Monday 7 July 2014

F Day Minus 1: July 8th

Buxton Festival Fringe 2014 (number 35 in the series) starts for real on Wednesday, July 9th. So here is a further taster about what to expect...

The Buxton Festival Fringe opens tomorrow, but tonight there is something of a party going on to get you in the mood. In the Barrel Room of the Old Hall Hotel some Fringe performers will be on hand to entertain you for free. Expect some games, a little party food, songs and sketches. The fun starts at 8pm.

Come tomorrow and parts of the town will be completely transformed as the Fringe gets into full-swing. Many events and shows are free to attend and some art exhibitions run throughout the festival. The Buxton Museum & Art Gallery is hosting three exhibitions. The Derbyshire Open is a sometimes controversial but always fascinating exhibition of work submitted on a Derbyshire theme. Around 50 pieces are selected for exhibition in the first floor gallery. Downstairs you will find Michaela Wrigley’s Landscapes for Dad; she has created sculptural pieces using clay and other materials that have been inspired by local landscapes. Kate Pheasey’s exhibition is called Taken from the Landscape and she uses mosaic techniques to create her pieces.

The Green Man Gallery has gone from strength to strength over the past 18 months and is hosting two exhibitions. Square Roots is the result of a challenge set to the Gallery’s own artists who were asked to use a kilometre square from Peak District Ordnance Survey maps as the inspiration for new work. Artists have submitted paintings, photographs, drawings, prints and textiles in response. Up to 40 Buxton & High Peak Artists have put together a separate exhibition; Within the Fringe.

At the Art Café in the Pavilion Gardens 30 High Peak Artists present works in response to the challenge to represent Sea Fever. A wide range of techniques and images will present us with seas in different moods and guises.

Some Fringe shows are presented just the once and, if you’re not careful, you’ll miss small treasures. Poet and story-teller Jim MacCool will be reading from his new book My Uncle Donald and Other Island Rambles. The reading takes place in Scrivener’s Bookshop between 1-2pm – and then Jim leaves the Fringe.

Other shows opening on Wednesday include Freerange Theatre’s double-header of plays Phillipa & Will Are Now In A Relationship and The Wake. This touring company are Buxton regulars and always deliver good quality work – this year upstairs in the Old Clubhouse.

On the music front CLOUDS Harp Quartet (if there is another harp quartet I've never seen nor heard it) give the first of four Fringe recitals – each in a different venue. On Wednesday they will be at the United Reformed Church.

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