The Greatest Monkey Show on Earth at Edmonton Fringe Festival

The Greatest Monkey Show on Earth
C103 (8529 Gateway Blvd.) August 15, 16, 18, 20. 22. 23, 24
More information: rosstravis.com/antic-in-a-drain/the-greatest-monkey-show-on-earth


An interview with Ross Travis.

Describe your show in five words.

It’s about to get bananas.

Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description?

Prepare to be overwhelmed to flabbergastion and stupefaction as you see incredible feats of intelligence, dexterity and sophistication unlike anything you’ve seen from our primate ancestors before. This isn’t your run of the mill animal show here — no sir you are in for something special! No trainer, no ringmaster, just one highly intelligent, extremely agile, genetically superior monkey and you: the adoring audience. Chinese pole, hoop diving, audience interaction, monkey antics and the breathtaking brilliance of the show’s creator, Mr. Magnificent, create one life-changing hour.

What exactly are Chinese pole acrobatics? How do you learn to become a Chinese pole acrobat?

Chinese pole acrobatics are done on a long vertical pole planted in the ground. The apparatus dates back to the 12th century in the Chinese tradition of circus. The training is incredibly taxing, bitter and brutal. Charles, the monkey in our show, has been training on pole for five years now. Pole takes a lot of concentration, dedication and pain tolerance for a human to do, much less an animal. Thankfully Charles is quite the resilient little creature. Climbing is in his blood. Never before has a primate been able to do what he can do.

Tell us a bit about how you explore the themes of captivity and freedom in your show.

I don’t want to give too much away but this is a groundbreaking animal show where we are allowing Charles to roam free and run the show himself. This show gives new definition to the term ‘animal liberty show.’ This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and, I should say, absolutely safe. We know exactly what we’re doing.

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

Bring your cotton candy, bring your popcorn, bring your hot dogs, bring your loved ones, bring your bananas, sit back, relax and let us entertain you with monkey business.

Bonus question: Any names you want to drop who have been involved in your show?

Mr Magnificent was involved in the creation of this show. Have you heard of him? Of course you have.

The 33rd Edmonton International Fringe is August 14 – 24. Get your tickets at tickets.fringetheatre.ca.

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