Little Orange Man at the Edmonton Fringe Festival

Ingrid Hansen in Little Orange Man. Photo credit: Al Smith

Ingrid Hansen in Little Orange Man. Photo credit: Al Smith

Little Orange Man by SNAFU Dance
August 12, 16 – 18, 20, 21 at Fring Venue #4: The Academy at King Edward
More information: snafudance.com


An interview with Ingrid Hansen. 

Describe your show in five words

Inception meets Pixar’s movie Up

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

In Little Orange Man, eleven-year-old Kitt (the title character from Kitt & Jane) is troubled by a re-occurring dream. With no adults left in her world she can trust, she places an ad on Craigslist inviting a group of strangers into her subconscious to help fight her darkest battle.  One part Inception, one part Pixar’s movie Up, and featuring SNAFU’s signature puppetry, Little Orange Man has been called “magical and touching…a must-see” by the Ottawa Citizen.

It’s an experience rated E for Everyone, which critics have said is “like something you would expect to see in a Wes Andersen film.”

★★★★★ — Onstage Ottawa

“Unbelievably funny” — PLANK Magazine

“Remarkable feats of puppetry” — CBC

“A true pleasure that I would recommend to anyone who has become a little too familiar with reality.” – Charlebois Post

“Half the time I was bawling, the other half I was laughing out loud.  Hansen’s manipulation of found object puppets- many of which are made of food- is so lifelike that you find it hard to believe they aren’t alive.” -The Craig Review

“Visually stunning, incredibly inventive, haunting and hilarious, Little Orange Man is an enchanting, fantastical theatre dream.” – CVV Magazine

In the trailer for your show, you talk about giving some insight into people who are exploited. Can you talk a bit more about what you wanted to explore in Little Orange Man?

In Kitt’s world, stories produce reality.  Stories come from everywhere: suitcases, shadow puppets, songs, and the bits of leftover food she saved from lunch. There is light and darkness. Humour and pathos. English and Danish. Attention Deficit Disorder.

We’ve performed Little Orange Man with a sign language interpreter for members of the Deaf community.  We’ve also taken the show behind bars, and performed it for the men at William Head Prison!  (We’ve done the same with Kitt & Jane.)

Little Orange Man involves some audience participation. Can you give Edmonton audiences a hint of how they’ll be participating in the show?

Ooh- dirty word.  We never use the words “audience participation.”

In Little Orange Man, the audience collectively gets a role to play within the fiction of the story.  They are the dream experts, the volunteer strangers who saw Kitt’s craigslist ad and decided to show up.  The rest unfolds from there in real-time.  Although you sit comfortably in the dark, a few audience members may connect through Kitt’s home-made dream-helmet technology and receive an avatar onstage, who lives through a dream experience for them.

Little Orange Man is a prequel to Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future. What gems or ‘Easter eggs’ do you have in store for audiences who caught that show two years ago?

You can find Jane (Kitt’s shy sidekick, played by the unforgettable Rod Peter Jr in Kitt & Jane) in the show if you really lean in.  Little Orange Man takes place in the story timeline before Jane and Kitt become friends–when they are still suspicious of each other from across the playground.  Kitt’s ‘Uncle Roy’ (from Kitt & Jane) is back in the booth, and helps to ‘DJ’ the experience.

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

This show was created for adult audiences.  (Note – this is not a kid’s show.)  However, you’re welcome to bring children, and indeed they love the show and the darker moments may go over their heads.  There are several blackouts, which children under the age of 5 may find frightening.

Also, Little Orange Man has been selected to represent Canada at the World Fringe Congress this November!  (Such prestige!) We’re very excited.  This is the first time Canada has hosted the World Fringe Congress, and it will be in Montreal November 16-18th.  After our opening at the Edmonton Fringe on Friday Aug 12th at 6pm, we’re inviting everyone in the audience to come and celebrate at the beer tent with us so come and join us !

Also, in Little Orange Man, there is a hippo.  See video here:

The 35th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 11 – 21. Tickets go on sale August 3 at noon and will be available at tickets.fringetheatre.ca.

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