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

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

Arts and cultureEntertainmentTheatre

 

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

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

Just Posted

Orca 1
Orcas: Our Shared Future

Royal BC Museum dives into the world of orcas with upcoming feature exhibition

Frank Ludwig in a forklift with his long hair during Trooper’s heyday. (Photo submitted)
Humble Island beginnings blossomed into storied career for Trooper keyboardist

Frank Ludwig got his start as a boy pumping the organ in a tiny downtown Chemainus church

Joan Miller with the Vancouver Island North Regional Film Commission says there’s much room for optimism in the region rebounding from COVID-19 and is excited about what the future holds for the region. Black Press File Photo
North Island film industry optimistic about post-COVID rebound

Interest in filming here is still high, according to film commission, once things open back up

The 10-part Netflix series Maid, which is being exclusively shot in Greater Victoria, has been filming in Langford and Colwood over the past two weeks. On April 7, filming will take place on the east side of the Esquimalt Lagoon. (Black Press Media file)
Netflix series ‘Maid’ filming in Colwood

10-episode Warner Bros. production filmed exclusively in Greater Victoria

Lantzville singer Raymond Salgado will sing ‘O Canada’ before the Vancouver Canucks’ upcoming game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 17. (Photo submitted)
Lantzville singer to perform ‘O Canada’ at Vancouver Canucks game

Raymond Salgado scheduled to sing the anthem at Rogers Arena later this month

Nanaimo children’s entertainer Steve Romanik, represented by his character Mountain Dweller, is giving away his songs and stories to help raise money for children’s causes. (Photo courtesy Steve Romanik)
Nanaimo children’s entertainer ‘Mountain Dweller’ helping raise money for kids’ causes

Steve Romanik partnering with Nanaimo Child Development Centre, B.C. Children’s Hospital

“Racing Classics” by John Horton depicts sailboats near Trial Island off the coast of Oak Bay. The painting will be featured in his <em>Maritime Impressions</em> exhibit at the Winchester Gallery until April 14.
Greater Victoria galleries beckon spring with vibrant, whimsical nature scenes

At The Galleries: look at what’s on display this month

‘We Are All Beautiful’ by Elise Cole and ‘The Modern Thrall’ by Enigye (Happy) Amarkah (from left) are two of the pieces featured in VIU’s Anti-Racism Arts Festival. (Images courtesy the artists)
Vancouver Island University holds first Anti-Racism Arts Festival

Three-day online event to feature visual arts, performance, film and poetry

Thomas Kuecks, Bellamy Kuecks and Paula Foot have come together to create an album of stories for children. (Nina Foot photo)
Moments with Miss Paula creates musical stories for kids

Music and the spoken word from Island pair available on streaming

Author Eden Robinson poses for a portrait during an interview in Toronto, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
Trickster trilogy author Eden Robinson hosts online conversation and reading

Haisla and Heiltsuk will join fans in event hosted by Vancouver Island Regional Library

Nanaimo author Lawrence Winkler’s latest book is ‘The Last Casebook of Doctor Sababa.’ (Bulletin file photo/supplied)
Nanaimo author wraps up trilogy following ‘antihero’ Island doctor

Lawrence Winkler presents ‘The Last Casebook of Doctor Sababa’

‘Frank Ney’ by Patrick Flavin, ‘Millstone River Upper Falls’ by John Collison Baker, ‘Labyrinth of Dreams’ by MA Molcan, ‘On the Other Side’ by Liana Ravensbergen, ‘December Snow’ by Laurel Karjala and ‘Jacks Point’ by Dana Smiley (cropped, clockwise from top-left) are among the works in the Nanaimo Arts Council’s latest exhibition. (Photos courtesy Nanaimo Arts Council)
Nanaimo Arts Council presents its first online gallery show

Submissions now open for upcoming ‘Ekphrastic Celebration’ show

Dorothy Sevcov’s exhibition ‘Having Fun With Acrylics’ is on display at Art 10 Gallery until the end of the month. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Experimental paintings now on exhibit at Nanaimo’s Art 10 Gallery

Dorothy Sevcov’s ‘Having Fun With Acrylics’ on display through April

Most Read