Wednesday 5th to Sunday 23rd July 2017
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Friday, 25 July 2014
Last weekend of 35th Buxton Festival Fringe
Well it’s the ‘last chance saloon’ for all Festival Fringe
events as the final weekend of the 35th Fringe approaches. Blessed
with brilliant weather – apart from the poor old Morris men – there will be
much to remember. But first what still can you see and hear?
On Saturday only you could a musical feast: the fabulous
K’antu Ensemble bring early music up-to-date with a concert of Shakespeare’s
Music at the United Reformed Church at 12.30. At 2pm in St Mary’s Church the
Bel Canto Singers will be presenting a programme of songs in joyful summer
celebration including a tribute to First World War heroes.
At the MethodistChurch at 3pm John
Kilpatrick brings the Sheffield Lydian Ensemble for what he says will be his
final concert. High standards of musicianship and fun in equal measure is
guaranteed in a choral collage that includes John’s Jumblies Suite (‘they went
to sea in a sieve they did’).
You could complete a tour of Buxton churches by going to St John’s at 7.30pm to hear the City of Manchester Opera singing some of your
favourite arias and choruses. Fringe regulars COMO never let their appreciative audiences
If it is folkier, more contemporary, music that you are
looking for there is a straight choice at Underground Venues. At 3.45pm The
Raintown Seers draw on songs from both sides of the Atlantic
in a mix of traditional and original compositions. At 4pm Darren Poyzer
delivers the final performance of ‘The War To End All Wars’ – his moving
reflections on the First World War.
The excellent Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz will be delivering
their own brand of Dixieland and trad jazz at the MethodistChurch
There is a raft of comedy in town. Radio and TV presenter
Terry Christian is presenting his ‘Naked Confessions of A Recovering Alcoholic’
which has been touring to great reviews. He is at the 300-seat Arts Centre
Auditorium at 8pm. At 9.45 in the Arts Centre Studio is Lolie Ware with ‘Too
Cool To Care’ in which she finds humour in her account of life caring for two
elderly parents. She totally won-over audiences when she was in Buxton earlier
At Underground Venues you have a choice of late night
comedy. Alfie Moore draws on his experience as a police officer for his show
‘The Naked Stun’ which has at its heart the business of trying to catch a
flasher. There is plenty of humour but also plenty of exasperation in Alfie’s
stories. Simon Feilder starts last at 10.30pm with ‘All the things I’m not’ in
which he examines his life so far with the aid of flip charts, histograms and
some songs. Simon is worried that much in life he finds difficult – such as
relationships – but can he work out ways of coping?
There is plenty available on both Saturday and Sunday. If
you haven’t yet seen the free art exhibitions at the Art Café in the PavilionGardens, the town Museum & Art
Gallery or The Green Man Gallery then Sunday may be a good opportunity to make
good that omission. The galleries are open all day.
Buxton has seen a number of premieres this Fringe. Possibly
none has been better than ‘Shrew’ a new play written by, and starring, Ami
Jones. The play revisits Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ from the point
of view of Kate. She is still angry, hurt, resentful – but she also questions
herself and her complicity which led to a life that was not what she wanted or
hoped for. This is a totally gripping performance and Ami Jones is a name to
watch out for. The last performances are on Saturday at 6.15pm and Sunday at
The amiable Doug Devaney is back this weekend with ‘The
Angina Monologue’ in which he considers how fags, booze and a fat-filled diet
led him to surgery, death’s door and life-style choices. Doug clearly has a
message but the story is told in an engaging way and not without humour. Doug
finishes at Underground Venues on Sunday at 2.30pm.
Dreamshed Theatre is in town with two very different shows.
‘The Theo The Mouse Show’ is unambiguously a show aimed at children – and their
mums, dads or grandparents – and the enthusiastic Fringe reviewer wrote: Although
the show had echoes of Basil Brush in its format, it reminded me more of the
best kind of panto with singing, dancing, magic and even some ‘Oh no there
wasn’t! Oh yes there was!’ moments. There was just the right amount of
interactivity, no longueurs, spot on comedy for adults and children alike and
not a hint of condescension to younger members of the audience. See Theo at the
United Reformed Church at 2pm Saturday and Sunday.
At 7.30pm Dreamshed are back with a very different show –
‘His Letters’. This is a moving one-man play about a man who makes an unusual
discovery when clearing out his late mother’s possessions. The reviewer urging
you to see the show said: His Letters is an excellent example of story telling
that explores family relationships and how we interact with people once they
are gone. It strengths were in “how” the story was told rather than “what”
story was being told. How the story was told is down to a combination of both
the actor and the writing.
The last two events at this year’s Fringe are ‘Swan
Canaries’ – also at the United Reformed Church – which tells the story of
factory workers in Nottingham who made munitions during the First World War.
With a song or two this tells an important story in an accessible way.
Seeing the Fringe out in grand style are the Word Wizards
who have put on 16 performance poetry events at the Buckingham Hotel. The last
one – starting at 8.15 – includes Derbyshire’s first poet laureate Cathy