Wednesday 5 July 2023

Hold the front page 5… A journey onto the wild side at Buxton Fringe

The Wagon of Wonder: Babbling Vagabonds

Welcome to this bumper round up featuring extracts from the press releases of our Fringe entrants, this time Babbling Vagabonds, Chapel Arts Creative Writing Group, Bavarian comic Marc Adams, French artist Yvette Ribot-Smith and the glorious Buxton Community Choir - events that show an international flavour and a taste for adventure and fun at Buxton Fringe.

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Babbling Vagabonds: Wagon of Wonder - wild and wacky family adventure 

Families can embark on an exciting outdoor theatrical adventure with award-winning, Buxton based Babbling Vagabonds Storytelling Theatre. They will unveil their latest theatre show at Gadley Woods on July 22-23 at 2pm and 7pm.

Their new production, Wagon Of Wonder, (WOW for short!) is rolling into town and promises to be a wacky ride full of surprising stories, cheeky performers, colourful puppets, and a catchy song, mixed together with their unique brand of theatrical magic.

It tells the story of Prentice and Dogsbury, two assistants to the marvellous Madam Moo Moo. She is the purveyor of the peculiar and seller of the strange and proprietor of theWagon of Wonder. It is from this colourful cart that the two hapless sales assistants try to sell items and curios to aid adventurers of all ages. Wrapped up in each of the unusual objects on sale are stories and anecdotes to raise the hairs on your neck, and send shivers down your spine.

“We have created a gem of a show which explores how we can manage our angry feelings and how to tackle decision making.” said Joint Artistic Director, Tara Hornsey-Saunders, “The feedback from our audiences has been so positive, it’s just great to know that what we have created shares a moment of magic for families, and creates wonderful lasting memories for everyone” 

The production is suitable for all the family, (4yrs and upwards.)  Please note that this adventurous production is set in a woodland and there are no toilet facilities nearby. Please dress for the weather and wear suitable footwear as paths are uneven..

Chapel Arts Creative Writing Group: Journeys

Whether it is the path least taken or the path back to the carpark, Chapel Arts Creative Writing Group from Chapel-en-le-Frith in the High Peak will be considering journeys big or small for its spoken word performance at this year’s Buxton Festival Fringe (July 5th to 23rd).

The thriving group of writers, some of whom are award-winning published authors, will be sharing a wide variety of stories, poetry, mini-plays and more at two special events, one on July 17th at 7.30pm to 9pm and the other a matinee on July 22nd at 2pm to 3.30pm.  Different material is likely to feature at each. 

The show, entitled Journeys, looks set to avoid cliche with many different interpretations of the theme. Subject matter includes two epic journeys to Durham Cathedral, centuries apart; the story of a garden’s gradual deconstruction by professional landscapers; the journey through life; virtual reality travels; a sci-fi adventure and a comic poem exploring one alpha male’s inability to take in road directions. 

Led by author Mark Henderson, the group is open to all but includes professional writers among its ranks. This year the group has already published a booklet of short stories, Someone Here Will Commit a Murder, and created a play set in a GP’s waiting room featuring monologues from the entire group. 


Says Mark:  “As always, it’s proving a pleasure and a privilege to work with these creative writers. The quality of their work is matched by their enthusiasm and infectious enjoyment, as this year’s Journeys performances will show. I’m looking forward to July 17th and 22nd.” 

A registered charity, Chapel Arts was formed to encourage the development of a broad range of arts in the Chapel-en-le-Frith area. Details of events, including regular spoken word performances, are available on The site also includes the Writing Group’s filmed and recorded readings created for the Fringe in 2021 and 2020 and will be updated with transcripts from this year’s live performances.

Marc Adams: BMW Bavarian’s Most Wanted

“Hello! My name is Marc Adams from Germany / Bavaria and my show is called BMW Bavarian´s most wanted. This is my first solo show in English and it´s my first time at Buxton Fringe. It took me 15 years to get to my first solo show. In my life I am an actor, clown, improviser, dancer and singer. I put everything in this unique show. It's a variety comedy show with music, singing, magic, acting, unique props and Krautwork.”

Here's the blurb:

Multi-talented Marc Adams is a stand-up guy. He also acts, sings, dances, and does magic with cards and salamis. The Berlin comedy club veteran has packed his English premiere with off-beat humour, visual gags, music, props, and Krautwork. See for yourself why he is Bavaria's most wanted. 

Buxton Community Choir: Walking on Sunshine 

Everyone will be walking on sunshine listening to the glorious sound of Buxton Community Choir performing in Buxton Festival Fringe this summer!

With over sixty members, Buxton Community Choir has gone from strength to strength since their first rehearsal in autumn 2021.  As an inclusive choir, they perform for local charity organisations and care homes as well as staging their main concerts for Buxton Fringe and at Christmas.  

Presenting a varied repertoire of pop, musical theatre, opera and more, this year’s concert ‘Walking on Sunshine’ will showcase the amazing sound of the full choir singing in four part harmony as well as songs performed as solos and small group ensembles formed from the membership, all directed by the talented Chris Blackshaw.

Don’t miss ‘Walking on Sunshine’ at Buxton Methodist Church, a show that promises to be an upbeat evening of musical entertainment and is sure to be a sell out event!  

Yvette Ribot-Smith: Art for Change

‘Art for Change’ is a performance with a difference. It has  been devised specially for ‘The Fringe’ by French artist, Yvette  Ribot-Smith and integrates her love of painting, drama and  local talent with concerns about some of the more thought- provoking social themes of today. Half of the proceeds of this  production will go to Amnesty International.  

This unique blend of art forms contributes to the stimulating  entertainment value of Yvette’s performance with her team.  The audience is led through a series of scenarios inspired by  the presentation of sixteen of Yvette’s oil paintings. The  significance of the paintings is brought to life through her love of dance and drama, supported by narration, keyboard,  song, and poetry integrated with dialogue. Art for Change takes place on two nights at The Green Man Gallery and the 16 paintings will be exhibited upstairs at the gallery throughout the festival.

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Tuesday 4 July 2023

Support the Fringe - Drink Beer! *

A Pint of  Buxton Brewery's Fringe 

We were really delighted when our friends at Buxton Brewery agreed to produce a special limited edition beer in support of the Fringe. We were even more excited when it went on sale at the end of May.

The 'ale and arty' beer comes in a very fetching orange can or on tap. The Fringe Session Pale Ale is 4% and is made from Harlequin hops and is delightfully refreshing.

Chair Stephen Walker was the first to try it (natch), closely followed by Rob Harrison, who first had the idea of approaching Buxton Brewery. 

Unsurprisingly, they both pronounced it delicious and easy drinking. 

After a hot afternoon helping residents at Haddon Hall care home plant orange flowers, I and fellow fringer Linda Rolland felt we deserved a cold drink. So we high-tailed it down to Pavilion Gardens to try the Fringe pale. And I have to say it really hits the spot!

Served chilled its the perfect summer drink to enjoy before, after or even during one of our 190 or so Fringe events. Its available from lots of outlets across town, see the list below for full details.  

And what's best is the wonderful people at Buxton Brewery are giving the Fringe 20p on every pint sold. 

So support the Fringe drink* Fringe Session Pale - Cheers 🍻

Available from: Buxton Brewery Tap House and Cellar Bar, Buxton Brewery Pavilion Gardens, Buxton Brewery Garden Tap, Beer District, The Vault, Bar Brasserie, Old Hall Hotel, The Crescent, The Pump Room and The Royal Oak Hurdlow.

* over 18's only please.

Monday 3 July 2023

Hold the front page 4… Darkness and light at Buxton Fringe

Patrick O'Donnell from Revenant

Welcome to our latest round up featuring extracts from the press releases of our Fringe entrants, this time Demon & Dust with Revenant by Stewart Roche, Buxton Fringe Theatre Production Award winners, Spanner in the Works, and Burbage Band - three events that show the Fringe in all its different moods. Don’t miss out as some of these performances are from the very start of the Fringe! The first two are at Underground with Burbage Band at the Methodist Church. For full details of their shows see our listings on 

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Demons & Dust are delighted to present  Revenant by Stewart Roche at Buxton Fringe 2023 starring Patrick O’Donnell (Best Actor nomination, Manchester Fringe 2021). 

Carter has found the perfect location to shoot his zombie movie set during the Irish famine - a country house on an island off the coast of Mayo. The only catch is he has it for just 3 days. So when his lead actor drops out the day before shooting starts, Carter is faced with a difficult decision- pull on the plug on his dream project or cast the mysterious Vardell, an actor of incendiary talent but someone with a dark past that he knows precious little about. As events unfold on set, Carter soon suspects that he may have made a grave mistake... 

Visceral, blackly comic and genuinely scary.

'****...a compelling and entertaining hour of superb storytelling…deliciously dark…O’Donnell’s delivery is magnificent.’ STARBURST Magazine

'Roche’s script is a spikenard of playful savagery....a comically fruitful idea combining gothic horror gore with a satire on movie-making and acting.’ The Irish Independent 

Stewart Roche is an award-winning writer from Dublin. In 2022 he was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to write “Shard”, which will be broadcast on July 10th. His film “Where Still Waters Lie” won Best Foreign Short at the Monsterflix Awards, Best Drama at the Indie for you Festival and Best Horror at the Five Continents Film Festival, Tokyo Short Film Festival and the U-Horror film awards. It has also been nominated for best short at several other film festivals. His play “Revenant” was nominated for the Stewart Parker Award (Best debut play in Ireland). 

As an actor Patrick O Donnell has won numerous awards, most notably at the Dublin International Film Festival with the Irish Film Critics award for Best Actor for his performance in “The Fading Light.” He also won Best International Actor for his performance in “Tin Can Man” at the Sydney Underground Film Festival. He was nominated for Best Actor at the Manchester Fringe Festival in 2021 for “Revenant”. 

What if

Buxton Fringe Theatre Production Award-winners 2021-2022 return to Underground with the story of one mother's loss amid the Shankill Road bombing, Belfast 1993. Written and directed by Patricia Downey, this is the latest play from the multi-award-winning company. 

”A searing exposition of pain and grief a combination of wonderful writing and insightful acting” Belfast Telegraph

“Another hard-hitting masterpiece from Spanner in The Works Theatre Company and magnificently performed by Colette Hart and Neil Heaney, who brought you on a rollercoaster of grief that many experienced during the tragic troubles of Northern Ireland. No matter what your background or history is surrounding you, as a parent of a child, you will honestly feel every tiny drop of heartache, loss and sorrow as the events of this play unfold.” Audience feedback

Burbage Band

There’s nothing better than the sound of a quality brass band other than fabulous songsters as well as a brass band.

In the “Night of Glorious Melodies” concert by Burbage Band (Buxton) at the Buxton Festival Fringe on the 15th July you can hear it all.  The band will be featuring music from Stage and Screen and will be joined by professional soprano Katie Allan and West End Star Ashley Stillburn. The Band guarantees it will be an evening to remember. Book early!  

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Saturday 1 July 2023

Flying the Flags for the Fringe

Linda Rolland Fringe Community Links Officer (2nd left) flies our Banner

 Linda Rolland (2nd left) Fringe Community Links Officer with our banner and bunting

It's not long now till Buxton Carnival on 8th July and the Fringe will be entering a float with our friends at BIF - as usual thanks to Lomas who are providing our float. This year's theme is "Flying the Flags" and what amazing flags we have!  As always, a group of Fringe volunteers (at least the ones who are good at crafts, so not me!) have been making flags, flowers and all types of orange decorations. 

In addition we will have a very special banner.  Back in January High Peak Community Arts approached the Fringe as well as  a number of local community groups. They had received some funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and were planning an arts project involving local people and artists making silk banners and flags.  Naturally we were really excited about this and Linda, our Community Links Officer gratefully accepted their offer.

High Peak Community Arts and  Buxton Project eARTh worked with Sheffield artist Sara Blackburn to design the banners for a range of local groups.  Then local residents at both Buxton and New Mills centres started work on creating the banners, flags, bunting and hanging decorations.

The project was a huge success and we were blown away by our beautiful banner, bunting and decorations - they are almost too lovely to use! 

Linda said "The quality of work and the designs are just stunning". She added "we are so grateful to High Peak Community Arts for this wonderful gift, to artist Sara Blackburn and to all the people who worked so hard on making our banners and bunting.  We would also like to thank Alison Bowry and HPCA for inviting the Fringe to be a recipient."  

So look out for our float on the 8th July and our banner which will have pride of place before moving to the Fringe desk in Pavilion Gardens.

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Friday 30 June 2023

Painting the station orange!


Rail and Fringe fans, Helen, Catherine, Pam and Ian, at Manchester Piccadilly

“I knew there was an Edinburgh Fringe - I didn’t know there was a Buxton one…” It was so great to tell people about Buxton Fringe at Manchester Piccadilly Station on Wednesday June 28th. We had all sorts of people coming up to find out more about our fantastic open-access festival which runs alongside the Buxton International Festival every July. 

Working alongside High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership, we were also letting people know how easy it is to get to Buxton via the regular train service - check National Rail Journey Planner for details. It is a very scenic run and thanks to the Friends of Buxton Station group, the decorated station offers a very attractive first impression of the town.

Our colleagues at the Community Rail Partnership were only too happy to get into the Fringe spirit - a few of our orange paper flowers were quickly scooped up and used as hair decorations because who doesn’t like to dress up and there is something about the Fringe that makes everyone want to be a performer! Our bright orange stand was very appealing, though we say so ourselves. Among those who came over to see us was an interested Burger King staff member and a railway employee who had been nominated by his cyclist colleagues to ask if they could have a couple of our orange balloons! A delighted small child took another balloon to play with around the station!  

Having been a bit chained to the computer of late, it was great to be out and about with fellow Fringe enthusiasts and to remind myself of all the fun coming our way from next week onwards. As one passenger said to us waving his Fringe programme: “Walking in the Peak District and the Fringe in Buxton - that’s my holiday sorted!”

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Tuesday 27 June 2023

Enjoy the Ride!

Whenever I get the bus it reminds me of Friday trips to the shops with my Mum.  There would always be someone to chat to at the bus stop, the excitement of seeing the bus in the distance, the slight worry that the driver might not see us and so it might not stop for us, then the thrill of sitting at the front and ringing the bell! 

Now I might have outgrown most of these, but its still nice to get on the bus and sit and relax while the lovely Peak District scenery rolls by.   

This year our friends over at High Peak Buses are promoting our lovely Enjoy the Ride! posters, on buses and at bus stations, and this year they have a number of different tickets available including a new 3-day ticket which would be ideal for visitors.  

The guys at HP Buses told me: "It’s much less fuss to travel by bus into the High Peak area of Derbyshire – we have regular bus services linking Buxton with Ashbourne, Bakewell, Belper, Derby, Glossop, Leek, Macclesfield, Manchester Airport, Marple, Matlock, New Mills and Stockport.  High Peak buses have a great range of Day, Weekly, 4-Weekly tickets along with our NEW 3-day tickets which are ideal for those visitors staying in the High Peak area making bus travel a viable alternative to using the car – helping free up our grid-locked roads and helping to reduce emissions!" Click here to find out more:

What's more this year for the first time we are really excited to also be working with High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership to encourage people to come to Buxton for the Fringe via rail. 

On Wednesday 28th June we will be sharing a stall with High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership to promote using the train to travel to Fringe events, so look out for us at Manchester Piccadilly and please come and say hello.

Everyone knows about the benefits of using public transport; there's no hassle parking and it's good for the environment plus this year you can enjoy a pint of limited edition Fringe Beer and not worry about being safe to drive home!

So come on, support the environment, let the bus (or train) take the strain and let's make this another environmentally friendly Fringe!

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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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Wednesday 14 June 2023

Hold the front page 2… Musical voyages at Buxton Fringe

Lili la Scala 

Below follows extracts from the press releases of three more of our amazing Fringe entrants, cabaret star Lili la Scala, storytelling theatre duo David Head and Matt Glover, and genre-defying Jewish entertainer, Naomi Paul.  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

Lili la Scala: Siren

A journey, a ship, the shifting of time and sands. Found songs, like melodic flotsam, from the poetry of Masefield to the music of Tom Waits and Fauré. Haunting and mesmeric songs intertwining effortlessly with bewitching stories. Stories about journeys, songs about the sea and salt-sprayed music all combined to create a Siren’s songs. 

‘Siren’ blends Lili’s classical roots with dark eclectic songs and life stories in a fragile and theatrical musical voyage.

Having achieved international success, many five star reviews and award 

nominations with her previous shows, ‘War Notes’ and ‘Songs to Make You Smile’ (Best Vocal, Buxton Fringe 2012), Lili la Scala returns with her new solo show, ‘Siren’. Her most ambitious show yet, Lili has gathered some of the most haunting music from both the classical and cabaret worlds, as well as new music by Michael Roulston to create this mysterious, enigmatic musical experience.

Lili has been a stalwart of the cabaret scene for over a decade, having spent a few years taking things slowly as her family expanded, she now finds the time and the inspiration to return to taking her various shows around the country. Siren is her favourite show to date and sharing these beautiful songs with people is such a joy.

“Impeccable, Mesmerising, Perfect *****” Metro (UK)

David Head & Matt Glover: Unwanted Objects 

Old teddy bears, abandoned chess sets and ships-in-bottles... Every item in this mysterious and magical secondhand shop has its own history to share and tale to tell. Unwanted Objects is a new story and song show from acclaimed duo David Head and Matt Glover. 

Combining bittersweet short stories with folk-inspired musical melancholia, it is storytelling theatre full of wit, whimsy and warmth. Unwanted Objects is an exploration of sentimentality, our possessions and the meaning we attach to them. 

Following a successful debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2022, Unwanted Objects went through a period of development with director Laura Killeen (Godot is a Woman, The Pleasance).  The developed version debuted at the Brighton Fringe to great audiences and stellar reviews. David and Matt are excited to be reuniting with Rotunda Theatre and their beautiful and intimate venues for the Buxton Fringe. 

Unwanted Objects is David and Matt’s second collaboration following A Good Service on All Other Lines, which they debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018. Their intertwining tales of lovers, losers and locomotives was adapted into a five episode story and song podcast, released throughout March 2020. 

***** “Beautifully human and emotional… poetic and impactful” – Lost in Theatreland (Brighton)

Naomi Paul: They May Have Even Eaten Ham! 

Naomi’s new (mostly) Jewish show! What’s not to like? 

Naomi Paul returns to Buxton Festival Fringe with her new solo show They May Even Eaten Ham! The show travels from the Baltic to Birmingham, from shamash to shellfish, from Hendon and beyond. Naomi brings another funny and thought-provoking performance, combining original songs with her unique style and material. Through personal stories past and present, she explores the things that unite us and the things that divide. How we fit in and how we strike out! Crossing genre borders of theatre, cabaret and comedy, the show is written and performed by Naomi Paul and directed by Alison Belbin. 

Naomi premiered her first solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, and has since become a successful writer of comedy, theatre, cabaret and spoken word. performing her own work to enthusiastic audiences throughout the UK. She has been touring her current show Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits (previously performed at Buxton) to very appreciative audiences in rural venues with Live & Local. She is taking this new show to Edinburgh in August. 

Live & Local also commissioned her to deliver community arts projects in Meon Vale, Warwickshire (2020) and New Mills, Derbyshire (2023).The film from the first project, Snapshot Stories, was shown in Buxton in 2021. The second project, Stories of Home, culminated on May 1st in a script-in-hand performance with local residents in Rock Mill Centre, the smallest theatre in New Mills!

**** ‘Outstanding’ 

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Wednesday 7 June 2023

Hold the front page… Life lessons at Buxton Fringe

Tina Sederholm (credit: Neil Spokes)

Every day we are learning more about our exciting Fringe performers. Below follows extracts from their press releases giving a flavour of what’s in store from Spoken Word artist Tina Sederholm, Scouse comedian Henry Churniavsky and comic storyteller Mike Venables.  For full details of their shows' times, venues etc see our listings on our website.

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Tina Sederholm: This is Not Therapy

What do you mean, you’re fifty-five and still don’t know the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything? 

Oxfordshire performance poet and theatre-maker Tina Sederholm makes her debut at Buxton Fringe with her fifth solo show, This Is Not Therapy.

In her twenties, when Tina wasn’t old, she became an International Event Rider. In her thirties, and still not old, she swapped one dodgy career, horses, for another, performance poet.  But as she hits her fifties, she’s perturbed to still be asking, ‘What am I doing with my life?’ 

Here Tina explores her favourite stories, and is horrified to discover that the heroes do not always end up with the prize. But if life is not about succeeding, then what is it for? Join her as she interrogates Indiana Jones, Douglas Adams and a Famous Poet to uncover the answer to life, the universe and basically everything in under 55 minutes.

Directed by Savage Heart’s Rachel Mae Brady, This is Not Therapy combines memoir, comedy and poetry in an intimate, funny and tender story of traversing your mid-life. Tina says,’When I entered my fifties, I experienced a sea-change in my attitude to career, work and purpose. I had a strong sense that I might be missing the point of it all. So I decided to stop and take stock, in an effort to live the last third of my life better than the first two-thirds.’

Tina Sederholm is the veteran of seven Edinburgh Fringes. She is host of a podcast also called This Is Not Therapy, which features stories that find the marvellous in the mundane.

Stunning… reduced myself and other audience members to the  sensitive and teary-eyed children we’re all hiding inside.’ ***** Three Weeks

Henry Churniavsky: Laughs for Life

Jewish/Scouse stand-up comedian Henry Churniavsky has two shows at the Fringe. Both shows are to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health Charities. He came up with the idea after his best friend’s son attempted suicide, and never recovered. He is now an Ambassador for The Mental Health Charity Jami UK and he also supports YoungMinds Mental Health Charity.

Henry’s first show: Henry Churniavsky is a Jewish Grandfather - Show Him Some Jew Respect,  is an afternoon solo show of his best Jewish humour. 2023 has seen this Scouse Jewish comedian go from a Jewrotic (Jewish and Neurotic) father to a Grandfather! Surely bringing a baby into the world has not changed that much?

In his second show, Laugh For Life Comedy: Compilation show for Mental Health: A team of award-winning comedians will be aiming to raise funds and awareness for the mental health charities.

Henry has nine years of Comedy Stand-up experience performing all over the UK, performing also in America and Amsterdam.

An enjoyable, quick-witted hour of stand-up comedy…Henry is a gold standard entertainer, the comedy is of a consistently high standard…’’ Edinburgh Fringe Review (2022)

Mike Venables: I Call the Shots

When Archie McKenzie, murderous Glasgow gangster of the fifties and sixties, is pursued by enemies, he flees his native Scotland and settles in the peaceful Peak District, thinking he is leaving his life of violence behind him.

He is. But years later it comes back to haunt his son. A tale of farce-like chaos ensues as the hapless chap, Richard, gets into heaps of serious scrapes to avoid a fearful fate. The story is told at a fast and furious pace by writer/actor Mike Venables.

Mike tells a story so vividly and with such comic flair, that time flies. He uses brilliant acting ability and comic timing to create a complex web of interactive drama. Despite all the fun, banter and laughter, there is a good thought provoking story at the heart of this one man show, featuring corruption, scandal and murder most Foul.

“Mike is a comedy genius, the story runs at break neck pace,” Euan Rose, Bromsgrove Standard.


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Monday 5 June 2023

Fringe 23 Under Starter's Orders

From l-r, pianist and singer John McGrother, Sarah Gordon from Silver Pine’s Laudable Pus, I Call the Shots comic storyteller Mike Venables and Corinne Coward from Buxton Drama League’s production of Two.

Saturday was the Epsom Derby, but more importantly it was the Buxton Festival Fringe Programme Party.

Which means just one thing, we are in the home straight to this year's Fringe! In just 4 (yes 4) short weeks the curtain will lift on what promises to be a bumper year.

We were delighted at the huge crowd who turned out to celebrate with us and grab their copy of the programme still warm from the press. In fact so many of you joined us that we had to do not one but two emergency wine/beer runs to the shops!

Our performers who gave us sneak previews of their acts were brilliant if a bit gory in places! In fact chair Stephen Walker looked a bit worried as he arrived just in time to witness the live amputation on stage using just a bread knife and rusty garden saw!  

Feedback on the night revealed that this year's programme cover from High Peak Photography Club's Caroline Claye is a smash hit. But it's what's inside that makes it extra special - some 190 entries across 10 genres.

So if you missed out on Saturday's event, be sure to hunt down a copy of the programme from numerous locations across Buxton or download our app here:

After the party our exhausted but happy Marketing Officer Steph Billen said: "It was a brilliant turn out and all our acts were fab. As always we are grateful to everyone who supports us and to the Green Man Gallery for hosting us." 

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Monday 29 May 2023

Guess who is going to be 120?

credit: Ian J Parkes

Buxton Opera House that's who! And we may be biased but we think you're looking pretty good for your age.

But it was a different story when Fringe founder Malcolm Fraser visited Buxton in the late 1970s. The Opera House was in a sad and neglected state, closed and bricked up. 

Malcolm, who worked as a lecturer in music, could see the potential in the building. 

So he set about lauching a campaign to save the building and establish the Buxton Festival Fringe. OK, you're right you can't have a Fringe without a Festival so Malcolm founded the Buxton Festival (BIF) first in 1979. And a year later the Festival Fringe came into being making 2023 our 44th event.

In 1980 the Opera House reopened its doors playing host to BIF and it has been their main home ever since.

Although the Opera House isn't a Fringe venue they do help us immensely by acting as ticket agents for a range of our entries, for which we are very grateful. And without the Opera House there wouldn't be an International Festival nor would the Fringe exist.

So we'd just like to say a "Very Happy 120th Birthday for the 1st June, and here's to the next 120 from all your friends at Buxton Festival Fringe".

PS maybe have the fire brigade on stand by with all those candles on your cake 🎂 🤣

To hear our interview with Malcolm or to find out more about our history click here

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