On the edge Fringe Fes­ti­val four-peats

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA STEVENS

the on the edge Fringe Fes­ti­val re­turns for its fourth year aug. 15 and prom­ises to be a mem­o­rable event.

“the last three years have brought us here,” says man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Clay­ton Win­datt, de­scrib­ing fringe as a fes­ti­val where many artists and the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions get their start.

“It’s a the­atre in­cu­ba­tor.”

Fringe dif­fers from other the­atre fes­ti­vals be­cause it isn’t struc­tured and it isn’t a com­pe­ti­tion. In­stead, artists are cho­sen ei­ther through a lot­tery or on a first come, first served ba­sis.

the pro­duc­tions range from raw read­ings to fully formed shows.

Win­datt says the shows can ap­peal to all ages, but there are some that may not be suit­able for every­one. No­tices will be given for those shows that may not be ap­pro­pri­ate for some ages or may of­fend some. Win­datt says there’s no cen­sor­ship at the fes­ti­val.

there will be 10 the­atre shows, a com­edy night and free pop-up events all at the Capi­tol Cen­tre.

Many of the artists are lo­cal, but the fes­ti­val some­times “has a cou­ple pretty heavy hit­ters,” Win­datt says.

For in­stance, last year it had an artist from Lon­don, eng­land who was tour­ing Cana­dian fringe fes­ti­vals.

run­ning par­al­lel to the fes­ti­val is dual­ity in the WKP Kennedy gallery. dual­ity is a multi-arts in­cu­ba­tor fea­tur­ing lo­cal and na­tional artists. the ex­hibit is open now, but there will be a for­mal re­cep­tion aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

as the fringe fes­ti­val moves closer, the art­work will be­gin to be in­stalled out­side the gallery and into the hall­ways of the Capi­tol Cen­tre the­atre.

on the edge starts aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. and fin­ishes the night of aug. 19. a full sched­ule is avail­able on the fes­ti­val’s web­site https://frin­genorth.com/

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