Buxton Festival Fringe is biggest ever

The biggest and longest ever Buxton Festival Fringe, one of Britain’s friendliest festivals, takes place from July 3-24 with close on 220 separate events and than 760 individual performances.

Fringe40 marks 40 years of the arts event and will take place in a wide range of venues across the town and beyond, including a train and an ancient cavern.

Fringe chair Keith Savage said: “This July Buxton will be busier than ever with music, theatre, comedy and the full range of visual arts on offer from morning through to late in the evening. 

“The Fringe programme is 20 per cent bigger than last year and we are unashamedly excited about looking forward to celebrating our 40th Festival.” 

Among many comedy treats are a brand new show from Rob Rouse (also performing with his award-winning actor wife Helen Rutter in theatre show Funny In Real Life); Radio 4’s cop turned comic, Alfie Moore; award-winning sketch troupe The Dead Secrets; Russian stand up Oleg Denisov from Moscow and a Laurel and Hardy Cabaret from popular Lucky Dog Theatre.

Theatre sees new shows from acclaimed theatrical outfits Sudden Impulse and Fishhouse Theatre, two productions featuring the multi-award-winning actor and singer Tayo Aluko; an interactive First World War drama called Letters of War; top class youth theatre from REC and Shadow Syndicate, and the return of hit performers from 2018 such as James Napier with Old Bones and Debbie Cannon with Green Knight.

A vast and diverse music section includes a jazzy love story from award-winner Egriega; High Baroque virtuosity from Mr Simpson’s Little Consort; music on (from page 21) the move from the Blues Train; City of Manchester Opera; epically ambitious guitarist Chris Woods and acclaimed pianists Jonathan Ellis and Eden Walker as well as the High Peak Swing Band, High Peak Orchestra, Buxton Studio Choir, Kaleidoscope Choir and many more.

An excitingly big Spoken Word section – 24 events up from nine last year – includes The Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan; PsychicBread and returning award-winning performers Genevieve Carver and Paul Webster. Poetry, guided walks, comedy, storytelling, one-man shows and photography all stretch the boundaries of this category.

Visual arts is dominated by the return of the Buxton Art Trail tomorrow but there is also the prestigious Buxton Spa Prize (see more on page 55 of the online edition), which is joining the Fringe for the first time, the Great Dome Art Fair (more on pages 42-43 of the online edition), a fascinating performance installation based on sleep and many other artistic must-sees.

Up-to-the-minute information is available from http://buxtonfringe.org.uk or on the new Buxton Fringe App, the Android version of which is now in the Google Play Store. There is also a printed programme.