Wednesday 5th to Sunday 23rd July 2017
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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Friday, 18 July 2014
Saturday 19 July at The Fringe
The middle weekend of the Buxton Fringe is packed with
possibilities and opportunities and you could have a whole weekend of artistic
indulgence for free. There are art exhibitions at the BuxtonMuseum
and Gallery, the Green Man Gallery, at the Spring Bank Arts Centre New Mills.
For this weekend only at the Dome – home to Fringe sponsors, the University of Derby – is the Peak District Artisans
Art Fair. Over 50 artists and craftworkers will be displaying a fantastic array
of work and there will be free talks and displays.
Taking to the streets of Buxton on Saturday –
fingers-crossed for the weather – will be the Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris Men and
19 other Morris dance sides. For many people this will be their only encounter
with the Fringe. Chapel Morris have been working hard to engage people with
Morris dancing – running a workshop for beginners, producing cut-out paper
Morris figures and organising a competition to find 21 Mini-Morris figures in
21 locations around town. Their energy, wit and enthusiasm deserve reward.
There are a number of one-off music events to look forward
to and to squeeze in. On Saturday at St Mary’s Church at 3pm ChorAlchemy – a
Youth Chamber Choir – will be presenting a wide-ranging programme drawing on
cabaret, church music, pop, jazz and folk. At St John's the ever-popular and rightly admired Amaretti Chamber Orchestra brings us the music of Debussy, Vaughan Williams, Richard Strauss and others - starting at 7.30pm.
At the MethodistChurch
at 8pm the Sovereign Saxophone Octet will be celebrating the 200th
birthday of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. They will be playing music
dating from across that whole period (and beyond).
Kenny Robertson will be doing a different sort of musical
history – celebrating the blood, sweat and tears behind rock guitar. Beginning
with the Delta blues and coming up to grunge and new metal. Kenny is going to
get a bit of Django Reinhardt in there too.
If that sounds a bit too heavy for you the prospect of
hearing 40 recorders might tickle your fancy. The Manchester Recorder Orchestra
is at TrinityChurch from 7.30 playing mostly pieces
written for such a large ensemble – but with some Vivaldi in the programme by
way of contrast.
On the drama front there is an ingenious small-scale
adaptation (two-man, one-hour) of Shakespeare’s ‘Coriolanus’ which starts at
Underground Venues at 6.15 – giving you just enough time to get to the Hydro
for the start of another miniaturised production. ‘The Railway Children’ -
should be ‘child’ given the casting – which the Crowd of Two Theatre Company is
bringing to the Hydro Café in SpringGardens starts at 7.30pm.
Amongst the Underground Venues comedy offer you’ll find:
Alan Gibbons with tales of life as an Amateur Zookeeper (3.45); The Dead
Secrets’ sketch show ‘Bulletproof Jest’ reaches the end of its run (10.30pm)
and at the Arts Centre Studio Lolie Ware draws on her experiences as a
full-time care (9.45pm). Not obvious comedy material, perhaps, but Lolie aims
to break down some of the taboos and negativity around a role that more and
more people find themselves taking on.