Saturday 19 July 2014

It will be SUNday July 20

On Saturday you may have heard Kenny Robertson history of rock guitar. Today – by way of contrast perhaps – there is a second and final chance to hear acoustic guitar virtuoso David Youngs at Underground Venues at 3.45. At the same venue at 12.45 is an intriguing offer – ‘Lullaby of Andalusia’ which draws on the poetry of Lorca, the music of Falla and flamenco. This show is brought to us by ARKangel and the same company is back at 5.30pm with a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald – who fought racial and sexual stereotypes to forge a great career. Expect a non-stop parade of great songs accompanied by violin and guitar. Perfect for early evening in summer.

The Buxton Festival is putting on a number of productions as part of the Fringe. Today there is a real treat. Olivier-nominated actor Gerard Logan is doing a one-man show ‘Wilde Without The Boy’. Oscar Wilde reflects on his life in a prison cell. There will be wit, of course, and pathos in this presentation of ‘De Profundis’, Wilde’s letter to his lover. This is in the Arts Centre Auditorium at 2pm.

There are other musical choices at 2pm. John Thomson returns to Buxton for a piano recital at the United Reformed Church – he’ll be playing Beethoven, Chopin, Bartok and a sonata that he composed. Sideways Band have been very visible throughout this Fringe and they at Underground Venues today.

Nearby, in the Old Hall Hotel, something of a Fringe tradition continues. Fringe Readings is exactly that – spend about 30 minutes listening to someone reading from a favourite book. You can’t be sure who will be reading- or what they will be reading from – but it that unexpectedness is part of the pleasure; at 2pm and 3pm.

A number of performers leave Buxton today – so it is your last chance to see: comedian Ruth E Cockburn (8.30 at Underground Venues); the improve show ‘The Good, The Bad and the Unexpected’ (9pm at Underground); His and Hers Wild Vaudeville in the Piano Lounge at The Old Hall Hotel (8pm) and Alastair Clark’s political/comedy ‘Vote Russell Brand’ (7pm at Underground).

If you want to study the Fringe programme at your leisure – or read reviews of shows to help you make your choices – go to the Fringe website or visit the Fringe information desk in the Conservatory next to the Opera House.

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