.

Off to do some fringing!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Luminato fringe?

I've seen this idea mentioned in a few places now and I want to nip this idea right in the bud.

Here's the problem I have with the idea of a fringe for Luminato. We already have a very successful fringe festival for theatre, comedy and dance. There's also a successful festival for photography. Many festivals for film. The week after Luminato has a successful music festival (who I think had to move their dates because of Luminato), one of two. So the only form that would benefit would be visual art/video installation, although one could argue that Nuit Blanche takes care of them.

All these festivals existed before Luminato. The artistic community is already very wary of the festival because of the way it came in and got a great deal of funding. To do a fringe would put these other festivals at risk and I can't see how it can be a benefit to anyone.

I've participated in the Adelaide fringe and honestly, it's overwhelming. Edinburgh is even more so. The reason those fringes exist was because there was nothing else there at the time. This is not the case in Toronto. I think we need an international arts festival and I'm glad Luminato exists. But it covers enough ground that we really don't need a fringe as well. And I will fight tooth and nail to stop one from happening.

Monday, June 15, 2009

No, I'm not dead

Just really busy as we prepare to open Harper Girl Does Canada in London this weekend. Hope to see some of you there.

I also got to see Lipsynch yesterday and if you get a chance to catch it at a festival near you, run to get a ticket. I really want to see it again and remain in awe of Rick Miller. I had someone last year complain about me talking specifics in regard to Black Watch so I won't go into details here but it was truly breathtaking.