Shane Adamczak and St John Cowcher in The Ballad of Frank Allen. Photo by Thea Fitz-James.
Shane Adamczak and St John Cowcher in The Ballad of Frank Allen. Photo by Thea Fitz-James.

From the land down under comes The Ballad of Frank Allen, a bizarre new buddy-comedy about a man who lives in another man’s beard.

The Ballad Of Frank Allen
Revue Stage, Granville Island

1. Tell us about your show.

The tagline “a comedy about a man who lives in another man’s beard” sum the show up pretty well. Our goal was to create a really fun 80’s style buddy-comedy but with a really bizarre premise. The show follows the lives of two very different men over the course of a year and how their lives are drastically changed by one another. 

2. Why should someone come see your show?

Unless there are more comedies based in another man’s beard, this is for sure, one of the most original shows and strange shows you will see at this year’s fringe. If you like Australians, weird wonderful characters, music, what we loosely define as “dance” and laughing, then is this is the show for you. 

3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?

Based the the beard I would have to say Captain Caveman! Do you guys remember Captain Caveman? He was a really short, hairy dude with a cape and a bat. One of the more bizarre Hanna Barbera characters. He was a little slobbish, but with a heart of gold and he could fly! Did you guys know that all Australian’s can fly? I would show you, the gravity is different in Canada.

4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?

Man that’s tough! There line up of shows this year is incredible. I recently saw Charlatan, Nerdfucker and Happiness in Edmonton and really enjoyed them. There’s also another Aussie show called I Forgot To Fly Today that I’m really looking forward to seeing. 

The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit for tickets and information.