Another F!*#@$G Festival! It’s at Theatre Network and the headliner is the Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes

Little Willy photo supplied by the Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca

Not Another F!*#@$F Festival! You say that, Edmonton, but you know you love them. Theatre Network is launching a new festival at the Roxy, of the adult contemporary multi-disciplinary stripe, Feb 7 to 12. You get to name it. And here’s the capper: the great Ronnie Burkett is back, back in a theatre town where he has a huge following. The headliner is The Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, with his latest production, Little Willy, currently premiering at the Cultch in Vancouver.

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Little Willy is a raucous version of Romeo and Juliet, as performed by the cast of The Daisy Theatre. All the leading ladies of the company, much loved by audiences, are contenders for the coveted role, including burlesque star Dolly Wiggler and that most jaded of divas Esmé Massingill. Audience faves Schnitzel and Mrs. Edna Rural, those noted Shakespeareans, are in the show as well. And as you’ll suspect from the title, the Bard himself will venture onto the marionette stage — if he dares. 

Ronnie Burkett

Theatre Network and Burkett have a history together that goes back to 1990, and Awful Manors, an startlingly intricate large-cast Gothic mystery thriller. And the distinguished, much awarded, highly original playwright, actor, artisan, designer, marionettist extraordinaire has been back at the Roxy with many other of his shows. 

Other productions and performances in the new festival will be announced in the coming weeks, says Theatre Network. Meanwhile Little Willy tickets are available at theatrenetwork.ca/events/littlewilly. And you can submit your brilliant idea for naming Another F!*#@$G Festival  either online at theatrenetwork.ca or in person at the Roxy. There’s a cool prize: a Theatre Network 49th season flex pass. 

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