We saw Charade this past weekend (read our list of recommendations here!) and managed to catch up with busy artist Sarah Dowling about the excitement surrounding Edmonton Fringe 2022.
1. How long have you been participating in the Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival?
My parents always brought me and my siblings to the Fringe, and 2019 was my first time as an actor here with Grindstone’s ThunderCATS. This year, I have the pleasure to be here as an actor, choreographer, and producer, having a hand in three running shows: Charade, ThunderCATS, and The Tiniest Mermaid.
2. What keeps you coming back?
I love that the Fringe offers me an opportunity to see so many different styles and mediums of theatre for such an affordable price. I feel rejuvenated and full of joy getting to absorb so much creativity.
3. What’s been the best part of Fringe 2022 so far?
Adapting the movie Charade to a stage show was a pandemic project, so to see it being so well received by audiences is a thrill. I feel humbled and very happy.
4. What’s something audiences may not know about the show?
If you were in the Charade audience on opening night you would know this, but at the end of the show, during the big chase, I turned around too close to the edge and fell right off the three-foot stage! Other than some bruises, including my pride, I was fine. Live theatre, hey?
5. What other shows are on your must-see list?
Obviously I’m very proud of my other shows, ThunderCATS and The Tiniest Mermaid, but also The Fourth R: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Revolutionize! This dance show by Dance Fachin is the real deal. The music, the movement, the message—do not miss this show! Also the comedy-drama Half the Battle!
You can find the full Fringe schedule and purchase tickets on the Edmonton Fringe website: https://tickets.fringetheatre.ca/events/