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Ingrid Hansen in a promo shot for 'Interstellar Elder'. Photo: Laura Dittmann.

Fringe Review: Interstellar Elder: Badass Grandma In Space

By Kate Carmanico on June 19, 2018

Image courtesy of the Ottawa Fringe Festival

Interstellar Elder: Badass Grandma In Space
by Ingrid Hansen, Kathleen Greenfield, Britt Small, & Emma Zabloski

70 min / Comedy, Clown, Sci-Fi / PG

All aboard the dystopian spaceship! Interstellar Elder follows the journey of Kitt Peterson: geriatric custodian and survivor of an apocalypse. Except for genetically modified Swiss chard, all forms of life on earth have been wiped out. The surviving humans, shot into orbit and cryogenically preserved, are waiting for Earth to become habitable again.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to step inside the mind of Ingrid Hansen for a day, these 70 minutes of sheer imagination will rev up your creative juices by osmosis. A skilled clown and puppeteer, Hansen has a way of bringing everyday objects to life and giving them both emotional significance and narrative purpose. Kitt’s attachment to inanimate things, hilarious as it is heartbreaking, hints at the profound loneliness underlying an otherwise very funny plot line.

These objects aren’t the only ones under her spell: Hansen knows how to play for (and with) the people watching her. In this case, a sold out theatre of frozen human cargo. From the moment Hansen walked onstage, she had the audience in the palm of her hand. Her physicality is thoughtful and precise and her zany vocal effects punctuate the movements that accompany them.

An immersive experience led by an intelligent and fearless performer—Interstellar Elder is a Fringe masterpiece.

Interstellar Elder: Badass Grandma In Space is playing at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave) until Sunday June 24, 2018. Tickets cost $12. Visit for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at