It’s the Fringe! The site gradually filled up all day until there was a crowd of high-energy costumed performers gathered outside Strathcona Market for the opening parade around the site, and more people watching along the short parade route and waiting in front of the outdoor stage. Shows started after that.
Our show Sonder opened at 10pm in King Edward School, venue 5. It’s so fun to start sharing our work with audiences, after working on it in quiet studios. It’s a great venue and the technicians and front-of-house volunteers were great. In the warm humid weather the mosquitoes descended with dusk, so waiting outside the venues was a frustration of swiping and slapping, and walking across the ballfield was an attempt to outrun them. It looks like the weather will be a little cooler on the weekend so I hope that will discourage the bugs.
After a quick drink with the company, I then started my week of watching plays with Camel Camel, a wonderful piece of physical theatre from Meghan Frank and Janessa Johnsrude, both graduates and staff members of the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California (I think the Wonderheads trained there too). They were very funny and there were no slow spots. I had actually missed some of the plot tying the scenes together until I read more about it on their website this morning, but I enjoyed it a lot even without.