Tried and tested performers The Glummer Twins are back with their Morecambe and Wise-style comic poetry on the joys of ageing, while Fringe award-winning performers Mr Simpson’s Little Consort return with Ayres and Graces, an adults-only evening in the company of 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys.
History offers a rich source of inspiration with Michael Gibson giving a rare performance of his translation of the 14th-century romance Sir Orfeo complete with harp accompaniment from Gill Page. Trouble At T’Mill, a Discover Buxton/Buxton Fringe co-production, highlights the moving stories of child workers at Derbyshire cotton mills, while actor Paul Webster presents two contrasting one-man shows, one on the last hours of Hitler, the other focusing on author Willie (W. Somerset) Maugham. Past and present collide in Mirth of Forth’s Conflict of Interest in which stand up Richard Pulsford explores the legacy of his ancestors who fought in the First World War.
LJN Company’s Twilight and Darkness is an evening of spooky tales, some local in origin, and a new Buxton Fringe initiative, Bring a Book and Share a Story, at Buxton Library invites readers to share their literary enthusiasms reading out favourite passages and perhaps swapping books.
Spoken Word can offer a quiet interlude and a chance to reflect. Jane & Jim Poetry Theatre presents Town, a sketch in words and music inviting audiences to think about the world’s forgotten souls “left behind by indifference and the lack of hashtags”.
Fringe chair Keith Savage comments: “The Festival period can be a bit frantic at times. It is good to have the chance to slow the pace and concentrate the focus. Many of the stories - intimate or broad in scope - that can be heard as part of the Fringe will entertain and give pause for thought.”
The Fringe wishes to thank its sponsor The University of Derby as well as financial supporters The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and High Peak Borough Council, its Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.