Isaiah Bell presents The Book of My Shames during Week 1 at UnoFest.

Intrepid takes excitement of UNO Fest online

Celebration of singular theatre presents shows, streaming performances, free artist talks

In these days of physical distancing, the organizers and artists behind one of Victoria’s most popular festivals are getting creative to bring people together…online!

With a 23-year history of pushing the boundaries of what solo performance can be, this year UNO Fest has found new ways to get festive.

“We miss our amazing theatre community here in Victoria, but we’re embracing our festival tagline of ‘Theatre Outside the Lines,’ and finding exciting new ways to connect. With UNO Fest Online, we’ll bring the joy of live performance into people’s homes,” explains Heather Lindsay, Artistic & Executive Director of Intrepid Theatre, UNOFest host.

Running April 28 to May 9, the festival features a mix of free and ticketed performances, to be enjoyed in the comfort of your home. Discover full shows online, artist interviews, video content from new shows in development, free streaming solo performances, and Facebook Happy Hours with artists and artistic staff.

In many ways this new look of UNO embraces the spirit of creativity artists and Intrepid are engaged in every day, Lindsay says. Performances range from a hilarious murder mystery puppet show from Tara Travis, to opera, to spoken word/monolgue, to a powerful dance performance by Lindsay Delaronde, UNO Work’s Indigenous Curator, who filmed and created this new performance, Gemini, in her backyard.

“It’s been exhilarating to see how some of Canada’s best artists are responding to the challenges of COVID,” Lindsay says.”

Plan your personal theatre schedule

Divided into two weeks – Week 1 featuring three amazing local artists, and Week 2 featuring three equally talented out-of-town performers – audiences can choose tickets for either week or both. With purchased tickets, you can even decide when in the week you watch the performances.

  • April 28 to May 3: The Book of My Shames, from Isaiah Bell and Sean Guist, in partnership with Pacific Opera Victoria; But Wait! There’s More!, by J McLaughlin, plus a video of J’s past UNO show, This Time I Mean It!; and Gemini by Lindsay Delaronde.
  • May 5 to 9: Monstrous, from Ottawa’s Sarah Waisvisz/Calalou; Sansei: The Storyteller, by Kunji Mark Ikeda/Cloudsway Dance Theatre in Calgary; and Who Killed Gertrude Crump? from Vancouver’s Tara Travis/Monster Theatre.

Get your tickets today!

Underscoring the festival’s ongoing focus on making theatre available to all, tickets include the popular Pay-What-You-Ten option, the regular $20 ticket and a $50 option that includes a $30 charitable tax receipt – get yours online today.

After buying your Week 1 and/or Week 2 ticket, you’ll receive a custom code and link to unlock shows in that week of the festival.

Intrepid has also committed to paying all the artists, including those who aren’t able to perform because of COVID restrictions, so ticket sales and donations are essential to supporting this longstanding Victoria theatrical company. Additional donations are also gratefully accepted online.

Learn more at intrepidtheatre.com/festivals/uno-fest

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Tara Travis presents Who Killed Gertrude Crump? during Week 2 at Uno Fest.

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