Thursday 12 June 2014

How good is Buxton Fringe this year?

Talking Stock Productions

People often forget that Buxton Festival Fringe is a charity (registered no 1017071 since you are asking) so we don't make money on the event. The modest entry fees we receive from our performers and event makers go into costs such as printing the Fringe programme and we are grateful for the support we receive from our sponsor the University of Derby, funders such as the Trevor Osborne Group and High Peak Borough Council, and our growing band of Fringe Friends – not to mention all those in the town who give support in kind in various ways.

Bit did you know that some of our Fringe performers are themselves raising money for charity? Catherine Pasek and Alan Stockdill (pictured above) of Talking Stock Productions came to our Fringe Programme Launch at the Green Man Gallery and told us how their one-act comedy Godfrey’s Last Stand (July 11 and 12 at Underground Venues) is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Relief. Freerange Theatre raised over £1000 for Children with Cancer in 2013 and hope to raise more in 2014. Their acclaimed show Spoonface Steinberg, a monologue from an autistic eight year old with cancer, returns to The Old Clubhouse this Fringe on July 10 and 11.

We note also that singer songwriter Cathy Rimer is giving all proceeds to charity as is the ever popular Shakespeare Jukebox. And if you take the free Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail you will be asked if you would like to donate to Project Greenhands, a reforestation scheme.

Finally don’t forget that Buxton’s Carnival is all about raising money for worthy Wells Dressings charities. So give generously when you see people rattling tins on July 12 – especially if they are wearing orange and part of our heavily ballooned Fringe float. We know that Fringe performers are inherently good people but if you are using the Fringe to help raise money for something worthwhile, please let us know so we can tell the world in this quite possibly far-reaching blog.

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