Monday 14 July 2014

Monday 14 July - Fringe At Five begins!

The brilliant weather continues for the second week of the Fringe as a clutch of new shows arrive in town.

Also new is ‘Fringe At Five’ – a free sampler of shows that are taking place. Fittingly this is launched today by the person whose idea it was. Carol Bowns leads the Kaleidoscope Community Choir workshops in Buxton and the Choir kick-off “Fringe At Five” on the Pavilion Gardens Bandstand at 5pm today. Following the Choir is Augustus Stephens with extracts from his show “This Way Madness Lies” – in which good humour proves to be a blessing. The line-up will be completed by Chris Neville-Smith previewing “Gandalf’s Last Stand”. A varied 30 minutes of free entertainment before dinner!

Among today’s new shows we see the welcome return of Butterfly Theatre with their hugely popular show in Poole’s Cavern. They have done Shakespeare in the past but this year they bring “Dracula’s Women Underground”. An hour-long promenade through the caves following the vampire women in search of Dracula and blood! Remember to dress warmly it is just 7 degrees in the Cavern. There are shows today at 5.30, 7.00 and 8.30.

A new play is “The Speech” by Tony Earnshaw. Liz Oldfield is the British prime minister and she is presiding over a difficult period. She turns to her speechwriter for help, but can they save her government. This thoughtful and humorous play opens at 7.30 in Underground Venues.

Chris Neville-Smith will be rushing from “Fringe At Five” to perform “Waiting for Gandalf”. Kevin is a “Lord of the Rings” superfan and is off to a book-signing where he waits to meet “Gandalf”. But what else motivates him? Be in Underground Venues at 10.30 to find out.

If music is what you are looking for then the St Peter’s Fairfield music festival continues – tonight at 7pm with Keith Donnelly a singer and comedian. The Clouds Harp Quartet is back after their hugely successful Fringe debut last week; you’ll find them at the Buckingham Hotel at 8pm. Singer/songwriter Cathy Rimer is doing a one-off gig at the Green Man Gallery starting at 7pm.

Maxine Jones offers early-evening comedy – 5.30 in the Barrel Room, Underground Venues.

Continuing today are Betsy & Bern Budd with their charming “Mark Twain’s Adam & Eve Diaries”.

For full details of all shows and events please see the Fringe website – or get a Fringe programme at the Tourist Information Office or visit the Fringe Information desk – right next door to the Opera House where Gemma, Gaye or the super-friendly volunteers from Buxton Community School will be happy to answer any question.

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