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  • Chris O'Reilly

Haunting music, an epic Norse journey and a freestyle rap comedy rollercoaster - Artist drop no.4

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

We are just over a month away from the start of Gothenburg Fringe 2023 and the artist drops continue with eight more splendid shows ranging in styles and genres with something to intrigue every taste.

Gothenburg Fringe Festival 2023 takes place on 1-10 September, when approximately 110 performances at 9 venues around the city. Fringe gathers a unique blend of talented artists from around the world in theatre, comedy, dance, music, poetry and everything in between.

We're celebrating our eighth year in Gothenburg and the new longer format will give you an opportunity to experience more than ever before.

Curious? Come along and discover this celebration of alternative performing arts for yourself and get your tickets here.

Jon and Ollie (UK/Sweden)

Fab-u-lous! A high-energy physical comedy about a lonely old man and a homeless dog who become friends and enter the world of ballroom dancing. Little do they know what troubles awaits! A cat - Cat Steven - with a mastermind like no one else, and his puppet ruler The Mayor of Barking (London), is setting out to unveil the most evil plan in history! ...which is bad news for all pooches! Get ready for comedy, slapstick, crazy characters and enthusiastic dance routines for the whole family!

Lee Apsey (UK)

'8 Mile' meets 'Whose-Line-Is-It-Anyway?' A freestyle rap comedy rollercoaster where international artists and guests compete in unplanned lyrical challenges and create mind blowing verses on the spot. Witness rap miracles involving random internet memes, audience words, and trying to give life advice in a song whilst repeatedly rhyming with "orange."

Hosted by Lee Apsey AKA Sick Wittington (Winner 'Best Musical/Improv" Leicester Comedy Festival. Co-creator 'Your Flaws: The Musical' & 'CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation.') his 5-star, multiple sell-out shows have been described as: "Innovation and top tier entertainment" ★★★★★ (WEE REVIEW) "A spectacular must see" ★★★★★ (BUNBURY MAGAZINE) "Downright hilarious" ★★★★ 1/2 (CHRONICLE)

by Christian Hjärner (Sweden)

An improv show where focus is on the body, music and sounds. Words are rarely spoken (If at all). Different scenes are played and are generated from a single suggestion from the audience, somtimes scenes are longer and sometimes shorter. We aim to find different themes with focus on how our bodies communicate with each other and what emotions come out from it. Sometimes stories are told closer to reality but can also be more of a picture where emotions and the body is in focus.

by Iryna Serebriakova (Ukraine)

"City Where Hares Live" is a collection of short tales meant to be read aloud. The tales show Swedish city inhabitants in different seasons of the year. There are hares, lizards, squirrels, birds, and also humans interacting with each other and the world.

When we read a Wikipedia article about any city, its population is always mentioned, but only the number of people living in the city is provided. "City where Hares Live" is an attempt to show the city population in a more detailed and varied way.

If we discover the city for real, not only humans live there, and humans do not always even make a majority.

by Strange Fangs Song Factory (USA)

Winner of the "Fringe of the Fringe" Award (Reykjavik Fringe 2022), "Do You See What I Hear?" is returning to tour in 2023! Haunting, beautiful piano and electric cello by James Glasgow. Immersive poetry by Mario Moroni (Lorenzo Montano Poetry Prize). A dramatic and often visceral conversation between music and spoken word, touring after critically acclaimed runs in NYC, Philadelphia, New Orleans, the Edinburgh Fringe, Italy, London, Reykjavik, Atlanta, and Brazil.

Sigmund The Viking (Norway)

A clown comedy about yoga vikings and goji berries.

Sigmund The Viking is suffering from a very powerful and sudden spiritual awakening.

Changing his Viking ways, he puts down his sword and decides to spread the teachings of peace and love as a yoga teacher. But the past catches up and forces him to find his true purpose... And this fearsome warrior must choose between bloodshed and healing.

An epic Norse journey into masculinity, myth, sacrifice (personal) and sacrifice (literal).

by Oleg Denisov

What happens when a philosopher and a comedian come into a bar? In this case, a long night of drinking alone.

Oleg Denisov, a critically acclaimed international comedian, screenwriter, and philosopher by training, sets out to answer mankind’s biggest questions with the most unlikely medium: jokes. Jokes that will take you on a rollercoaster ride from all the ancient Greek dudes with questionable morals, to the great issues of the modern day – like should we hate Starbucks because of ethics, or just because their coffee is sh*t.

Will you laugh a lot? Yes. Will the show change you forever? Definitely: you’ll be at least 60 minutes older after it (if none the wiser).

Will there be exactly 100 jokes? Come on, it’s philosophy not maths.

"Razor-sharp insight and rapid-fire laughs" (Manchester Evening News)

★★★★ “Hilarious... filled with brilliant jokes” (The Student Edinburgh)

★★★★ “A well-honed act, leaving the audience relaxed and hungry for the next killer line, the next exuberant punchline” (Mumble Comedy)

★★★★ "Fascinating comedian... cerebral and provocative" (The Edinburgh Reporter)

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