Welcome: From MLA Susan Leblanc

I am so happy to extend a hello to all of you who are attending the 2021 Fringe, in person this year! 
I am so happy to extend a hello to all of you who are attending the 2021 Fringe, in person this year! 


When I think of my favourite fringe experiences, I remember plays made by friends, performed in strange and unusual places – Levitate Me by Graeme Gillis and Robert Plowman presented in the derelict Paramount theatre on Barrington St.; Ariadne directed by Alex McLean presented in an abandoned store in Scotia Square; Gina is Dead by Teatime Creative which travelled around the North End, using old parking lots and backyards as its stage. One of the best parts about Fringe is that it can happen anywhere and everywhere by anyone and everyone. 
 
Of course, this kind of theatrical exploration can only happen when there are stable, accessible and well-supported art spaces to provide a bedrock for the creative community. I am proud to be a lawmaker who used to be a theatre maker, and I will continue to be a strong voice for art in our NS legislature, and call for increased funding for artists and art spaces.
 
Enjoy the fringe!
 
Susan Leblanc
MLA Dartmouth North