We continue our coverage of the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival with #FringeDuJour. A daily peak at some of the shows coming to this year’s festival, we’ve asked Fringe artists to answers four questions to entice you to want to see what they have to offer and to cross-pollinate the Fringe.
Studio 16, 213 East 16th Avenue
1. Tell us about your show.
Falstaff is a stage adaptation of the novel by British writer Robert Nye. Nye’s story is an imaginative combination of the real-life historical 100 Year’s War military figure of John Fastolf and Shakespeare’s hedonistic buffoon John Falstaff. Shakespeare’s character – found in three Shakespearean plays: Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Paat 2, and Merry Wives of Windsor – was based upon the actual Fastolf. This play theatrically brings to life Nye’s “marrying” of these two versions of the same individual; resulting in as story that serves as both a comedic and dramatic historical overview of: the fictional/actual Sir John Fastolf/Falstaff, and the military and political highlights of the period. The hyperbolic nature of Shakespeare’s creation, and the tactically insightful quality of the actual individual, combine to create a protagonist of contradiction, sensuality, and intrigue.
2. What is the one thing that sets your show apart from others at the Fringe?
The performer, Clayton Jevne, draws upon a professional career in alternative theatre artist spanning 4 decades: his tenure as leader of Victoria’s longest surviving alternative company, Theatre Inconnu (in other words, he’s probably the oldest performer in the Fringe).
3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be and why?
Pip the Troll would best exemplify Falstaff. They are both flawed, and narcissistically inclined: characters who easily succumb to the immediate gratification of physical pleasure and the allure of power, but who ultimately are prepared to defend those they care about.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own what show would that be?
27 Voices. This sounds like a brave undertaking; a search for truth.
The 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 10-20 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.