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The big programme release - part 1

Updated: Jul 8, 2022

Gothenburg Fringe 2022 is just over two months away and our programme is well and truly set for the festival on 7-11 September.

Tickets for all performances will be launched next week. If you want to be among the first to secure your seats for these brilliant shows, sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

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We'll share details of all productions in the coming weeks and here is the first batch of 10. Enjoy!

Something in the Water

by Scantily Glad Theatre (Canada)

'Enter into a wacky world of sea monsters in high heels and angry mobs with tiny pitchforks' (InDaily).

When Grumms transforms into a squid monster (think Creature from the Black Lagoon meets The Muppets ), they must hide their secret identity and disguise as a "normal human woman". Stunning live feed video projections, puppetry and physical comedy combine in this absurd exploration of gender identity, inspired by performer/creator, S.E. Grummett's experience coming out as transgender.

“Grumms submerges their audience in a highly unique experience I doubt you would find with any of the Fringe’s other performances.” – Verse Magazine (Adelaide, Australia) Be submerged at Atalante on 8, 9 and 10 September.

An invitation to a space by David Sperling Bolander, Joel Heirås, Michele Collins, Sofia Smulan Sjögren (Sweden)

Invitation to a space is an experimental play with words, movement, sound rhythm, objects - and Space. The textual thread is Gertrude Stein's Portrait For Max Jacob from the collection Portraits and Prayers. We examine the rhythmic dynamics of the text in an open format. - ie no set structure, which offers a lot of space to investigate ideas and approaches in the moment. We are keeping the process open to improvisation and enjoyment, to let meanings and form emerge as we go along.

This exciting experimental collective will set the tone at PanJál Scenstudio on 9 and 10 September.

Your Flaws: The Musical by Lee Apsey, Patrick Clopon, Emma Wessleus (UK/Sweden)

A unique, improvised musical theatre experience from minds behind 5☆ multiple Edinburgh Fringe sell-out CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation and international festival favourite Multiverse. The exceptionally flawed performers of YFTM take an audience member's perceived self-weakness, something they'd wish to remove or better understand about themselves, and pull the room together on a hilarious and heartfelt rollercoaster of discovery. Turning concerns into group catharsis through musical theatre.

Five-star improv at Gothenburg’s five-star home of improv, Kvartersscenen 2Lång, on 9, 10 and 11 September.

JAZZFÅGLAR by Kollektivet Jazzfåglar (Sweden/Finland)

In JAZZFÅGLAR we invite the audience to go bird watching a new species called JAZZFÅGLAR - a hybrid of many different birds and a completely unique species. The piece is a musical, energetic and curious research of birds' movement, behaviour and life through an exploration of jazz dance. Our main theme for the performance is the authentic jazz dance style of imitating animals, Animal Dances, in a contemporary shape.

JAZZFÅGLAR will take place at Oceanen on 10 and 11 September, presented in collaboration with Barnens Ocean.

The Sensemaker by Woman's Move (Switzerland)

Have you ever waited on the phone for too long, with a repetitive muzak playing on a loop and an irritating robotic voice telling you endlessly that your request is being processed? And so does the protagonist of ‘The Sensemaker’ until she is gradually stretched beyond her limits. Mixing theatre and dance, this dystopian battle between a woman and an answering machine questions the effects of new technologies on our lives and the laborious administrative procedures of our bureaucratic systems.

Gothenburg Fringe favourite Elsa Couvreur brings this award-winning show back to town and will be performing at GEST on 8, 9 and 10 September.

EuroVisionary by Kimi Tayler (Iceland)

A choose your own adventure Europop extravaganza on a shoestring by a comedian with little discernible musical talent but a lot of love for the worlds greatest song contest. Think the drive of Sweden, heart of Moldova, budget of North Macedonia, dreams of Iceland & mediocrity of the UK. The audience makes the decisions; banger or ballad? World peace or a thinly veiled political swipe? Expect costume changes, key changes & a shirtless man with a big drum. This show is anything but nil poi.

Kimi is back in town and bringing this Europop extravaganza to Oceanen on 8, 10 and 11 September.

Journey to the Kingdom of Hypnos by Spectacle & Mirth (USA)

Do you remember where Sleep is, Dear Ones? Mnemosyne invites you to close your eyes and journey to the court of that benevolent Greek god-creature of Slumber. But beware, in this Underworld the River of Oblivion is spilling over her shores and threatens the Waking.

This will introduce you to a place you’ve rarely been deep enough to find. The source of your sleep. Travel and discover the vast environs of collective unconsciousness... all whilst the outside environment restricts where our physical forms may go.

After remotely starring in Gothenburg Fringe’s opening evening in 2020, we can finally welcome Carmel Clavin to Gathenhielmska huset in person on 9, 10 and 11 September.

Yellow - We're Halfway There by Yellow Jacket Collective (Sweden/France)

Welcome into our yellow universe! Yellow - We’re Halfway There is a nuanced and playful reflection on young adult life and its ups and downs. Contrasting interpretations of the colour’s spectrum, such as happiness and danger, are put into motion on stage. In our yellow universe, we let the body translate, be inspired and speak for all shades of the color, as a metaphor for life. Humanity, vulnerability and friendship constitutes the core of the piece while using the color yellow as a red thread.

This pair of emerging dance artists will bring their highly-rated work to Teater Trixter on 10 and 11 September.

Don Quixote by Red Nose Company (Finland)

Don Quixote is the mother of all road trips. In the play two clowns, Mike & Zin, play all the characters of Don Quixote, treating the classic in a most respectful and heart-warming way. The play takes the audience on a journey through Europe and while doing that, tackles the teams from humanity, justice, friendship and idealism. Don Quixote premiered in 2019 and after the performance has toured all the main stages of Finland.

The play has been loved by the audience and critics alike and you will have a chance to see it at Kvartersscenen 2Lång on 8 and 9 September.

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