10,000 sq. feet of paper. One pen. Canadian Comedy Award Winner, Off-Broadway performer, and 22x Best-of-Fest Alastair Knowles (JAMES & JAMESY) is a living sketch, determined to find depth in a 2-dimensional world.
- 6:30 pm
- 9:15 pm
- 4:00 pm
- 9:00 pm
- 7:15 pm
- 5:00 pm
Location: McManus Stage
7 thoughts on “INK”
This is performance art. Do not expect a story… Don’t go with preconceived notions… Just go for the experience and enjoy the ride.
When you enter, the stage is empty, with just a roll of white paper suspended above the stage. It’s central to the performance, and a lot of fun to see Alistair interact with.
The show is nearly free of spoken word – almost mimed.
Go with an open mind!
Alastair Knowles has created beautiful, evocative theatre in his production “Ink.” His two-dimensional character, made to appear as a black and white drawing, interacts with the audience to comedic effect (no spoilers here!) What magic can he create with a marker and a large role of newsprint? If you have seen Alastair’s other shows such as James and Jamesy, you will understand that as an audience member you’ll be a part of the show. And you’ll be more than willing to travel down the rabbit hole with him as your guide. The theme of how to become real in a superficial world appeared to resonate with the almost sold-out audience on Friday evening. At the end of the show, Alastair announced that this was his first solo show; it was a pleasure to co-create this performance with him!
If you’re expecting a show along the lines of James and Jamsey you’re likely in for a disappointment.
I found the show too artsy fartsy for my taste. My friend loved it.
Conclusion – you’re either going to love or hate this show.
The whole point of a Fringe festival is the freedom to take risks. And this show – which is about as Fringy as it gets – is the perfect example of a creative risk, and one which certainly works!
In ‘Ink’, directed by Fringe veteran Stéphanie Morin-Robert, actor Alastair Knowles delighted the audience with his journey…well, I don’t want to give anything away, because the actual plot of this show is open to wide interpretation. But there was a journey, and Knowles committed fully to his character throughout.
The two most impressive things about ‘Ink’ were the passion and physicality of Knowles, and the fact that the audience was completely on board with…well, whatever was happening (again, I don’t want to give anything away). Truly a commendable performance by an immensely talented artist.
As one audience member declaimed upon exiting the theatre: “I loved it! That was nuts! Anything could have happened!” Truer words could not have been spoken.
This is why we have a Fringe Festival! Don’t miss it!
Really very much not something I enjoyed. My hubby didn’t care for it either, but was glad we went so we knew what is was about… the write-up in the Fringe book sounded intriguing; unfortunately the show for us wasn’t.
This is a show that I could see again and again. Each time it could be interpreted just a little bit different. The story resonated with me on so many levels. It had me laughing and holding my breath at the same time – a great ride all the way – Thanks for an amazing show!!!
Don’t miss this show – be open to this engaging performance and you will come away with a whole new outlook and understanding of an artist and his work…. open to interpretation
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