Last year, Matthew Champ and myself Yayed and Nayed our way through the 2011 Ottawa Fringe, reviewing thirty-three shows, talking to countless performers, creators, and attendees for a series of VLOGs, and ultimately producing close to two hours of video. As many of you know already, we have come back for more!
Now, not many people know this, but jumping over to Fringe 2011 from Should You See It’s usual movie beat was a bit of a last minute idea. In other words, we were totally unprepared. What started as a “we should review a couple of shows at Fringe this year” turned into absolute mayhem. I am a bit of an overachiever.
All that to say, this year we’re -at least a little- prepared. The coverage has already started (as you’re about to see) we’re pleased to have added another reviewer to the mix, Kurt Shantz, and we are all systems go. I’ll talk to you some more shortly, but right now, Matthew and Kurt want to say hello so take a look at our Ottawa Fringe Mega-Preview video.
Trouble watching the video? Watch directly on YouTube instead.
And that, naturally, is just a small sampling of the fifty-two shows available to you at Ottawa Fringe 2012. If fifty-two shows seems daunting, fret not. We’ll be here with you every step of the way, providing the most in depth coverage of Fringe out there and holding to the singular aim of answering that one most important question – Should You See It?
Your first gift, to help you out with your planning, is our downloadable Fringe 2012 schedule. This schedule that we prepared isn’t only downloadable and printable — it’s fully customizable. It’s in an excel (.xls) spreadsheet format allow you to highlight what you want to see or have seen and best plan your Fringe festing.
We’ll be doing the VLOG thing daily (which I may come to regret after the sixth day of editing them), and we’re doing the Tweet thing so that we can tell you first hand what everybody’s saying. What people are seeing, what people are loving, and what people are most looking forward to. You want to know, we want to tell you.
Naturally, we’ll also be doing the review thing. Which we do, as always, on video. Yup, if you didn’t know, our reviewers deliver their reviews on camera. Plus we give those in the shows the chance to add your voice to our videos. Who else does that? We’re not promising to review every show – the Universe takes it as a challenge to defy me when I say something like that – but we will say the odds favour that outcome. In aditional to the videos, make sure you keep an eye on the site and watch for The Followups. We believe that if two of our reviewers see a show, then that show should get two reviews. Only one will be in video form, but all additional reviews will be added in print form to the article. How great is that? And of course comments will be open so you can add your voice to the chorus, too.
And it all starts today. Excited yet? What I want to know is what you’re looking forward to. What’s caught your attention already? What are you planning on making your first show? Tell me in the comments below. (It’ll let us know you’re out there.) I’ll be kicking off Fringe 2012 at Arts Court Theatre for Don’t Make Me Zealous and from there… only Fringe knows. And Twitter, so follow, ya?
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Happy Fringing, y’all.