A TRIO of exciting art events has been announced for next month’s Ventnor Fringe.
Impromptu Shakespeare will visit Ventnor Park at 3 p.m. on Thursday July 29 and Friday July 30.
The improvised shows proved popular at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Bristol Shakespeare Festival, while also appearing on BBC Shakespeare Live.
Each hour-long show is different but resolutely Shakespearean, echoing its themes, characters and language.
The show is described as perfect for families with children, with a recommended age of ten and over.
Company member Ailis Duff said, “We are all very excited about the return of live theater. After a year like this, I think everyone realizes that there is something special about watching a show live with an audience around you.
“Improv is a unique and unique performance created between the actors and the audience, and it will never happen again. What better way to celebrate the return of live entertainment? ”
Ticket prices for the show are £ 10, with discounts available for £ 8.
Word with a mission
Spoken Word artist Jimmy Andrex has been confirmed for Wednesday July 28 at the Fringe to perform Stupidity Is Not The Problem, a piece of poetry and music based on the works of Dutch writer Rutger Bregman.
Bregman’s book, Utopia For Realists, suggests that adopting a universal basic income (UBI) would help fight poverty and inequality.
Jimmy said: “I started doing this play in 2018 to try to get people talking about something that wasn’t Brexit.
“At that time it was a largely non-partisan thing, only the Green Party adopted it, but since Covid-19 people started to think about it a lot more. ”
Stupidity Isn’t the Problem uses poems, stories, and music to get people thinking about solutions to some of society’s biggest problems.
The show will take place at the Ventnor Arts Club, and in addition to Stupidity Is Not The Problem, Jimmy will be giving the live premiere of Billy Baggins There & Back, a modern version of Tolkien’s Hobbit in medieval verse form.
Commissioned by the Leeds Philosophical & Literary Society to commemorate the centenary of Tolkien’s first academic post at the city university.
It will be a Pay-What-You-Feel event.
Celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall
Cardiff-based CB4 Theater is presenting their show, Back to Berlin, at Ventnor Fringe this summer.
After sold-out tours in Cardiff and London, the production is on July 23-25 at the Parkside Playhouse.
The production, which celebrates 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, tells the true story of Bernhard – a German living in Oxford in 1989.
After witnessing a report on East Berliners crossing the divide that has plagued his city for so many years, Bernhard feels the pull of the house and knows he must be there.
Back to Berlin uses DIY performance techniques and a sense of playful optimism to transport audiences on the slow train through Europe and into the center of the action.
Luke Seidel-Haas, who wrote the production based on his father’s real life experiences, said, “We are excited to bring our production to Ventnor Fringe this year.
“It has been a difficult time for artists and theaters throughout the pandemic, but we believe it makes my father’s story more important than ever.
“We can all understand the feeling of division, of being cut off from our loved ones and an overwhelming sense of what home means. ”
Tickets for all events are available at vfringe.co.uk/whats-on/