Vic Fringe Bump – The Big Smoke

Jeremy Banks tells us why we should see his Fringe show


By Ron Fromstein

Comedic Monologue • 65 minutes

PG 14+ • Adult Themes

Door: $11 regular /$9 student & senior • Advance $13/11

Official Fringe Page

The Big Smoke tells the tale of Tommy, as he moves from his teeny town of Wawa to The Big Smoke and realizes that he might not be quite as straight as everyone once thought.

Fringe Extra – Jer’s Theatre Journey


Fri Aug 27, 6:15

Sat Aug 28, 3:30

Sun Aug 29, 7:00

Mon Aug 30, 9:45

Sat Sep 4, 2:15

Sun Sep 5, 7:00

Vic Fringe Bump – Ginger Ninjas

The Ginger Ninjas want you to see their show


Created & Performed by Elliott Loran & Ingrid Hansen, Directed by Britt Small

Physical Theatre • 60 minutes

Tween and Up

All Seats/Door $11 • Advance $13

Official Fringe Page

SNAFU ★★★★ 1/2 Pick-of-The-Fringe “Most Innovative Show”, Victoria’s Critic’s Choice Award “Best Fringe Show 2009”. No one understands kids these days. Especially ginger kids. Frankie and Nubbs live in a Universe all their own … but all that changes when a mystery letter catapults the pair into the journey of a lifetime. “F-ing weird.” Wes Borg, Ginger Comedian


Thu Aug 26, 6:45

Sat Aug 28, 9:15

Sun Aug 29, 5:30

Thu Sep 2, 7:45

Fri Sep 3, 9:30

Sat Sep 4, 9:45

Victoria Fringe Bump: Dave Morris is an Asshole (and you can be one too!)

Dave Morris tells us why we shouldn’t go see his show in the Victoria Fringe


By Dave Morris

Improv Storytelling Spoken-Word • 60 minutes

PG 14+

All Seats/Door $11 • Advance $13

Official Fringe Page

Dave Morris is a storyteller, poet, improviser, and sometimes… an asshole. In this one-man improvised storytelling show, Dave Morris takes suggestions from the audience and weaves them together to create an an inspiring story exploring what it means to be an asshole and how everyone, in their own special way, is one.


Thu Aug 26, 10:00

Sat Aug 28, 8:15

Sun Aug 29, 4:00

Wed Sep 1, 6:30

Sat Sep 4, 11:15

Sun Sep 5, 1:00 pm

Vic Fringe Bump – Public Confessions of a Public Servant

A quick note to all the companies that have been sending me press releases for their upcoming Vancouver Fringe Shows:

With regrets I am unable to offer the free Video Listings promotional section of the site to you this year as I have recently moved from Vancouver to Victoria. However, if you send me a YouTube link to your own video promo for your Fringe show I would be happy to feature it on the site along with the official Fringe promotional copy.

The Video Listings section is of course available to any Victoria-area companies, or companies traveling here for the Fringe starting August 26. Email me at vanstage(at)gmail(dot)com for more information.

It will look a little something like the following. Missie, take it away!

Creator Missie Peters tells us why we should check out

Public Confessions of a Public Servant

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For anyone who has ever suffered the horrors of cubicle life comes Public Confessions of a Public Servant, a brand-new show that combines poetry and theatre to tell the adventures of one young public servant.

“Well, I’ve worked for nine ministries in three years – that’s a record,” said writer and performer Missie Peters. “This show is a combination of real-life stories and poems inspired by my experience as a public servant.”

Directed by Atomic Vaudeville’s Alex Wlasenko, Public Confessions is Peters’ first solo show. Whimsical, irreverent and entertaining, Public Confessions follows Peters as she navigates the bureaucracy and shares her tips on staying sane in government.

Missie Peters is a Victoria-based poet and improviser. She is a two-time Victoria poetry slam champion, a member of Tongues of Fire, one-half of the improvised spoken word duo SpeakEasy and the director of Not Your Grandma’s Poetry Productions.

The Victoria Fringe is an eleven-day, un-juried international theatre festival, featuring over sixty comedy, drama, dance, and spoken word companies from around the world in fifteen downtown venues.

Public Confessions of a Public Servant

Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St

Tickets $11.00 Visa buttons $2.00

Show Times:

Thursday, August 26 6:15pm

Sunday, August 29 4:00pm

Tuesday, August 31 6:15pm

Wednesday, September 1 8:00pm

Friday, September 3 6:15pm

Saturday, September 4, 2:45pm

To find out more about Missie Peters visit

For ticket and show information visit

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Audition Notice – Glass City Theatre

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

“How many sons of god you know drive a Lexus?”

Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Directed by Angela Konrad

Produced by Glass City Theatre

Presented by Pacific Theatre

Auditions will be held on Monday, August 16th from 10:00am – 5:00pm at Pacific Theatre (12th Ave and Hemlock St, Vancouver, BC) by appointment only. Please prepare a short monologue, not to exceed two minutes. Actors will also be expected to read sides from the play. Callbacks are Tuesday, August 17th at Pacific Theatre. The show will rehearse full-time February 21 – March 11th, and then run March 11th – April 2nd.

This is a NON-UNION, PAID gig.


2 males

1 female


Mary Jane Hanrahan (Female, 25 – 45, any ethnicity) – Feisty, burned-out Irish Catholic attorney

Valdez (Male, 25 – 45) – Viciously authoritarian corrections officer

D’Amico (Male, 25 – 35) – Prison guard


To be considered please submit cover letter, resume and headshot by

e-mail to | Please put in subject line: ‘A’ Train Auditions

Deadline: August 9th, 2010

Neanderthal Arts Festival premiers next week

A HUGE up to the brains behind Left Right Minds and Upintheair Theatre for taking the mammoth by the horns and kick-starting a brand new indie theatre festival in Vancouver. Taking its cues from Toronto’s Summerworks, Neanderthal is a juried fest that includes both local and national works, 6 in total. I’ll admit I wasn’t sure about the name when I first heard it, but their smart marketing and terrific branding won me over, and the festivals tag line revealed its brilliance:

Boom. Love it. Break a bunch you guys, here’s to a long and lucrative evolution.

Click here for the official web site

Moving on – Chapter 1: Art-iculation

Greetings gentle reader, deepest apologies for the extended radio silence over here at TNS. We’ve started work on a new chapter that’s begun by pulling up stakes and moving from Vancouver to Victoria, home of the legislature, a pervasive air of polite and – of course – some killer independent theatre. (Hello Victoria! Come see me at Veneto, corner of Pandora and Douglas if you’re thirsty.) I don’t think much will change around here on the ol’ blog, Victoria has always been part of our scene, but the free Video Listings service for the Greater Vancouver Area is – with regrets – suspended. (Unless someone wants to pick up the mantle over there? Anyone?) I will continue to offer the service to the Independent Theatre Nation in Victoria, drop me a line if you’d like more information or to advertise your upcoming show (vanstage (at) gmail (dot) com).

As for my own work as a theatre artist, well, that’s the fun part. I have no idea, and it’s perfectly thrilling. A change this big seems a perfect time to collect and reflect, so a lot of that will be happening in these pages for the next little while. I hope you’ll join me in a bit of a look back at the last stage of my career.

For starters, before I’m able to move on I should be able to articulate my reasons for doing my art as well as this:

“Dance disappears almost at the moment of its manifestation. It is an extreme expression of the present, a perfect metaphor for life. Dancers sculpt space in real time, working inside a form that is constantly in a state of vanishing. We have no artifacts. I find it strangely beautiful to be creating something that is made of us – made of our breath and blood and bones and minds. Something that is made of the space we occupy and made of the space between us. We embody both the dance and its disappearance.”

Crystal Pite

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