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#Fringe20 brings back old favourites

Former GCTC Artistic Associate Patrick Gauthier along with his fabulous team here at Ottawa Fringe have produced #Fringe20 – reprising eight hit shows from past Ottawa Fringes in celebration of the festival’s 20th anniversary. It’s a monthly series of these Fringe Encores, plus film screenings, panels and parties to celebrate 20 years of Fringe in Ottawa! The adventure began in September and culminates in the 21st Ottawa Fringe Festival next June.

November was one of the months with a party rather than a show. To be specific, a Hot Ticket Theatre Trivia Night which was a blast and the perfect opportunity to come together and celebrate Ottawa theatre!

A smack down of six teams, consisting of the best of Ottawa's theatrical minds, faced off with a mix of trivia questions and challenges focusing on the 20 year history of the Ottawa Fringe Festival, with a few on local community and general theatre knowledge thrown in the mix. James Richardson of Odyssey Theatre and his team came out on top in a surprise upset after lagging for most of the evening, and a fantastic time was had by all!

December features the 100th performance of Fringe-circuit smash-hit, Roller Derby Saved My Soul (premiered at Fringe more than five years ago!) and the new documentary film On the Fringe, both at Arts Court, each for one night only at 7:30pm Dec 6 and 7 respectively. I can’t wait to see them both!

Particularly, On the Fringe, as being relatively new to the team (one month to be precise) I’m certain it’ll be a great insider’s look at Fringe. It’s a feature-length documentary that chronicles the adventures of several Fringe artists touring the festival circuit, including fan favourites Martin Dockery and Jem Rolls, and features a treasure trove of stories, and scenes behind the scenes.

Ottawa’s own Nancy Kenny has a skillful hand in both of these productions, creating and performing in Roller Derby Saved My Soul (directed by Tania Levy), and co-producing On the Fringe, along with Natalie Watson (directed by Cory Thibert).

Roller Derby Saved My Soul is a story about uncovering the superhero within, while learning to love, laugh, and grab life by the short shorts and kneepads. Just prior to the show you can catch an actual roller derby demonstration featuring Ottawa Roller Derby, Capital City Derby Dolls and Rideau Valley Roller Girls. Maybe even join a team?! Not me, I bruise far too easily.

The remainder of the series reads like this:
Countries Shaped Like Stars - January 19-21, 2017 ( creator Emily Pearlman was GCTC’s own Playwright-in-Residence back in 2013-14)
The Elephant Girls - February 8, 2017 (GCTC audiences will recognize creator/performer by Margo MacDonald)
The Root of All Squares - April 6-8, 2017
An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein - April 6-8, 2017
Blood on the Moon - May 25-27, 2017 (five years ago this show played to packed houses at GCTC!)

Head on over to ottawafringe.com/Fringe20 to check out all the details, dates, times and ticketing info.