Wednesday 25 June 2014

Up, Up and Away with Buxton Fringe

In between glamorous end of June tasks such as PAT testing our equipment and wiping the grass off the Fringe boards to be sited at entrances to town, I’ve been vicariously enjoying the meteoric careers of our talented Fringe performers and noticing just how many of them are bound for the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond.
For starters, the following are just the Underground Venues shows that are heading for Scotland. 

  •     Shakespearience (which will be Shakespeare For Breakfast in Edinburgh) and The Adventure Machine
  •     Shrew
  •     Southbound and Down
  •     Absolute Improv
  •     Phone Whore
  •     Nathan Cassidy
  •     Morgan & West
  •     First Class
  •     Feminism For Chaps
  •     This Way Madness Lies
  •     Alfie Moore
  •     Back Door
  •     Gein's Family Giftshop
  •     Alastair Clark
  •     Simon Feilder: All The Things I'm Not
  •     Orthodox
  •     Kelly Kingham
  •     Oliver Meech
  •     Do You Remember Rock n Roll Radio
  •     Too Cool To Care
  •     His And Hers Wild Vaudville

I also know happen to know that Dotdotdot Flamenco, based between Spain and the UK are heading for London in August and Ami Jones’s Shrew, a new piece of theatre exploring the heroine of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, will be enjoying a UK tour then transferring to New York for the United Solo Festival (uFest) in October 2014!

So that’s just what we know about – there is also the excitement of pondering who’s going to be where in the future. Buxton Film’s Open Shorts competition for example has found that past winners have gone on to make prize-winning features or in one case to direct Ken Branagh in the beautifully filmed Wallander. 

It is great for audiences to be able to see shows bound for Edinburgh and see artists before they hit the stratosphere, but for performers too Buxton represents a great opportunity to hone acts in a supportive and intimate environment. Sounds like a win win situation for all!  

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