Buxton’s Fringe Festival will transform town

IMG_0249July is the month when Buxton is transformed into a bustling, colourful hub filled with artists, musicians and artists all bursting with energy and excitement.

The Buxton Festival Fringe will open on July 8 and for 19 days there will be non-stop entertainment all over the town in venues as diverse as Poole’s Cavern and Grinlow Woods, The Palace Hotel and the Railway Station.

There are almost 600 acts ranging from comedy, dance, film, spoken word, theatre, music, street performance and visual art.

There is far too much going on during the festival for artsbeat to list it all for you, but fortunately we don’t have to as the brilliant team organising the event have not only a programme, which is widely available, but there is also a very comprehensive website with full details of every event, maps, details of late changes, a news blog, a handy planner and a review section.

All you have to do is log on to http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk and you can’t go wrong.

One of artsbeat’s picks is the comedy play Boris: World King. Britain’s favourite comedy-politician takes a summer recess from his two part-time jobs to present a play about his life at Buxton Fringe.

A gaffe-a-minute comedy, as the thinking man’s idiot wobbles on the brink of power.

Written by Tom Crawshaw and performed by Three’s Company and KPS Productions the show is at Pavilion Arts Centre Studio from July 21-25.


Dame for a Laugh present their all-new children’s musical Nana and Nunu – The Big Sneeze! from July 22-25.

Families are invited to join Nana and her friendly aardvark Nunu as they face their biggest adventure yet.

When Nunu gets the sneezes on his birthday, Nana must venture across snow, sky and sea to track down a magical flower. They meet a host of colourful characters as they journey around the world in this 45-minute musical adventure.


Buxton-based theatre trio Orange and Pip show there is no such thing as a fairytale ending in their latest production, Ugly, a dark new drama exploring what happens to the Ugly Sisters after Cinderella’s marriage to the Prince.

They have put a new spin on the story, offering something that’s angry, moving and decidedly Grimm.

Author Lilly Posnett, who has twice been nominated for a Fringe New Writing award and is studying English and Drama at Cambridge, explains: “I was keen to give the Ugly Sisters a voice for a change. The play is about learning the true meaning of beauty – learning to be free to be who you are.”

Orange and Pip formed last year when former Buxton Community School students Lilly Posnett, Annie Osborne and Poppy Forshaw-Perring, now at university, teamed up for After Alice, an inventive piece of physical theatre.

The actors are seasoned performers. Annie was nominated for Young Actor in the Fringe Awards in 2011, as well as performing in the production of Red Red Shoes which won the award for Young Drama in 2013.

Poppy has performed in many Buxton Fringe productions, including a version of Wyrd Sisters which was nominated for Best Young Drama.

As well as writing numerous plays, Lilly has taken leading roles including Sandy in the school’s production of Grease.

“The play is really thought-provoking, offering a fascinating, feminist perspective, questioning the whole idea of ‘happily-ever-after’,” said Annie.

Orange and Pip’s Ugly will take place at Underground Venues, on July 8 and 9.


From Japan to Buxton – Cozy bring their unique sensory mix of beat boxing, acoustic guitar, loop pedal and contemporary dance to the festival.

After completing a tour of China and Japan, this upbeat performance by Colin and Yozy looks set to take the UK by storm.

It is billed as an audio and visual delight, filled with energy and passion.

Colin said: “As a celebration of lasting the year apart we have decided to come to the UK to perform at several festivals and to enjoy life on the road for a few months doing what we do best.”

They will be at Underground Venues, underneath Buxton’s Old Hall Hotel, from July 16-18.


Award-winning Derbyshire women’s chorus DaleDiva will be performing at Buxton Festival Fringe for the first time this year as part of its lead up to the World Championships.

The group will be performing Feelin’ Good with DaleDiva at St John’s Church, Buxton on Saturday 25 July.


A new adaptation of Henry James’ Gothic novel The Turn of the Screw is being brought to the stage by two actors from That’s My Cue Productions at Underground Venues from July 22-24.


Full Circle is comedian Maxine Jones’ third solo show. In it she is planning to move back to the UK after 25 years away. She questions what anybody ever learns over a lifetime. It can be seen from July 10-12.