CHARLOTTETOWN — A clown in denial, a storyteller suffering from verbal diarrhea, and a history lesson unlike anything found in a school textbook — these are just a few acts audiences can catch at the third annual Island Fringe Festival.
Organizers of the Island Fringe have announced the final lineup for this year’s festival, as well as a selection of pre-festival programming.
Island Fringe events begin with a special presentation of Canadian Fringe favourite Kyle Allatt’s show, “The No-Bull$#!% History of Canada.”
The comedic romp through Canadian history runs Aug. 1 and 2 at 5 p.m. at the Fathers Pub in the P.E.I. 2014 Celebration Zone.
On Aug. 6, “Scribbler Skeletons: Shameless Readings of Childhood Writing,” returns for its second year. The show, featuring Islanders reading their most embarrassing and entertaining childhood literary efforts, takes place at 8 p.m. at Marc’s Lounge.
The eight productions of the Island Fringe will be performed everyday from Aug. 7 to 10 in venues throughout Charlottetown. The lineup includes four original works from P.E.I.
Charlottetown theatre company, Arcana, returns this year with “The Art of Posing,” written by Malcolm Murray and directed by Jan Rudd. This comedic drama examining the rift between art and reality takes place upstairs at The Kettle Black.
At Marc’s Lounge, Charlottetown’s Laura K. Bird of Nice Girls (Do) Theatre, presents “Busted: A Mammoir,” a one-woman show exploring a body part susceptible to gravity, yet ripe for comedy.
Best friends Kaitlyn Post and Sarah MacPhee of Belfast have created “The Existence of Ally and Emma,” which follows the story of two friends navigating the ups and downs of young adulthood. This matinee show will be presented in Rochford Square.
Summerside’s Somerset Dance Company brings the Island kitchen party with “Celtic Feet,” a matinee show featuring high-energy P.E.I. step dancing and traditional music at the Confederation Centre Amphitheatre.
Two Canadian productions and two international productions round out this year’s lineup. From Halifax, Vile Passéist Theatre performs “In The Telling,” a tale featuring sorcery, spirits and song, and presented each evening in Rochford Square.
A goofy young clown with Broadway-sized ambition will win hearts at “In Denial: A One-Woman Clown Show,” from Toronto’s Bum Chic Productions, performed at the Island Dance Academy.
Pinnacle Productions from Pittsburgh present “Happy,” in which six friends confront daunting questions after many bottles of wine and a dinner-party-game gone awry. Audiences can watch the drama unfold at The Haviland Club.
And, all the way from London, England, comes Gerard Harris with a case of “Verbal Diarrhea,” a show about love and its associated messes. Harris is a storyteller, comedian, writer and an occasional guest on CBC’s Wiretap. His show takes place at Merchantman’s Next Door Lounge.
All shows in the Island Fringe Festival are admission by donation, with donations going directly to the participating artists.
For a detailed schedule visit www.islandfringe.com.