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The biggest open-access Fringe between Brighton and Edinburgh, Buxton Fringe hosts some 600 events with music, theatre, comedy, spoken word, dance, film, children's events, street theatre, visual arts and more.
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Fringe Is Go!
Today is the first full day of the 35th Buxton
Festival Fringe and there are plenty of comedy and theatre shows tonight to
shake you out of any mid-week lethargy.
Underground Venues at the Old Hall Hotel is the place to
head to for laughs. Kicking-off at 6pm are His
and Hers. Lovable diva Sharnema is joined by charming, but none-too-bright,
sidekick Leo in a mixture of love songs, absurd comedy and vaudeville.
They are swiftly followed by a quartet enigmatically named Gein’s Family Giftshop. They are
en-route to the Edinburgh Fringe in August and promise to bring a “warped world
vision” as they “marry tragedy with hilarity.”
Hot on the quartet’s heels comes Joe Rowntree – from Sky 1’s
Brainiac and Dave’s One Night Stand! In his show Morgan Berry Live we get an hour of
Joe’s show clashes with Scott Bennett’s About A Roy – presumably they are playing in different spaces in
Underground Venues. Scott has picked-up plenty of acclaim and notice in his
career so far and in this show he draws on his childhood experiences growing up
with Yorkshireman father Roy.
Quality drama is assured in an early evening show at The Old
Clubhouse. Playwright Rob Johnston has won a hatful of awards and his new play An Extraordinary Light celebrates the
achievements, and records the tragic life, of scientist Rosalind Franklin whose
work on the structure of DNA helped Crick and Watson win a Nobel prize.
Starting a long Fringe run at the United Reformed Church is
Dreamshed Theatre’s His Letters. This
is a one-man play about the discoveries a son makes when he clears out his late
The Fringe website – www.buxtonfringe.org.uk – gives full
details of every show and event and most shows will be reviewed and the reviews
will be posted on-line within 24 hours of the first performance. Make sure to
visit the Fringe desk at the entrance to the Conservatory next to the Opera
House for all the latest news and chat about shows and performances.
The Fringe got off to a great start on Tuesday with the now traditional launch party at Underground Venues. We were royally entertained with music by Sideways Band and Darren Poyzer, comedian Joe Rowntree and stories from phone sex operator Cameryn Moore. You can hear more from her tonight at 10.30 - prepare to be challenged. She happily quotes one review: "Incredibly brutal, piercing and thought-provoking." You'll laugh as well.
Finally the 2014 Fringe beer mats are now around and about - though you'll have to enter licenced premises to find them. The Fringe beer goes on sale today - many thanks to Buxton Brewery for that. You should find it at all their usual outlets: Buxton Tap House, Old Hall Hotel, Underground Venues & The Queen's Head. Enjoy the Fringe to the limit and drink responsibly!