We members of the 100 Prince Street household were saddened when the 2020 edition of Island Fringe was understandably cancelled due COVID, and delighted to learn of an Island Fringe side hustle, Pounding the Pavement, that was launched in cooperation with Confederation Centre of the Arts:
Island artists who identify as Indigenous, BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+, and those with a disability come together to tell their own stories from their own perspectives. Performances are made up of 10-20 minute vignettes that explore people’s journeys of discovery to having their voices heard (be they personal explorations, activism for equality, etc), and presented as dramatic readings of original poetry and plays, songs, dance, and stand-up comedy.
With performances by Claire Byrne, Homemaker, Jay Gallant, Joce Reyome, Julie Bull, Reequal Smith, Sadie McCarney, Tanya Nicolle, and more, audiences will be moved by this experience.
Oliver and I went last night, and it was everything promised. Highly recommended.
Pounding the Pavement runs again tonight and tomorrow night, and you can buy tickets through the Confederation Centre box office. As there’s a chance you’ll be sitting on the concrete steps of the Confederation Centre’s amphitheatre, bringing a cushion is suggested; as it’s two hours long with no intermission, bringing a water is suggested too. The social distancing seating setup is top-flight: ushers were masked, seating spaced laudably distant; I felt in no imminent danger.
My company, Reinvented Inc., is an Island Fringe sponsor.