2018 Fringe Preview – Once You’ve Found It

Once-Youve-Found-ItLove and loss. A shadow grows in Bruce’s mind. Isolation has caused him to retreat within himself and question if he’ll ever see light again. Meeting a new potential love that reaches out to help, he now finds himself at a crossroad. Once You’ve Found It performs at the Windsor-Walkerville Fringe Festival in 2018.

Either he expresses his feelings or succumbs to his inner darkness. Memories of his grandmother’s life lessons provide guidance, but doubt overpowers him. Through reflection he must confront his shadows or risk losing the light in his life. We’re taken on a journey through storytelling, mask, movement and media that paint a portrait of Bruce’s innerworkings. He knows what will save him, but will he overcome himself to embrace life?

“Once You’ve Found It” is Donovan Jackson’s premiere solo production. Started in 2015, Donovan has been developing the piece by presenting at several Fringe Festivals across Canada; Island, Fundy, Atlantic, and Winnipeg. He has also presented different pieces multiple times in the InspiraTO Festival, a festival of ten-minute plays, in Toronto.

Originally from Winnipeg, Donovan moved to Toronto in 2012 to further his development in the performing arts. Shortly after the move, he became a recurring company member with Ismailova Theatre of Dance, a company that annually creates original dance theatre. His development in movement and his knowledge of devised theatre were all tools used to begin creation of “Once You’ve Found It”.

Please give us the 1-minute elevator speech about your show:
Love and loss. A shadow grows in Bruce’s mind. Isolation has caused him to fall into a depressive state, causing him to question if he’ll ever see light again. Meeting a new potential love that reaches out to help, he now finds himself at a crossroad. Either he expresses his feelings or succumbs to his inner darkness. Memories of his grandmother’s life lessons provide guidance, but doubt overpowers him. Through reflection, he must confront his shadows or risk losing the light in his life. We’re taken on a journey through storytelling, mask, movement and media that paint a portrait of Bruce’s inner-workings. He knows what will save him, but will he overcome himself to embrace life?

Who is involved in putting your show together?
Donovan Jackson is the producer, playwright, and actor of the play and Rex Tang is the composer and production manager.

Please tell us about yourself:
Originally from Winnipeg, I moved to Toronto in 2012 after completing my BA in theatre from the University of Winnipeg to further my development in performance and creation. Since then, I’ve worked with multiple independent theatre companies in the city in styles ranging from dance theatre, collective creation, and realism.

Is this your first Fringe production?
This will be the ninth Fringe that I’ve participated in. The sixth where I’ve produced.

What does Fringe mean to you?
Fringe is like summer camp for theatre people. It’s a great opportunity for people to take risks and come up with some fantastic moments of live performance.

Aside from Fringe, what are you up to this year?
While accepting opportunities that come up unexpectedly, Reverie Theatre will be producing Once You’ve Found It as a feature production in Toronto. Additionally, Reverie Theatre will be hard at work developing new and imaginative pieces.

Once You’ve Found It performs at the Fringe on:

July 24 – 7:00pm
July 26 – 4:00pm
July 28 – 5:30pm
July 29 – 1:30pm
July 27 – 8:00pm

Tickets are available at the Fringe website.