(photo by Patricia Summersett)The Fringe Festival ... waaaaaaaaaaaaay more than theatre
Theatre artists making waves on the music scene
by Barbara Ford
Contrary to what social media would have us believe, we can’t all be stars … who’d be left to cheer? Many of us (and I wholeheartedly include myself here) struggle to maintain an acceptable level of mediocrity. Others among us, however, house a super-concentration of creativity and multiple channels through which to express it.
Case in point: Patricia Summersett and Nick Carpenter, founding couple, on and off stage, of Summersett, formerly known as Summersett Fred. (For some unfathomable reason, that moniker proved too big a mouthful for locals.) Both Patricia Summersett (hence one half of the original tag) and life partner Nick Carpenter (and where, you ask, does Fred come into the picture, to which I respond that Nick’s full name is Frederick Stanley Carpenter the IV, thank-you-very-much), have distinguished themselves in the Montreal theatre community with multiple Mainline productions (together and apart), Centaur, Segal, Imago, Geordie and Infinitheatre appearances as well as film and TV work and teaching. But since 2011, Summersett has been developing a distinctive style, rich in evocative images and insightful, narrative lyrics performing on small stages around the city.