Featured Artist: Nancy Kenny (Broken Turtle Productions)

This Featured Artist is Presenting:

Roller Derby Saved My Soul


Can you describe how you go about making your work?

I’m inspired by little things I see in my every day life and take it from there.

What’s drives you as an artist/company?

My approach to making work has changed over the years but I always try to find the truth in every moment. I think that’s what makes for the most fascinating and captivating things to watch.

How did you begin making work?

I graduated from a theatre program full of entitlement thinking the world would have all kinds of acting jobs lined up for me. That didn’t really pan out so I started doing my own work hoping it would help get me noticed. I never dreamed that creation would be something I would fall in love with, but I fell into Fringe and the rest, as they say, is history.

One thing our readers might not know about you?

I learned to play roller derby in order to write a show about it.

One thing our readers might not know about your work?

I don’t just work in theatre. I also produced a documentary film about touring the Canadian Fringe circuit, which will also be screened during this festival.

What do you most like about the work you will present at this year’s festival?

I’ve been touring it for six years now and it keeps me going because it’s one of those feel-good funny shows that seems to inspire a lot of people. One of my favourite things is talking to people after the show and hearing about how it made them want to take more risks in life. Oh, and all that roller skating definitely keeps me fit.

Why should audience members choose you?

Someone once said that my show appeals to the shy weirdo in all of us. I call it a one-woman action-adventure comedy on wheels. If you want to have a fun night out that leaves you feeling like you can now kick some butt, then this is the show for you. Plus, there’s popcorn.

Artist in a Nutshell

"...one-woman action-adventure comedy on wheels."

Have you ever performed in a fringe Festival before?

Describe your most memorable fringe Festival experience.

I remember arriving early to my opening performance in Edmonton in 2013. I had forgotten to buy popcorn, a key prop in the show. I was at the King Edward Academy and ran all the way back to the main grounds, through a wedding photoshoot, past the living statues practically pushing small children out of my way to collect my bounty. I got back just as the tech was opening the door. I said: “It could have been worse. I could have forgotten my laptop with all the sound cues…” I reached for my bag only to realize that, with 30 minutes to show time, I had indeed forgotten my laptop. I called my billet in a panic. He was out at dinner but begged a ride back to his apartment and then to the Fringe grounds where he arrived just as the doors were opening to the public with 5 minutes to spare.

I learned a valuable lesson and never made that mistake again… until the Atlantic Fringe in Halifax two weeks later.

I put everything in Dropbox now.

Have you ever been to Florida or Tampa before?

What are you most looking forward to about your visit?

Meeting the Tampa Roller Derby league and being part of an inaugural Fringe Festival season.

Why did you choose the Tampa Fringe?

I’m doing the Orlando Fringe the following week and the timing of this new festival was incredibly convenient. I’m also excited to be a part of a Fringe’s inaugural season. And ZOMG the beach!

What do you hope to get from presenting on the Tampa Fringe?

I hope to have a fun time and discover a new city.

Describe the context of your work and where you come from?

At the moment, I’m interested in telling thought-provoking and entertaining stories that connect directly with the audience by disregarding the fourth wall, creating an intimate atmosphere, and/or utilizing site-specific environments. I also place a particular emphasis on tales written by women and exploring the role of women in society.

Where is home and what is it like?

I live in Canada. As a touring artist, I split my time between a couple cities, including Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto & Halifax. It’s a big beautiful country. You should come visit sometime!

Anything else you would like to say?

If you see me around the Fringe grounds, come say hi!