Our 2017 SKAMpede summer festival is happening July 14 to 16, so save the date!
What is SKAMpede?
Theatre SKAM’s annual summer festival SKAMpede (formerly known as Bike Ride) is an outdoor live performance festival event that is suitable for the whole family. You’ll take in a series of short shows presented along Harbour Road and the Galloping Goose Trail. Audiences travel from show to show by bicycle, rollerblade, electric mobility scooter, skateboard or on foot.
That’s crazy. How does SKAMpede work?
The audience arrives at Harbour Road. There is a Hub of activity here- transportation decoration, concession and box office tents. SKAMpeders buy a ticket, decorate their ride and then proceed to departure gates where they are met by a team of audience wranglers. At regular intervals, in groups of twelve, audiences are dispatched on a tour with a map of the relevant stretch of the trail. Each tour takes in three shows and returns to the Hub. Each tour travels in like-minded fashion: wheels with wheels and pedestrians with pedestrians. Performing companies repeat their short shows several times a day for these small audiences. Audiences may see up to four tours (12 shows) on one admission. (This takes just over three hours on wheels — longer on foot.) At the Hub between tours they enjoy delicious food and surprise bursts of entertainment.
The 2016 lineup was:
Where’s Tori? – First N Last Productions (Victoria)
Tricoter – Foolish Operations (Vancouver)
Death Takes a Holiday – The Giant Heads Collective (Victoria)
Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre – Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre (Victoria)
The Tour de Farce! – Half Baked Theatre Co. (Victoria)
Making Performance Art – John G. Boehme with Beauregard Boehme (Victoria)
The Four Daughters – Jo Leslie (Victoria)
ree-wahlyd – Kelly McInnes (Vancouver)
ArborAmor – Ottawa Stilt Union (Ottawa)
Stories From the Trail – Story Theatre Company (Victoria)
Emily Etterson’s Economical Eco-friendly Water Service (For Charity!) – Two Little Theatre (Edmonton)
Banning Butterflies From Poetry – 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac (Victoria)
In the Hub:
The Gazoo Returns – Jo Leslie (Victoria)
Jane Bee – Jane Bee (Victoria)
Emma Zablowski – Emma Zablowski (Victoria)
Some frequently asked questions:
Are the performers in SKAMpede any good?
SKAMpede is a festival of new short works by top local and national performers who have been selected through a formal submission process. Each of the shows are different and the range of performances encompasses spoken word, dance, story telling and much more! The local performers have all worked as professional artists in places like Craigdarroch Castle, Atomic Vaudeville, The Belfry Theatre and Butchart Gardens. SKAMartists are paid for their work.
This event sounds big, but I’ve never heard of it?
SKAMpede is now in its eighth year, with a new name and new accessibility. Theatre SKAM has worked to develop this project carefully since 2008, and we are confident that this year will make a bigger splash. We have been especially careful to make sure that the event functions well. We know the event works and we know we can handle large crowds.
SKAMpede sounds messy, how do you keep the ball rolling?
Like many people who regularly use the Galloping Goose, we also consider ourselves stewards of the trail. We have worked with city and regional officials, community groups, and other professionals to ensure the footprint of the event is ecologically sound.