Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Laid up during the Fringe!



Having avoided it for so long, I have picked up Covid and am - shock horror - confined to barracks unable to continue my usual mad dash round Fringe shows.


This calls for creative thinking. Being a viral kind of thing - well a virus in fact - it seems to hit me in waves so that sometimes things feel quite possible and other times the darkened room beckons. At these times, watching TV is effort (tragic I know…) but listening to a podcast with your eyes shut is rather nice. I’ve now binge-listened all the Fringe podcasts - see https://www.buzzsprout.com/1969982/10398224 - and found them hugely warm, comforting and entertaining. And this afternoon I’m going to check out http://www.awhitershade.co.uk/, the spooky online drama from fringe favourites, The Buxton Drama League. 


Over the next few days I’m going to have a good old pour through our entertaining, informative Reviews - https://buxtonfringe.org.uk/reviews2022.html - the next best thing to being there for anything you may have missed. Even though I’m part of Chapel Arts Creative Writing Group, I’m also going to have a proper read of all our contributions for our Reconnecting Fringe shows; the scripts are all available here: https://tinyurl.com/mwwfkver. I also fancy a Shakespearean bedtime story courtesy of https://www.buxtondramaleague.co.uk/shakespeare-jukebox-2022


It’s all a way of staying in touch with what’s going on. Anyone else in the same situation? Any recommendations, besides stop writing this blog and rest up the way you are meant to?




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Thursday, 30 June 2022

Riding High with the Fringe at the Carnival



Since joining the Fringe Committee I've been surprised by the range of tasks you can get involved in -  everything from delivering posters to planting orange flowers.

But I admit I was mystified when at the last meeting Pam reported back about her phone call "with the farmer's wife about the haybales". It turns out we need them for seating on the carnival float. But when Steph, our lovely marketing officer, then asked for volunteers to help make decorations for the float, I must say I was worried.

While I loved art at school I was never remotely crafty; a friend recently dragged me to an origami workshop where my decoration looked like a three-month-old chimp had made it! In fact a three-month-old chimp would have probably done a better job.

Luckily it turns out there's not a lot of skill needed to make paper flowers and bunting. And with six of us working (& chatting) we had a good sized pile at the end of the first session. Which is just as well as you need a awful lot of decoration to dress a 'float' AKA a lorry (kindly provided by Lomas Distribution again this year). 

This year's colour theme is a classy combo of orange (natch) and navy blue (for our friends and float partners BIF). 

I've been warned that it takes ages to do the actual decorating of the float and to get the haybales in place. But the end result should be worth it and you'll be able to spot us from a mile off!

So please lookout for us on carnival day 9th July. We'll be easy to spot in our orange T- shirts. Give us a wave and a cheer, but better yet please drop a donation in our Well Dressing charity buckets; every penny is really appreciated. 



Carole Garner

Thursday, 23 June 2022

On the Buses




Last year I wrote about our work with local bus companies to promote travel to Fringe events by bus as part of our efforts to be more environmentally friendly.

We are really pleased to say that our friends at D&G and High Peak buses are supporting us again this year.  Our posters are already on display on bus stops around Buxton, and will be shortly going up on D&G Route 16 from Leek & Hanley and route 108 from Leek and Ashbourne. And on High Peak Buses in and around Buxton with bus services including the Manchester Airport Skyline, the Transpeak to Bakewell, Matlock, Matlock Bath and Belper, Route 58 to Macclesfield, number 61 to Glossop and the 422 to Ashbourne.

I think the best things about getting the bus are that someone else does the driving and there's no need to worry about parking, plus it's good for the environment which gives me the warm glow of doing a good thing while having fun.

Keep your eyes peeled for the posters (pictured above) and if you spot one please post a pic and tag us on InstagramTwitter or Facebook using the hashtag #FringeOnTheBus.

We can't wait to see our performers and welcome audiences to what should be a bumper Fringe so pop in to the Fringe desk to say "Hi". 

But before you leave home, help us and the environment by remembering:

Bus pass/fare - Check! 
Reusable cup - Check!
Fringe app on phone - Check!

Let's make this the biggest environmentally friendly Fringe yet!

If you want to know more about our environmental policy go to https://buxtonfringe.org.uk/environment.html

Carole Garner
Buxton Fringe

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Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Hold the front page… More news from our Fringe performers

Joann Condon (credit: Cat Humphries photography)


Every day we are learning more about our exciting Fringe performers. Below follows extracts from press releases giving a flavour of what’s in store from Little Britain actor Joann Condon, the revitalised Buxton Art Trail and Chapel Arts Creative Writing Group, making its live Fringe debut.  For full details of their shows see our listings on https://buxtonfringe.org.uk/descriptions2022.html. If you are a Fringe performer who would like to be featured in our blog, please send your press release, or even just a quote from you, to press@buxtonfringe.org.uk.


Joann Condon: Little Boxes - alphamum productions


Little Boxes is a comedic and inspirational, self-penned story.  It follows Joann Condon (Little Britain, The Last Letter from Your Lover), as she explores the boxes she has “found herself in” throughout her life:  The hopes and dreams of a child, the frustrations of an acting career, the tensions of being a parent, the grief in losing loved ones, the fear of being...herself.


Condon promises we will laugh and cry … and laugh and cry we did

Phoenix Remix


Described as “funny, touching and at times heartbreaking,” by London Pub Theatres, Joann uses personal anecdotes to highlight assumptions and judgements made about her based-on looks, age, gender and background.  The phenomenon of classifying people is called ‘social categorization’ by psychologists and can impact how others view and treat us and vice versa. Most of us can relate to experiences such as these.


“It's natural for people in our lives to want to force us into nice little boxes,” says Condon, “but the scary thing is, you often end up putting yourself in that same box."  


Little Boxes is the first time she has written and starred in her own production. 


BAT2022: Buxton Art Trail


Buxton’s hugely popular, award-winning Art Trail is back! The sixth Buxton Art Trail, BAT:2022, will be taking place during the final weekend of the Buxton Fringe from 23-24th July. In a first for the Art Trail, there will also be some venues exhibiting at other times during the Fringe giving BAT an even wider reach this year. Art lovers should look out for the free BAT guide brochure which lists each of the participants and events with details of all times and venues.  


As ever, the event will present a huge variety of work from artists of all ages from 6 to 96, both professional and amateur and from community groups based in Buxton, but in a new feature for 2022, BAT will be based round two central venues: Buxton Infants School and The United Reformed Church on Hardwick Square. Displays will also be exhibited in artists’ studios and homes around the town, all clearly marked on the BAT map inside the brochure. With the Buxton Garden Trail running from 23-24th July as well, visitors can combine both pursuits, calling in at BAT venues at the same time!


A free event, BAT:2022 also offers a chance to join in activities and to watch artists at work. There will be plenty of work for sale but organisers stress that it is fine to come along to look and to chat and, most of all, to enjoy! Further exciting additions to the event will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, which will offer sneak previews and hints for trail-goers. 


Says BAT Chair Linda Rolland: “Following on from our much appreciated outdoor event Art on the Railings in 2021, The BAT team is delighted to be able to once again present the Buxton Art Trail in its most popular format. We have a really great variety of work being shown in and around the town so we hope townspeople and visitors will visit as many venues as possible over the weekend.”

 

Reconnecting: Chapel Arts Creative Writing Group


Chapel Arts Creative Writing Group from Chapel-en-le-Frith in the High

Peak has announced that it will be treading the boards at Buxton Fringe for

the first time.


The local writing group will be performing its poetry, mini-plays, stories, monologues and more at two special events during the Fringe both taking place at Rems Cafe Bar and Restaurant in Chapel-en-le-Frith. 


Led by author Mark Henderson, the group is open to all but includes

professional writers and award-winning talent among its ranks. Members of

the group recently scooped first and second prizes plus a longlist

commendation for stories submitted to a national horror competition run by

Fantastic Books. The resulting anthology, Dread Cold, featuring all three

stories, will be published on Halloween this year.

 

The multi-faceted theme for the group’s Fringe performances is

“Reconnecting”. Says Mark: “We’re all learning to ‘reconnect’ since we

came out of lockdown. However, ‘Reconnecting’ can be interpreted in many

other ways, too – and we’re exploring a lot of them! This is a great

opportunity for attendees at the Fringe to enjoy the group’s creative talent.”


A registered charity, Chapel Arts was formed to encourage the

development of a broad range of arts in the Chapel-en-le-Frith area.




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Thursday, 9 June 2022

Fringe Benefits for Friends!

Back in November I wrote about how grateful we are to our Fringe Friends who stood by us during the last two years, despite the constraints on our usual festival.

With this year set to be a bumper Fringe, now is the time that we can repay our Friends!  

Friends enjoy 10% off full price tickets on all Fringe entries. They also receive invites to parties and events throughout the year, including our awards ceremony, and get early copies of our programme while it's still hot from the press, to name just a few of the benefits of being a Fringe Friend.  

What's more this year, Jeanette, our Friends officer, has been talking to local cafes and businesses and negotiating deals just for our Friends. 
 
Jeanette says "We are really grateful to all the businesses who have supported the Fringe by offering discounts during the festival period (6th to 24th July)."  

Take a look at the detailed list below and I'm sure you'll be impressed!

If you aren't already a Friend it's not too late to get your hands on one of our membership cards, just follow the link below or contact Jeanette on 
 Friends@buxtonfringe.org.uk

A Friends subscription would also make a great gift for anyone who likes music, theatre, comedy and art.  We love making new Friends! Plus you'll enjoy the (orange) glow of supporting a worthwhile cause, all for just £10 per year.

Friends discounts will be available between 6th to 24th July from the below (don't forget to show your membership card);

Milton’s Head a traditional pub on Spring Gardens is offering10% off main courses

The Hydro, a traditional café and just the place for a cuppa on Spring Gardens - they are giving 15% off food
 
Sam’s Plaice, for fish and chip fans, are offering 10% off food and drinks, Spring Gardens

The Chakra Lounge, Indian style café with fab cakes are giving 15% off food Spring Gardens

Everything’s Rosy café, are giving 5% off food. Don't forget to have a look in the shop too, off Spring Gardens 
 
Lubens, the friendly bar and bistro who do a mean G&T on Hall Bank, are offering 10% off food and drinks with food bill 

High Peak Bookstore & Café, Brierlow Bar are giving 10% off in the books section, where you will be spoilt for choice.

If you want to know more go to https://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/fringefriends.html 


Carole Garner

Buxton Fringe
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Thursday, 2 June 2022

Buxton Turns Orange for Festival Fun






Last year much loved committee member Viv Marriott came up with a brilliant idea to "cheer up the town and celebrate the Fringe" - plant orange flowers!  

The idea quickly caught on with care homes, businesses, shops, pubs and public and private gardens all joining in.  This year we are determined to spread orange flowers across the whole town.

Green-fingered members of the committee have been feverishly planting Marigold and Nasturtium seeds for weeks (we needed 140 flowers to fill the just Opera House planter last year - that's a lot of seeds!) 

We are grateful to our good friends Jo and David Holdway who have kindly donated enough marigolds for the Opera House planter as a lovely tribute to Viv. 

The team will be filling the planter in front of the Opera House on 14th June so keep your fingers crossed for dry weather followed by a quick shower to "bed" them in. Hopefully it will look as bright and cheerful as it did last year.

Our list of repeat Orange Hot Spots, as we call them, is already expanding with new sites and businesses joining in. So start looking out for our Orange Hot Spots from mid June, we hope that the lovely flowers will make you smile.

If you would like to create your own Hot Spot it's not too late to sow some seeds and plant a pot.  Marigold, Calendula, Nasturtium, Begonias and Busy Lizzy are all  easy to grow and will flower for weeks as long as you remember to take off the dead flowers and give them a regular drink of water.

To find out more or to become one of our Hot Spots contact  Secretary@buxtonfringe.org.uk


Carole Garner

Monday, 23 May 2022

It's Party Time!



After two hard years we are finally back to a full Fringe Festival for 2022. And if like me you can't wait till 6th July - I have some good news for you.

On Saturday 4th June we will be hosting our usual Programme Party, yes that's right our full printed programme is back after last year's restrictions and it's a bumper edition!  52 pages covering 168 entries, so there's bound to be something to appeal to you.

If the chance to grab a programme hot off the press isn't enough to tempt you into a night out, there's lots more on offer.  

Naturally there will be food and drink but better still some of our performers - folk trio Rare Occasion, singer/comedian Angela Bra and stand up Henry Churniavsky - will be giving sneak previews of their shows. There will be an opportunity to meet performers, network with members of the committee and chat with old and new friends.

Personally I'm really looking forward to meeting people who love the Fringe as much as I do and I can't wait to see our programme in the flesh, the cover is so colourful and cheerful!

So put the date in your diary, find your party shoes and prepare for a night of fun.
Green Man Gallery Sat 4th June 7pm to 9pm Entertainment starts 7.15pm. 

See you there!


Carole Garner

Buxton Fringe

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