Vancouver Fringe Festival

The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival may be technically over, but audiences have one last chance to take in encore performances of six shows. Chosen based on popularity, these are the Pick of the Fringe shows that audiences and critics alike were talking about in line-ups and online.

The 2016 Public Market Pick of the Fringe will take place at Performance Works on Granville Island from September 21-25.  Visit for tickets and information.

Charlatan! (Sep 21) Travis Bernhardt, creator of the award winning magic shows Unpossible! and Lies!, returns to tell fortunes, lift curses, and speak to the dead.
And Bella Sang With. Photo by Emily Cooper.
And Bella Sang With Us (Sep 21) – set in 1912 and inspired by Vancouver’s first women police officers, And Bella Sang With Us asks: can two Constables save a young woman from a life on the streets? Will they find their way in a police department driven by men? Will running after criminals while wearing floor-length skirts ever get easier? Photo by Emily Cooper.
The After After Party explores the all-consuming need to be liked
The After After Party (Sep 22) – Jules and Fiona make their own party. That’s because they’re never invited to the real party. The After After Party explores the ruthlessness of high school politics, the all-consuming need to be liked, and above all, friendship. The After After Party also received this year’s “Cultchivating the Fringe Award” which rewards it with a run at The Cultch, and one of two Critics’ Choice Awards.
Curious Contagious
Curious Contagious (Sep 23) – a surreal quest into the microscopic innards of a mythical beast. Funny, beautiful, and strange with handmade layered projections and an original musical soundtrack.
Beverley Elliott in Sink or Swim. Photo by Jordan Lloyd Watkins.
Sink or Swim (Sep 24) – brimming with songs and stories that vividly reveal all the fears and foibles of five-year-old “Smelly Elliott” a.k.a. Beverley Elliott, known by her fans around the world for her recurring role as “Granny” on ABC’s hit series, Once Upon a Time. Photo by Jordan Lloyd Watkins.
Carry On: A Musical is the winner of Smackdown: the 24 hour musical theatre competition
Carry On: A Musical (Sep 24) – set in the YVR baggage claim, Carry On: A Musical examines the convergent lives of weary wanderers and the baggage they bring with them.

Along with naming the six shows to be held-over, awards were presented on the final night of this year’s festival:

  • Cultchivating the Fringe Award – The After After Party.  From the Fringe to The Cultch, this award pays tribute to the show that demonstrates unique potential and rewards it with a run at The Cultch.
  • Joanna Maratta Award- RAGMOP Theatre (Falling Awake) – honouring those who best exhibit the original founding spirit of the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
  • Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award – The After After Party & The Orbweaver.
  • The Fringe New Play Award – Deneh’Cho Thompson (The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine). Playwrights Theatre Centre joins the Fringe in offering dramaturgy for the winning script and a guaranteed mainstage spot in the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
  • BC Touring Council Award – Hip.Bang! (Hip.Bang! Improv and Hip.Bang! Presents the History of Romance) – for the artist with the best potential for touring in BC.
  • Mollie Bradley Award- RAGMOP Theatre (Falling Awake) – selected by jury, this new award honours the memory of Fringe Board member, Jim Sibley’s mother-in-law. This cash award supports either the winner of the Joanna Maratta Award or the BC Touring Council Award by providing financial help for travel, marketing, and other professional development of one or both award winners.
  • Artistic Risk Award – Cameryn Moore (Nerdfucker) – the Vancouver Fringe’s Board of Directors awards this prize for risk-taking in Fringe theatre to the artist or group of artists who best pushes the boundaries of theatre. The 2015 Award is in memory of Mollie Bradley.
  • Volunteer Choice Award – The Orbweaver – some of the Fringe’s most dedicated fans have their say.
  • The SOFA (Spirit of the Fringe Award) – Bon Dos Remedios from Walk the Talk – this award goes to the artist or artists that Fringe staff and volunteers feel most exemplifies the Fringe attitude.