2017 Fringe dates are July 5-23
Full details are on the Fringe website. buxtonfringe.org.uk.
Buxton Festival Fringe (Wednesday July 5 and Sunday July 23) is preparing for its biggest ever event with 186 entrants having signed up for its exciting 2017 event. Now in its 38th year it is the biggest UK Fringe between Edinburgh and Brighton. with an exciting programme of Theatre, Comedy and Music as well as Dance, Film, For Families, Spoken Word, Street Theatre, Film, Visual Arts and more.
Some sparkling and diverse musical attractions include Chamber Opera Chicago with a musical version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, South African voices from Africa Entsha; award-winning harpist Alice Kirwan; New Orleans jazz pianist Dale Storr; City of Manchester Opera; Annette Gregory celebrating Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th anniversary; 100 Young Musicians from Nottingham and Germany; Finnish songs from Enkelit; and several high-profile collaborations with Buxton International Festival such as the Jay Rayner Quartet.
Theatre explodes across Buxton in a number of different venues. Underground Venues has moved to The Old Clubhouse and boasts shows including Lucky Dog’s Hats Off to Laurel and Hardy; Breathe Out Theatre’s Dark Satanic and The Ladder by the award-winning Helen Rutter. New managed venue, the Rotunda, a geodesic dome, has a wide programme ranging from South African musical Stimela “The Gumboot”, to Grist to the Mill’s Call Mr Robeson drama. Elsewhere there is Alice in Wonderland Underground in Poole’s Cavern, a one-man King Lear at the United Reformed Church and avant-garde theatre from Jeu Jeu La Foille at the Green Man Gallery, among many others.
A large comedy category includes Canadian Bobby Mair and Australian stand-up Adam Vincent, Funny Woman Award Winner Harriet Braine and award-winning Fringe favourites such as Nathan Cassidy and cop-turned-comic Alfie Moore.
In Visual Arts, the spectacular Buxton Art Trail is back while an eloquent Spoken Word section includes the popular Glummer Twins and psychiatric nurse Rob Gee’s Alzheimer’s Whodunnit.
Events are fully listed on the Fringe website http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk The newly designed free printed programme will be widely distributed from the beginning of June.
Fringe at Five, a busking opportunity for performers; takes place at the Bandstand in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens at 5pm from July 10-22. Many other events are free, including new event the Buxton Pride Picnic and most of the Visual Arts section. All free shows are additionally listed on the website’s Fringe for Free page.
Fringe chair Keith Savage adds: “In 2017 the world fringe movement is 70 years old – and there will be special celebrations on Tuesday 11th July. Buxton will be celebrating in style as part of what promises to be our most exciting festival yet. We work closely with the University of Derby – our long-standing sponsors – so that we can share and learn together. High Peak Borough Council and its staff at the Pavilion Gardens have also been brilliant in supporting us as has the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust.”
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Buxton Fringe revealed the cover artwork for its forthcoming printed programme in February, an engaging and unusual photograph featuring tiny models set against an old-fashioned map of the town. It was created by former Buxton Community student, Tom Mason.
Says Tom: “I took inspiration from the current trend of photographing model figures in humorous real world/full scale situations. I enjoy model making (in particular railway modelling) and therefore I wanted to use my skills in this field to produce an image that reflected the fun and vibrancy of the Fringe in miniature.”
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The Fringe’s longevity is the envy of many and we owe that in part to the support and sponsorship of local organisations. We work closely with the University of Derby – our long-standing sponsors – so that we can share and learn together. High Peak Borough Council and its staff at the Pavilion Gardens have also been brilliant in supporting us as has the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust.
Buxton Festival Fringe was started in 1980 to run concurrently with the Buxton Festival. This open access arts event, one of the largest Fringe festivals in England, provides a showcase for performers of all kinds in a variety of venues with many using it as a springboard for the Edinburgh Fringe. Dance, drama, music, poetry, comedy, film, exhibitions and magic are just some of the forms that have appeared. The Fringe has a respected and professional image with full colour printed programme, reviews, awards and dynamic website.
You can register your interest in the Fringe via its website free of charge and will then be kept up to date with all the developments in its programme.