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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Has this internet social marketing business got you all befuddled? We can help

Did you somehow end up at the administration end of the Arts Industry? Been beating your fists against a wall of decimated funding and shrinking attendance? Struggling to make sense of all this chatter about the ‘new marketing’? You are so not alone.

At this point in the constant evolution of business, “Social Media” – or whatever you want to call it – is not going anywhere anytime soon. We know this because everybody keeps saying that your company has to get on board with it, that you have to dedicate staff hours to it or risk extinction, that it’s the future, man.

Well, we have no idea if it’s the future. No one does, that’s why it’s called the future. But what we know right now is that social networks can provide a unique and potent set of tools for building interest in your business. The trick is to not go crazy trying.

Rebecca Coleman and I – after some years of wading through the jungle of these varied networks – have been offering workshops through the Alliance for Arts and Culture to help Arts organizations and their administrators get a handle on the cacophony of information that assaults you every time you get close to the computer. We have a new session coming up on Tuesday, April 27 if you and your company feel that you need a guide (or two) through the noise.

We’ll talk about how social networks work of course, but more importantly we’ll talk about why you should use them. The most important thing I’ve learned from working with arts organizations on marketing is that if we don’t have a clear and simple picture of what we’re working towards with these tools, we’ll burn out mighty fast. There has to be a better reason to learn new skills than ‘it’s what everyone is doing’.

We’ll give you the why’s. We’ll debunk this ridiculous notion of ‘social-media gurus’.  It’s not a new language. It’s a way to get at people that speak the same language. The point of social networks is that they put us all on a level playing field. How far you go on that field is entirely up to you.

Here’s the pitch:

The Workshop

Rebecca Coleman and Simon Ogden are pleased to present their immensely popular workshop: Demystifying Social Media.

Marketing our work has changed. We can no longer rely upon purchasing advertising or looking for editorial coverage in traditional forms of media like newspapers, radio, or TV. Using social media to reach our audiences is becoming more and more important. But when it comes to reaching your audience through social media, you can’t use traditional methods of marketing. The game has entirely changed.

This workshop will cover the basics of social media marketing, how it differs from traditional forms of marketing, how to join a social media network, and the etiquette of the community.

Note: An advanced workshop (Demystifying Social Media II) will follow in the afternoon. Separate registration required.

Facilitators: Simon Ogden is a produced playwright and the managing director of Lyric Stage Project (LSP), an outgrowth of Lyric School of Acting. He is also the marketer and publicist for LSP, and promotes the theatre industry through his online theatre magazine The Next Stage.

Rebecca Coleman has been a freelance theatre publicist since 2001. An actor, writer and producer, she has become increasingly interested in using social media to market the arts, and writes about the subject frequently on her blog, The Art of the Business. Rebecca is the author of The Guide to Getting Started With Social Media for Artists and Arts Organizations, which will be available for purchase for $19.95 at the workshop.

From past clients:

“I enjoyed the little tips and insider secrets they provided”

“Both presenters were very knowledgeable, relaxed, respectful and focused.

Demystifying Social Media: Session 1 (Introductory – morning)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Alliance for Arts and Culture 100- 938 Howe Street

Cost: $50 (+GST) for Alliance members, $75 (+GST) for non-members

Registration: Advance registration and pre-payment are required for all Alliance workshops. We accept cash, VISA, MC, or cheque. Call our office at 604.681.3535 with a credit card number or drop by our office to register and make payment in person.

Cancellation: We reserve the right to cancel workshops if registration is too low.

*Note: we split the full workshop into two parts to accommodate people who may already have a basic knowledge of social networks. You can choose to attend both sessions or take them individually.

Demystifying Social Media: Session 2 (Advanced – afternoon)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Alliance for Arts and Culture 100- 938 Howe Street

Cost: $50 (+GST) for Alliance members, $75 (+GST) for non-members

Registration: Advance registration and pre-payment are required for all Alliance workshops. We accept cash, VISA, MC, or cheque. Call our office at 604.681.3535 with a credit card number or drop by our office to register and make payment in person.

Cancellation: We reserve the right to cancel workshops if registration is too low.

Click here for the official Alliance site

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Casting Call: actor needed for male role in Prodigals

Actor needed for male role for Prodigals: a new play by Sean Minogue

Presented by Twenty-Something Theatre

Directed by Peter Boychuk

Run: April 27 – May 2, 2010, Havana Theatre

Audition Day: Friday, April 2, 2010

Rehearsals: Tues/Thurs evening and Sat/Sun daytime for the month of April (approx 50 hours). ***If you are not available for the stated rehearsal times DO NOT submit.

Require: 1 male (age 20-30) to play the role of Greg – A loudmouth drunk who lives off his “old country” Italian parents. He expects little from life and gets as much in return. He would prefer having a guaranteed good time over taking a risk any day. Greg has never had a real relationship because he’s emotionally immature. More than anything, he loves to bitch.

Synopsis of the play: Set in a small bar in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, six young underachievers await the results of a murder trial that’s hit close to home. Their world of drinking, sarcasm and missed opportunities is flipped upside down when a former friend returns from Toronto to testify in the trial, reopening old wounds and creating some new ones as well.

To submit please send your resume to

Deadline: 6pm Thursday, April 1, 2010

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