Direct from Australia comes Weirdo, a delightfully strange and introspective show, aimed at mature teens and adults.
Tell us about Weirdo
Robbie makes his living as a magician. But despite what you see on TV, magicians are generally uncool. Robbie is no exception. Awkwardly elegant, and elegantly awkward, Robbie is prone to over-sharing. Through a unique blend of interactive theatre, magic, and storytelling, Robbie reveals his inner weirdo, and encourages the audience to embrace their own.
During this 55-minute show, Robbie will share genuine diary entries and photographs from his tortured childhood, along with insights into his first ever crush, his reasons for delving into magic, and so much more. An engaging one-man show, full of wonder and attempts at humour, with audience participation being mandatory.
At times during the show, it may appear as though not everything is going to plan. But it is this carefully planned illusion of incompetence, which will build towards a remarkable climax. It is not a children’s show. Nor is it a typical magic show. It is aimed at discerning adults, or teens with parents.
Describe your show in three words.
Captivating, Endearing, Weird.
Why should someone come see your show?
Magic can be every bit as immersive and engaging as a good piece of theatre, with the added feature of it also being able to create a sense of wonder – something modern humans so rarely feel. Weirdo is sure to captivate people’s imagination and senses, while simultaneously making them laugh and forget their problems for an hour. It’s a celebration of being weird.
If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
It’s necessary to invent my own superhero in order to answer this question. If my show were a superhero – an abstract idea in it’s own right – it would be called Captain Awkward. His superpower would be the ability to show his vulnerabilities and social neuroses, and then in the same breath rise above them, to capture the hearts and minds of those around him … after which he invariably returns home alone.
If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival this year, besides your own, what show would that be?
Having browsed through the program online, I would like to see The ADHD Project. I love the idea of it, and it sounds like there are elements of the show which might be similar to elements of my own. That is, being a little bit different, and embracing what makes us different. I think the show would resonate with me, while also giving me a broader perspective.
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The 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 6-16 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.