Nancy Kenny Breezes into the Fringe on her cross-country solo show tour
I'm in awe of quirky writers. People who find interesting spins on interesting topics involving interesting people regarding just the strangest types of quirks are often the people who make me laugh. They make me laugh with a little bit of "yeah", right? With a little bit of "yeah that's so funny". It doesn't mean that only marginal topics make for good comedy, it just means that the writers who go there, really go there, refreshing us, sprinkling us with things we never thought of, make me laugh in a particular way. An enjoyable-chuckle way. I believe Nancy Kenny to be one of those writers.
Roller Derby Saved My Soul is a solo-show written and performed by Kenny wherein a shy comic book geek and her bossy sister join the competitive world of roller derby in order to grow into themselves a little more. Is this a coming of age story? I don't know. Is it a sports story? I have no idea. Doesn't matter. Here's what I love about it: Simple. Simple. Yet, so quirky. We've all been there: Joining recreational activities in order to pursue a personality, a facet of ourselves that needs a little more developing. (I'm personally laughing because at age 25 I've just learned how to ride a bike and it has changed my life.) The combination of quirky "what?" factor, that little hue of absurdity, combined with real emotional resonance, is brilliant. It's a work that Kenny has been nurturing since 2009. She premiered the piece in the Ottawa Fringe in 2011 and since then the piece has become it's own monster, transforming through performance after performance as Kenny continues to tour it across North America this summer. Catch her at the Montreal Fringe or become a total groupie and follow her across the country. Either way, why would you ever want to miss a show involving someone on roller skates? How can you miss that. Don't. Check it out next week!
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Roller Derby Saved My Soul opens Monday June 16th at Mainline Theatre in Montreal.
Additional runs at Fringe Montreal: June 17-19, 21-22
Tickets on sale now!
For additional information on Kenny's cross country tour: click here.
If you're inspired by Kenny's cross country tour, and you're looking to learn more about the Fringe experience from a real pro, check out her new documentary On The Fringe. The film gives an inside look on the Canadian fringe scene and bits of pieces of it have already been released.
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