Thursday, 10 October 2013

Piff is Punchdrunk

This took quite a bit of detective work - so I'm sharing it anyway, interested or not. Piff the Magic Dragon is always loved and cared for when he fetches up in Buxton - especially if Mr Piffles is in tow. Well, John van der Put (aka PtMD) is part of an exciting show at the National Theatre - http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-drowned-man-a-hollywood-fable
No one has mentioned free tickets or anything but I'd love to go - perhaps take in the Paul Klee show at the Tate Modern while I'm there...

Fringe-wise what is new[s]? Regular Fringe entrants will know that the cost of entering goes up the closer we get to the closing date. Good news for 2014 is that the cost of entering is the same as it was in 2013, 2012 and probably 2011 (I can't remember that far back). Anyway we open for entries on 1st December and it will cost you £45 to be part of the biggest Arts Festival between Brighton and Edinburgh (very probably). If you enter in March the cost goes up to £65. Delay until April (and we close for entries on April 20th) and the cost goes up to £80. So it makes sense to enter early - a] it is cheaper and b] you get more exposure on the website and 3] your show is more likely to be noticed if you enter before any last minute rush.

We have dozens of potential venues in Buxton and beyond. If you own a pub, club, cafĂ©, hotel, church or house and want to be a Fringe venue then please let us know. Meanwhile the newest clutch of Fringe venues will be on the Market Place - which is good news for people on the south side of town. It will save walking down the hill and back up again. Entrants, check out The Market Place if you're bringing a show to Buxton Festival Fringe 2014 (9-27 July).

The Learning and Participation team at Buxton Opera House is doing loads of interesting work - with events and workshops run many days. For more information go to Kaleidoscope. The Community Choir is a big hit. The Arts Club is also going down well - next session on 22nd October [Explore printing with collage and drawing techniques] with further sessions on November 5th and 19th.

The Fringe AGM takes place on Wednesday November 13th, 7pm at The Old Hall Hotel. Officerships and committee places are up for election. We'll report on this major democratic event sometime afterwards. You can meet most of the committee more informally if you wish at a small party to launch Fringe 2014. Be at the Green Man Gallery on Sunday December 1st from 6-8pm. There could be mulled wine, nibbles, carols and several floors of contemporary Buxton-grown art to enjoy.