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Saturday 11th August 2018
Until we meet again by Catriona Macaulay
ND NOW FOR A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR... It’s not over yet, but unfortunately this will be
the last Fringe Review Paper this year. That doesn’t mean we’re disappearing off the face of the earth, no...
We’ll be scattered far and wide across
the Fringe sites, documenting on Facebook and Instagram today and tomorrow. We might even have time for the odd filming of a parody. If you haven’t already, get over to our Facebook and Instagram @ vfringereview to see what everyone’s been up to.
I’d like to personally thank all the
members of the Fringe Review as without them this wouldn’t be possible, writers, videographers, photographers
They’re all worth their weight in gold; Matt Hitt, Laura Clare Reid, Daniel Trevena, Caroline Barlow and luke Bridgeman, and contributors; Hettie Metcalfe, Joanna Macaulay, Iris and Rollo Little.
This is the fifth year of the Fringe I’ll leave you with my top picks for the weekend…
Review, along the way we’ve met some phenomenal characters, from the cool, Motown-funk-edelic bell-bottom wearing Childhood to the weirdly
Boxman by Fugelman Productions on Sunday @
1-2pm, The other Place.
Misfire by the Old Sole Theatre Company on
This year we’ve had the paper, podcasts,
audiograms, videos, photography, Instagram and
Saturday @ 7pm, Parkside Tent.
Facebook, and we’re already planning something
Contemporary Art Exhibition on Saturday and
big for next year. It’s gonna’ be good. If you’d like
Sunday @ 11am- 5pm, 35 Madeira Road.
to get involved with the Fringe Review, tell us how
The Sound of the Bees DJ Set on Sunday @ 8-12am,
good you are via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ms Samantha Mann by Hattie Metcalfe All dilemmas addressed, no results guaranteed
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in need of one to write to herself.
Spot the Differ ence
by Iris Little & Rollo Little
quite a while. It would seem that this agony aunt is Samantha’s ‘advice’ is, for the most
ith over 17,000 views on her advice YouTube
part, brutally honest; “personally I don’t believe
channel, and an award-winning performer,
in allergies, you know, pull yourself together and
just to be made a fool of (I won’t say who because I xpectations were high when we saw our last
will be embarrassed…..) He really knew how to get
show of the Fringe, Spot the Difference by Seska
the crowd roaring with laughter!
Ms Samantha Mann returned to Ventnor on Friday
try a little bit harder!” But, as a whole, Adrian/
night for the first of two shows to share her wisdom,
Samantha’s performance is well worth a watch;
and it’s got to be one of the funniest shows we have
anecdotes and attitudes to life.
be sure to come with any dilemmas, as there’s the
ever seen! With hilarious on-going jokes and puns it
to be interviewed. Please go to the Fringe Facebook
After the show Seska was nice, and willing
opportunity to pose your questions anonymously to
was such a good family friendly show.
page to watch our interview!
character of Samantha Mann completely. Walking
your agony aunt for the night.
onto the stage of her sold-out show with white
countdown to when Seska came on, and when he did
again, and if you haven’t, you’d better get your
lace gloves and black leather handbag under arm;
Saturday night, you can catch Ms Samantha
everyone was on their feet dancing straightaway.
tickets now because if not you’ll be missing
she addresses the audience about her life… and you
Mann’s final show at the fringe in the Ventnor Arts
Throughout the show he continuously interacted
something truly special!
can expect the show to continue in that fashion for
Club from 7:00-8:00 pm.
with the crowd and got lots of people off their seats
The Little Reporters, over and out.
Charles Adrian embodies the comedic
If you fancy a bit of comedy with your
At the start of the show there was a
I would definitely go and see the show
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Ventnor Art Collective by Matt Hitt
rom figurative pastels and decorative jewellery to sound installation and a man in a cage armed
with a hole punch, the current exhibition at the pop up gallery is definitely an eclectic affair.
The exhibition features works by artists
from around the Ventnor area and is running 11– 5 each day. The exhibition is fairly traditional in its lay out allowing for the viewer to peruse the collection at leisure. Various art works are for sale, alongside more personal pieces that are there to be experienced rather than purchased, with something to suit the majority of tastes the works range from the observational to the highly personal and moving.
The central space of the gallery is taken up
with more esoteric installation pieces, for example
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local poet and aspiring clown, John Armstrong, a man sat in a cage cocooning himself in ephemera. The piece has been developing each day with the artist inside not knowing what the resulting visual
Photo by Julian Winslow
will be. John will caged from 11 to 3 each day .
Also in the centre of the hall is an
6pm he will be performing an intensive movement
Boxman / Flugelman Productions
intriguing sound-scape installation piece from Gali
piece which is an extension of the installation.
Kaner. Originally hailing from Israel now based
in London, Gali has been visiting Ventnor for the
for me are Fran Noctor’s sculpture series and Milly
last 10 years where he has been fascinated by and
Stevens mixed media painting whose abstract work
collected images and ideas provoked by the mystical
I’ve always been a fan of. Entry is free throughout
Hello! Fringe week is nearly upon us and we can’t
because of having had the chance to partner with
natural environment of the Island. This evening at
wait to see Boxman. The play was written by
refugee organisations Refugee Council, Young Roots
Australian playwright Daniel Keene, how did you
and Refugee Action. We’ve been really privileged to
come across it?
have had them in to see the show and at the Blue
I came across the play in 2017 when I was looking for
Elephant Theatre we held a Q&A to discuss the
a one man show to direct as part of the StoneCrabs
impact of stories like Boxman and their impact on
Young Directors programme. Being from Australia,
raising awareness for refugee issues.
I was keen to showcase the work of an Australian
writer, and to direct a play with challenging themes
informed by stories about Sierra Leonean refugees
that spoke about contemporary issues. I have been
by Laura Clare Reid
who fled following the civil war there. We were
passionate about refugee issues from a young
lucky to have spoken with Sierra Leonean refugee
age, having grown up under a very conservative
Issa Thullah, who left as a young boy and now lives
in the U.S. He was very open with his story and
unacceptable and inhumane stance on refugee, one
helped us to flesh out the picture we were painting.
which is policy driven rather than focussed on an
His encouragement gave us great courage.
Other standout works in the collection
ear readers. To paraphrase Madonna, because we are living in a material world...I AM A MATERIAL
GIRL! Yes Fashionista Fans, for the final edition of the Fringe Review I have decided to be completely jumped up vulgarian (definition - an unrefined person, especially one with newly acquired power or *insert drum roll* ME *insert maniacal laughter*. So, let’s get this exercise in self indulgence underway shall we? Oh, hi babes! Could you tell me what are you wearing today? It would be a pleasure babes. Today I am wearing an 80s Jacques Vert bright yellow blazer that just screams success. What advice would you give other aspiring It really does.
I know babes, I know. You may have also noticed
Whatever you wear, wear it with conviction. Do
my tee shirt, a lovingly gifted Birthday pressie from
not pigeon hole yourself into conforming to what
my dearest Tobias Penner (of Mack Whitwood). It
is current/trendy etc. It’s all about good material,
is Louis Theroux’s beautiful visage surrounded by
a good fit and a good attitude. If the most current
roses. It is one of my favorite physical objects in the
style of trouser in *insert overpriced high street
world. I am also sporting a pair of pink converse
women’s clothing chain* looks bad on you it does
I found in the Diabetes Research charity shop (big
not mean you look bad. The trouser is evil. Find a
shout out to that treasure trove), only £2!
kind, loving trouser and form a relationship with all your clothes. Let them cheer you, comfort you
All hail the charity shops of Ventnor.
and make sure you share that cheer and comfort
Indeed. The jeans are acid wash black from a H and
with others. If you are enjoying what someone is
M sale ages ago. I like that they are stretchy and I can
wearing, tell them and take compliments graciously
lunge in them. Fashion is not just about aesthetics,
when they come your way. If clothes don’t fit you
it is also about practicalities, like lunging. All my
anymore, thank them and let them go. And if in
jewelry is fake gold apart from my ring. My nanny
doubt, colour block.
that it shows the human face of an issue that is so
One man plays are becoming very popular, what
often reduced to numbers.
has it been like working with/in such a small cast?
Can you tell us a little about how Boxman came to
by a man, but directed by a woman. How has that
be and the journey you have taken with it so far?
I was lucky enough to cast the brilliant performer
Its been a very intense but inspiring process. Reice
Reice Weathers in the original scratch version at the
and I have worked closely as a team and developed
StoneCrabs festival last year. We enjoyed working on
an understanding of the text together - with
the project so much and felt that we were telling an
diagrams that defy everyone else’s understanding!
important story, so we decided to pursue it further.
Sometimes its felt like we were cracking a complex
This year we have been lucky enough to perform
code, just breaking open and understanding the
at Brighton Fringe, Exeter Phoenix and the Blue
character which Daniel Keene has written in such a
Elephant Theatre in London. Our trip to Ventnor will
poetic and detailed way.
be the end of our tour this summer. In one sentence sum up why we should book to see You
Book tickets to see Boxman to see a riveting
How has it been working on such a topic, especially
performance of a story that needs to be heard, a
with this June being the 20th anniversary of
story that gives a human face and voice to so many
Refugee week and with the ongoing refugee crisis?
voiceless people in our society today.
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me to come to Ventnor Fringe as he has connections
Panicky Tack by Iris Little
I spoke to Talal, who said: “Luc persuaded
with the Island, and I’m glad I did. Ventnor is one of the most beautiful and prettiest places I have ever played, it is lovely. And the people here are so happy, friendly and warm, they are always smiling, and they love their music. It has been great, and
oday, Friday, I watched Panicky Tack. The music
best things we have ever done. You can follow us at
show was due to be held on the book bus outside
I didn’t ask for a bloody essay, but okay.
St Catherine’s Church but due to the large number
of people wanting to see them, the performance was
busking around Ventnor, and if you get the chance
moved into the church itself!
to see them you are in for a treat!
That’s nice. So, describe your style in three words. Alright,
Ventnor Fringe mean to you? It means home.
Panicky Tack have also been doing some
Panicky Tack is a music duo who claim
they have learnt every song in the world. It is a show
with a real difference – they ask the audience to Oh babes. It does. It really does.
shout out words and ideas for songs that they then
Who is your fashion icon?
So until next year my darlings, stay stylish. It has
make up on the spot! It was very clever, very funny,
I am inspired by many people, Cyndi Lauper, Prince,
been an honour and a privilege to write for the
and very entertaining!
my mum, but mainly I am inspired by human beings
Ventnor Fringe Review and much love and respect to
in general. I get so much joy from seeing people
everyone involved in the Ventnor Fringe Festival. I
Valvona. They are now based in London, but Luc has
comfortable in their individual looks.
am so proud of you all. Okay, love you, BYE!!!!
family on the island.
the show on Sunday 12th August.
displacement and this idea of ‘home’ in the show.
playing in the launderette yesterday was one of the
got it for me when I turned 16. I don’t take it off.
Nice alliteration babes.
During our rehearsal process we were
We love how the show is written and performed
wealth). For the final Fringe Fashionista of 2018 is
Matronly. Multifarious. Mashup.
Its been a really fascinating experience, especially
individual’s plight. Boxman is inspiring in the way
self serving, a complete narcissist and an overall
The skin underneath is a bit weird as a consequence.
by Jack Whitewood
The two men are Talal Karkouti and Luc
A big thank you to Ventnor Town Council for their support and printing this years Fringe Review.
Read the issue no. 32 of the Ventnor Fringe Review - Saturday 11th August 2018.