Looking to the future, the Hamilton Fringe Festival has announced the launch of Frost Bites, a curated site-specific performance festival that will be held in February 2016.
The new festival is organized by members of ALERT, the Fringe’s education program for young emerging theatre professionals based in Hamilton. Bringing together the hottest artists and companies in the city, the goal is to create an amazing event with a party-like atmosphere. With the price of admission, ticket holders get to hang out with the artists and other audience members while breaking off to see the unconventional theatre these artists have created in unconventional spaces.
Applications for the Frost Bites Festival are currently being accepted and are due on September 4, 2015.
The Hamilton Fringe Festival recently wrapped up, with 46 companies performing in venues across the downtown core. Total box office, which is paid out to the artists, was down from 2014. The total box office collected this year totaled $62,496, a 17% decrease from last year.
“It was definitely a more challenging year,” said festival publicist Allison Warwick. “Although online sales increased, I think the Fringe was affected by the Pan Am Games and the heat wave during our opening weekend.”
Local company Make Art Theatre’s production of the Shakespearean classic Much Ado About Nothing was the highest-grossing show and winner of the Hamilton Fringe Festival’s Best of Fringe Award. Red Betty Theatre’s Rukmini’s Gold by Hamilton-based playwright Radha S. Menon took home the coveted Critics’ Choice Award. Kintsukuroi Productions’ Bloom, a verbatim play tackling mental illness and directed by recent McMaster University graduate Jill Kooymans, won Audience Choice.
You can check out our reviews of some of the acts during this year’s festival here.