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The big programme release - part 6

This is it! Our final artist drop for Gothenburg Fringe 2022, on the eve of our big ticket release, and we have some juicy shows to whet your appetite.

As promised, tickets for the festival on 7-11 September will drop tomorrow, Friday 29 July - in the afternoon.

We won't tell you exactly when here but if you want to be among the first to secure your seats for these performances, sign up to our newsletter now.

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Garry Starr: Greece Lightning by Garry Starr (Australia)

An overzealous idiot attempts to perform all of Greek Mythology in less than 60 minutes in order to save his Hellenic homeland from economic ruin.

Never before has Medusa been looser, Achilles more sillies, or Uranus so heinous.

Having single-handedly saved the performing arts in 2018 with his multi-award-winning debut show, comic wunderkind Garry Starr returns with another anarchic masterclass not to be mythed.

Greece Lightning just kicked ass at one of the world’s largest arts festivals, Adelaide Fringe, this year, and we are thrilled to bring him to Gothenburg and GEST on 8-10 September.

Baggage from Baghdad by Valerie David (USA)

Forced to flee Iraq due to religious persecution during the 1941 “Farhud” pogrom, Valerie David’s paternal Middle Eastern Jewish family built a new home in America. Their inspirational journey mirrors today’s growing intolerance of race, religion and sexual orientation.

This play is a story of a father and a daughter learning to love and accept their differences, and how a father’s tale of survival and perseverance shaped his daughter’s future and who she is today.

Biejvvelådde -Från fuskl*pp till fjäril by Pandemic productions AB (Sápmi)

A performance where we through spoken word poetry, music and visuals get to follow Timimie Gassko Märak in both thoughts and feelings on the journey towards language.

Not finding the words. Not feeling good enough. Not even daring to try. The performance is centred around language and sámi identity, how it is affected by colonial history.

Anyway... by Mauricio Rodriguez Villavizar (Iceland)

A stand-up comedy show about a Dominican man’s life in Iceland. This is the first time Mauricio will be performing outside of Iceland and we are delighted he is coming here to do it.

You’ll be able to catch his set at Kvartersscenen 2Lång and Oceanen during Fringe!

The Trombone Guy's Story by Teater KEF (Sweden)

A virtuoso trombone player and a winner of multiple theatre awards across the Atlantic tells a hilarious and touching account of one year in his life, framed by magical and exciting music, created with the help of live loop machines.

Elias Faingersh was a hit last year with A Solo from the Pit and we are buzzed to have his new work at Oceanen this year.

Space Mama Piggy by Sólveig Eva Magnúsdóttir (Iceland)

Space Mama Piggy is a sweet graphic novel in-the-works about motherhood, empty nest, low self-worth, grief and shame. Excerpts from her Proof of Concept issue appeared at the Stockholm and Reykjavík Fringes in 2020.

Now the author has received two grants to complete the 250 page graphic novel in 2022. Sólveig is therefore illustrating more fantastical world concepts and writing additional chapters to be shared with audiences through an open gallery viewing and a comic for sale at Oceanen throughout the festival.

Kinetic / Improviseason by Feri Sri Danarto, Martin Johansson (Sweden/Indonesia)

Kinetic is the result from a motion. Therefore, kinetics is dependent on movement for its effect. Without it, it does not exist. Here the result of motion is explored, and the consequences analysed. The kinetic is not only affected by the movements executed by the dancer. Also, the viewers and the surrounding environment is influencing the effect. The dancer feels this through the curtain material. The energy from the body is transformed into something floating.

The show will also feature Improviseason, a film on improvisational dance in urban and non-urban places in Sweden, Denmark and France.

Sit up Comedy show by Sit up Comedy / Karal Group (Sweden)

A two-hour mashup of comedy, featuring an international headliner, Swedish and expat pros selected by fellow comedians and three amateurs chosen from Gothenburg.

After three sell-out shows last year, Sit up and take notice this September!

Astronaut/2x2m: Portraits of isolation by Milica Denković / Fuji Hoffmann (Serbia/Sweden)

An intermedia video art installation around the theme of pandemic and its impact on people's daily lives, emotions, and mental health.

Astronaut/2x2m is a 2x2 white square was used as a frame for performative and textual expression. It represents a personal space and a safety measure. Represent everything we as emotional beings are experiencing during the pandemic and isolation.

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