Thursday, September 29, 2022

Puppets and puns and songs, oh my!

With help from their puppet friends, dJerald the Djinn unretires to fulfill an impossible wish in (Re)Tired Magical Black Man: stealing world peace from the oligarchs.

With help from their puppet friends, dJerald the Djinn unretires to fulfill an impossible wish in (Re)Tired Magical Black Man: stealing world peace from the oligarchs.

We go on a magical heist/caper to steal world peace from the oligarchs.

We learn more in this Q&A with the creator and performer, Velvet Wells.

(Re)Tired Magical Black Man plays at the Bus Stop Theatre on September 2-11. Visit tickethalifax.com for tickets and information.

This interview has been edited.

Tell us about (Re)Tired Magical Black Man. What can audiences expect?

(Re)Tired Magical Black Man is a solo-ensemble comedic puppet show. We go on a magical heist/caper to steal world peace from the oligarchs.

What was the inspiration for (Re)Tired Magical Black Man?

I’ve owned a puppet for years but never puppeteered. Fringe is the perfect place to experiment. This show is in the same universe as Djinn Joint, and I wanted to see the continued growth of the free Djinn.

Why this particular show now?

I wanted to fight the feeling of helplessness in “making the world a better place” while news reports continue to show corruption in leadership. Having a magical being protagonist make the attempt, focused on the Black community, subverts the magical Black man trope and felt healing.

What do you hope audiences leave (Re)Tired Magical Black Man talking about?

Community care is as obvious as seeing Fringe shows from people you don’t know to provide mutual aid to those in your community.

Why should someone come to see (Re)Tired Magical Black Man?

There are puppets and puns and songs, oh my! (Re)Tired Magical Black Man is a feel-good show.

(Re)Tired Magical Black Man plays at the Bus Stop Theatre on September 2-11. Visit tickethalifax.com for tickets and information.

The Halifax Fringe Festival returns to live in-person performances from September 1 through September 11, with more than 55 productions taking place at venues across the downtown and North End neighbourhoods.

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