Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Last Tuesday of Fringe 2014

It looks like being another fine day in Buxton and for those with the time to relax and enjoy it the Fringe offers its usual mix of entertainment today.

This afternoon Mart Rodger’s Manchester Jazz plays at Buxton Methodist Church. Mart reported recently that his trumpet player has been told by his doctor not to play while he awaits a heart operation – but he has a fine deputy lined-up for Buxton. Mart and his band play a splendid mixture of traditional and Dixieland jazz with energy and passion. If you miss out today they are back on Saturday night.

The Dotdotdot Flamenco Company flew in from Madrid yesterday and brought some sunshine with them. The six-strong group of dancers and musicians are playing four nights at the Pavilion Arts Centre Studio. They have also said that they’ll be at the free Fringe At Five events in the Pavilion Gardens on Wednesday-Friday (5pm at the Bandstand). So no excuse for missing what should be an exciting show.

Also starting this afternoon is the first of two new productions by Three’s Company. Today at 3.45pm sees the first performance of ‘The Adventure Machine’ in which the audience helps guide our hero through a spoof fantasy world. Yaz Al-Shaater and Tom Crawshaw who met and grew-up in Buxton and now manage the Fringe Underground Venues at the Old Hall Hotel are two-thirds of Three’s Company.

Sudden Impulse Theatre Company offer new late-night entertainment with a political farce by Italian playwright Dario Fo. ‘One Was Nude And One Wore Tails’ is a comic observation of what makes for class difference in western society.

Today sees final performances from local trombone legend Sam Slide (tickets for his show at the Old Clubhouse are pretty hot); the comic trio, Gein’s Family Giftshop went down very well earlier in the Fringe, “Constantly keeping you off balance, the consummate actors race through their funny, weird, short vignettes. Their energetic acting intensity is full on and one is amazed to find that a full hour has slipped by. You are forced to listen intently to catch some of the punch lines whilst the material seems to arrive in no logical order” was part of the reviewer’s report.


It’s goodbye to another comedian – Caimh (‘Queeve’) McDonnell – who has charmed previous audiences with his adult show: “Ostensibly the show was about moving South, from Manchester to London, but his style and range of subject took the White-Haired Irishman (a passable human pint of Guinness in his black outfit) through a comedy glossary of daft and funny things, eminently bonkers and laugh-out-loud mad.” (Fringe Review).

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