Thursday 17 July 2014

Today at the 35th Buxton Festival Fringe

So what’s new today at the Buxton Festival Fringe? The short answer is ‘Lots’ and here is a quick summary.

Early music specialists Partita have been coming to the Fringe for 20 years now and have built-up a loyal following. Led by lutenist Roger Child, Partita always have some new songs and music for audiences to hear and no doubt their concert tonight at St John’s Church will prove to be no exception.

Likely to be totally different – but such is the joy of the Fringe – is ‘Professor Harry Stottle’s Music Hall Extravaganza’ which starts a run at the Old Clubhouse at 7pm. The show aims at a vivid re-creation of the heyday of the British music hall.

Scrivener’s Bookshop is the smallest venue in the Fringe – just 12 tickets are available for performances of ‘The Ghosthunters’ Club’ which is on for just three nights starting at 7.30pm tonight. Be prepared to search all five floors of the creaky bookshop in search of ghosts in this spooky, tongue-in-cheek event.

A new play – ‘Boy On A Bed’ – is back for its second outing at the Arts Centre Studio. Well-received on its first performance when the reviewer described it as ‘sometimes funny, often touching’ the play explores the developing sexual awareness of a young man who is a keen athlete who meets a painter.

Also back on the Fringe is ‘ComedySportz’ – a fast-paced improv comedy show between two teams. Taking place in Underground Venues at 7.30pm ‘be prepared to take an active part, get your funny-muscles well stretched and limbered up to get the silliness going and your ideas flowing: it is fast, frantic and funny’ wrote the Fringe reviewer.

Radio 4 comedian Alfie Moore brings his new show to Buxton. ‘The Naked Stun’. Alfie has been described by David Mitchell as ‘Brilliantly funny, genuinely hilarious.’ He is at Underground Venues tonight at 8.30pm.

More comedy is on offer at Underground from The Dead Secrets in their show ‘Bulletproof Jest’ – a series of inventive, and sometimes absurd, sketches.

If it is music that you are looking for then Buxton Brewery’s Tap House begins a week of gigs starting tonight at 9.30 with the Gren Bartley Band. There are a different bands – in a whole range of styles – between now and 25th July. Admission is Free.

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