Seance! at the Edmonton Fringe Festival

Clare Mullen in Edmonton Fringe Festival show Seance. Photo credit: Phil Zyp

Clare Mullen in Edmonton Fringe Festival show Seance. Photo credit: Phil Zyp

Seance!  by Ron Pearson
August 11 – 20 at Venue #17: The Roxy on Gateway


An interview with Ron Pearson. 

Describe your show in five words.

Unpredictable thrillride into the unknown!

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

Seance! is a recreation of a 1920’s spiritualist meeting in which the audience will have their minds read, see ghosts, and become direct participants in the search for the next world. WARNING: Not for the faint of heart!

2016 is the 20th anniversary of the original production of Seance! Why did you want to revisit the show again 20 years later?

We wanted to remount Seance! because we had so much fun doing it the first time! We have been talking about it for a number of years, but other commitments kept getting in the way. Last summer we realized that it would be the 20th anniversary of the show in 2016, so we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do it again.

Can you talk a bit about the changes to this production of Seance! from the original?

The original was set in the Victorian era and our new version is set in the 1920’s, near the end of the Spiritualist movement. I think the show reflects this change very well – the world was transforming quickly and the old ways of doing things were drawing to a close (very similar to our modern era). The characters in the show also go through some dramatic changes, and the audience is taken on a more complex journey than in the original production.

You say this production of Seance! is even scarier than the original. Can you give audiences a sense of what types of frightening moments they can look forward to?

It’s difficult to go into much detail about the scarier aspects of the show because they are based on the element of surprise. I think the best way of describing it is to compare the experience to riding a roller coaster – there will be a lot of twists and turns!

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

We are just thrilled to be able to perform this show again in it’s new incarnation. We hope our audience enjoys it as much as we do!

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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