Friday, January 30, 2009

It's Sort of like a Fringe Fest Alert! Uno Fest:

It’s a Sort of Fringe Baby Alert!

Uno Fest

About Uno Fest

This isn’t officially a fringe, but it is run by the same people who run the Victoria Fringe Fest – hence the Fringe Baby Alert!. Mr. Fringey applied this year with his show that isn’t very edgy, but has become a PBS special, and he didn't get in – so he’s assuming they are looking for edgy over credentials. They know best what they can sell up there. I have a friend who performed in the festival a few years ago – a show called, “Babylove,” - so I’m assuming they’re looking for something that is a little left of center. Still, it’s the best solo gig around. With performers getting $400 bucks a show and all travel and accommodations paid for it’s the best kept secret in the solo performing universe.

Save the Date

When: May 21- 31, 2009

Where: Victoria BC, Canada – Intrepid Theatre

What: An annual international festival of solo theatrical performance.

Info for Performers

You get: 3 performances, a technician, box office service, and promotional assistance in a 50-150 seat theatre, hotel accommodations and travel expense.

Performer Split: You generally get $400 per show.

Shows: 45-90 minutes in length. Solo shows only

Fringe Info

Selection process: Jury

Application Deadline: December 1, 2008

Cost: $35 Application Fee

Additional Costs: None

Questions: Janet Munsil, Producer (250)383-2663 at


- Download application from

- Send snail mail application.


ASobler said...

I did UNO in 2004. My show is not too left of center in terms of theatre, pretty standard show. I think they are just looking for stuff they like. I had an awesome time there and the people were great. If you are used to fringing, this festival is a nice change from having to stress about your house size, expenses etc.

Amy said...

I performed in UNO the same year Alix did. It's not a new festival -- in fact, it's extremely well-known, and VERY competitive at this point -- I'd guess they get at least a hundred applicants for 6-10 spots in the fest, if not more. The directors like shows that have mileage on them and often choose shows that have done well on the Fringe circuit; they also try to get a balance of genders/orientations/ethnicities, from what I can see. For a couple years now they've chosen shows that were based in Canada (ie, no US shows), which made me think that maybe they had to watch expenses, but it could have also been coincidence. Anyway, it is a fantastic time, and anyone who gets in should feel both proud and lucky. :)