Our #FringeDuJour coverage continues with our ongoing look at some of the shows coming to the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival .
Dating for Dumb Heads (Dating für Dumm Köpfe)
False Creek Gym, Granville Island
1. Tell us about your show.
Dating for Dumb Heads (Dating für Dumm Köpfe) is a solo clown show that looks at relationships in a time of turmoil. In this show Hansel, a clown from Hamburg, Germany, lives on his own and dreams of someone to hold as world goes kaput. His only friends are a stuffed lion named Ce-Ce and a few Facebook friends who he’s never even met. Will Hansel find his way through the problems of this world into the arms of his one true love? Come to the show and find out.
I’ve been very fortunate to have developed this show in collaboration with Gina Bastone, who is one of Vancouver’s theatrical treasures.
Back in 2008 I was part of an ensemble that performed in a play entitled A Downtown Eastside Romeo and Juliet directed by Gina Bastone. As part of the development process I discovered the clown character called Hansel who was born in the rubble of 911 and spent his days wandering the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver trying to find his way back to his home in Hamburg, Germany. The character became very popular (especially in the Downtown Eastside) because he spoke to serious issues of dislocation, alienation and loss from a unique and humorous perspective.
I haven’t performed as the Hansel character for a few years. Instead I’ve turned my attention to developing, producing and performing my own solo storytelling shows on the Fringe circuit. With a couple of these shows under my belt I felt it was time to return to Hansel and develop a show that highlights Hansel and his unique perspective on the world.
2. Why should someone come see your show?
It’s an action-packed 50 minute show full of fun and heart. Lots of jokes, work play, visual humour and ad libs. You might not learn a lot about dating, but you’re going to have a heck of a lot of fun and look at the world in a new way after you leave the theatre.
3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
In Dating for Dumb Heads, we actually search for who it is that will save us from the horrors of dying bees, pipelines, Stephen Harper and Donald Trump. Is it Batman? Is it Superman? Is it the Fantastic Four? No, but it might be … David Suzuki! He’s not a cartoon character, but maybe he should be.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?
I just happened to be speaking with a songwriter friend of mine yesterday and I said that after he saw my show he absolutely had to see The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper by the inimitable Corin Raymond. I’m looking forward to seeing this show so I can learn how Corin turned that $15 wad of Canadian Tire money I handed him back in 2012 at Vancouver’s Little Mountain Theatre into one of the greatest Canadian albums ever recorded … and I’ll even stand on Gordon Lightfoot’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.
The 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 10-20 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.