Beautiful Nonsense at the Edmonton Fringe Festival

Beautiful Nonsense by Liam Coady and Leif Ingebrigtsen

Upstairs at The Armoury (10310 85 avenue) August 14 – 20, 22
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Beautiful nonsense. Photo credit: Mat Simpson.

Beautiful nonsense. Photo credit: Mat Simpson.

An interview with Leif Ingebrigtsen.

Describe your show in five words.

It’s Poetic Music Theatre Magic

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

Our show is a tightly packed series of poetic vignettes woven together with song, stage, props and costumes. It’s Liam’s poetry, Leif’s music, and our combined theatre experience all in one!

Beautiful Nonsense is a collaboration between Liam Coady, a poet, and Lief Ingebrigtsen, a musician. Why did you want to combine your talents to create this piece?

Collaborating with other artists in your discipline can be a lot of fun, but with artists of different mediums its a whole new world of possibility. We create a dialogue between music and words; we get to help each other share a story using what we each know best. (When Leif and I work together, theres magic and meaning in every piano key he strikes and every word I speak.)

Your press release calls Beautiful Nonsense a “fantastical multidimensional storytelling journey”. How are the fantastical and multidimensional elements woven into the show?

The poems deal with a variety of themes, places, stories, and characters. We bring to life the world of each poem on stage: the music sets the tone, the set and props fill the world, and the poetry tells the tale.

What do you hope audiences walk away from Beautiful Nonsense talking about?

We want to give the audiences an experience like nothing they’ve ever seen or heard before. We want people to walk away with a moment, whether it be a metaphor in the poetry or a chord progression on the keys. Or even better, when the two paired up. “When the piano started playing at the same time as he said that line.” To be vague.

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

Our venue has beer.

Bonus question: Any names you want to drop who have been involved in your show (Edmonton arts people or otherwise)?

We’re super thankful for the skills and kindness of so many awesome people. Perry Gratton, Megan Dart, Matt Schuurman, Cheyenne Sykes, Beth Dart, Ahmed Knowmadic, The Breathe-In Poetry Collective, and Gato the Cat.

The 34th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 13 – 23. Get your tickets at

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