Congratulations to Pat Gauthier and the Undercurrents team for putting on a solid independent theatre festival at the Irving Greenberg Theatre (GCTC). So far, I’ve seen Bifurcate Me and Hard Ways and both shows impressed me. The festival itself has very much a Fringe Festival feel to it. All the shows are original creations and many companies are based in Ottawa. The tickets are fantastic value at $15 a pop and 3 and 6 show passes are available for substantial savings off the regular ticket price. The festival ends Feb. 6, so call the GCTC Box Office (613-236-5196) now if you want to score some tickets for the remaining shows.
The next show on my list to see is: This is a Recording. This show, created and performed by Kelly Rigole and Simon Bradshaw, was my favourite 2009 Ottawa Fringe Festival production. I’m really looking forward to seeing it again to see how it has evolved.
There has been a need for this kind of independent theatre festival in Ottawa for a long time. Aside from the Fringe, and the Cube Salons, (both of which are great) there really hasn’t been an easy way for audiences to see a lot of independent work in a short period of time. I believe that is why the Undercurrents festival has been embraced so heartily by local audiences. There is something exciting about seeing original work created by local artists.
In fact, both shows I’ve attended had sold out crowds. That kind of audience support is fantastic to see. I hope this festival becomes a regular feature of the Ottawa theatre scene and that the GCTC will sponsor even more independent theatre productions in the future. This one is a winner folks. Catch it while you can.