It’s yet to reach the size of other better established fringe festivals in Canada, including the PotashCorp Fringe Festival which goes July 31-Aug. 9 in Saskatoon. But it’s probably fair to say that it’s enjoyed steady growth and continues to gain traction with theatre audiences in town.
The 2014 festival runs July 9-13 and will feature 18 provincial, national and international acts. The performances will be held at four venues: Artesian on 13th, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Unitarian Centre and St. Mary’s Anglican Church.
In addition to the regular festival aimed at adults and older youth, there will be a special Kid’s Fringe on Saturday July 13 at the MacKenzie Gallery. It’s free for parents and children alike, while tickets for the main fringe are a very reasonable $10 per performance.
There’s also a special fundraiser on Saturday night with a cabaret performance by Sharon Nolan and Paul Hutchison at the Artesian at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25.
To learn more about the fringe artists at this year’s festival, and to get a schedule of when they’re performing, visit the RIFF website.
One of the artists you’ll find mentioned is Gatineau-based Tess McManus (pictured above). The work she’ll be performing is called Tales She Tells. It’s a show she wrote and produced herself, and it concerns a young woman’s struggle to reconnect with her mother by revisiting Irish folk tales that she remembers her mom telling while she was growing up.