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Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Play the Fool Festival

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Play the Fool Festival

Physical performers, clowns, and comedic character actors are invited to apply to Play the Fool Festival, Edmonton’s festival of clown and physical comedy.

Application deadline: March 31st, 2018, 6 pm MST
Festival dates: Sept 27 – 30, 2018
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Held in historic Old Strathcona at the ATB Financial Arts Barns, Play the Fool Festival brings together seasoned and emerging local, national, and international clown and physical theatre artists for four days of performances that embrace risk, exploration, and play. We encourage applications from both established and emerging theatre artists, and artists with diverse identities, and cultural backgrounds.

Past festivals have served as a scouting ground for Cirque de Soleil, and have featured performances by; Deanna Fleysher (Butt Kapinski); Michael Kennard (Mump & Smoot); Iman Lizarazu; Jed Tomlinson & Jacqueline Russell (Sizzle & Spark); Pratik Motwani, James Peck & Sarah Peters (Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre); Amelia Van Brunt, Adam Keefe, Christine Lesiak, Allan Turner (Mullet), Chris Ross & Travis Bernhardt, Aytahn Ross, The Grand Salto Theatre, and dozens of other professional and emerging performers.

— Full-length professional productions, maximum show length of 60 minutes.
— Short works from established and emerging artists for our double & triple bill series, length of 15-30 minutes.
All forms and styles of clowning and physical comedy are encouraged to apply – red nose, mask, dance comedy, bouffon, character pieces, comedy burlesque, acrobatics, slapstick, puppetry, etc.

— The festival is not tailored towards children.
— Full-length shows running at the 2018 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, Aug 16-26, will not normally be considered.
— There is a $20 application fee.

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