Hamil­ton Fringe Fes­ti­val has its best and big­gest year

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

The 2016 Hamil­ton Fringe Fes­ti­val drew the high­est at­ten­dance and big­gest box of­fice in its 13-year his­tory.

More than 10,000 peo­ple at­tended the 11-day theatre fes­ti­val, which closed Sun­day, with a to­tal of $83,742 in rev­enue paid out to the per­form­ing artists, an in­crease of more than $21,000 from last year, in­terim fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Jes­sica An­der­son said in a re­lease.

The high­est-gross­ing show and win­ner of the fes­ti­val’s Best of Fringe Award was “The Tragedy of Othella Moore” by Per­plexed Pro­duc­tions. “#dirty­girl”, a techno-hor­ror play writ­ten and di­rected by 23-year old lo­cal artist Michael Kras, won the Au­di­ence Choice Award.

The Bath­tub Girls, a phys­i­cal theatre piece cre­ated and per­formed by re­cent Univer­sity of Wind­sor theatre grad­u­ates Natalia Bush­nik and Robin Luck­waldt Ross, won The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor Crit­ics’ Choice Award.

Forty-seven theatre com­pa­nies from across Canada par­tic­i­pated in this year’s fes­ti­val.

An­der­son also an­nounced that the sec­ond an­nual Frost Bites would be held Feb. 9 to 12 at the Art Gallery of Hamil­ton. Frost Bites will fea­ture artists pre­sent­ing per­for­mance ‘bites’ through­out the build­ing. Par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies in­clude Kairos, Make Art Theatre, Moon­calf Theatre, Sage for Stage, Sec­tor N Col­lec­tive, Teresa Seaton Stu­dio and Gallery, Tough Love Com­pany, and Open Heart.

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