Saturday 12 July 2014

Fringe Sunday - come to the party!

Sunday 13 July is Fringe Sunday. There are two other Fringe Sundays but on this first Sunday in the Fringe there is something of a party going on in the Pavilion Gardens. Starting at 2pm at The Bandstand a dozen acts and performers will be playing for free: singer Darren Poyzer kicks things off with songs from his First World War-themed show The War To End All Wars. Darren will be followed by Will Hawthorne whose Kinks’ songs went down a storm on his opening night. He’ll get the whole park singing-along.

As the afternoon progresses there will comedy from Maxine Jones, poetry from Derbyshire legend Mark Gwynne Jones plus ever-popular guests The Belly Dance Flames. The ‘Victorian’ comedy/magic duo Morgan & West and a chorus from PB Theatricals singing extracts from ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ are also in the programme. We shall also be pleased to welcome another guest performance - Reforma Movement Theatre will be joining us for a dance piece which we suspect will be very different from our other two dance groups!

While all this is going on the Chapel Morris Men will have been teaching beginners how to dance the Morris. Freshly trained, the new Morris side will dance in public for the first time at 4pm. Fringe Sunday will close with The Sideways Band who are sure to keep the party mood going.

The High Peak Magic Society will also be on hand to demonstrate their skills – and no matter how many times you’ve seen the tricks you remain confounded. Bring a rug and some sandwiches, stretch out and enjoy yourselves. There is plenty of ice cream, tea and coffee for sale at the Gardens cafĂ©.

Away from the Gardens there is much, much more to see and hear. The Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail finishes today. Go to the Poole’s Cavern car park from 10.00 to follow the trail. It has really caught the imagination of those that have followed it so far – it has a real ‘Wow factor’ one Fringe veteran reported.

There is a lovely ‘one-off’ flute and piano recital by Rachel Johnson and Jemima Palfreyman at the United Reforemd Church at 8pm. There is a one-man, one-act production of ‘Treasure Island’ at Underground Venues at 9pm tonight.

There is just one film entry in this year’s Fringe – and it clashes with the World Cup Final! Buxton Film runs a short film competition every year and this year six films from the entries have been selected for screening. Starting at 7.30 in the Arts Centre Studio there are films about a middle-aged couple who miss their son who is in the army, a lovely comedy about a man who is waiting to meet a new date following the end of his marriage and a brilliantly executed one-take, 9 minute film about two men who await a very important phone call. The programme includes some strong language and some difficult themes and is recommended for those aged 15 and above.

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