Or… Not, brought to Ottawa Fringe by students of Canterbury High School, is one of the two youth produced shows being presented at this year’s festival – with only two shows on the two Saturdays of the festival.
Should you see it? Or… Not?
Or… Not is a series of sketches and micro-sketches strung together along thematic lines under the broad theme of passion. It’s a collective piece of theatre devised (created/written/directed) by six students from Canterbury High School (Ottawa’s high school specializing in the arts).
The experience of watching Or… Not is like channel surfing, where you’re watching one thing for a few seconds or a minute and then you’re jumping to something else. The format does occasionally lack a bit of coherency and it would have been nice to see some stronger conclusions in some of the bits, but damned if it wasn’t entertaining as all get out nonetheless. (One particular highlight is their reimagining of the Twelve Days of Christmas.)
The cast – Clea Spencer, Karuna Vellino, Nicole Ormerod, Glenys Marshall, Olivia Andrews, and Patrick Little – bring a super high energy to the show and work as well-oiled machine to keep it moving at a break-neck pace with near seamless transitions. Their energy, their talent, and their passion, are what makes Or… Not so entertaining.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Were you entertained by the Canterbury collective or did Or… Not just leave your head spinning. Tell me what you think and join the discussion in the comments below.