Thursday 10 July 2014

And on the third day: Fringe Bulletin 11 July

Today is the day when the Buxton Festival itself starts and the Fringe monopoly ends. There are, however, about 25 Fringe events listed for today – and it is only going to get busier. Here are just a few of the highlights from shows and events that debut today at this year’s Fringe.

One of the greatest British pop albums is The Kinks’ ‘Arthur (Or the decline and fall of the British Empire)’. Recorded and released in 1969 the songs were originally intended to accompany a TV play about post-war English suburban life. The play was never made but thankfully we have the album. Buxton-based singer Will Hawthorne will be performing ‘Arthur’ in its entirety at 5.30pm today.

If musicals on a big-scale are your thing then get along to St Thomas More School at 7.30 for performance of ‘Les Miserables’. This will be a schools’ edition sung by a youth community choir comprised of children from across the High Peak.

In terms of drama the Fringe welcomes back Ginny Davis. Ginny has a loyal following for her plays about the Rich family. Think ‘Outnumbered’ and you are close. This year it is Ruth’s husband’s 60th birthday and her son’s 18th. A joyous family celebration is a must. What could go wrong? Find out at 9pm.

What with the World Cup and the Tour de France the fact that there is a test match going on has passed barely noticed. In ‘Godfrey’s Last Stand’ we have a topical and good-natured play from Talking Stock Productions who are on tour. Godfrey is a village green cricket umpire. He dreams of officiating in an Ashes test match. He has a big lottery win. Can his dreams come true? 6pm at Underground Venue. All profits from the show will go to Macmillan Cancer Support – they are the nicest of people at Talking Stock.

There is something of a science+comedy+magic genre developing. Finding humour in geekiness and nerdiness and testing audiences on their GCSE Sciences is almost fashionable. For three nights only the Fringe has Oliver Meech with his show ‘When magic and science collide: 2.0’. Oliver sold out in Buxton and Edinburgh last year and there are only 40 seats in the Pauper’s Pit. Be sure that one of those seats is yours.

For something completely different go to the Poole’s Cavern car park and follow a woodland way-marked trail. The Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail could bring a little bit of magic and exercise into your lives. From 6pm today – all day Saturday and Sunday.

PS Betsy & Bern Budd flew in from humid Boston to fresh, clean Buxton. The are here for their show 'Mark Twain's Adam and Eve Diaries'. It is a joy from start to finish. Don't miss it.

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