Event Descriptions 2024

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Fringe

The Fringe float in 2023 (credit: Stephen Walker)

FRINGE AT THE CARNIVAL - Buxton Festival Fringe Family Friendly
Musicians and performers join in the fun as Buxton Fringe takes to the streets with its award-winning orange float. Thanks to Lomas Distribution and to the Well Dressing and Carnival team for organising this highlight in the town's calendar. Wear orange and give us a wave as we go by!
Around the Town 13 Jul 2pm to 4pm Free, Donations: Give generously to the Well Dressing Charities Comments

The Fringe Awards in 2023 (credit: Dan Osborne)

FRINGE AWARDS 2024 - Buxton Festival Fringe Family Friendly
Performers, Fringe Friends, Fringe committee members and reviewers are among those invited to our Fringe Awards ceremony. Enjoy a drink with us in relaxed, open-air surroundings with the polytunnel available if needs be! We see this as a celebration of everyone who supports our fantastic Fringe.
Serpentine Community Garden (107) Map 21 Jul 5pm to 6:30pm Free
Further information: Open to groups stated and by invitation. Comments

Pieter Egriega performs for Fringe on Friday in 2023 (credit: Stephanie Billen)

FRINGE ON FRIDAY - Buxton Festival Fringe Family Friendly
Buxton Fringe performers offer free extracts from their shows. Please support them. It is a brilliant way to enjoy a sneak preview of the many excellent shows on offer. The Bandstand offers shelter if it rains.
Pavilion Gardens – Bandstand (33a) Map 5 & 12 Jul 5pm to 6pm Free Comments

Fringe Sunday 2023 (credit: Carole Garner)

FRINGE SUNDAY - Buxton Festival Fringe Family Friendly
Join us for our traditional, family-friendly Fringe showcase in the park. Buy some Derbyshire ice cream and we'll provide the entertainment! Expect dance, music, singing, comedy, magic and more! Pick up a Fringe programme or become a Fringe Friend. Mingle with the stars at this fabulous outdoor party!
Pavilion Gardens – Bandstand (33a) Map 7 Jul 2pm to 4:30pm Free Comments

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Children's Events

THE HUNGRY MONSTER AND OTHER STORIES - Rebecca Huff
Join Rebecca for 'The Hungry Monster' and other stories. An hour of fun, stories and songs. 'We loved it - the poetry was super-clever and had rhyme and rhythm and was funny' (New Writing)
Scrivener's Bookshop (11) Map 13 & 20 Jul 11am to noon £8 (Child £5), Ages 3-6
 Tickets on the door. Comments

tree lobsters? river mice? wool dragons?

TINY!: WILD AND WONDERFUL - Stone and Water Family Friendly
Another TINY! day in the Gardens! From dragons to mermaids, monstermice to flying rabbits. A chance to stop, think and make some weird, wild, wonderful and simply fantastic creatures who might, or might not, or maybe should, or definitely should not, live in the gardens.
Pavilion Gardens – Playground (33m) Map 14 Jul 11am to 3pm Free, Ages 3+ Comments

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Comedy

Angela Bra: MicroRave

ANGELA BRA: MICRORAVE - Angela Bra
The Buxton Fringe 2023 Award-nominated show returns! Musical comedy drag queen, Miss Angela Bra, waves her daughters off to uni and hosts her own kitchen disco. But as her social media friends cancel one by one she’s left wondering who’ll come to her party of pop, parodies and puns...
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 6 Jul 6pm to 7pm £10 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Angela Bra: Social Calendar Girl

ANGELA BRA: SOCIAL CALENDAR GIRL - Angela Bra
Sex & Relationship Education is on the timetable and musical comedy drag queen (and Buxton Fringe Comedy Show Nominee 2023), Miss Angela Bra, is your supply teacher for this special lesson on how to handle yourself in any social situation. Includes Hen Dos (and Don’ts) and Angela’s gameshow, SnatchPhrase!
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 13 & 19 Jul 8pm to 9pm £10 (Conc £8), Ages 18+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Dumbgenz & Dragqueenz

ANNIE & ANGELA'S DUMBGENZ & DRAGQUEENZ - Annie Sup and Angela Bra
Following a disasterous pub crawl, 40-something BFFs Annie Sup and Angela Bra fall through a lipsync-hole into a parallel dimension of drag-powered musical comedy tucked full of swords and sassery. Are they for real? I’ve seen Stranger Things... Previous winners of Best Musical Comedy at the Morecambe Fringe.
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 12 & 20 Jul 8pm to 9pm £10 (Conc £8), Ages 18+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

ARANCINI: BALLS OF FUN - Arancini Productions
Arancini presents modern life viewed through a quirky lens with a mix of comedy sketches, spoken word and songs. They are Helen Rice (recent support for Tom Wrigglesworth) and Sarah Carratt (Buxton Fringe veteran with I’ll Have What She’s Having) - two middle-aged women who really should know better.
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 4 Jul 8pm to 9pm, 10 Jul 2pm to 3pm, 17 Jul 6pm to 7pm £12 (Child and Conc £8), Possible swearing & adult themes, Ages 14+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Samantha Day in The Booby Trap

THE BOOBY TRAP - Samantha Day
Breasts loom large in our culture but why? ‘Titologist’ Samantha Day gets her tit jokes out and exposes some big... issues. A sophisticated, interesting and funny new show from Amused Moose Award nominee at the Edinburgh Fringe, Comedy Store King Gong Winner and New Comedian of the Year 2022.
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 17, 18 Jul 8pm to 9pm £10 (Conc £7.50), Adult themes, Ages 18+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Thao Thanh Cao

CONFESSIONS OF A COMEDIAN - Thao Thanh Cao Opera House Sales
Looking for a laugh? Looking for tips on comedy? Looking for something to be offended by? Then this show is for you! “Unique and refreshing humour” Sydney Arts Guide “laughing from the get-go” Upside Adelaide “She has an interesting tale to tell - and the audience are enraptured” Chortle (New Writing)
Conservative Club (79) Map 10-12 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £9 (Conc £8), Adult themes, Ages 16+
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

THE END OF THE WORLD SHOW - Mark Speed
This show will change your afterlife! Which religion guarantees free booze for eternity? Will your pet be allowed in heaven? Join Nice Mr Death for this engaging and insightful multimedia exposition as he helps you find the best End Times deal. Prizes to be won! www.endshow.com **** ThreeWeeks
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 8 & 10 Jul 6pm to 6:55pm, 11 Jul 8pm to 8:55pm £10 (Conc £8), Ages 16+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Grandfather & Godfather

HENRY - THE GRANDFATHER & GODFATHER OF JEWISH COMEDY - Henry Churniavsky Family Friendly
Henry Churniavsky returns for a third year as a well worn Grandfather with an updated show. Getting Jew Respect from the family (Godfather). Learning how to survive in this modern world, learning new things from my grandson and getting old... not gracefully.
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 7 Jul 6pm to 7pm £10 (Child £6, Conc £9)
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Cartoon of a man running clutching a newspaper which says Fake News on it

IT JUST SO HAPPENED - AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY SHOW - Mirth of Forth Productions
Award-winning stand-up comedian Richard Pulsford hosts this alternative history show. Three comedians and history buffs perform short stand-up sets based ‘on this day’ in history before exploring some of the history of Buxton. Recorded for the It Just So Happened history podcast – @ItJustSo1 and www.ItJustSoHappened.co.uk
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 20 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm £9 (Child and Conc £7), Ages 14+ Gallery
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

JANE PUTS HER FINGER ON IT - Dreamshed Theatre Opera House Sales
Join Jane Mosse in questioning her talents. This exploration of all things mystical has touched many. Will you be next? A fun hour of clairvoyance and tantric phenomena in the company of the queen of quandary. (New Writing)
St Anne's Community Centre – Main Hall (39a) Map 16 Jul 8pm to 9pm, 17 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm, 18, 19 Jul 8pm to 9pm £5, Ages 16+
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or cronshawbill@gmail.com Comments

Thao Thanh Cao

MARMALADE - Thao Thanh Cao Opera House Sales
Marmalade is ‘Jam’ packed with one-liners and observational humour, as well as a mix of light-hearted and dark, edgy jokes. As sweet as this show appears, it is not for the easily offended. 'Stand-up comedy at its very best' Upside Adelaide. 'Constant laugh-out-loud comedy' Sydney Arts Guide
Conservative Club (79) Map 10-12 Jul 6pm to 7pm £9 (Conc £8), Ages 16+
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

MORE O ME - Maura Jackson
'Boltons hottest new comedian'. At 53 she can't decide if she's a charity CEO, Nanna or stand up comedian. Reckless with peri menopause she is all 3 and more. (New Writing)
Beer & Bean Café Bar (135) Map 19, 20 Jul 7:30pm to 8:30pm £6, Strong Language , Ages 18+
 Bookings via www.trybooking.com/uk/DFON Comments

A POLITICAL BRUNCH - Jesters Dublin
Following sell-out shows at Buxton Fringe in 2022 and 2023, Jesters Dublin are back with this fun take on politics for anyone who is up early!
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 12-14 Jul noon to 1pm £10 (Conc £8), Parental Guidance. Possible (audience) swearing, Ages 14+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Abigail Rolling - Sh*t Lawyer

SH*T LAWYER - Abigail Rolling
Abby has been chained to a radiator in the magistrates' court for almost 30 years. With misanthropic mirth she pulls back the curtain on a criminal justice system in terminal decline. The stories are true, the crisis real. Dark. Funny. Underfunded. And that's just her.
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 14 Jul 8pm to 9pm, 18 Jul 2pm to 3pm £10 (Conc £8.50), substance abuse,. adult themes, Ages 16+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

WE'LL LET YOU KNOW - Dreamshed Theatre Opera House Sales
Following strong reviews on last year's Fringe circuit, this amusing look at the audition process comes to Buxton! Be prepared for a laugh and jelly babies!
St Anne's Community Centre – Main Hall (39a) Map 16 Jul 6:15pm to 7:15pm, 17 Jul 7pm to 8pm, 18, 19 Jul 6pm to 7pm £5, Ages 16+ Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or cronshawbill@gmail.com Comments

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Dance

credit John Bradburn

BUXTON DAY OF DANCE 2024 - Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris Family Friendly
A feast of traditional dancing from around the country. The streets of Buxton will be filled with the music, colour, passion, energy and humour that the Morris brings. Over 150 dancers and musicians from 16 different Morris sides hosted by Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris.
Around the Town 20 Jul 10:30am to 4:30pm Free Gallery Comments

Swing Sisters

SWING DANCE LESSON - Dancing On The Spot Family Friendly
Enjoy learning the basics of swing dance. A workshop for children and adults. Families, couples, and individual dancers all welcome to join this event led by sisters, Emma and Casey Brayndick, teachers, dancers, and actors extraordinaire with On The Spot and Dancing On The Spot from Chicago, performing in Buxton.
United Reformed Church – Green Room: Hall (55b) Map 6 Jul 2pm to 4pm Free, Donations: Suggested contribution £5 Gallery Comments

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Film

SILENT FILM PICCADILLY (1929) WITH LIVE MUSIC - Brief Encounter Duo Opera House Sales
Anna May Wong sizzles as Shosho, a scullery maid who rises to stardom in the Piccadilly nightclub in this tale of jealousy, betrayal, forbidden love and a mysterious murder. The duo plays vintage jazz and more on nine instruments in this unique show. Wonderful reviews! Be amazed and surprised!
Lee Wood Hotel – Pendennis 1 (91a) Map 18, 19 Jul 7pm to 9:30pm £12 (Child Free, Conc £10)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

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Music

Dimestore Dirtbags

SONGS AND STORIES OF TEXAS - Dimestore Dirtbags
The Dimestore Dirtbags are Sarah McConnell and Randy Horton with Keith Smitheman on percussion. They tell stories and play a mixture of alt-country originals and cover songs from or related to Texas, a place Sarah and Randy called home for many years.
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 14 & 20 Jul 2pm to 4pm £10 (Child and Conc £9), Mild swearing Gallery
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

ALL ABOARD FOR THE 'BIG BAND SPECIAL' - High Peak Big Band Opera House Sales Family Friendly
High Peak Big Band return to the Fringe with a vibrant evening of jazz, swing, latin and the classic big band sound with vocals. The 19-piece ensemble presents music ranging from favourites of the ballroom and musical theatre to exciting arrangements of contemporary compositions.
Conservative Club (79) Map 8 Jul 8pm to 10:30pm £12 (Child £5, Conc £10)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or brian.lightowler@yahoo.com Comments

AROUND THE WORLD WITH NOEL COWARD - Robert Hazle & Helena Northcote Opera House Sales Family Friendly
'There’s nothing funnier than an Englishman travelling abroad!' The ‘formidable double act’, Hazle & Northcote, follows Noël Coward around the world with songs, stories and secrets from his personal archives. 'Like luxuriating in a warm bath - with a bottle of vintage Champagne.' Part of the Coward Foundation’s COWARD125 Festival.
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) Map 16-18 Jul 3pm to 4pm £10 (Child Free, Conc £8) Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

BACK WITH MORE FAVOURITES - VociVoices Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Presenting a well-known selection from the world of opera, operetta, musicals, swing, jazz and evergreens. Something for everyone!
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) Map 6 Jul 7:15pm to 8:30pm £10 (Child Free, Conc £8)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

Burbage band in concert

BURBAGE WORKS - A MUSICAL JOURNEY - Burbage Band (Buxton) Opera House Sales Family Friendly
A unique Brass Band performance combining live music and narrated audio-visual storytelling, documenting the history of brass bands through the eyes of Burbage Band (Buxton). Featuring premieres of new brass band compositions, researched chronological story, poetry, historical instruments, historical photographs, videos and influences on jazz and popular music. (New Writing)
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) Map 20 Jul 7:30pm to 9:45pm £10 (Child £8)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or jeannepip@yahoo.com Comments

CHAMBER MUSIC FOR MIXED ENSEMBLES - Cheshire Chamber Collective
An evening of chamber music for mixed ensembles including a flute quintet by Ries and Martinů’s nonet and a tango skilfully arranged for us by our own Adrienne Spilsbury. Previous winners of the Fringe Large Ensemble Award we are an amalgamation of the Quodlibet wind quintet and Bright string quintet.
Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills SK22 4BH (62) Map 11 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm £12 (Child £0, Conc £10)
 Bookings via cheshirechambercollective@outlook.com Comments

CHARLIE MORITZ - OF SHOES AND SHIPS AND SEALING WAX - Charlie Moritz Family Friendly
Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax… well maybe not sealing wax… (yet!), but this entertaining singer-songwriter and skilful guitarist’s repertoire does indeed ‘talk of many things’. Charlie’s set moves through modern, trad, funny, serious and sad - from sharply observational to movingly heartfelt. An engaging, tuneful hour for sure.
Green Man Gallery (86) Map 6 & 19 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £10 (Child and Conc £8)
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Chris Milner - Journeyman

CHRIS MILNER - JOURNEYMAN - Chris Milner Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Making a welcome return to the festival. Thoughtful, sincere and honest. One of the folk scene's leading singer-songwriters, Chris Milner brings his songs and stories to life for two nights at the URC. 'Never puts a foot wrong' Buxton Fringe Review
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) Map 5, 6 Jul 6pm to 7pm £7 (Child and Conc £5)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

CLASSICAL GUITAR JONATHAN PRAG - Jonathan Prag Classical Guitar Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Sharing his beautiful guitar playing once again, Jonathan brings another dazzlingly varied programme from around the world, including Tarrega’s Spanish ‘Capricho Arabe’, the beautiful melodies of O'Carolan, JS Bach, a Paraguayan barcarolle, a haunting Theodorakis elegy, Gerschwin and Romanian folk dances. 'Beautiful sound, exquisite tone’ Ontario Arts Review
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) Map 12-14 & 19-21 Jul 1:05pm to 1:55pm £10 (Child £5, Conc £8)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

Ian Bowns

DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE - Ian Bowns Family Friendly
All songs have a time, a place and a writer, even if their identity is lost under cover of ‘trad’ or ‘anon’. You’ll hear traditional and contemporary folksongs, and see some text and images about their origins. We don’t really believe the saying that ‘talking about music is like dancing about architecture’. All proceeds to Help Musicians: helpmusicians.org.uk/
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 6 & 11 Jul 6:30pm to 7:20pm £7.50 (Child and Conc £5), Ages 12+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

ELEMENTS - Adrian Lord Family Friendly
Cheshire composer and pianist Adrian Lord returns to Buxton to perform Elements - a hand-picked selection of his calming and evocative piano pieces. 'A must watch piano performance' Pianist Magazine
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) Map 6 Jul 2pm to 3pm £10 (Child and Conc £8)
 Bookings via www.adrianlordpiano.com Comments

A FAUN, A FANTASY AND AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH - High Peak Orchestra Opera House Sales Family Friendly
High Peak Orchestra presents Debussy's dream, L'après midi d'un faune, Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, built on folk melodies, for violin and orchestra - soloist Georgina Bloomfield, and Mendelssohn's spiritually hopeful Fifth Symphony, Reformation. Conductor, Michael Dow.
St John's Church (40) Map 13 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm £12 (Child Free)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or www.ticketsource.co.uk/high-peak-orch Comments

GHOSTS - Egriega Ensemble Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Former Buxton Fringe Music Winner 2016, 2019 and 2022. This year there are no robots, clowns or photo romances, just a small ensemble with guitars, banjos, mandolin, a violin and some unexplained phenomena. How do you feel about ghosts? Why are they drawn to this show? (New Writing)
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) Map 11 & 20 Jul 7pm to 8pm £8 (Child £5, Conc £6)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

Gifts From Crows Trio

GIFTS FROM CROWS - Gifts From Crows Trio Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Following last year's successful Fringe debut, the trio return with new music and a new CD, featuring Composer Richard Laurence's hypnotic piano motifs, Helen Southall's soulful saxophone and Garfield Southall's jazz-influenced percussion. 'Echoes of minimalist composers such as Ludovico Einaudi and Philip Glass were apparent' Buxton Fringe Review
The Pump Room (84) Map 15 Jul 7:30pm to 9:15pm £10 (Child £5, Conc £8)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or garfield.southall@mac.com Comments

GOLDEN TREASURES - Basin Street Jazz & Blues Family Friendly
Basin Street Jazz & Blues brings you an eclectic mix of the best in jazz and blues. They’ll share with you their own unique style and personality. Outstanding musicianship along with effortless intuitive vocals from Jules M Scott, for which they have earned a strong reputation.
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 7 & 16 Jul 7:30pm to 10pm £12 (Child £6, Conc £10) Gallery
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

GRACE TOUR - Joe Bayliss
Unafraid to share life's experiences but performing with an overwhelming feeling of warmth and humour dragging you in, Joe launches his new album, GRACE, in late 2024. Prior to launch, a few selected venues will hear some of the beautiful songs from the album. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 12 & 19 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm £8 (Child £2, Conc £6)
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

HANNAH BRINE LIVE AT THE GREEN MAN GALLERY - Hannah Brine Family Friendly
Join singer-songwriter Hannah Brine for a night of original music. Likened to Carol King and Norah Jones, her Fringe 2023 date sold out, so get your tickets while you can.
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 13 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm, 20 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £13 (Child and Conc £9)
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

JAZZ BLUES LIVE LOUNGE - Sideways Band Opera House Sales Family Friendly
A relaxed session of soulful Jazz & Blues from the award winning Dorset based duo. Old jazz numbers dovetail seamlessly with original material. Sideways tour nationwide and received a nomination last year for best small ensemble. A lively, varied and engaging performance, this is one not to miss. (New Writing)
Lee Wood Hotel – Pendennis 1 (91a) Map 13 Jul 5:30pm to 7pm, 8:30pm to 10pm, 14 Jul 2:30pm to 4pm, 6pm to 7:30pm £15 (Child Free, Conc £12), Ages 12 years + Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or sidewaysmusic1@gmail.com Comments

Lets See What Happens

LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS - Annette Gregory Family Friendly
I have been told that without a theme an audience does not have a hook and so won’t come to a gig...This may be true... However, I think my audience can think for themselves and know that I have a love of Jazz with a soulful feel.
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 3 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £15
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

MRO AT THE FRINGE - Manchester Recorder Orchestra
Fringe veterans Manchester Recorder Orchestra present a wide-ranging programme of music for large recorder ensemble. Highlights include the Haydn Octet and Vaughan Williams Concerto Grosso plus a plethora of contemporary pieces written especially for recorder orchestra to tingle the musical taste buds.
Trinity Church (45) Map 20 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm £9 (Child Free, Conc £8), Ages 8+
 Tickets on the door. Comments

Music & Myth - Jon Pickard (Harp-Guitar)

MUSIC & MYTH (LEGENDS FROM THE CELTIC ISLES) - Jon Pickard (Harp-Guitar) Family Friendly
Winner Solo Instrumental Fringe Award 2021, nominated Music Show 2023. Music & Myth transports audiences back to times when bards played music and told stories around the fire. Beautiful music and ancient tales, with video images and music composed for this presentation. A fun-filled event for the young at heart.
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 11 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 12 Jul 2pm to 3pm. Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 12 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 13 Jul 2pm to 3pm. Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 13 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £12 (Child and Conc £10)
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Trilogy Ensemble

MUSIC, ART AND FREEDOM - Trilogy Ensemble - Music + Art Series Family Friendly
Two linked concerts: flute, harp and viola. Jazz, folk and classical music woven together by stories, art and freedom. 6:30pm Jeff Perk’s exhibition ‘John Bull’. Music by David Lancaster and Bax. 8:15pm Inspired by gallery resident artists, with Geoff Chilton’s own music and Debussy. Expect the unexpected. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 14 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm, 8:15pm to 9:15pm £10 (Child Free, Conc £8) Gallery
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

NOT BOOKSTOCK - Clement Wood & Ryan Family Friendly
Accepting a kind invitation from David McPhie at High Peak bookstore to extend their popular Bookstock festival into the Buxton fringe, local musicians Michael Clement, Paul Wood and Matt Ryan join forces in a brand-new musical collaboration featuring some surprise guests.
High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (30) Map 21 Jul 7:30pm to 11:30pm £5 (Child £0, Conc £4)
 Bookings via michaelclement@live.co.uk Comments

PARTITA RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE MUSIC - Partita Family Friendly
Award winning ensemble Partita Renaissance and Baroque music
Buxton Methodist Church – Church Hall (06b) Map 18 Jul 1pm to 2:20pm Free, Donations: charity donations Comments

PIANO RECITAL - Jonathan Ellis Family Friendly
A concert of piano favourites including works by Mozart, Schubert, Ravel and Liszt
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) Map 7 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm £12 (Child £0, Conc £10)
 Tickets on the door. Comments

Composer Brian Wilshere (photo by Zoe Fu)

PTARMIGAN IN CONCERT - Ptarmigan Opera House Sales
Composer Brian Wilshere brings his new fusion project to the Fringe. A heady mix of prog rock electric guitar, jazz improvisation, folk style acoustic guitar, harmonic voices, and a touch of classical from violinist Rob Jourdain, well known locally as a member of Shanks's Pony and as a soloist. Ptarmiganmusic1.bandcamp.com.
High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (30) Map 17 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm £10 (Child £0, Conc £5)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

QUINTET FEST - Cheshire Chamber Collective Opera House Sales
Classic and contemporary offerings from Cheshire Chamber Collective, last year’s Small Ensemble Fringe Award Winners, featuring the much loved clarinet quintet by Mozart (clarinet Emma Tennant) and the exciting piano quintet by contemporary composer Jonathan Dove (piano Julian Davis) with Nicola Bright, Susan Harris, Adrienne Spilsbury and Anna Cowham.
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) Map 16 Jul 8:15pm to 9:30pm £12 (Child £2, Conc £10), Ages 10+
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or cheshirechambercollective@outlook.com Comments

REFLECTIONS IN SONG - Danielle & Ian Family Friendly
Original songs and covers from a brand new musical partnership. Prolific singer/songwriter Danielle loves Americana story songs. Ian (half of folk roots acoustic duo The Huers) is a master of guitar, tenor guitar and mandolin. They first collaborated under the watchful eyes of Boo Hewerdine and Reg Meuross. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 3 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm £8 (Child and Conc £6)
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Responsibly Sauced (credit: Andy Lobley)

RESPONSIBLY SAUCED (ALMOST) UNPLUGGED - Responsibly Sauced Family Friendly
Popular local four-piece blues/rock band takes a (relatively) unplugged stroll through its repertoire. Expect numbers from artists like Tom Petty, John Lennon, Rolling Stones and Buddy Guy. A smattering of original numbers too from Will Hawthorne, guitar, Stuart Bootle, piano, Adrian Sherwood, bass and Eric Culbert, drums/percussion.
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 5 & 15 Jul 7:30pm to 9:45pm £8 (Child and Conc £6) Gallery
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

ROUGH AND ROWDY DAYS - LIVE - The Rough and Rowdy Collective
Alan Budge reads from his acclaimed collection of 'Odes to Rock and Roll', with a superb soundtrack of 60s and 70s classics performed by Will Hawthorne, and special guests Emma O'Brien and Michael Clement.
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 9 Jul 7pm to 10pm. High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (30) Map 20 Jul 7pm to 10pm £9 (Child £5, Conc £7), Some strong language
 Bookings via willhawthorne.co.uk for High Peak Bookstore / the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

SIMPLY A CAPPELLA - Ordsall A Cappella Singers Family Friendly
Join us for an hour of a cappella singing, with a repertoire that ranges from classical to classic rock, upbeat pop and lullabies, traditional and newly composed pieces.
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) Map 20 Jul 10:30am to 11:30am. St Mary's Church (41) Map 20 Jul 3pm to 4pm £5 (Child and Conc £3) Gallery
 Bookings via www.ticketsource.co.uk/ordsallsingers/ Comments

SUMER IS ICUMEN IN - Mr Simpson's Little Consort Family Friendly
A potted history of carolling in words and music exploring what we know, or don't know, about medieval song. An eclectic mix of song and music from the fourth to the 20th centuries with bells, whistles, crumhorns, and (almost) the kitchen sink. Who said carols are just for Christmas? (New Writing)
Eyam Parish Church, Eyam S32 5QH (97) Map 7 Jul 3pm to 4:45pm £10 (Child Free, Conc £8)
 Tickets on the door. Comments

THIS ISN’T GOING TO HURT - Dr Stuart Bootle Family Friendly
Onetime GP and longtime accomplished pianist, Stuart really understands the healing power of music. Singing covers as varied as songs by Elton John and Ian Curtis, a few originals and with some mirthful medical anecdotes, Stuart will bring a smile to your face and get toes a tapping!
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 10 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm £10
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

WINE, WOMEN & SONG - The Wye Family Friendly
Buxton-based The Wye are a trio of singers/guitarists, who regularly perform among the Green Man Gallery’s paintings. Named after the river that flows through the town… they’ll meander their way through some close-harmony favourites and aim to delight you with some new songs too. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 10 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £8 (Child and Conc £6)
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

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Spoken Word

BUXTON SPOKEN WORDS LIVE! AT THE FRINGE - Buxton Spoken Words
Poets and writers from Buxton Spoken Words present their own work live and this year are pleased to feature excerpts from Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas.
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 8 Jul 7pm to 9pm £6 (Child and Conc £4)
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

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DOCTOR COPPELIUS - Chris Neville-Smith
Everyone knows the story of the doll Coppelia, and of Franz who believed her to be real, and of Swanhilda who loved Franz. But what of the doll's creator? Why do the terrible thing he did? Now, the tragic villain from Delibes's ballet tell his side of the story. (New Writing)
Scrivener's Bookshop (11) Map 11 Jul 4pm to 5pm Free, Donations: Collection after performance for the Samaritans
Further information: Limited capacity. Free entry on door, but email chris@chrisnevillesmith.info to be certain of entry. Comments

FIFTY SHADES OF ARCHAEOLOGY - Enrichment Through Archaeology
We're bringing archaeology to the Fringe! In this inaugural season we have 2 award-winning speakers who are going to be talking about very different aspects of heritage - medieval buildings and our human ancestry.
High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (30) Map 9 & 19 Jul 7:30pm to 9pm £10, Ages 16+
 Bookings via Eventbrite Comments

Jane Collier as Mary Stuart

FOTHERINGHAY: MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS AND MEN - Jane Collier
The night before her execution, this passionate, tragic queen shares her memories of the men in her life. The good, the bad and the downright despicable and how they led her to her downfall. 'The performance is spell binding' Buxton Fringe Review. Q&A session to follow.
The Crescent - Buxton Crescent Experience (59b) Map 9, 12 & 18 Jul 7pm to 8:30pm £15, Adult themes, Ages 12+
 Bookings via Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Comments

THE MONOLOGUE PROJECT 2024 - Strajanka Productions Family Friendly
The Monologue Project is a competition to find the best monologue of 2024. Watch and listen to the video podcast, choose your favourite from the shortlist of six and vote via email. The winner will receive a prize of £50. (New Writing)
Online: youtu.be/KrhcVJxeF5U?si=aoOJNIY-f8c5CWG5 3-21 Jul all day Free, Donations: blythehousehospice.org.uk/single-donation/#donate
Further information: strajanka@outlook.com Comments

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MURDER FORETOLD - Chapel Arts Creative Writing Group
The acclaimed Chapel-en-le-Frith-based writing group will use the prompt: 'Someone here will soon commit a murder' for this year’s performance. They’ll offer disturbing, funny and imaginative stories, poems and more. No one is above suspicion, even extra-terrestrials! A booklet will be on sale; proceeds to local charity, Little Cherubs. (New Writing)
Rems Cafe Bar & Restaurant SK23 0HP (131) Map 11 Jul 7:30pm to 9pm, 14 Jul 2pm to 3:30pm £5 (Child and Conc £4.50), Occasional strong language. Further information: www.chapelarts.org.uk Gallery
 Tickets on the door. Comments

ON TRUTH & UNTRUTH IN SIR GAWAIN & THE GREEN KNIGHT - Michael Gibson
This marvellous poem is a puzzle… Who wrote it? Why? What is this 'Green Knight'? Can he be 'trusted'? What is the 'fault' in this 'Gawain'? Where is 'The Green Chapel'? After years living with this mysterious tale, Michael has 'stripped off its chain mail' and 'prised open the oyster'.
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 5 Jul 8pm to 9pm, 6 Jul 2pm to 3pm, 8pm to 9pm, 7 Jul 2pm to 3pm £10 (Conc £9), Ages 14+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

At Prague Fringe 2023 (credit: Lux Praguensis)

OUTSIDE, IN THE LANEWAY, UNDER THE STARS - Hard Times
From Canada. Autobiographical mélange of theatrical monologue, storytelling, and spoken word. This is the tale of a gay, bullied small-town kid who found refuge in theatre. In two stand-alone parts: Part I (3,4 Jul) and Part II (5,6 Jul). 'Captivating storytelling, evocative imagery' **** Prague Fringe review 2023
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 3 Jul 8pm to 9pm, 4, 5 Jul 2pm to 3pm, 6 Jul noon to 1pm £10 (Conc £7), Adult themes, swearing, Ages 14+ Gallery
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Pollie Toothill circa 1871 (Credit: Ilkley Camera Club)

SECRETS + SCANDAL! VICTORIAN SALTAIRE WITH POLLIE - Joanne Crowther (AKA Pollie Toothill circa 1871) Family Friendly
Victorian Pollie Toothill gives an entertaining talk about Titus Salt, one of the richest men in the land and Saltaire, UNESCO World Heritage Village in West Yorks. An interactive costume talk with props and humour based on research from the Census/press reports. 'So much fun/learning. Pollie made us all laugh!'
Scrivener's Bookshop (11) Map 10 & 12 Jul 5:30pm to 6:30pm £11 (Child £9) Gallery
 Bookings via www.joanne-edutainment.co.uk Comments

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Theatre

THE ADVENTURES OF ALEX & THAIS - Lindley & Lloyd Present Opera House Sales Family Friendly
A radio play with light music. After Buxton has been doomed back to pre mobile phones and the internet is slower than dial up, Alex & Thais return from the dead to save the day. (New Writing)
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) Map 12, 13 Jul 7pm to 9pm £10 (Child and Conc Free), Possible strong language & what some may consider to be adult themes, Ages 16+
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or 07895 177023 Comments

THE CANTERVILLE GHOST: THE MUSICAL - Magpie Theatre Opera House Sales Family Friendly
A musical re-imagining of Oscar Wilde’s beloved story, featuring an original score and soundtrack. When a modern American family moves into an old English mansion, the resident spook determines to scare them off. Instead, the family torments the ghost in this hilarious and family-friendly Oscar Wilde tale. (New Writing)
United Reformed Church – Green Room: Hall (55b) Map 13, 14 Jul 4pm to 5pm £10.50 (Child £7.50, Conc £8.50)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

A CRIMSON MAPLE LEAF - Clickers and Benders Drama Workshop
Thousands of wounded Canadian Soldiers are moved to Buxton during the First World War to recover from their injuries both mental and physical and a young nurse forms an attachment with an officer who can't come to terms with what he witnessed in France. (New Writing)
The Pump Room (84) Map 14 & 19 Jul 7pm to 8pm £12 (Conc £10), Adult themes
 Bookings via leslieoldfield362@yahoo.co.uk Comments

IN DEFIANCE OF THE BARD - ICA Company of Fools
An updated re-imagining of Charles George's 1942 comedy 'When Shakespeare's Ladies Meet'. A critical, Twenty-First Century conceptualisation of what would happen if six of Shakespeare's Leading Ladies met in Capulet's Garden to school young Juliet in matters of the heart. Can their advice save the star-crossed lovers?
Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills SK22 4BH (62) Map 20 Jul 7pm to 9pm £10 (Child and Conc £5), Deals with issues such as domestic abuse and mental health, Ages 10+
 Bookings via eliciagardner@gmail.com Comments

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LIFE UNDER THE SUN - PART 1 - Strangers & Exiles Opera House Sales
4**** - STARTLING & AMBITIOUS "What good is it to gain the whole world but lose your soul?" A theatre show that explores the biggest question of all: What’s the point? Features underpants, pompous man-servants, self-deprecating witticisms, an existential crisis and one giant hangover. King Solomon had it all...
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) Map 19 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm, 21 Jul 5pm to 6pm £10 (Child and Conc £8), Mature themes and underpants..., Ages 14+ Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or www.strangersandexiles.net OR Cash on door Comments

Karina Essery as Vic and Steve Powell as Tom

LIFE'S LITTLE VICTOMS - Page2Stage Creatives
Get ready for a side-splitting, fourth-wall breaking adventure in Life's Little VicToms! This sit-com-meets theatre masterpiece follows a middle age couple who just can't catch a break. Join them in two very different scenarios as they tackle the ups and downs of every day life. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 4 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm £12 (Conc £10), Moderate language, adult themes and innuendo, Ages 16+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

A MID-COURSE CORRECTION - BUXTON - On The Spot Theatre Company Opera House Sales Family Friendly
A young mother goes astray. Or does she? Let AI decide? Decide yourself. Time-travel into a Kate Chopin story. Enjoy the UK premiere of an intriguing literary adventure. After projects in St Ives and London, Chicago’s acclaimed and dynamic On The Spot Theatre Company visits Buxton with this thought-provoking drama. (New Writing)
United Reformed Church – Green Room: Hall (55b) Map 6, 7 Jul 7:30pm to 8:45pm, 8 Jul 2:30pm to 4pm £10 (Child £8, Conc £9), Tea and sweets matinee on 8 Jul, Ages 10+ Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

A MID-COURSE CORRECTION - FRINGE PREVIEW, NEW MILLS - On The Spot Theatre Company Family Friendly
A young mother goes astray. Or does she? Let AI decide? Decide yourself. Time-travel into a Kate Chopin story. Enjoy the UK premiere of an intriguing literary adventure. After projects in St Ives and London, Chicago’s acclaimed and dynamic On The Spot Theatre Company visits New Mills with this thought-provoking drama. (New Writing)
Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills SK22 4BH (62) Map 5 Jul 7:30pm to 8:45pm £10 (Child £8, Conc £9), Ages 10+ Gallery
 Bookings via Spring Bank Arts Comments

MIDDLE by David Eldridge - Madam Renards
Every relationship reaches a crossroads some time. As dawn breaks, Maggie is heating milk and Gary wonders what she's doing out of bed. Maybe it's time for an honest conversation - but how much honesty can this marriage take? This award-winning theatre company presents a raw, touching and funny drama.
St Anne's Community Centre – Main Hall (39a) Map 6 Jul 7:30pm to 9pm £10, Adult themes, infrequent strong language, Ages 14+
 Bookings via rb.gy/mop7i9 Comments

O'BRIENS DREAM - Keyhole Theatre Company Opera House Sales Family Friendly
O'Brien's Dream by Bill Morrison deals with the experiences of Sean O'Brien in Liverpool during the famine in 1847. The show features a variety of characters and the music was specially written by Frankie Connor (from Radio Merseyside). The show won two awards at the Liverpool Fringe in 2023
St Mary's Church (41) Map 12 Jul 7pm to 9:30pm, 13 Jul 3pm to 5:30pm, 7pm to 9:30pm, 14 Jul 3pm to 5:30pm £8 (Child and Conc £6), Ages 10+
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

Red light experimentation in rehearsals.

ONE MINUTE OF NOISE - BruniSwann Theatre Company Opera House Sales
Four women tell their unconventional love stories, ones that, like most, do end in church, but for their funeral, not their wedding. They are our rage. This emerging international theatre company is going to present a show about femicide. It's political. It's necessary. It's a punch in the gut. (New Writing)
United Reformed Church – Green Room: Hall (55b) Map 13, 14 Jul 7:30am to 8:45am £9 (Conc £7.50), Mentions of femicide, violence, domestic abuse, rape, gruesome details, Ages 17+ Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

Credit: Paul McGuigan

THE REMARKABLE DELIVERANCES OF ALICE THORNTON - Debbie Cannon
1668. Mrs Alice Thornton - widow, mother, and daughter of the late Lord Deputy of Ireland - begs your presence at a defence of her life, including her many miraculous deliverances from death, and a dreadful scandal. Written and performed by Debbie Cannon. Contains themes of bereavement and infant loss. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 7 Jul 8pm to 9pm, 8 Jul 2pm to 3pm, 9, 10 Jul noon to 1pm, 11 Jul 6pm to 7pm £10 (Child and Conc £8), Contains themes of bereavement and infant loss, Ages 12+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Nancy Edwards workshopping "Rethinking Good Intentions" (credit: Dr. Phil)

RETHINKING GOOD INTENTIONS - Nancy Edwards
A compelling story about bridging cultural divides. Nancy transports us to villages in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Meet village chiefs and traditional midwives. Encounter tenacious cultural clashes and their resolution. Experience how community health nursing work rattles Nancy’s preconceptions, provokes her notions of social privilege, and deepens her global connections. (New Writing)
Online: www.nancyedwards.ca 6 & 20 Jul 5pm to 6pm Free, Adult themes, Ages 18+ Gallery
Further information: Live performances to be followed by Q&A. Recording of first performance will be available online from 7-21 Jul Comments

Peter Noble as The Shoemaker

THE SHOEMAKER OF HAVANA - Nuworks: theatre made in Australia Opera House Sales
The Shoemaker of Havana is a new piece of epic theatre by critically acclaimed Australian company, Nuworks. Featuring: Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Kennedy, Khrushchev, the Shoemaker and his wife and more. Highly theatrical and entertaining. (New Writing)
St Mary's Church (41) Map 3 & 7, 8 Jul 7pm to 8:20pm £10 (Conc £7), Adult themes, some coarse language, Ages 12+ Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

Briony Thomson

A SLIGHT ACHE by Harold Pinter - Ava Hunt Theatre Opera House Sales
Dark comedy: everything appears to be perfect in Edward and Flora’s life… But the presence of a supposedly innocent Matchseller triggers a series of revelations, and their lives will never be the same again. AHT is a multi-award-winning company based in Derbyshire.
Buxton Community School – Drama Studio (02a) Map 5, 12 & 18 Jul 7:30pm to 8:30pm £9 (Conc £8), Reference to historical sexual violence, Ages 16+
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

Michael Sabbaton as Lt Comm. Karl Altberg (credit: Karl Ellison)

THE TEMPLE - Michael Sabbaton Opera House Sales
The acclaimed, one-man adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale following a cursed, WW1 U-boat that encounters unimaginable horrors beneath the sea. This immersive production captivates with chilling performance and mesmerizing soundscape. “Sabbaton conveys the staggering ambition of the original text with an added degree of psychological depth”, What’s on Stage.
Buxton Community School – Drama Studio (02a) Map 9, 10 Jul 7pm to 8pm £12 (Conc £10), Some strong material, Ages 18 to 99 Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

TREASURE ISLAND - Nuworks: theatre made in Australia Opera House Sales
A brand new epic musical adaptation of this time-honoured tale of pirates, treasure and treachery featuring the boy, Jim Hawkins (and girl, Beth), the treasure map and Long John Silver. With ten brilliant new songs! (New Writing)
St Mary's Church (41) Map 7 Jul 3pm to 4:10pm £10 (Conc £7), Some choreographed fighting, Ages 10+ Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 Comments

WITHOUT MALICE OR ILL WILL - Hand On The Tap
First a miner, then a copper, now he's neither and he's facing his past. Without Malice or Ill Will returns on the 40th anniversary of the miners' strike. 'The writing is superb: nothing is wasted, every line matters' 'Ray Castleton, both writer and performer, is pitch perfect' Fringe Guru
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 4, 5 & 12-14 Jul 6pm to 7pm £10 (Conc £8), Contains strong language and descriptions of violence, Ages 15+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

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Visual Arts

ART AT THE CRESCENT - PEAK DISTRICT ARTISANS - Peak District Artisans Family Friendly
Showcasing an exciting exhibition of contemporary artwork from some of the best professional artists and makers in the Peak District. This diverse exhibition includes paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery, photography and textiles, and is a great opportunity to meet the artists and purchase something totally unique.
The Crescent - Assembly Rooms (59a) Map 5-7 Jul 10am to 5pm Free Gallery Comments

ART IN THE OCTAGON - High Peak Artists Family Friendly
Don’t miss this Fringe Award nominated art extravaganza! Over 30 exhibition stands. Meet award-winning artists and makers from the High Peak Artists group with special guest renowned artist Rob Wilson. Demonstrations in oils, pastels, watercolours, urban sketching, silk painting, wood carving, photography, printmaking, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and lots more.
Pavilion Gardens – Octagon (33d) Map 8-10 Jul 10am to 5pm Free Comments

BUXTON FLOWERPOT TRAIL - Funny Wonders Family Friendly
Head to where you see the dots, can you find the flowerpots? Family fun around Buxton. Trail maps available from the Pump Room, Poole’s Cavern and The Green Man Gallery. Cost £1. Or download a copy for free from www.funnywonders.org.uk. Donations welcome. #BuxtonFlowerpotTrail
Around the Town 3-21 Jul all day Free, Donations: tinyurl.com/3cjbzxrj
Further information: hello@funnywonders.org.uk Comments

BPC 2024

BUXTON PHOTO CHALLENGE 2024 - High Peak Photography Club Family Friendly
Come and join Buxton's own Photomarathon - a photography challenge to take six photos on six themes in six hours. All you need is your camera with empty memory card or phone. Arrive between 10 and 11am to get your themes then off you go!
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 20 Jul 10am to 4pm £5 (Child £3.50)
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

THE FREEDOM TRAIL - The Green Man Gallery Resident Artists Family Friendly
What does freedom mean to you? Follow the Freedom Trail around the gallery to discover how the Resident Artists have answered this question. A thought-provoking series of paintings, drawings, printmaking, ceramics and photography, displayed alongside the gallery's vibrant Summer Collection, presented as a counterpoint to the guest exhibition, 'John Bull'.
Green Man Gallery (86) Map 3-21 Jul 10:30am to 5pm Free
Further information: the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

GREAT DOME ART & DESIGN FAIR - Peak District Artisans Family Friendly
Visit the biggest annual event by the region's premier group of creatives. This highly regarded and much anticipated art fair is held in one of the most beautiful domed buildings in Europe. All original work is for sale and it is your opportunity to meet the person who made it.
University of Derby Buxton – Dome (04c) Map 19 Jul 6pm to 8:30pm, 20 Jul 10am to 5pm, 21 Jul 10am to 4:30pm £3 (Child Free)
 Tickets on the door. Comments

'He Picked Them For Their Size' - 'John Bull' Exhibition by Jeff Perks

JOHN BULL: ILLUSTRATIONS FOR MICHAEL ROSEN'S POEM - Jeff Perks (in collaboration with Michael Rosen) Family Friendly
Children's author Micheal Rosen wrote 'John Bull' to explain how slavery came about and how British industry was built on the back of slaves. This striking exhibition of original linocuts and sculptures illustrates the poem and includes work created by children from Litton Primary School in response to the poem.
Green Man Gallery (86) Map 3-21 Jul 10:30am to 5pm Free Gallery
Further information: the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

PAULA'S ART PAD - Paula Hobdey Family Friendly
Eclectic selection of birds and abstracts in mixed media. Wide variety of landscapes, animals, portraits and more. Paula's previous exhibitions have had good reviews and, in the past, the artist has had works accepted for the Derbyshire Open at Buxton Museum. Refreshments available.
9 Wye Head, Buxton SK17 9AG (95) Map 4, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 17 & 20, 21 Jul 10:30am to 4:30pm Free Comments

POTS, PANS & A SPLASHING MACHINE - Cul-de-sac theatre Family Friendly
A mesmerising, dreamlike installation about life on a kidney dialysis machine. Terry Naylor, a dialysis patient himself, has created a surreal, multisensory reworking of Dr Willem Kolff’s original machine, built in Nazi-occupied Holland using sausage-skins and an old washing machine! In support of Kidney Research UK. A blissful meditation!
The Bungalow, Lightwood Ave, Buxton SK17 7AZ (98) Map 6, 7 & 19-21 Jul noon to 6pm Free, Donations: kidneyresearchuk.org
Further information: treenaylor@yahoo.co.uk or 07786 860794 Comments

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And More...

fabulous hats and wonderful people

PRIDE PICNIC - Stone and Water Family Friendly
Buxton's Pride Picnic welcomes everyone. An afternoon of LGBTQIA+ laughter, silliness and friendship. There will be fabulous hats, games to play and the Buxton Gay Bake Off. No booking or tickets needed. Just bring a picnic and that wonderful smile, turn up and join in.
Pavilion Gardens – Swimming Pool Lawns (33n) Map 20 Jul 1pm to 4pm Free Comments

Serpentine Community Garden, Summer Sunshine

SUMMER BIZARRE - Serpentine Community Garden Family Friendly
Community stalls, crafts, plant stall, wonky veg and flower show, tea and cakes, mocktails, splat the rat, miniature garden competition, garden tours, music through the afternoon, 'Become your own Beast' mask-making or bring your own - and more...
Serpentine Community Garden (107) Map 21 Jul noon to 4pm Free Comments

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