Sunday, 9 February 2014

Latest Fringe Shows Announced

Veteran Fringe performers will know that it costs money to enter - we need some money to design and print 18,000 full-colour programmes which we give away, staff an information desk throughout the Fringe and otherwise promote and market the whole event. Veterans will also know two other things - our entry prices haven't increased for years and that the sooner you enter the cheaper it is. It costs £45 to enter before the end of February (entry in March costs £65 and entry between 1-20 April is £80). So depending on when you read this you have about 18 days in which to beat the February deadline.

There have been some cracking shows announced over the past 10 days or so. Full details are on the Fringe website of course but let's flag up some events for you.

On the Music front there are three gigs to draw to your attention. Fringe stalwarts Partita return for their 20th year and will do two different performances of early music and song - 17 & 24 July. They really are exceptionally good and always have some rarities for us.

We are also delighted to welcome back the Sovereign Saxophone Octet who remind us that Adolphe Sax was born in 1814. That's got to be worth a party on 19 July.

New to the Fringe is Trace Taylor who will be singing with her band The Trees at the Spring Bank Arts Centre on 12 July. Trace will be singing a mixture of original songs and some that you may have heard before - mostly from her debut album due later this year. We're delighted that the Fringe has spread to New Mills again in 2014.

JM Youth Productions are putting on two very different theatre events. A 75-minute version of As You Like It can be seen at the United Reformed Church between 18-20 July. At the same venue between 11-13 July they present The Chairs - "in a house, on an island, a very old couple pass their time with private games and half remembered stories."

Finally, for now, two very different Visual Arts events. On 19 July our friends from the Burbage Art Group present their annual show - which is sure to be varied and the trip to the west end will be rewarded with splendid tea and cakes. On 23 July - at the Old Clubhouse - we have Dr Sketchy Sheffield providing you with the opportunity to draw with live models on hand. Not just any old models it should be added; "some of the UK's (and World's) best Burlesque, Cabaret & Circus style performers" will be posing (and performing). We anticipate a high-level of curiosity and interest. Previous events are documented here. Booking may be advisable.