Thursday 22 June 2023

Hold the front page 3… Anything could happen at Buxton Fringe!

Award-winning comedy improvisers CSzUK

Welcome to three more intriguing extracts from the press releases of our Fringe entrants, this time comedy improvisers CSzUK, Buxton Drama League and Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists, all intent on delivering some surprises. For full details of their shows see our listings on If you are a Fringe performer who would like to be featured in our blog, please send your press release to

CSzUK: The Totally Improvised Musical

An award-winning improv comedy group are bringing their latest show, The Totally Improvised Musical, to the Buxton Festival Fringe this July. The group won Best Alternative Act at the North-West Comedy Awards in 2022 and have been delighting sell-out audiences with this new musical show. Each show is the opening and closing performance of a brand-new comedy musical and everything is inspired by a title suggested by the audience.

“Suggestions are always weird and wonderful, making every show totally unique,” says performer Brainne Edge. “We’ve done musicals about a prison break where no one wanted to escape, a love triangle between competing sandwich makers or hobbits taking on greedy land developers!”

Once the group have a title from the audience, they create the musical on the fly with live music that is also made up on the spot. The group have no idea what will happen before the show but promise there will be plenty of laughter music and possibly even some dancing. “Though we all have terrible knees,” adds Brainne.

The Totally Improvised gang are bringing their musical mayhem to Buxton before heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. “We love bringing shows to Buxton,” adds performer Sean Mason. “We can’t wait to see what suggestions we get from one of the best Fringe audiences in the country. The show really can’t start without you!”

Buxton Drama League: Two

Buxton Drama League, Buxton’s leading amateur theatre company, are serving up a cocktail of heartbreak and humour for this year’s Fringe with a production of award-winning dramatist Jim Cartwright’s classic play Two.

Set in a northern pub in the 80s, the drama presents a slice of life that’s funny, warm, poignant and shocking. The play’s action unfolds over one night in the busy boozer and builds to a powerful showdown. All 14 characters are played by two actors, Corinne Coward and Andrew Freeman. Corinne says: “It’s an absolute gift of a play for an actor, you get to immerse yourself in so many different people’s stories.” Andrew agrees: “I found the idea daunting at first but was quickly won over by the script which is so rich and well-written – it’s no surprise it’s been called an ode to actors and it’s wonderfully entertaining for the audience as well.”

Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists: Whose Round Is It Anyway?

Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists’ are delighted to be bringing their new show ‘Whose Round Is It Anyway?’ to Underground at the Clubhouse as part of Buxton Fringe. This show won an award for Best Spoken Word Show at Morecambe Fringe in the summer of 2022, the very first time it was performed.

The premise of the show is simple: three poets meet up in a pub. It’s been two long years since they last met. There’s been a pandemic. How have they fared? Can they remember how to behave in company? And is this a work event or a party?

Into this framework, the pandemonialists pour a rich mix of banter, social comment, humour, and their own highly-crafted, accessible poetry.

“This show was a real treat. On the surface, three friends having their first post-pandemic pint down the pub to share their lock-down experiences. In reality, a sequence of very polished individual performances by three accomplished spoken word artists, artfully blended within a setting of pub chat and banter. The poetry was exceptional, the whole idea was ingenious, and the audience were captivated.” Lancaster Guardian review of Morecambe Fringe performance

Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists are a poetry collective from Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.

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