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Todays final showing of Good Night Little Bear is selling fast. Get your tickets before they’re all gone!

@vickyrayner @timarnold awesome set tonight in Ventnor! Hope you come back to the Island soon.

Selling fast: Dizraeli and Bane.

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@ForthEmily Ventnor Fringe is lit

Three women were caught stealing sheep last night but have since apologised for the inconvenience.

by Catriona Macaulay

Friday 11th August 2016

Issue no.18

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eated discussion in the Moroccan Tent. Yesterday, Jack Whitewood hosted the annual Fringe Forum with fellow core team member, Becky Boucherat and Art’s Council representative, Nick Green. While last year broached into the possibilities for future Fringes, this year the hot topic was the possibility of gentrification and second homes in Ventnor causing stagnation in the town. Jack believes that gentrification and the problem of second-home buyers are two different subjects and that the development of Ventnor on such a large scale is highly unlikely. Today’s Forum briefly touched on the subject of the International Festival and whether it had been created to make artists compete for superior playing spots. Jack maintains that the International Festival was designed as separate unit for artists that are less-likely to apply to the Fringe. Though some believe that if this is the case, the International Festival shouldn’t have had such a large slot in the program which sparked up a controversial debate. The theme moved onto the hope that the Fringe may encourage young people with varying skills to settle in Ventnor to help sustain its creative community. This was a general consensus from the audience, with many spectators claiming that they had grown up in Ventnor. Athough they’d moved away and made their careers elsewhere, most would


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1. Got a bad case of consumption? You’ve come to the right place! Yes, that’s right ladies and gentlemen, Ventnor was THE place for the Victorian elite to catch some rays, take the waters and hopefully recover from that nasty TB. There were several sanitoriums and a huge Chest Hospital where the Botanic Gardens now is. 2. In fact, The Isle of Wight Railway at one time ran a non-stop train from Ryde to Ventnor which was nicknamed ‘The Invalid Express’ specifically to rush consumptive patients to their treatment at Ventnor. 3. Karma karma karma chameleon… Okay, we don’t have chameleons, but we do have the largest British colony of common wall lizards! YES. WE WIN! Try and spot one during fringe! Instagram: @ventnorexchange

Photo by Catriona Macaulay like to bring what they’ve learnt back to their home town. All this chat in just under an hour while displaying the most spectacular show of hand animation (see Fringe Forum photos on Facebook for visual reference) that the Fringe Forum has ever seen.

Overheard: “My Grandmother used to feed their monkeys.”

Ventnor International


gets around, there are also Ventnors in Australia and New Jersey! But we were the first. And the best, obviously… 5. Up The Downs! At 787 ft (240m) above sea level, St Boniface Down is home to Old English feral goats, the Adonis Blue Butterfly, Buzzards, Ravens and fairies… Okay, I made that last bit up. Or did I? 6. Karl Marx liked to holiday here. This pleases me. 7. Above the town is a geological fault known as the Graben, which marks the top of the series of landslips on which Ventnor is built. This fault moves regularly. But don’t worry, we haven’t fallen into the sea yet! 8. Three miles off the coast of Ventnor is a deep narrow channel known as St. Catherine’s Deep. Lovecraftian eh? 9. On the Ventnor Town Crest is Hygeia, the mythical daughter of a doctor who was murdered by Zeus for basically being too good at his job and liked by everyone. Nice one Zeus. So she took over the family healing business, hence why the Victorians adopted her as Ventnor’s symbol. 10. Ventnor is great. It’s the best. I love it. And THAT’s a fact.

by Catriona Macaulay oday’s International Festival offerings are right up this reporter’s cultural alley. As it were. Firstly we have Bane, parts one and two being performed at the Victoria Street Studio today and tomorrow, with parts three and four being shown Saturday and Sunday. The stories follow Bruce Bane, a hit man in a corrupt city trying to find out who’s after him. The stories do link together, but can be experienced and enjoyed as one off plays. This I say from experience as I had the pleasure of seeing Bane part two last year at the Ventnor Exchange. I knew nothing about Bane, but it had been recommended by friends who were saying words that excited me such as “amazing”, “film noir” and “dark comedy”. And they weren’t wrong. Joe Bone plays all characters in an astounding display of comedic schizophrenia, with a live soundtrack performed by guitarist Ben Roe. Please, please, please do yourself a favour and go and experience any or all of Bane. Next up is the outdoor screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel at Parkside.


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As a massive Wes Anderson fan (I do enjoy symmetry), I cannot speak highly enough of this film. Ralph Finnes plays Gustave H, the legendary concierge at this world famous hotel, set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka. It is such a pleasing film, the comic timing is impeccable, the sets luscious and a charming soundtrack that drives the story along beautifully. There is a love story, there is adventure, there is chase, there is an almost unrecognisable Tilda Swinton…I love it. This film has a dreamy, childlike quality that totally immerses you in Wes Anderson’s naïve and gorgeous world. Kindly printed by

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Fringe Review

Theatre Breadown

By Hollie Hayes

he week has flown by at a dizzying speed and the weekend is already upon us. Have you enjoyed the week thus far darlings? I thought you might have. That can only mean one thing, it’s time to shake off those aches from the dreadful Ventnor hills and get grooving on the dance floor. With that Friday feeling it’s time to swear your allegiance to all that is theatre as the day is chock-a-block with theatre and dance all around the “ghetto” (OFSTED approved). So let’s get started!


The first performance to kick us off this joyous day of theatre is Good Night, Little Bear (3pm, Victoria Street Studio). If you missed them yesterday then fear not, the amazing story of one little girl and her polar bear will be with us for the entire weekend. Though with the increase in global warming and greenhouse gas emissions it would be a wise idea to head down sooner rather than later. Next up we have Nothing To Wear (4pm, Parkside) and The Austerity Games (6pm, Pier Street Playhouse). If you want to be star of the show and get yourself involved I would strongly recommend for the ultimate

audience participation experience. He’s a gangster, a loveable rogue and isn’t the manic recurring nemesis of Batman. Bane, come on down! This four-part performance tells the story of a hitman, Bruce Bane, as he tries to find out who’s after him. Though the show is split into four parts it can be enjoyed both as a journey or a stand-alone performance, so make sure you pick up copy of the Fringe programme for more details. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others buy tickets to Twelfth Night at Holy Trinity Church, 8pm. After their successful Richard II and Edward II last year, Scena Mundi Theatre Company have prepared yet another weekend special for all you Shakespeare fanatics out there in a condensed format of 1 hour. Lastly, if you’re a fan of something a little different, a dark and funny drama awaits at Pier Street Playhouse, 8pm, entitled “Hidden Mother”. The award winning OffOff-Off-Broadway Company’s latest piece depicts the disastrous tale of two patients in a British mental asylum convinced of a glamorous lifestyle. There’s an awfully busy day ahead of you, fellow Fringers. The early bird catches the worm, so make sure you pick up your tickets from the Exchange! Photograph by Tobias Penner

Issue no.18

The Fictitious Weather Forecast: I bless the rains down in Africa because todays weather is absolutely fabulous.

Let Your Emotions Flow I am only a very attractive but poor dairy maid; I have fallen in love with the land owner’s son. He is a rakish cad with a gambling problem. I also fear I may have consumption. What advice can you give? What a country bumkpin you appear to be in. Read some Germaine Greer and grow up woman, honestly. “Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.” Our dear friend Greer is right, are you ready to gamble your heart away with this kind of reckless abandonment? Women are no longer the udder-dogs in society, as a poor dairy made in this liberal time you have the freedom to churn as much butter as you please, so to speak. As for the consumption, I would recommend contacting your local GP before the NHS is privatised. Explore your options, discover yourself at Toby Thompson’s Caravan Sessions and find the true, downtrodden meaning of love at Lairy Tales & Crappy Ever After’s this evening. I camembert to hear of your horrendous heartache, you could brie mine instead?

Stealing the Crowd Experimentalists of sound since 2010, Stealing Sheep, despite the name are not thieves nor collectors of fluffy farmyard animals. In fact, their onstage presence resonates more cow or dalmatian than sheep, with their polka-dotted onesies. That’s not to say the girls themselves look anything like cattle. I digress, back to the set… From 21st century sonic pop to 70’s disco vibes, these girls have it pegged.

Lonely Hearts Club To quote Tears For Fears, “everybody wants to rule the world”, a very apt lyric for our Friday’s lonely heart, Mr G. This ginger blur of a King Pinger wants to rule the world. And your heart. Behind those impeccable 90’s inspired curtains is a gentlemen who is looking for a vintage vinyl queen to share a grungey pint with. If you enjoy sweaty gigs, a strong print on a shirt and men who are all about personal gain, come on down! You can find Mr G lurking in the shadows of the vaults, bopping his head and looking sharp. Email us at the usual address, or be on the lookout for 1995 in human form. “Come on, I’m talking to you, come on” Darlings, it’s been a pleasure as ever. Yours, Miss Reid.x x x

Aries Horoscope: Your review editor was in need of mid week guidance, but I ask, why now? As she sits, in the perfect place, around creative folk; she is in her element. For Aries, progress comes in leaps and bounds but baby steps are recommended. This fiery star sign wants to rush into everything but take a breath, step back, and soak up the sights and sounds. The fire burns bright but make sure your flame doesn’t turn into an inferno as it will result in your complete demise. Baffling Bubbles top tip: It’s highly recommended that Aries carry a bottle of water on their person at all times.

Fringe Fashionista Portrait of a Town is Down


he Portrait of a Town finally went up today! Having tried to plaster these images to the floor on Tuesday and failing due to windy weather, then the second attempt failing on Wednesday, our fantastic team came up with a compromise. Find somewhere sheltered.

The installation has moved from its original destination to the harbour walkway, and it looks rite good. Get down to the Observatory to make your mind up, chef-d’oeuvre or masterpiece?

While performing at Parkside this afternoon I saw a woman in the crowd. However, standing on stage with a clarinet in hand, I didn’t feel it appropriate to yell out to her and tell her she looked wonderful. Luckily after I left the stage she was still there. Today’s fashionista is Anna, from Ryde. Good Afternoon, do you mind if I take a picture of you? I like the cut of your jib. Oh, if you must.

LAIRY Tales By Matt Hitt f you’re in the mood for something a little bit filthy, the Arts Club will be hosting three nights of bawdy duo Unruly Baps’ new show Lairy Tales and Crappy Ever Afters. Retelling our most beloved bedtime stores with a boisterous twist, this cabaret based show proves to be one not to be missed. Reminiscent of French and Saunders, or perhaps more Vic and Bob, Unruly Scrumptious and Lady Baps have been working together for a while. They met at the Rose Theatre in London where they started writing


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sketches together. The sketches went down so well that they decided to start promote themselves rather than other people. Their work is centered on their relationship and more importantly, one-upmanship. Lairy Tales started as a scratch performance, developing into the show it is today, including Red Riding Hood’s slutty Grandma, a northern Cinderella and a lecherous Rumplestiltskin. When asked to sum up their show in three words there were a lot of phrases thrown around. The most intriguing of which: “Mild nut allergy”. The show will be anarchic, brilliant and not for the faint of heart Fri/Sat/Sun 10pm @ Ventnor Arts Club

Adorning Anna’s neck is a bold Tatty Devine (yes, more Tatty) necklace. A bright orange tiger’s head on a gold chain. I also spy a Tatty charm bracelet. Anchors, hearts, lightning bolts, all in bright primary colours wrapping round her wrist. (I feel this column is turning into advert for said jewellery brand so I should point out there are many other jewellery makers out there. Including Ventnor’s own Sophie Honeybourne, she’s great too!). A pair of blue-black sequin leggings, black top and a black polka dot fitted jacket complete the look. What brings you to the Fringe? I’m off to see Stealing Sheep. Really looking forward to it and it’s fantastic to be over in Ventnor

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with all this stuff going on. Anna was a lady of few words, perhaps my post-performance enthusiasm was a little overbearing, but she was my pick of the day. Well done Anna.


Ventnor Fringe Review 2016 - Issue 18  

Friday 12th August 2016

Ventnor Fringe Review 2016 - Issue 18  

Friday 12th August 2016