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• Authentic Nick Tann & Band
#vfringe18 “That’s the guy that climbed over our fence and ate our strawberries”
• Died Blondes by Joan Ellis
Wednesday 8th August 2018
Gimme a "C", gimme an "A"... by Matt Hitt
me slightly, but very happy that it helped to lead to
ust off those glowing light sabres and air out
what we have today.
your best fancy dress, it’s carnival time again!
Somewhat showing off pagan roots, in
The Isle of Wight as a whole has a strong
1911 the practice started of selecting one girl from
carnival tradition, allegedly boasting the most
the community to become Hygeia for the day. If
carnivals per capita in the country with eighteen
you didn’t know Hygeia is our adopted local Greek
processions taking place across the island during
goddess, and you may have seen pictures of her
July and August. For a little island, we obviously like
around the town looking fetching in a green robe
and holding a snake. The practice of voting a girl
This year sees a special project taking
to become the embodiment of a Greek deity and
place in collaboration between Ventnor Carnival
parading her round the streets certainly sounds
Association, Ventnor Town Council and the New
a little Wicker Man-esque but obviously with a
Carnival Company that explores the history of the
slightly happier ending.
Island through local myth and legend. Funded by
Arts Council England there have been a number of
history of Ventnor head over to Ventnor Heritage
community arts workshops taking place around
Centre and have a look around, it’s a great asset
Ventnor giving local people the opportunity to work
for your community. They also offer the service
with artists and carnival professionals to create
of researching anything you’d be curious about, if
costumes and a performance for this years parade.
it’s a particular event or place in the town, they’ve
The theme of this performance is the
more than likely got information about it. At 22,
little-known Island legend of the ‘Snaak Stang’.
Eloise is a relatively young volunteer for the Centre,
‘The what?!’ I hear you exclaim. It’s a story of the
but they can always do with more help. They are
creation of dragonflies, battling kings and wizards,
undertaking a large project to digitise their archive
and some rather fetching costumes.
to make it more widely available to the public.
If you’d like to find out more about the
Places like the Heritage Centre and events like the
Once upon a time the Island was actually
two smaller islands, each with its own king and
and after spending a good while being distracted by
a new book focusing on the history and culture of
Carnival are crucial to nurture, intrinsically linked
resident wizard. For some reason (I won’t go into
dogs wearing bandanas, my cold heart melting just
Ventnor carnival. It’s been amazing to look back
to the community’s identity, we need to keep these
detail here) the kings sent their wizards to battle
a little, I stumbled across Eloise who is a member of
through the Heritage Centre’s archives looking at all
things alive and encourage future generations to get
each other. To find out the rest of the story you may
Ventnor Carnival Association. As it turns out she’s
the old pictures and seeing how much things have
involved and keep the Wicker Man burning (so to
just have to watch the performance… Think Game of
been carrying out some research as a volunteer
changed, and how much has stayed the same. From
Thrones but with a lot more willow, papier-mâché
at the local heritage centre into the history of the
children decorating they’re hoops and sticks with
The performance of the ‘snaak stang’ will take place
and glitzy fabric. What’s not to love about that?!
carnival for a new book.
ribbons, to the introduction of the carnival queens.”
at Parkside directly after the procession tonight so
follow the route up to the park and watch the battle
In the spirit of carnival, I wandered
along to catch the end of the dog show yesterday
“As we started out in 1889 we’re turning
130 next year as part of the celebration I’m writing
I have to mention here that the idea of a
hoop and stick passing as entertainment still baffles
Wonder ful Wednesday Musical Tr eats to lose myself in his gorgeous songwriting and
by Laura Clare Reid
soundscapes. I’ll see you there.
he Ventnor Fringe has always had a marvellous mixture of musical offerings to suit all tastes,
Inspired Sounds at Harbourside
jazz, folk, contemporary rock,
8pm - Midnight £3 A Classical Afternoon with Earl Grey & Juke Box at
Holy Trinity Church
something that takes your fancy, then head on down
1pm - 3pm £5
to Harbourside every night this week for some sweet
Two musical marvels invite you to enjoy an
grooving music, expertly spun by some of the finest
DJ’s you will ever have the pleasure of dancing to.
occasionally challenging pieces arranged for clarinet
After you have enjoyed Ventnor Carnival, pop along
and piano. They will be playing a repertoire carefully
to Harbourside and let Eternal I and Kaftan take you
selected to appeal to all ears. The dynamic duo will
on a sonic journey through time and space. Don’t
be performing gorgeously arranged
worry, you are in very safe hands.
Debussy, Bartok, Gershwin, Poulenc, Frank Bridge and Faure. Don’t miss it.
Carnival Cabaret with Cat Skellington at Parkside 9pm - 11pm £5 (proceeds go to Ventnor Carnival)
Photo by Julian Winslow
“Authentic”, Nick Tann & Band at Ventnor Arts
It’s hip swinging gipsy jazz! What’s not to like?!
Cat Skellington are a well established, slick Island
6pm - 7pm £5
band that look darn good in braces and slacks.
At the time of writing this, dear readers, there are
Influenced mostly by the great French gypsy guitar
only a handful of tickets left for this performance.
player Django Reinhardt, the music they play is
Also, at the time of writing this, I am singing along to
largely from the swing era of the 1920s – 40s, so let
Nick Tann’s musical offerings, trying not to irritate
them transport you to a time of speakeasies, lindy
my fellow media teamers, but really struggling not
hopping and no internet.
Fringe Fashionista by Laura Clare Reid As the ever effervescent, gladioli swinging Morrissey once sung “I would go out tonight, but I haven’t got a stitch to wear”. I feel for him, I really do. Poor Morrissey. But hey, I need a Charming Man who has all the stitches and knows how to wear them! So let me introduce you to Jack! Hello, hello! So, tell me what you are wearing today. Hey! Today i’m wearing a pair of Dickies dungarees, The Smiths “Meat is Murder” T-shirt and some Air Max 98’s.
In te rv i ew
Who is your style icon? I can’t pinpoint anyone exactly, my fashion is basically a huge mash-up of every 1980’s / 90’s subculture mixed with a bit of my own flare. Describe your style in 3 words
Don’t be afraid to rock something out of the
Baggy, chunky, burberry.
ordinary! If you think you look good, go for it! Dress for yourself not other people!
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Fringe Festival?
I, for one, completely agree with you. It has been a
I’m really looking forward to a lot of performances
pleasure and thank you for the dungarees. Thank
this year, mainly ‘I Hope I Die Before I Start Voting
Conservative’, but mostly i’m looking forward to
meeting all the super talented people taking part
am already on the hunt, prowling around, following
my special style senses to find the next Ventnor
Well, another day, another fashionista! I
Fringe Review style icon. I can feel them. They are Is there any fashion advice you would like to give to
near. Come to me.
the youth of today?
Until tomorrow my darlings, love you, bye!
CAR PET TOWN Full Pelt T heatr e by Catriona Macaulay elcome! Full Pelt started off as a physical
Oh wow. How about... “Pretty damn bonkers”
theatre company, but we’re really excited to see
We’re really looking forward to having you here
Carpet Town and some physical comedy. Can you
in Ventnor! You’ve obviously done fringe festivals
tell us a bit more about the show?
before and are regulars at Plymouth festival, and
you’ve even been described as “perfect festival
Ultimately, it’s a sketch comedy show and
as we’ve developed it we’ve incorporated a slight
narrative to try and somehow link the characters together. It’s pretty bonkers, it’s set within the
What do you like about fringes and what makes a
world of a Carpet Town, one of those mats you used
good festival show for you? We’re really excited to
to play with as a kid that would have different roads
come to Ventnor!
and fire stations, that sort of thing, and we have
I think it’s the first time any of us have been to the
created this weird and wonderful town using some
Isle of Wight. Yeah we’ve been to the Plymouth Fringe
pretty insane characters. It’s the story of how the
3 years running now, every year since we graduated
people are trying to uncover what strange substance
and we went to Edinburgh for the first time in 2017.
is slowly taking over the town... and the rest you’ll
We trained on the Acting & Contemporary Theatre
to come and watch to find out...
course at East 15 and we were always encouraged to create and produce our own work and that’s what
What have been your inspirations as a company
Let's get real Tieta by Catriona Macaulay
his is the story of Tieta, played by Inês Sampaio,
made, her family and towns-folk plot to inherit her
a dark comic play. A transgender woman
fortune. But, little do they know that she’s on her
persecuted and chased away from her home-town
for being different. You’re thinking this may be a
little too deep for a Thursday outing, wrong! Not my
a Brazilian writer Jorge Amado published in 1977
any stretch of your imagination, this production is
and has been in development by StoneCrabs Theatre
filled with dark humour and mixture of storytelling,
Company since 2015. While many morals will be
music and song.
addressed in this captivating storyline, one ethical
conundrum will ring loudly, does money corrupt?
A young woman triumphs in the face of
The play is an adaptation of the novel by
adversity and becomes a millionaire. Tieta sends
Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?
money to her family and the community in her small
hometown in Brazil with on one simple condition
plotline is that the audience get to choose the
attached to her charity; justice.
ending, which way with the story go? Will it go in
favour of revenge or justice?
One day the money stops, leaving the
great opportunity to showcase that work.
As a company we’re big fans of Frantic Assembly,
Gecko, DV8. They make such visually and physically
many different styles of show and everyone is really
impressive theatre that we always aspire to create
supportive of each other. A good festival show for us
as well. More recently we’ve been going down the
I think is a show that is clever, unique and adapts
physical comedy route and the material that we
to the venue they’re in. It’s great to see a play in a
write and devise together is predominantly comedy
shipping container and then they make you forget
scenes and that’s how we got onto the idea of Carpet
that entirely. That’s the beauty of fringe work!
grateful for the financial contribution Tieta has
at 8pm at The Other Place, Ventnor Winter Gardens.
Theres always such a variety and so
It original started off with the idea of the
Is there anything in particular you are looking
old Englishman, Irishman and Scottishman jokes
forward to here during Ventnor Fringe?
and how we could incorporate those into a show,
Rocket Fuel: Eddie Summers sounds right up our
as we played around more and more we started to
street! Looking forward to exploring, meeting other
create these scenes and characters that make up this
companies and finding some hidden gems. We can’t
Can you sum up Carpet town in three words to
Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun // 6-7pm // Pier St. Playhouse.
entice our festival goers?
The twist at the end of this subversive
townsfolk in an uproar. Instead of feeling truly
we love to do and fringe festivals provide such a
and with the development of the show?
Catch this show on Thursday and Friday
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Read the issue no. 29 of the Ventnor Fringe Review - Wednesday 8th August 2018.