Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Daily Bulletin - Wednesday 16 July

As the second full-week of the 35th Buxton Festival Fringe begins things are getting busier as more new shows open. Here are some of today’s debutantes:

The CHS Youth Theatre Company from Chapel-en-le-Frith begins its run with a play called ‘Crossroads’ which it performs at the United Reformed Church. The question is psoed – ‘What would make your life perfect – but what would it cost you?’ Hints of the Faustus myth.

Buxton Drama League begin three nights at the Methodist Church with a new play ‘Caroline’ which is written and directed by Toni Saxton, a Drama League member. Caroline is found trying to cope with the death of her daughter – can she overcome her feelings of guilt?

More new drama at Underground Venues as ‘Because She Loved the Lion’ opens at 7.30pm. ‘The story of a mother, her daughter, her sister and a mouse consumed by a lion with a beautiful mane.’

For younger audiences, perhaps, but not starting until 8pm is an adaptation of Jules Verne’s ‘Around the World in 80 Days.’ Performed by the REC Youth Theatre and presented at the Pavilion Arts Centre Studio this treatment has been written by Tom Crawshaw who grew up in Buxton and is part of the company that runs Underground Venues during the Fringe.

We don’t get much dance in the Fringe and a daring new piece opens at a venue new to this year’s Fringe. Sian Dudley who worked at the Buxton Opera House is managing a number of venues around the Market Place. At the Loft at 9.15 tonight Brick Wall Ensemble will be performing ‘The Remarkable Case of You’ in which nine people, under the influence of a hypnotist will reveal their true selves. The performance will include ‘adult themes’ we are advised.

Perennial Buxton favourites the Tideswell Male Voice Choir sings at St John’s Church starting at 7pm. The show is entitled ‘Do you hear the people sing?’ and the Choir will be joined by pianist Christopher Ellis and other special guests. The church will be full of people and voices.


Among those leaving Buxton after today is Chris Neville-Smith with his play ‘Waiting for Gandalf’ which is on at Underground Venues at 10.30pm. Chris has entered into the spirit of the Fringe wholeheartedly – blogging on what he sees as the ‘Best of the Fringe’ and offering advice to visitors on ‘Surviving in Buxton.’ Chris is just one of many people who have been welcome guests – we’ll miss him and we hope he takes a piece of Buxton with him when he returns to Durham.


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