Fringe Fest 2017 was one for the record books

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement In fact, 67.5 per cent of shows, or 108 out of 160, were written, directed or choreographed by a female artist.That’s an amazing statistic, especially since it’s not reflected in the theatre scene during the other 50 weeks of the year.It was also a great year for cultural diversity. Some of the strongest ensemble shows, like Nasty, Grey, Hands Down and Lysistrata showcased performers who reflect the population of the city, and not the same old white faces we see routinely on mainstages.READ MORE Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Fringe 2017 will go down in history for several reasons.It was the biggest ever Toronto Fringe, with 160 shows, which may have had something to do with its record-breaking sales of $519,707 (the first time it’s broken the $500K mark); it was the first Fringe at its new home at Scadding Court; the near-paperless ticketing system, which had a trial run at last winter’s Next Stage Festival, went very smoothly; and this was the final Fringe under executive director Kelly Straughan.It was also the year that #FringeFemmeTO, a hashtag to celebrate women playwrights, directors and choreographers at the Toronto Fringe, really broke through and got people discussing gender parity in theatre. Advertisementlast_img