Event Descriptions 2020

Full information about our events. If you're interested in a particular category simply click on the colour coded links below.

All of the shows are listed here.

Note the events below are listed in good faith but will be subject to the government's coronavirus guidelines as they stand in July.

Ticket information can be found on each event listing. Opera House Sales denotes advanced bookings can be made from the Opera House Box Office 01298 72190 (or online) from early June. Our Tickets page has general advice about ticketing at the Fringe.

Events marked Family Friendly have been suggested by the entrant as generally suitable for family viewing. NB Events in the For Families category tend to be specifically aimed at young people.

Please note that details of performances, including times and dates, may be subject to Late Changes. Numbers in brackets refer to venue numbers (see map)

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The Belly Dance Flames 2012 (credit: Donald Judge)

FRINGE SUNDAY RETROSPECTIVE - Buxton Festival Fringe Family Friendly
With large gatherings impossible, the Fringe takes a pause to remember some fantastic Fringe Sundays over the last few decades. Through sun and rain, performers have entertained crowds at the Pavilion Gardens. Learn more in this 2012 film: youtu.be/iG0PXMc4rYY
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free Gallery Comments

TOP LANDING... The splendid Fringe40 exhibition

FRINGE40 - 40 YEARS OF BUXTON FRINGE - Buxton Festival Fringe Family Friendly
If you missed our fascinating archive exhibition at The Green Man Gallery, or if you just want to savour it in more detail, here's your chance to appreciate it virtually. Follow the link to download the full online exhibition experience buxtonfringe.org.uk/FF40exhibition.pdf
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free Gallery Comments

Entertainment down the line just for you!

PHONE@5 - Buxton Festival Fringe
You don’t need the internet to be able to enjoy the Fringe. This year some of our entrants are offering to do short performances down the phone! Ring the Fringe’s marketing officer on 01298 79351 to book your 5pm call choosing from a menu of music, comedy, poetry and stories.
Down the line (123) 6-10 & 13-17 Jul 5pm to 5:10pm Free
Further information: 01298 79351 Comments

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 Children's Events

THE RED BALLOON - Lucky Dog Theatre Productions Family Friendly
The award-winning Lucky Dog perform their own unique take on the classic 1956 short film by Albert Lamorisse in this performance recorded last year. Equally charming, funny and touching, this adaptation is suitable for all the family. 'Outstanding' - FringeReview. See youtu.be/ZpGjsX8So9A
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free, Ages 4+
Further information: view by donation paypal.me/luckydogtheatre Comments

what would guard your Tiny! treasures?

TINY! TREASURE HUNTERS - Stone and Water Family Friendly
What treasures would you hoard? Where would you keep them? Who would guard them? Join us for this year's Tiny! sessions. Decorate your own treasure box! Find some natural treasures! Mermaid, monster, pirate or dragon? Who will guard your treasure?
Pavilion Gardens – Playground (33m) OpenStreetMap 12 Jul 1pm to 4pm Free, Ages 3+ Comments

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 Comedy

ANDY QUIRK'S PARODIES FROM THE PEAK DISTRICT - Andy Quirk Family Friendly
In 2018 Andy Quirk moved with his wife from London to a new life in the Peak District. He's been adapting ever since and captures it all in a series of musical parodies. This special online version comes complete with subtitles so you can sing along! parodiesfromthepeakdistrict.weebly.com/ (New Writing)
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free, Ages 12+
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IT JUST SO HAPPENED: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY SHOW - Mirth of Forth Productions
In this alternative history show, four panellists deliver short stand-up sets based on historical people and events which happened on the same date as the show, then together they discuss possible alternative endings to other events which happened in Buxton's illustrious history. Hosted by Richard Pulsford. Recorded for podcast. See www.itjustsohappened.co.uk/p/podcasts-to-come-1563876120/
Online (102) 18 Jul 1:30pm to 2:30pm Free, Ages 14+ Gallery Comments

THE LAUREL AND HARDY CABARET - Lucky Dog Theatre Productions Family Friendly
The award-winning Lucky Dog bring you Stan and Ollie’s routines and songs from stage, screen and record in a show featuring classic recreated movie sequences and hilarious sketches that The Boys performed on tour. You will be transported back to a more innocent time, yet be amazed how current their comedy remains. See youtu.be/MRXFr-LleBA
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free, Ages 5+
Further information: view by donation paypal.me/luckydogtheatre Comments

Sheridan Shacklethwaite and Susie

SHERIDAN SHACKLETHWAITE'S STALACTITES SECRETS - Cry Havoc! Family Friendly
Join silver-tongued septuagenarian Sheridan Shacklethwaite on this lighthearted, thoroughly-researched, entirely made-up, virtual tour of Poole's Cavern, a beautiful two-million-year-old natural limestone cave. (Please pay what you feel) See www.facebook.com/Sheridan-Shacklethwaite-324909248412010
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free
Further information: cassonsue@outlook.com 07979 273599 Comments

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 Dance

Rebecca Rhythm

TIME TO TAP - Rebecca Rhythm Family Friendly
Rebecca has trained with Tap Masters from all around the world; in this debut Fringe piece she draws on their influence and expertise to deliver a captivating, improvised tap performance to live music. The performance will be live from Rebecca's Facebook page: @rebeccacrookesperformer www.facebook.com/rebeccacrookesperformer/
Online (102) 12 Jul 4pm to 4:30pm Free
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 Music

CLUB ACOUSTIC AT THE FRINGE - Club Acoustic
A Fringe regular since 2012, Club Acoustic is proud to present a smörgåsbord of outstanding local musical talent in a showcase of songs and music from some of our regular performers. Free entry, no tickets. Come along!
Underground at The Old Clubhouse (21) OpenStreetMap 15 Jul 8:15pm to 11pm Free Comments

HOME MOVIES - Darren Poyzer Family Friendly
Enjoy three 30-minute video sessions from the charismatic and entertaining singer-songwriter with one comprising entirely new material. "An excellent musician who performs with kindness, honesty and a smile in his eyes ... his music and song writing is beautiful ... one of my Fringe highlights" - Toni Saxton. See www.poyzer.com (New Writing)
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free
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JOURNEY TO SKY BLUE - Adrian Lord Family Friendly
Join Cheshire composer and pianist Adrian Lord as he returns to Buxton Fringe, this year in a live online performance of joyful and uplifting music from his first two albums. 'You need this music in your life as it is the perfect way to switch off and wind down.' Buxton Fringe Review 2019. See www.adrianlordpiano.com
Online (102) 4 Jul 1pm to 1:45pm, 5-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free Comments

The Music of Trees

THE MUSIC OF TREES - Geoff Robb Family Friendly
Award-winning guitarist Geoff Robb will be performing his show The Music of Trees via a live-stream. The show features original guitar music inspired by nature with tree stories and folklore. His beautiful compositions blend his classical training and his love of Spanish and Celtic music. See geoffrobb.com/buxton-festival-fringe
Online (102) 12 Jul 7pm to 8pm, 13-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free Gallery Comments

ORCHESTRAL CONCERT - High Peak Orchestra Opera House Sales Family Friendly
An evening of classical music opening with Borodin's powerful Prince Igor Overture. Russian violinist Savva Zverev then performs two pieces with the orchestra: Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending and Chausson's romantic Poeme. the programme ends with Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony. Conductor David Chatwin. Proceeds in support of High Peak Food Bank.
St John's Church (40) OpenStreetMap 4 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm £12 (Child Free, Conc £10)
 Bookings via Opera House or 07786 782192 Comments

PIANO RECITAL - Misha Tyshkul Family Friendly
Misha joins us at the URC for the final recital in this season given by students at the RNCM. Misha has a wide-ranging repertoire - from Schubert to Barber. See the Facebook Page 'Buxton URC Broadwood Grand Piano' for his recital programme.
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 16 Jul 2pm to 3pm £5 (Child Free)
 Bookings via whiteknowle@gmail.com or 01298 70705 Comments

THE ROTH GUITAR DUO IN CONCERT - Roth Guitar Duo Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Award-winning guitarists Sam Rodwell and Emma Smith come together to perform an eclectic mix for all musical tastes. Featuring music from their debut album Canonica. 'A beautiful and diverse selection of repertoire, played by two of the UK's brightest young stars of the guitar.' Craig Ogden
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 8 Jul 1pm to 2pm £8 (Conc £6)
 Bookings via Opera House or rothguitarduo@gmail.com and 07872 068453 Comments

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BEING INSPIRED - ONLINE - Buxton Spoken Words
Original writing by Buxton and High Peak poets performed for your entertainment. Local writers present their own work plus their choice of poetry that has inspired their writing. Buxton Spoken Words meets monthly to share new and original poetry and is pleased to bring its work to a wider audience. A link to access the event will be available on The Green Man Gallery website. (New Writing)
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free
Further information: thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375 or Don Dolby 07803 413343 Comments

EINSTEIN'S BICYCLE, BOOK LAUNCH - Terry Dammery, Edale poet, Conrad Press 2020 Family Friendly
Under the silence of the rockets, we struggled with Einstein's Bicycle, no one hearing our cries. So for those who fell off, this is a softly-spoken rant that describes a view of TS Eliot's London from an orphanage window and a cycle ride through his Waste Land. (New Writing)
Scrivener's Bookshop (11) OpenStreetMap 9 & 16 Jul noon to 1pm Free, Ages 18+
Further information: Scrivener's Bookshop 01298 73100 Comments

FANTASY VS REALITY - LIFE IN LOCKDOWN - Chapel Arts Writing Group
Hear Chapel Arts authors reading recent poems as well as some gloriously escapist modern folktales. You can also enjoy a short play by Anne Cawthorn featuring the Covid adventures of Fred, Doris and Ethel. See www.chapelarts.org.uk/WhatsOn.php (from July) for links and a downloadable PDF of the works.
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free
Further information: mark@markphenderson.com Comments

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 Street Theatre

Picture (c) Mister Hope

THE SHAKESPEARE JUKEBOX - Buxton Drama League Family Friendly
The award-winning Shakespeare Jukebox goes online to bring its usual mix of Shakespearean scenes and interactive fun to you in the safety of your own homes. Every day, we'll be posting video of some of your favourite scenes, featuring Jukebox performers old and new, as well as some surprises!
Online (102) 1-19 Jul 6pm to 11:59pm Free
Further information: www.buxtondramaleague.co.uk/shakespeare-jukebox-2020 Comments

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 Theatre

Joanna Lavelle in Crossing the Line

CROSSING THE LINE - THE FULL STORY - Joanna Lavelle
'Unexpected gem of the Fringe.' Chris Neville-Smith. Four linked stories giving voices to overlooked victims of abuse: wife, police officer, mother, now includes the perpetrator in this moving, compelling and thought-provoking drama based on real-life cases. 'Exceptional, flawless, convincing performance.' 2018 Buxton Fringe Review. Optional post-show discussion.
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) OpenStreetMap 14-16 Jul 2pm to 3pm £6.50 (Conc £6), Adult themes Gallery
 Bookings via the Gallery, thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375 Comments

THE GAMBIT - Rampant Family Friendly
BFF Best New Writing 2013 This play is a dense web of ideas, analysed over the background of a failed friendship, and the cleverness of Mark Reid’s script is that it works on both an intellectual and emotional level. (Steve Walker, fringeguru 2015) Radio recording soundcloud.com/rampantplays/the-gambit
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free Comments

IT'S ABOUT TIME - The Institute of Managing Performance Family Friendly
A collection of quotations and reflections in real time including the ability of spectators to provide their own suggestions and reflections and engage with the material in their own ways. It has been curated by Mark Reid from his personal library in which he performs. maccpmarkreid.wordpress.com/abouttime/ (New Writing)
Online (102) 2, 9 & 16 Jul 2:15pm to 2:45pm Free Comments

THE LION AND ALBERT (AND FRIENDS) - Hancock Fabrications
An entertaining selection of music hall and parlour recitations, including: all of the Albert stories, Three Ha'pence a Foot, The Runcorn Ferry, The Cremation of Sam McGee, etc, etc, and... (the daddy of them all) Horatius by Lord Macaulay.
United Reformed Church – Green Room: Hall (55b) OpenStreetMap 1 & 3 Jul 2:30pm to 3:15pm, 4 & 8 Jul 4:30pm to 5:15pm £6 (Child £3, Conc £5)
 Bookings via hankfab@hotmail.com Comments

SPECIAL MEASURES - Blackboard Theatre Opera House Sales
The heart-warming play explores why more teachers are leaving the profession than ever before, delving into what life is like as a teacher in 2020. Hilarious from start to finish, it features stories and characters that you have to see to believe. (New Writing)
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 11, 12 Jul 3:30pm to 4:20pm £8 (Conc £6), Some strong language
 Bookings via Opera House Comments

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 Visual Arts

credit: Rachel Slaney

2020 ART EXHIBITION: ONLINE - Burbage Art Group Family Friendly
This long-established exhibition goes online this year via the Gallery link. Enjoy a selection of members' paintings, mixed-media works, textiles, sculptures and more. The high standard of the artists' work has been recognised in Fringe and other awards. In normal times, the group meets on Wednesday evenings and welcomes newcomers. See artist Annie at work! youtu.be/f0iXb6EkfM4
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free Gallery
Further information: 01538 266220 Comments

Louise Jannetta, Beneath the Waves, oil on canvas 60 x 60 cm (2020)

ABOUT TIME - Jennifer Hart and Louise Jannetta Family Friendly
Attributes of photography, print and paint adeptly express the culmination of experimental and interrogative research undertaken in the third year Fine Art BA at MMU. Both artists explore the intricate folds in the strata of time where shadows of the past haunt the present in a perpetual pattern of repetition.
Louise Jannetta Art Studio (rear of 24 Dale Rd) (14) OpenStreetMap 3-5, 10-12 & 17-19 Jul 10am to 4:30pm Free Gallery Comments

credit: David Woodrow

BREAK YOUR STRIDE - ACE Art Family Friendly
Enjoy a lively window display of works by talented members of Buxton Adult Community Education art classes. Animal portraits and local landscapes will feature. Many pictures, including some by artist and teacher David Woodrow, will be on sale (all enquiries to David). Bonus pictures on the Gallery link!
Hargreaves (121) OpenStreetMap 5-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free Gallery
Further information: David Woodrow 07856 697923 or 01298 78809 Comments

BUXTON BANGKOK BOLLYWOOD AND SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN - Pam Smart Studio Family Friendly
A visual delight of virtual travel as Buxton artist Pam Smart takes you on a 100-page sketchbook tour of her travels. See www.youtube.com/channel/UCTW_c73k2V6_rR9qNTjB5Wg
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free
Further information: pamsmartstudio@gmail.com or pamsmart.co.uk Comments

BUXTON PHOTO CHALLENGE 2020 - Chapel Camera Club Family Friendly
Try out your creative and photographic skills in this annual photographic adventure. The challenge is to take six photos on six themes in six hours - in the right order. Sounds easy! All welcome - just bring your camera and empty memory card.
Old Clubhouse – Downstairs (21b) OpenStreetMap 18 Jul 10am to 4pm £5 (Child £3)
 Tickets on the door. Comments

LOCKDOWN BEGINNERS ART GALLERY - Buxton and District U3A Beginners Art Group Family Friendly
Paintings and drawings by the Beginners and Improvers Art Group of Buxton and District U3A are now viewable on the Buxton website. More than 60 entries demonstrate the variety and progress of the members’ work not to mention their enthusiasm. Buxton U3A has over 500 members and 60 activity groups. See three pages of artworks via u3asites.org.uk/buxton/page/105131
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free Comments

MOUNTAIN & LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - Geoff Shoults Family Friendly
Winner of The Art of Travel award in The Travel Photographer of the Year 2019 and Mountain Photographer of The Year 2017. From the hills of Derbyshire to the Himalayas via Arctic Norway, Buxtonian Geoff Shoults takes inspiration from the abstract detail within the landscape as well as the sweeping vista.
Jo Royle Outdoor (113) OpenStreetMap 1-4 Jul 9:30am to 5pm, 5 Jul 10am to 4pm, 6-11 Jul 9:30am to 5pm, 12 Jul 10am to 4pm, 13-18 Jul 9:30am to 5pm, 19 Jul 10am to 4pm Free Comments

SCULPTURE TRAIL - Curated by Lindsey Piper Family Friendly
An eclectic mix of sculptures whose aim is to move you in more ways than one.
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free Comments

DREAM in the most unexpected trials.

UNTITLED, THE DEEP SLEEP - Hampton-Studio Family Friendly
Untitled, The Deep Sleep is a performance installation where I share with the audience one of the most intimate experiences – sleep. www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE6cCDh-uE4 www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqR8AUmYivU www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsGiV5SmCW8
Turner's Memorial (117) OpenStreetMap 3-11 Jul 7pm to 11:30pm Free Comments

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THE FRINGE OF THE FRINGE - Buxton Fringe of 1
Stranger. Audaciouser. Fringier. Immerse yourselves in the Fringe of the Fringe: the weirdest, wildest assortment of all the events that aren’t happening on the Fringe. The shows, gigs and exhibitions you wish you’d seen. Keep up with all the excitement on Facebook: @buxtonfringeofthefringe and Twitter: @buxtonfringeof1 (New Writing)
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free Comments

SPECIAL ISSUE - BUXTON - Summit Family Friendly
A showcase of the experimental, alternative and avant-garde, from Salford to Buxton for this one-off online issue featuring some of our finest acts across music, film and performance. www.summitsfd.wordpress.com (New Writing)
Online (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free Comments

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