Despite a slump in the economy Fringe Executive Director Adam Mitchell says ticket sales, which started Aug. 3, have been reasonably strong.
This year’s Fringe theme is, “That Was Then, This Is Fringe,” which, according to Fringe Executive Director Adam Mitchell, is a homage to a classic 1971 S.E. Hinton novel, and is a look back at the history of the storied festival whose North American roots began below your very feet back in 1982.
“Fringe was created here in Edmonton. The very first North American Fringe Festival happened 35 years ago right here in Edmonton. The founder, Brian Paisley, and a group of artists in the area created what is the giant festival that we have today.”
The Fringe Theatre Festival kicks off on Thursday and runs until Sunday, Aug. 21, and is truly an artist’s theatre festival.
“The Fringe model, especially the North American Fringe model, is set up around the idea that 100% of the ticket price goes directly to the artist.”
Mitchell says this year the festival is bursting at the seams, and you will be able to find something for every taste.
“We have 213 different shows happening over the 11 days in 45 venues and that equals 1,600 performers.”
With such an embarrassment of abundance how are you supposed to figure out which shows to see? Well, Mitchell says you can pick up a Fringe Guide for $10, follow the advice of friends, keep your eye on social media for impartial reviews and you can always click right here to browse shows and buy tickets.