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Sigurd the Dragonslayer

The Struts and Frets Players, Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/8/2011 10:10 AM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/16/2011 5:05 PM | Updates

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Playhouse Studio (Venue 3), to Sunday

This fringe’s chapter in the Struts and Frets Players playbook of ancient stories finds the young Winnipeg troupe playfully toying with the Norse Völsunga Saga. Inspiring everything from Wagner’s Ring Cycle to Tolkien’s famous ring trilogy, it’s a tale that lends itself well to reinterpretation.

Pretty much everything is thrown into the mix — shadow puppets, sword play, magic potions, love, betrayal and a dragon, not to mention some very bad wordplay. Struts and Frets astutely pull together their own special take on Sigurd’s portion of the saga, where pop-culture references abound and a laugh is always around the corner.

It’s a wild ride that runs a bit long and the actors could use a bit more time in line rehearsal. But the action is sharp, the jokes are silly and a bit of fun never hurt anyone, except maybe the dragon.

— Barb Stewart

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

The company that brought you the smash hits Perseus, Theseus and Gilgamesh now point their compass Norse. Taken from the ancient Völsunga Saga that inspired the works of Wagner and Tolkien, Sigurd the Dragonslayer weaves a tale of cursed gold, a vengeful valkyrie and a burnin' ring of fire.

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 75 min.

Tickets: $9

Discount Tickets: $7 Students, Seniors, Mysterious One-Eyed Wanderers

Under 10 not admitted.

Warnings: None

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