Thursday, 28 May 2015
Small is Beautiful at Buxton Fringe
Big as the Fringe is, it is true to say that some of the smallest categories in the Buxton Fringe programme offer some of the most beautiful experiences.
Dance is a case in point featuring last year’s Fringe Award winners dotdotdot dance returning with No Frills, an amazing flamenco show described by many audience members as world class. A small but stunning Dance section also includes former Fringe Award winner Makoto Inoue from Japan, this time with a brand new, non verbal Shakespeare intriguingly entitled Clown Macbeth. Adding great variety are the Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris Men with their weather-defying Day of Dance and Colin & Yozy fresh from touring in China and Japan and bringing contemporary dance, music and beat boxing in an audio-visual show.
The Other Events section is as eclectic as it sounds with Fringe bookends, The Launch Party at Underground Venues and the by-invitation Awards Ceremony on July 26, listed alongside a book-swap run by The Springs shopping centre and the ever-popular Evening of Close Up and Stage Magic organised by High Peak Magic Society and usually a sell-out. There is even a festival within a festival as Chelmorton Village festival enters the Fringe for the first time with a full week of enticing events.
Film has just one entry but that’s not really true as Buxton Film’s Open Shorts competition features a wonderful selection of drama, comedy, sci-fi, documentaries and more, all in bite-sized mini-movie chunks from a host of talented film-makers.
Free is always beautiful and it is worth noting that every single event in Street Theatre is free, whether it is the town carnival, complete with Fringe float, or Fringe Sunday, offering a free showcase of events on July 12. Meanwhile modern-day jester Paolo Ferrari offers irreverent street buffoonery and popular and acclaimed regulars The Shakespeare Jukebox perform Shakespearean scenes of your choice from their location outside the Opera House. Fringe at Five, with 30-minute samples of Fringe shows, also makes a welcome return at the Pavilion Gardens bandstand.
And to make things even easier, we list all the free shows in one place for you: http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/descriptionsFree2015.html
So there's no excuse not to have a great time at Fringe 2015 whatever your budget!