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Smut Slam
Presented by Cameryn Moore & Heather Witherden

Reviewed: 2011-07-23 00:20:56
Rated: 8 out of 10 [4 Stars]
By: Robin Chase (e-mail private -- log in to view)

This inaugural pre-Fringe event - held Tuesday July 12 at the Mondragon Bookstore & Coffee House, the evening prior to the opening of the 2011 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival - gave both Fringe performers and community members the opportunity to get behind a microphone and recount their most outrageous sexual exploits. But there were also poignant reminiscences, one x-rated retelling of a fairy tale ("The Princess & The Puke", presented by Yvette Jones of Winnipeg) and a serious recollection by a member of the community which actually won top prize. There were five judges (mostly Fringe performers) and prizes, donated by Love Nest, went to the top three storytellers.

Although this event was independent of the Winnipeg Fringe, it was billed as "a perfect, perverse kick-off" to the Fringe. And indeed it was! The Mondragon was packed and most in the enthusiastic audience were just plain folk of quite an age range. This was a labour of love by Fringe performers to attract more attention to the Winnipeg Fringe. Created by Cameryn Moore of Massachusetts (her solo Fringe show this year was "slut (r)evolution") and co-hosted by her and Winnipeg's Heather Witherden of Tazzy's Angels, it is hoped this event will become an annual affair. Based on the response to the first one, it has a great chance to become a permanent fixture.

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