It’s Fringe time!

HamiltonFringeBLKLogo___ContentWell folks, it’s that time of year again. From July 17th to July 27th , theaters and galleries will be opening their doors to audiences around Hamilton, with performances that are sure to evoke a range of thoughts and emotions.

By purchasing a ‘Fringe Backer Button’ for $4.00, you have access to the full range of shows at Hamilton Fringe’s 12 different venues. From there, you can purchase tickets for $10 at the door or $8 for the gallery mini series.

Based on the Fringe philosophy that originated in Scotland in 1947, Hamilton Fringe has been building in momentum since it’s 2003 pilot. And with this year’s new Family Fringe component, there is something for everyone. Theatre Aquarius will be hosting free fun activities, as well as two engaging and upbeat shows.

Theatre has endless possibilities for how it can look and why it is performed. For the audience, it can offer an excellent source of entertainment, an opportunity to escape from reality, or a chance to learn about and experience a different perspective of reality. For the performer, theatre can be an outlet for creative expression, a vehicle for sharing personal struggles, an opportunity for self-exploration, and just generally a lot of fun! Theatre has the ability to connect with audiences on a wide range of levels, and it is thus it serves as a powerful tool to communicate truths. You’ll notice on the show listings that many Fringe shows aim to do just that; some are based on true stories, some explore complex social issues, and some urge audience members to think in abstract ways. Of course, Fringe contains its fair share of light-hearted humour, so there really is something for everyone. From one-woman shows to Spoken-word performances, you’ll need to check out the full schedule to get a good feel for your options.

Hats Off to Fringe” is another new and intriguing initiative this year. A handful of candidates of the upcoming municipal election are working to raise funds for the festival’s community outreach initiatives. Depending on how much they are sponsored, they’ll be featured as different Shakespearean characters at the Citadel Theater on July 16th!

If you want to learn more about Fringe, consider looking through some of PTB’s archives to see other times we’ve written about the event.