Winnipeg must really like to watch.
The Fringe Festival had record-breaking days on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with Saturday being the real door-buster with 10,714 tickets sold. By the end of the day Sunday, 50 performances saw sold-out audiences and 40,054 tickets in total had been sold.
The festival is on track to beat last year’s record.
The festival said they were also aware of vandalism and personal attacks on one Fringe performer, Theresa Thompson, whose play Lies of a Promiscuous Woman was called ‘blasphemous’. Thompson’s car and posters were vandalized, with someone writing a sexual slur on her vehicle.
“This reaction to Lies of a Promiscuous Woman is not indicative of audience responses to Fringe Shows. Audiences are generally extremely supportive of the festival and appreciate an artist’s freedom to discuss or address topical issues or sensitive subject matter,” said the festival’s executive director, Chuck McEwen.