Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Fringing for Free

The Buxton Fringe website can do all sorts of clever things - it's 'interactive' so I'm told. One thing it does is to list all the Fringe events that are free to enjoy. Follow the link and you'll find over 30 events that offer free admission to all - or to children.

If you Register as a regular user of the website you'll get the occasional email telling you what is going on in Fringe land - you'll also be able to plan your own Fringe on-line. Put together your own programnme of events and activities making sure that your schedule doesn't overlap and that you see and hear all that you want to.

We have three events in the Street Theatre category this year - and they won't cost you a bean (though donations will be welcome). On Sunday July 7th, around and about the Bandstand in the Pavilion Gardens, will be our annual family party and picnic - Fringe Sunday. From 2.00-4.30pm there will be free entertainment from a range of Fringe performers. Expect magic, bellydancing, music, song and drama! It will also probably be the day that Andy Murray doesn't quite win Wimbledon.

The following Sunday lunchtime (14th at 1.00pm) - on Broad Walk on the south side of the Gardens - the St John Street Theatre Company will be doing  a one-off piece of fun. In I Don't Call That Art pillar of the community Marjorie Mountjoy commissions a piece of public art, she little knows what she has unleashed. A lively farce, mixing satire with unrepentant silliness, and using a host of larger-than-life characters. A popular hit at local festivals in Ashleyhay and Wirksworth.

Our other bit of street theatre is a firm Fringe favourite - the Shakespeare Jukebox. "Join Barrie, Dick, Maria and Paul for one of the Fringe's most popular events - whatever the weather! Pause for ten minutes or stay for the hour and enjoy a selection of the Bard's greatest hits selected by you and performed in our own unique way. Proceeds to charity." Nine Jukeboxes throughout the Fringe on the Buxton Opera House Forecourt: 5-7, 11-12 & 17-20 July 6pm to 7pm.