Event Descriptions 2020

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

Many more events will come on stream before we reach the closing date for entries on Sunday 19th April. Please check back often.

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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 Fringe & Community

wear a glamorouous hat!

BUXTON'S PRIDE PICNIC - Stone and Water Family Friendly
A summer afternoon, fancy hats, wonderful cakes, fabulous people: Buxton’s Pride Picnic is back for its 4th feast, a celebration of the town’s LGBTQ+ community. Join us for laughter, conversation, new friends, old tarts. Bring your own picnic, maybe bake a cake for our Big Gay Bake Off.
Pavilion Gardens – Swimming Pool Lawns (33n) OpenStreetMap 18 Jul 2pm to 5pm Free Comments

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 Children's Events

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 and over Comments

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 Comedy

ANNIE AND ANGELA'S DISCO DIVORCE PARTY - Andy Quirk and Anna J
Join Annie and Angela as they celebrate approaching forty single and ready to mingle in a drag-infused musical comedy where you’re on the very special guest list. This brand new show includes a genre-busting soundtrack that shimmies and stomps its way from electropop to rock, hiphop and beyond! (New Writing)
Hydro Restaurant and Bar (22) OpenStreetMap 4 & 18 Jul 9:15pm to 10:30pm £6, Ages 14+
 Bookings via www.jokepit.com/organisers/732/ Comments

WILL PRESTON CAN'T FACE REALITY - Will Preston
Will Preston, self-confessed geek and gaming addict, explores his love of geek culture, as well as his normal life that he tries to escape from. "Slick, surprising, and acutely aware" - Objectively Funny "Energetic and lovable" - Joey Page “Very funny geezer. Guaranteed laughs!" - Lenny Sherman (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) OpenStreetMap 3, 4 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm £5 (Conc £4), Strong language, adult themes, Ages 15+
 Bookings via Green Man Gallery 01298 937375 Comments

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 Music

Annette Gregory & Friends - Jazz & Me

ANNETTE GREGORY & FRIENDS - JAZZ & ME - Annette Gregory Family Friendly
Annette returns to Buxton Fringe Festival 2020 Annette would like to share the full insight into her musical heritage of reggae and soul music, giving some of her favourite songs a jazz feel, but still leave room for those classic jazz standards.
Green Man Gallery (86) OpenStreetMap 18 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm £12, N/A, Ages 1
 Bookings via 01298 937375 Comments

H/P Big Band in rehearsal

BIG BAND TAKES THE STAGE. - High Peak Big Band Opera House Sales
17-piece 'big band' in concert presents contemporary arrangements of music inspired by the golden age of the ballroom and the great showbands with some evergreen tunes of the musical stage. A great evening of heart warming tunes with nostalgia merged with Broadway hits and modern jazz compositions.
Conservative Club (79) OpenStreetMap 13 Jul 8pm to 10:30pm £8 (Child £5, Conc £6)
 Bookings via Opera House or brian.lightowler@yahoo.com Comments

Jazz hands

BY POPULAR REQUEST - VociVoices Opera House Sales Family Friendly
VociVoices return for their fifth year at the Buxton Fringe for a one-off performance of their most requested numbers. Join them for a diverse programme of favourites from the world of opera, operetta, swing and jazz, movies and musicals, all performed with “panache and style” (Ros MacKenzie, Lothian Life).
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) OpenStreetMap 5 Jul 2pm to 4pm £10 (Child Free, Conc £8)
 Bookings via Opera House or mail@ericcymbir.co.uk Comments

A CAPPELLA AND CAKE - Ordsall A Cappella Singers Family Friendly
Now at Buxton for the tenth time, Ordsall A Cappella singers will be bringing you their well-known A Cappella and Cake. Come and listen to us for an hour of our close harmony singing followed by tea and cake.
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 18 Jul 11am to 12:30pm. St Mary's Church (41) OpenStreetMap 18 Jul 3pm to 4:30pm £6 (Child and Conc £4)
 Bookings via www.ticketsource.co.uk/ordsallsingers Comments

CHAMBER FAVOURITES - Cheshire Chamber Collective Family Friendly
Past nominees and winners of Fringe Awards, CCC is making their 6th consecutive appearance at the Fringe with some firm favourites: Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet and the Lark Ascending will be partnered with complementary wind quintet repertoire. Something for everyone in the beautiful setting of Christ Church, Burbage.
Christ Church, Burbage (85) OpenStreetMap 6 Jul 8pm to 10pm £10 (Child £0, Conc £8)
 Bookings via 07525765142 Comments

FLUTEFULNESS - The Norden Flute Quartet Opera House Sales Family Friendly
This versatile flute quartet, is making a return visit to the festival fringe this year. They will be playing an eclectic mix of music, ranging from Baroque to Jazz, and much in between. Hoping to entertain and surprise, in a relaxed and informal environment.
High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (30) OpenStreetMap 11 Jul 7pm to 9pm £8 (Child and Conc £6)
 Bookings via Opera House or m.dale@tiscali.co.uk Comments

LUNCHTIME CLASSICAL SONG RECITAL - Little Pixie Productions Opera House Sales
Little Pixie Productions Present: Soprano Helena Leonard & Pianist Carl Penlington Williams in a Lunch Time Recital. Helena will be singing a varied programme of classical songs accompanied by Carl on the piano.
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) OpenStreetMap 18 Jul 1:30pm to 2:30pm £12 (Child £8, Conc £10), Ages 10+ to Adults
 Bookings via Opera House or helena-rpo@littlepixieproductions.co.uk / 07702 307 546 Comments

THE NIGHTINGALE OF SOUTH BANK - Little Pixie Productions Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Opera & theatre show about the Soprano Florence Easton, who was born in 1882 South Bank, Middlesbrough. After training at the Royal Academy of Music early in the 20th century Florence became one of our most versatile English opera singers & was known professionally as “The Nightingale of South Bank”.
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) OpenStreetMap 13, 15 & 17 Jul 2:30pm to 3:50pm £12 (Child £8, Conc £10), Ages 10+ to Adults
 Bookings via Opera House or helena-rpo@littlepixieproductions.co.uk / 07702 307 546 Comments

POOLE INCARNATE - The Will Hathorne Band Family Friendly
It is 600 years since arch brigand Poole used the Cavern which now bears his name to hide from the authorities. But his malevolent spirit still inhabits the Peak District as historian James Barker learns when he digs too deeply into the past! A play with original rock music.
Poole's Cavern (34a) OpenStreetMap 7 & 17 Jul 8pm to 9:30pm £7.50 (Child and Conc £5), Mild drug references. Mild ghostly/evil spirit references.
 Bookings via Poole's Cavern. Green Man Gallery. Comments

SUMMER VOICES - Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Choir with Alicia Hill Family Friendly
Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Choir, led by their youthful MD: baritone Sam Gilliatt, have been entertaining audiences in the High Peak for 46 years. Come and join us for an evening of songs in a wide variety of styles, enhanced by the voice of our guest: popular local soprano Alicia Hill.
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 18 Jul 7pm to 9pm £6 (Child Free), A variety of songs and music
 Bookings via chapelladieschoir@gmail.com/ 01298 814015 Comments

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TROMBONE TUNES, TROMBONE TALK - Sam Slide & Friends Opera House Sales Family Friendly
After last year's successful come-back, local trombone player Sam Slide returns with the fifth and final chapter of his musical autobiography. There'll be new tunes and stories, old favourites, a trombone lesson for everybody - and possibly some surprise guests! Once again, Sam Slide's talented friends provide the tasteful backing. (New Writing)
Lee Wood Hotel – Pendennis 1 (91a) OpenStreetMap 7 & 14 Jul 7:30pm to 8:30pm £8 (Child and Conc £7)
 Bookings via Opera House or Opera House or 07929 423689 or On The Door Comments

VOICES IN HARMONY - Harmony Revival Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Harmony Revival, the successful Barbershop Small Chorus from Stockport presents two of the countries leading quartets, Sound Central the U.K. ladies champions and multi award-winning male voice champions Finest Hour for an evening of the very best of close harmony singing. An evening not to be missed
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) OpenStreetMap 15 Jul 7:45pm to 9:45pm £12 (Child Free)
 Bookings via Opera House Comments

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 Spoken Word

ALICE GOES ELSEWHERE - Buxton Drama League
This world can be challenging if you are on a 'spectrum', even if you are as talented as young musician Alice Lewis. However there are other realities where you might fit right in. A darkly comic musical audioplay from Buxton Drama League. FREE online at www.alicegoeselsewhere.com. (New Writing)
Online only (102) OpenStreetMap 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free, Strong Language and Adult Themes. Comments

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 Theatre

Alan Bennett

ALAN BENNETT'S 'BED AMONG THE LENTILS' - Library Theatre Touring Company Opera House Sales
Susan, a frustrated vicar's wife with a fondness for sherry, distracts herself from her insensitive husband and his doting parishioners by conducting an affair with a local grocer Ramesh Ramesh, discovering something about herself and God in the process. From Alan Bennetts classic ‘Talking Heads’ series.
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 17 Jul 7:45pm to 8:30pm, 18, 19 Jul 2:30pm to 3:15pm £12 (Conc £10)
 Bookings via Opera House Comments

SYLVIA VS THE FASCISTS - Breathe Out Theatre
1930s England. As the British government strikes bargains with Hitler and Mussolini, the nation’s own fascists are on the march. While the authorities turn a blind-eye to the threat, one person is ready for battle. Sylvia Pankhurst. Feminist. Activist. Champion of Justice. From the writer of ‘The Riot Act’. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) OpenStreetMap 7, 9 & 11, 12 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm, 18 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £7 (Child and Conc £6), None
 Bookings via 01298 937375 Comments

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AN EVENING OF CLOSE UP MAGIC & MIND READING - High Peak Magic Circle Opera House Sales Family Friendly
A brand new show at a brand new venue. Watch as some of the High Peak's finest magicians entertain at your table and from the stage. Cards, coins, ropes, rubber bands and more will all be used to mystify and astound at this family friendly show. One night only.
Pavilion Gardens – Octagon (33d) OpenStreetMap 15 Jul 7:30pm to 10pm £15
 Bookings via Opera House Comments

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