By Steven O. Evans, PhD
South Florida Fringe brings a unique style of theatrical entertainment to Wilton Theater Factory. Two one-man shows, Delirium and God is a Scottish Drag Queen give audiences a hilarious evening of engagement. Delirium tells the story of his grandfather’s book on butterflies, through the mysterious connection between love and death. God is a Scottish Drag Queen God comes dressed in a floral power suit to skewer everything from Justin Bieber to the Pope in an unforgettable two act comedy of biblical proportions. OutClique magazine talked with Bob Young, Executive Director of South Florida Fringe, who’s bringing the shows to the stage.
Steven: Bob, tell our readers about Fringe! What’s the concept?
Bob: Following the example of the Edinburgh Fringe, other Fringe Festivals have sprung up in Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia, many of which follow the true Fringe philosophy, to provide independent performance artists with the opportunity to show their work in an uncensored and unjuried environment and to give 100% of ticket sales back to them.
The South Florida Fringe Festival (formerly, the Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival) began in 2012 as a weekend-long event sponsored by Broward College. On May 2-5, 2019, in Wilton Manors, FL, we will present our fifth Fringe Festival, now sponsored by ArtServe., a 501(c)(3) corporation, making all contributions tax-deductible to the maximum amount allowed by law.
Fringe Festivals are Inclusive, Unjuried, Accessible, Uncensored, so you might see something strange or something magnificent, but all-in-all, there’s something for everyone!
SOE: What can audiences expect from Delirium?
BY: Delirium is a true story about love, loss, and monarch butterflies. It’s Martin Dockery’s autobiographical account of meeting his wife, opening an absurdist restaurant at Burning Man, and saying goodbye to his closest companion, his dog. Through humor and heartbreak, we follow Dockery’s equally devastating and uplifting account of both falling in love and falling apart.
SOE: How does Martin Dockery bring Delirium to life?
BY: There is no rigid script for Delirium. Rather, it’s a tale told extemporaneously each night, so as to retain the organic nature of a story being told for the very first time. Dockery uses the full stage to perform the action of the tale while simultaneously narrating it, creating a dynamic, immersive, and energized experience for the audience. He spins multiple narrative threads all at once, weaving a tapestry that ranges from an airport in Toronto to the desert of Nevada, and from an apartment in Brooklyn to the central highlands of Mexico.
SOE: Tell us how God can be a Scottish drag queen.
BY: Mike Delamont is a very popular comedian and entertainer in Canada. One of his most popular characters has now evolved into several very funny shows with God as a frumpy Scottish drag queen. We meet God, barefoot and dressed in plain, ill-fitting drag, as she comes down to skewer everything from Justin Bieber to the Pope, from Platypus to Pocahontas in, as one reviewer put it, an “unforgettable two-act comedy of biblical proportions.”
Across the world-wide Fringe circuit, Mike has won more than 18 ‘Best of the Fest’ awards, and has broken ticket sale records at festivals across the continent with audiences waiting 10 hours in line to get tickets.
SOE: What is your favorite part about Mike Delamont’s style of comedy?
BY: Like Martin Docklery, it seems unscripted. Mike, as God, is totally relaxed in his delivery, with seemingly impromptu, off-the-cuff one-liners that are just hysterical. And then you realize it is a razor sharp satire on the human condition, presented in a way to make you laugh and think at the same time. Again, both he and Dockery have a very natural way of leading you on a journey of discovery through humor, humility, and just pure talent.