The Show Must Go On is absolute gold. Victoria’s Jeff Leard gives audiences a window into his travels with a local children’s theatre company as they perform 186 shows in schools across Canada. With his small company, Leard drives 7,568 kilometers of road, encounters Canada’s wilderness, meets dangerous bikers and most importantly, introduces thousands of children to the magic of theatre.
Hilarious, heartfelt and a little crude, this show reminded me why the autobiographical, comedic tale is the bread and butter of Fringe. To add to everything else, I was impressed by the story layering, sound effects and energy.
Leard’s story is a reminder that finding the sweet spots in life often takes perseverance, sometimes even through 186 performances of Rumpelstiltskin.
One of my favorites of Victoria’s 2013 Fringe Festival, The Show Must Go On plays at VCM Wood Hall (907 Pandora). For showtimes, click here.