Feb deadline looms for Fringe entrants!
February 28th is the deadline for early birds wishing to take advantage of the cheapest entry fee for this year’s Buxton Festival Fringe (July 4-22).
Events are already building up on the Fringe website’s What’s On pages. Highlights to date include Comedy with Aidan Goatley’s Purpose, about an atheist whose wife is training as a vicar, and Karen Sherrard’s warm, Welsh entertainment, A Fete Worse Than Death. There is also Theatre from Buxton Drama League with Telling Lives about the treatment of the mentally ill at the start of the First World War, plus an Ordnance Survey-inspired entertainment from Helen Wood. In Spoken Word Paul Webster offers two one-man shows, one inspired by Hitler’s final hour, while For Families includes the return of High Peak Magic Society. Children from St Luke’s CE Primary School will also be singing outside the Opera House.
Music is already a big section with an eclectic mix including Sovereign Saxophone Octet, Tideswell Male Voice Choir plus Burbage Brass Band, Ordsall A Cappella, jazz singer Annette Gregory and musician Egriega with his new character, ex-hack Frank Sinistra.
The Fringe Award-winning Buxton Pride Picnic will be back and the Pavilion Gardens will also host family-friendly events including Tiny! An Underwater World and Fringe showcases, Fringe @ 5 and Fringe Sunday. Look out too for the Fringe float at the popular town carnival.
Full instructions for entrants are available on the Fringe website www.buxtonfringe.org.uk which has a comprehensive Take Part section including a list of potential venues. Popular managed venues Underground Venues, the Rotunda and The Green Man Gallery are all taking applications.
Fringe chair Keith Savage has also announced a new scheme to promote some underused performance spaces outside the town centre. For 2018 shows, the Fringe is offering to refund the cost of entrants’ room hire and rental at the following venues: The Town Library - on Kents Bank Road, The Working Men's Club on Lightwood Road, Fairfield, and St Peter's Church, Fairfield.
Says Keith: “We expect another 50 entries for this July’s Festival by the end of February. The shape of the 2018 Fringe will become evident quickly. Many thanks to those earliest entrants for capturing our imagination. We look forward to sending our new ‘Welcome’ postcards to them and the new wave of artists and performers soon.”
For further details of the free venue scheme or for information on the Fringe generally, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.