Event Descriptions 2024

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BUXTON FRINGE LAUNCH PARTY - Underground Family Friendly
Join us for the official launch of the 2024 Buxton Festival Fringe - at Underground's new venue in a former Spring Gardens shopping unit! Catch preview performances from across the Fringe, mingle with the stars and help us toast the 45th Buxton Fringe! No booking required - just come along.
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 2 Jul 7:30pm to 11pm Free
Further information: 0208 144 0070 or underthefringe.com Comments

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 GREAT BUXTON BILBERRY BUMBLEBEE HUNT - BCHT and Friends of Buxton Station Family Friendly
Buzz into fun at our bee-themed events. Create buzz-worthy crafts on selected dates and embark on a woolly bee shop hunt daily throughout the Fringe - collect a map from the Pump Room. Don't miss out on the hive of activity, let's celebrate these vital pollinators together!
The Pump Room (84) Map 6, 7, 14 & 20, 21 Jul 11am to 1pm (Note! Late Change) Free, Ages 4-15, Donations: Contributions are very welcome.
Further information: learn@buxtoncrescenttrust.org Comments

THE HUNGRY MONSTER AND OTHER STORIES - Rebecca Huff Family Friendly
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), Limited seating, Ages 3-6
 Tickets on the door. Comments

SCHOOL'S OUT COMEDY CLUB - Philip Simon Family Friendly
Philip Simon gets your kids giggling at the end of term! Created during lockdown to entertain children (and give parents a well-deserved break), this is the hilariously silly joke show where the kids are the stars. Leicester Comedy Festival Best Kids' Show nominee. 'The comedy world's Joe Wicks' BBC
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 19 Jul 5:30pm to 6:15pm, 20 Jul 1pm to 1:45pm £8 (Child £5, Conc £7), Ages 5+ Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Family discount available. 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

THE TOOTH, THE WHOLE TOOTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH - Buxton Opera House Intermediate Young Company Opera House Sales Family Friendly
When Sebastian put his tooth under his pillow for the Tooth Fairies to collect, the last thing he expected was to be transported to Tooth Town, along with his tooth. Nor did he expect to be tasked with a mission! A musical for all the family written by Nic Gilder.
Arts Centre – Auditorium (74b) Map 17 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm £6 (Child and Conc £4), Ages 4+
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
Direct Opera House Online Booking Comments

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Comedy

ABC OF ONE-LINER JOKES - Kevin O'Brien
A one-man journey through the alphabet of one-liner jokes with over 150 jokes and short stories in 60 minutes. (New Writing)
Beer & Bean Café Bar (135) Map 5 Jul 7pm to 8pm Free, Adult themes, Ages 18+ Comments

A Comedy Tapas

ACOMEDYTAPAS - Jesters Dublin
AComedyTapas is a fast-paced gig with many comics. You may not like them all, but some will delight and surprise you. This show is free entry with (generous) donations at the end.
Beer & Bean Café Bar (135) Map 12 Jul 7:30pm to 8:30pm Free, Comics may raise difficult issues, Ages 16+ Comments

ADRIAN POYNTON: ASHES - Adrian Poynton
Life-affirming comedy from the award-winning creator of BBC comedy White Van Man. Basically, my dad scattered my mum's ashes without me. I'm an only child. So yeah, that happened. Join me as I work through it on stage, laugh, cry, laugh some more and - hopefully - make you do the same. (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 5 Jul 7pm to 8pm, 6 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £9 (Conc £8) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

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ALEX KEALY: THE FEAR - Alex Kealy
The 'almost sexily cerebral' (**** Telegraph) stand-up presents a show about fear, after 2022's 'breakneck pace... wonderful new hour' (**** List). As heard on Radio 4's The Now Show. Writer for Mock the Week. 'Excellent... dynamite, interstellar routine which I wish I had written!' Mark Kermode. 'Storming show' Sunday Times
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 11 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

ALLYSON JUNE SMITH: LITTLE SMITH SUNSHINE - FAB Comedy presents Allyson June Smith
After 20 years of success on Canada's comedy scene, self-confessed over-sharer, Allyson June Smith makes her UK debut tour, serving up a potent observational cocktail of wit, bite and shame. 'Ultra likeable and versatile' Now Magazine Canada. 'One of the funniest comedians I've ever worked with' Jason Manford
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 14 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £9 (Conc £8) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

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 disastrous 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

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BARREL OF LAUGHS - Underground
Grab your bag for life - Buxton's favourite comedy club sets up shop in Spring Gardens! Prepare for another three Fridays of festival mayhem, showcasing the finest comedy talent from the UK circuit. Complete sell-out 2006-2023 (2020 doesn't count). 'The best bargain of the Buxton Fringe' Buxton Fringe Review
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 5, 12 & 19 Jul 8:30pm to 10pm £10 Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. 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 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 Australian 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 or www.ticketsource.co.uk/confessions
Direct Opera House Online Booking Comments

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DANIEL NICHOLAS: ART TO DIE FOR - Ingenious Fools Ltd
There's been a murder in Mayfield. The artistic director of the new art gallery has been found dead in a room that can only be locked from the inside - but the killer has vanished. Award-winning comedian Daniel Nicholas returns with an interactive one-man murder mystery where you help discover whodunit!
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 13 Jul 7pm to 8pm, 14 Jul 10pm to 11pm £9 (Conc £8) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

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DARREN WALSH: NEW PUNS - Darren Walsh
Join Darren Walsh fresh from his appearance on Comic Relief for his last ever Buxton Fringe, road-testing new jokes (with some old thrown in). Like: 'My boss only hires people who hate Blur. He's Oasist'. Best Joke of Edinburgh Fringe, Best Joke of Leicester Festival, 'Human Pun Machine' Maya Jama
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 12 Jul 10:15pm to 11:15pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

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EDY HURST'S WONDERFULL DISCOVERIE OF WITCHES IN THE COUNTIE OF HIMSELF - Edy Hurst
Remarkable Revelations Concerning Relations of Acclaimed Comedian Edy Hurst have released him 'pon a quest of the Lancashire witch trials, neurodivergence and the Vengaboys. Nineties' bangers and a gigantic cauldron. Blow out ya candles and hop on your broomstick! Supported by The Lowry Developed With programme and Arts Council England.
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 19 Jul 7pm to 8pm, 20 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £10 (Conc £9) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. 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 multimedia show as he helps you find the best End Times deal. ‘Worth a watch before the Fringe’s final countdown’ **** 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

Samantha Day

THE GENERATIONS GAME - Samantha Day
Generation eXpert Samantha discovers which generation is the best. Complex ideas made simple for even the most average of audiences. History's best black and white thinker, Samantha explores sex, money, pronouns and social media - find out if you were smart enough to be born at the right time. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 18 Jul 8pm to 9pm £10 (Conc £7.50), Adult themes, Ages 18+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

GROTTO - Notional Theatre / Terry Victor
A legendary figure has signed into rehab for this zeitgeist-splitting celebration of diversity. Unseasonable rapping, unreasonable namedrops and 'more burley than burlesque' drag feature in this Edinburgh Fringe 2023 award-winning unsuitable Santa stand-up from a jolly self-destructive, white-bearded, fat man. Christmas will never be the same! Ho! Ho! Ho!
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 10, 11 Jul 10pm to 11pm, 13 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £10 (Conc £9) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

HANNAH PLATT: DEFENCE MECHANISM (Work in Progress) - Hannah Platt
'Voice of a generation' (Skinny) Hannah Platt is a distinctive new comic with an unflinching outlook on the world and, after a diagnosis of body dysmorphia, how the world looks back at her. Nominated Best Debut Show, Leicester Comedy Festival. Tour support for Fern Brady, Lou Sanders and Kiri Pritchard-McLean. (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 10 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £8 (Conc £7)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

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HAYLEY ELLIS: HAYLEY'S COMIC - FAB Comedy presents Hayley Ellis
Nominated Buxton Fringe Stand-Up Comedy Award 2023. After appearing as tour support for Sarah Millican at Buxton Opera House and selling-out The Frog And Bucket, Hayley Ellis is back with a show full of silly stories, observations and audience interactions. Including body confidence when ageing, family holidays, and dinosaurs.
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 11 Jul 7pm to 8pm £10 (Conc £9) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. 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

I'M TRYING MY BEST (WIP) - Kieran Carr Family Friendly
This show is, I think, looking at connection to people/places/things, which is based on thoughts prompted from a period of grief I've recently gone through (not sure how much of the literal period will be in the show), but we'll figure it out as we go! (New Writing)
Scrivener's Bookshop (11) Map 6 Jul 5:30pm to 6:30pm (Note! Late Change) £5 (Child Free, Conc £2), Adult themes (death and grief), Ages 16+
 Bookings via kierancarrcomedy@gmail.com Comments

IMAGINARY PORNO CHARADES - Sweet Productions
The triumphant return of unstoppable panel show mayhem. Featuring teams of performers from across Buxton, ready to charade their audiences good and hard. Porno puns, sexy semaphore, and outrageous observations to keep you up all night. 'One of the best late-night shows at the Fringe' ***** The Wee Review
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 18 & 20 Jul 10pm to 11pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

IMPROMPTU SHAKESPEARE - Impromptu Shakespeare Improv Company Family Friendly
Hold onto your doublets, ruffs and trunk hose. The Bard is back! With story and verse improvised in the moment - enjoy a riotous new Shakespeare play every time. Performed by Impromptu Shakespeare's whip-smart cast. Winner: Buxton Fringe Comedy Event Award 2021. 'Simply sublime' ***** Broadway Baby
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 12 Jul 7pm to 7:55pm, 13, 14 Jul 4pm to 4:55pm £10 (Conc £9) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

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ISABELLE FARAH: NEBUCHADNEZZAR - Isabelle Farah
A silly show about love and war. A work in progress featuring stand-up, characters, and storytelling. A love story! Ancient Babylon! A king, a queen, revolting peasants, a breakup, a reunion, a hanging garden. Throw in pop culture, insincerity and 4.3% fact. 'Spellbinding' **** Chortle. 'Heat-beating' Graham Norton (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 13, 14 Jul 5:30pm to 6:25pm £8 (Conc £7)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

ISHI KHAN: LOVE DESIRES STRAWBERRIES - Ishi Khan
What do you get when a happy comedian gets dumped? An anecdote-filled comedy show about encounters both brief/briefless. Multi-award nominated, Ishi invites lovers, non-lovers and strawberries on a path to happily ever after. 'Vivid & Open Performer…oodles of charm. See her! See her do comedy!' Brighton Fringe
Beer & Bean Café Bar (135) Map 19, 20 Jul 9pm to 10pm Free, Phallic content, strong language, Ages 16+, Donations: PWYW Comments

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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
Direct Opera House Online Booking Comments

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JOHN MEAGHER: BIG YEAR - John Meagher
After a sell-out run at Dublin Fringe, John faces the big questions about life's biggest decisions. 'I absolutely loved it!' Jon Ronson. 'John is a very sharp comedian... with a subtlety to his stuff I didn't have (in younger days)' Patrick Kielty. Host of Radio 4's critically acclaimed The Divil's Own. (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 12 Jul 5:30pm to 6:25pm, 13 Jul 10pm to 10:55pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

LATE NIGHT DIRTY SCRABBLE - WITH ROB ROUSE & FRIENDS - Rob Rouse
The sensational sell-out cult hit of Buxton and Edinburgh Fringes... the most fun possible at the festival with your clothes on! Buxton Fringe Comedy Award Winner Rob Rouse and guests compete for double-entendres and Double Word Scores. Hilarious, puerile, and inclusive gameshow, that puts the dick in dictionary. Guaranteed belly laughs!
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 15 & 17 Jul 10pm to 11pm £10 (Conc £9)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

LAUGHS AND TRICKS - Stu Turner & Stephen Owen
Mimicry, magic, and mirth aplenty - with impressionist Stephen Owen, and comedy magician Stu Turner. Come and catch these funny fellas as they bring a fabulous hour of entertainment to the Buxton Fringe. This two-man variety show combines stand-up comedy, hilarious magic, impressions - and oodles of fun!
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 3 Jul 7pm to 8pm, 4 Jul 5:45pm to 6:45pm £9 (Conc £8) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

LESLIE BLOOM SOLVES A MURDER - Sweet Productions
Leslie Bloom welcomes all new members to the Toddlingham Neighbourhood Watch. What could possibly go wrong? Combining crafted comedy, pure silliness and whimsical improv, Leslie Bloom brings an hour of joyful laughter that celebrates the detective in us all. 'Leslie Bloom was as intriguing as she was beguiling...' ***** VoiceMag
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 4 Jul 1pm to 2pm, 5 Jul 2:30pm to 3:30pm, 6 Jul 5:45pm to 6:45pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

LOUISE ATKINSON: SHE'S GOT THE LOOK - Louise Atkinson
Amused Moose Best Debut Show winner revisits the unsolicited feedback she once received: 'Louise Atkinson - sounds good, looks like a mess' and discusses our incorrect assumptions about people. 'Reminiscent of Victoria Wood and Peter Kay' Stuart Maconie. **** The Arts Desk. ***** The Wee Review. **** Broadway Baby. **** EdFringeReview.com
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 7 Jul 5:30pm to 6:25pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

LOVDEV BARPAGA: HALF SOAKED - Ingenious Fools Ltd
Lovdev Barpaga a 'half-soaked' Brummie isn't as dopey as you think. Once hailed as the 21st-century Asian Ken Goodwin, brings his new show to Buxton Fringe, Joe Lycett regards Lovdev as one of the most brilliantly daft comics you will ever witness or is that just a touch of half-soaked charm?
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 7 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm, 8 Jul 10pm to 11pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

MARMALADE - Thao Thanh Cao Opera House Sales
Marmalade is ‘Jam’ packed with one-liners, observational humour, as well as a mix of light-hearted and dark, edgy jokes. As sweet as this Vietnamese Australian comedian appears, she’s 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 or www.ticketsource.co.uk/marmalade
Direct Opera House Online Booking Comments

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MORE O ME - Maura Jackson
'Bolton's hottest new comedian.' At 53, she can't decide if she's a charity CEO, Nanna or stand-up comedian. Reckless with perimenopause she is all three 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

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MY LAST TWO BRAIN CELLS - Tom Hazelden and Joe Pike
Disaster strikes in Gary's brain! It's up to his Brain Cells to save him... but they've all jumped ship and we're stuck with these two idiots. Can Brain Cells 12 and 64,928,460,784 put aside their differences in time? Best Comedy, Stagey Place. Chortle's seventh highest-rated comedy Edinburgh Fringe 2023.
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 4 Jul 8:45pm to 9:45pm, 5 Jul 10:15pm to 11:15pm £9 (Conc £8) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments(1)

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NATHAN CASSIDY: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MESTORY - Nathan Cassidy
Multi award-winning comedian, star of three Amazon Prime Specials and eight-times nominee at the Buxton Fringe on finding fun in a chaotic world - and in the most unexpected place, his mom’s house! 'Extraordinary. The best live comedy I have seen' The Scotsman. 'A great comedian' Broadway Baby
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 7 Jul 2:45pm to 3:45pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

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NATHAN CASSIDY: THE SPINE THAT SHAGGED ME - Nathan Cassidy
Fringe legend, multi-award-winning comedian - 'scathing and cynical... touching and hopeful' Fringereview.co.uk. First he did his back in, now he's tripping on Diazepam watching Life of Pi. Tenth Buxton Fringe. 'The best show at this year's Fringe... A classic, rollercoaster Fringe hour... star in waiting... he is untouchable' **** Times
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 7 Jul 7pm to 8pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

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PHILIP SIMON: SHALL I COMPERE THEE IN A FUNNY WAY? - Philip Simon
His crowd-work videos are a viral hit, so join award-winning comedian Philip Simon for a hysterical mix of brand-new jokes and audience chat. Winner: 2023 Pegasus Comedy Best Compere Award. Writer for Mock the Week. His brilliant off-the-cuff quips will certainly keep you entertained. 'Never less than hilarious' The Stage
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 20 Jul 7pm to 7:50pm £9 (Conc £8) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. 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), Possible (audience) swearing, Ages 14+
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

RICHARD PULSFORD: GET RICH QUICK - Richard Pulsford
A show packed full of quality one-liners, wordplay and puns. Nominated Buxton Fringe Comedy Award 2023. UK Pun Championships Winner 2022. Scottish Comedian of the Year runner-up 2021. Top Ten Jokes of Edinburgh Fringe 2019-2022. As seen on Channel 4's Steph's Packed Lunch. 'Quick, original and funny' **** Broadway Baby
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 15 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm, 16 Jul 10pm to 11pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

ROB ROUSE & TOM WRIGGLESWORTH: THE UNLIKELY WEIGHTLIFTERS - Rob Rouse & Tom Wrigglesworth
Award-winning comedians Rob Rouse ('Genuinely funny bones' Sunday Times) and Tom Wrigglesworth ('A rare talent' Time Out) premiere a live version of their cult podcast. An hour of glorious nonsense from these two absolute clowns whose weightlifting podcast isn't really about weightlifting at all, it's about pure silliness and friendship.
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 14 Jul 7pm to 8pm, 21 Jul 5:30pm to 6:30pm £10 (Conc £9)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

SASHA ELLEN: BRIMFUL OF SASHA - Sasha Ellen
Brand new hour of stand-up comedy from the hilariously funny, aggressively nerdy and downright adorable Sasha Ellen. Material heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra. **** Broadway Baby. **** BroadwayWorld. **** EdFestMag. **** Edinburgh Reviews. **** Gonzo Magazine. Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show Nominee 2022
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 19 Jul 10:15pm to 11:15pm, 20 Jul 4pm to 5pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. 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

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STEVE VERTIGO: GO BIG - Steve Vertigo
Big is everything nowadays, but it wasn't always like that. Steve begins with traditional stand-up, but tumbles down multiple rabbit holes. Surreal and contemplative- expect some fun and games as we go big. 'Leave logic at the door and be prepared for an hour of splendid nonsense' Buxton Fringe Review (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 4 Jul 10:15pm to 11:05pm, 6 Jul 7:15pm to 8:05pm, 7 Jul 10pm to 10:50pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

TINDER TALES - Jesters Dublin
Tinder Tales is a show all about dating with audience involvement. This show is free entry with (generous) donations at the end.
Beer & Bean Café Bar (135) Map 12 Jul 9pm to 10pm Free, Comics may raise difficult issues, Ages 16+ Comments

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THE TOTALLY IMPROVISED MUSICAL - CSzUK
Every night is opening night as these top improvisers compose brand-new comedy musicals from your title suggestions. If you like musicals and you like comedy, then you'll love The Totally Improvised Musical! Nominated Best Variety Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2024. Complete sell-out Buxton Fringe 2023!
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 6, 7 Jul 4:15pm to 5:05pm £10 (Conc £9) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. 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 (Note! Late Change) £5, Ages 16+ Gallery
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WILL BF: THE LAST GUN - Will BF Family Friendly
Saddle up for a rapid ride through a really real film that no one seems to have heard of... A live mockumentary bucking bronco of sketches, songs, and way, way more, that journeys through the Wild West of Seventies' Hollywood. Nominated Best Variety Show Leicester Comedy Festival. **** ThreeWeeks
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 9 Jul 10pm to 10:55pm, 10 Jul 5:30pm to 6:25pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

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ZEIT-HEIST: MORE THAN A FEELING - Pepita Productions / Sweet Productions
Has your personal passion gone viral? Zeit-Heist is that feeling you get when your special interest is hijacked by the crowd. Explore the psychology of joy-stealing in this interactive musical comedy. Expect avocados, graphs, and feel-good singalong! Multi-award-nominated Liverpool Fringe 2023. 'Julia plays a mean piano' British Theatre Guide
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 14 Jul 1pm to 2pm, 15 Jul 7pm to 8pm, 16 Jul 5:30pm to 6:30pm £9 (Conc £8) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

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Dance

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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

BUXTON SHORTS 2024 - Buxton Film and Buxton Opera House Opera House Sales
We're back with another exciting exhibition of moving, beautiful, funny and clever short films from filmmakers with a connection to Buxton and the Peak District. You'll get to vote on your favourite from our selection screened on the night in the Pavilion Gardens Arts Centre cinema. (New Writing)
Arts Centre – Auditorium (74b) Map 15 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm £5 (Child £1)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
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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) Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
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Music

ABSOLUTELY FAB CHOIR - Fab Choir Family Friendly
Fab Choir sings Simply The Best pop songs. Come along and enjoy our free, uplifting show. Belt out a Britpop chorus or try a few Motown moves. We'll tell you all you need to know to join in with this Absolutely Fab Choir.
Pavilion Gardens – Bandstand (33a) Map 20 Jul 2pm to 3pm Free
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Katy Allan (Credit: Kirsty Prince Photography)

AN AFTERNOON OF SUMMER SONG - Katy Allan Family Friendly
The 2023 Spirit of the Fringe Award-winning soprano, Katy Allan, brings a delightful afternoon concert to this year’s Fringe. Featuring light-hearted operatic arias (Puccini, Mozart), romantic French melodies (Debussy, Fauré), and old show tunes (Rogers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe). Katy will sing alongside renowned pianist Tim Kennedy.
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) Map 19 Jul 2pm to 3:30pm £8 (Child Free), Further information: www.katyallan.com Gallery
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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) Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or brian.lightowler@yahoo.com
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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
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AS I WALKED OUT... - ARKangel Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Laurie Lee's epic teenage walk... from his Cotswold home into the jaws of the Spanish Civil War. Capturing Lee's richly descriptive language in a powerful narrative, and coloured with a feast of music, this show was a sell-out last year! Violin, guitar, voice and spoken word.
The Pump Room (84) Map 13 Jul 7:30pm to 9:15pm £12 (Child and Conc £10), Ages 8+
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
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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 7:30pm to 8:40pm £10 (Child Free)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
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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
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FOR TWO NIGHTS ONLY PLUS A LIVE BAND!

BUXTONIAN RHAPSODY - Buxton Community Choir Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Enjoy classic and modern hits with Buxton Community Choir performing our new repertoire! We are in concert this time with a live band accompanying our powerful vocals. Get ready for an electrifying evening that will leave you wanting more!
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) Map 15 & 19 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm £12 (Child £8)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
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CAVATINA - ED BILLINGHAM CLASSICAL GUITAR RECITAL - Ed Billingham Family Friendly
Ed Billingham returns to the Burbage Institute for an evening of great classical music. As well as playing the famous Cavatina by Stanley Myers, he will perform Norwegian folk melodies by Grieg, Vivaldi Concerto op 3, no 9, and Suite popular Brazilian by Villa Lobos along with other virtuoso guitar music.
Burbage Institute, Nursery Lane, Buxton SK17 6UL (53) Map 14 Jul 6:30pm to 9pm (Note! Late Change) Free, Donations: Contributions welcome!
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CHAMBER MUSIC FOR MIXED ENSEMBLES - Cheshire Chamber Collective
An evening of chamber music for mixed ensembles including a flute quartet 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 Free, Conc £10)
 Bookings via www.wegottickets.com/springbankarts/ or 01663 308202 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-12.30pm) 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
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CIDER WITH ROSIE - ARKangel Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Laurie Lee's rich memoir of childhood and awakening, in an age of dramatic social change... the last witness to a lost time. A powerful narrative capturing Lee's descriptive language, coloured with a feast of music. Violin, guitar, voice and spoken word.
The Pump Room (84) Map 12 Jul 7:30pm to 9:15pm £12 (Child and Conc £10), Ages 8+
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
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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, Gershwin 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
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Close Enough Barbershop Quartet

CLOSE ENOUGH AT THE PUMP ROOM - Close Enough Barbershop Quartet Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Close Enough won Small Ensemble Award at the Buxton Fringe 2022 and 2023 for their 'witty repartee' and 'vocal acrobatics'. The four gents return with their vocal shenanigans, performing an irreverent mix of close harmony arrangements and classic barbershop, spanning everything from Antonín Dvořák to Big Band swingtime!
The Pump Room (84) Map 20 Jul 7:30pm to 9pm £12 (Child £5, Conc £10), Ages 3+ Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
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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

Folk singer Dom Prag

DOM PRAG LIVE - Dom Prag Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Dom, with his second album, Needle & Thread, produced by Phil Beer is ‘A rising star on the folk circuit…’ Folking.com. With ‘His outstanding guitar playing in all its glory…’ and ‘strong and passionate singing’ Folk Radio UK, ‘The boy doesn’t put a foot wrong’ The Living Tradition
United Reformed Church – Green Room: Hall (55b) Map 12-14 & 19-21 Jul 5:05pm to 5:55pm £10 (Child £5, Conc £8)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
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Rees Webster

ECHOES OF TRANSFORMATION - Rees Webster (Oboe) & Friends. Music + Art Series. Family Friendly
Themselves transformed through re-telling and re-interpretation, Ovid’s Metamorphoses have inspired countless reactions since they were written over 2000 years ago. In a performance featuring music inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, poetry readings and live improvisation, explore how the meaning of these tales endures in many musical and poetic re-imaginings. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 21 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm, 8:30pm to 9:30pm £10 (Child Free)
 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

AN EVENING OF CLASSICS: MOZART, ROSSINI, PURCELL - The Keld Ensemble and soloist Sarah Williamson Opera House Sales Family Friendly
The Keld Ensemble returns to the Fringe with acclaimed soloist Sarah Williamson to perform Mozart's beloved Clarinet Concerto along with works by Rossini and Purcell. 2023 Fringe Award Winner, Music - Large Ensemble.
The Pump Room (84) Map 11 Jul 7:30pm to 9pm £16 (Child £8, Conc £14)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
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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
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Ghosts are Someone's Memories

GHOSTS - Egriega Ensemble Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Pieter Egriega, Buxton Fringe Music Winner 2016, 2019, 2022 brings a small ensemble this year; guitars, banjos, mandolins, violin and voice, as well as some unexplained phenomena (previous audiences would expect nothing less!). Egriega’s Ghosts are someone’s memories. Come and discover them for yourselves. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. (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
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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
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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 with Clive Gregson - Hannah Brine Family Friendly
Join singer-songwriter Hannah Brine for a night of original music. Gathering her inspirations from the Great American Songbook and Seventies’ folk-pop, singer-songwriter Hannah has been likened to Norah Jones and Carole King. She is joined by Clive Gregson on guitar. Her Fringe 2023 debut sold out, so book 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) Gallery
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JAZZ BLUES LIVE LOUNGE - Sideways Band Opera House Sales Family Friendly
A relaxed session of soulful jazz and blues from the award-winning Dorset-based duo. Old jazz numbers dovetail seamlessly with original material. Sideways tour nationwide and received a Fringe nomination last year for 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+ Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or sidewaysmusic1@gmail.com
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Lets See What Happens

LET'S 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
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Sheffield Music Academy

MISSION: MENDELSSOHN'S OCTET - Sheffield Music Academy. Music + Art Series. Family Friendly
Felix Mendelssohn was just 16 when he wrote the world’s most famous music for eight string players. The mission: students and staff explore Felix and his friends’ amazing music and stories. Performed by children, for children and those of any age with a curious mind. 2023 Fringe Award Winner: Music - Show.
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 17 Jul 7pm to 8:45pm £5 (Child Free) Gallery
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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+
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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)
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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 is the setting for 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
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NOT QUITE BOOKSTOCK - Clement, Wood and 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, helping to support blood cancer sufferers. Featuring local favourites, Bernie Em.
High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (30) Map 21 Jul 7:30pm to 10:30pm £5 (Child £0.42, Conc £4)
 Bookings via michaelclement@live.co.uk Comments

PARTITA RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE MUSIC - Partita Family Friendly
Award-winning ensemble Partita performs 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 Free, Conc £10)
 Tickets on the door. Comments

POP STAR OF THE CENTURY - Johnny Dysfunctional / Doll's House Family Friendly
You the audience vote and sing! Knockout popstars competition featuring John Lennon v Cliff, Elvis v ABBA, plus Amy Winehouse, Cilla, Roy Orbison and Karen Carpenter. Sing along with your favourite songs and ensure your pop idol wins by coming along and making your vote count! From Buxton Fringe Award Winner Doll's House.
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 4 Jul 7:15pm to 8:15pm, 6 Jul 10pm to 11pm £9 (Conc £8) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. 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, vocal harmonies, and a touch of classical from violinist Rob Jourdain, well known locally as a member of Shanks's Pony and as a soloist.
High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (30) Map 17 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm £10 (Child Free, Conc £5), Further information: Ptarmiganmusic1.bandcamp.com
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
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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
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REFLECTIONS IN SONG - Danielle Banks & Ian Cleverdon 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

RIK ROBERTS: THE MOUNTAIN BANJO SHOW - Rik Roberts Family Friendly
Multi-instrumentalist Rik Roberts showcases the haunting sounds of the old-time banjo and the Appalachian mountains, featuring both traditional and popular songs. Expect fun banter, intriguing history, sing-alongs, soulful playing and true virtuosity in this fun and inspiring performance. 'A fabulous way to spend an hour' Buxton Fringe Review (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 11 & 13 Jul 1pm to 2pm £9 (Conc £8) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. 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 Sixties' and Seventies' classics performed by Will Hawthorne, and special guests Emma O'Brien and Michael Clement.
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 9 Jul 7:30pm to 10pm. High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (30) Map 20 Jul 7:30pm to 10pm £9 (Child £5, Conc £7), Some strong language
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com for 9th July / willhawthorne.co.uk for 20th 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

Choir Singing

SINGING LARKS - SONGS FOR THE SUMMER - Kaleidoscope Choir Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Celebrate the spirit of summer! Let the luscious harmonies of Kaleidoscope take you on a journey from rowdy sea shanties to pastoral love songs via popular classics, led by BBC Award Winner Bella Hardy. Community choir Kaleidoscope is a Platform 3 initiative managed by Buxton International Festival.
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) Map 9 Jul 6pm to 7pm £5 (Child Free)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
Direct Opera House Online Booking Comments

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

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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

The Two Old Geezers talk about Buxton's alternative histories

ANOTHER BUXTON - ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES OF OUR TOWN - BCA Events Family Friendly
The two old geezers (Simon Fussell from BCA and Julian Cohen, author of Surely Not in Buxton) return to talk about hidden aspects of Buxton's history, telling the stories of the over-looked people, events and places that have shaped Buxton, and bringing hidden Buxton to life.
La Gaby Pizzeria (139) Map 4 Jul 2pm to 3:30pm, 9 Jul 6pm to 7:30pm Free, Strong language a possibility, Ages 16+ Gallery
Further information: bit.ly/43sThnz or communications@buxtoncivicassociation.org.uk Comments

THE BEAT GOES ON - The Glummer Twins
The irrepressible Glummer Twins are back with another irreverent trawl through the eight decades that made them what they are today. Old. Stand-up spoken word comedy and music from the Beat Generation. 'A perfect double act' Chris Neville-Smith. 'Seriously clever and very funny' Buxton Fringe Review
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 8 Jul 5:30pm to 6:25pm, 9 & 12 Jul 4pm to 4:55pm, 13 Jul 2:30pm to 3:25pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

Don Dolby

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) Gallery
 Bookings via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Rebecca Faro - 'Catching the Fall'

CATCHING THE FALL - POETRY BOOK LAUNCH - Rebecca Faro
Rebecca Faro launches her first book of poems, exploring themes of Dreams, Love, Grief and Memories. Imbued with zestful energy and exquisite sensitivity, her verse is both deeply personal and readily relatable, flowing with dynamism and grace. All are welcome to come and share in the experience.
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) Map 19 Jul 2pm to 3pm £5 (Conc £4), Aimed at adults, Ages 18+
 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

Jim Leary

FIFTY SHADES OF ARCHAEOLOGY - Enrichment Through Archaeology
We're bringing archaeology to the Fringe! In this inaugural season we have two award-winning speakers, James Wright (9th) and, pictured, Jim Leary (19th), 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 www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fifty-shades-of-archaeology-historic-building-mythbusting-tickets-850771970867 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 spellbinding' 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 buxtoncrescentexperience.com/tour/fotheringhay-mary-queen-of-scots/ Comments

Rose Condo

HOW TO STARVE AN ARTIST - Rose Condo
Canadian poet (and Buxton Fringe Award Winner) Rose Condo serves up spoken word, sandwiches and small steps to cultivate creativity. Audiences receive Starving Artist Kits in this ‘call to arts’ – nourishing appetites and artistry. Each show features a special guest performance. Runner Up Best Spoken Word Show, Saboteur Awards
United Reformed Church – Green Room: Hall (55b) Map 18-20 Jul 3pm to 4pm £8 (Child and Conc £5), Mature language, Ages 12+ Gallery
 Bookings via www.rosecondo.net/how-to-starve-an-artist Comments

INVERTS - Matthew Drapper
In 1902, Havelock Ellis (psychiatrist) published first person interviews with LGBTQ+ people, collected within the previous 100 years. Shocking, sexy, romantic, awkward stories of love, desire and bodies. Using the voices of these interviews, Inverts presents a glimpse into our history (and a mirror for ourselves.) A play readthrough. (New Writing)
Lee Wood Hotel (91) Map 11 Jul 8pm to 9pm £10 (Conc £5), 16+ for sexual content, adult themes
 Bookings via shorturl.at/VWX05 Comments

ISLAND OF LOVE - The Off-Off-Off-Broadway Company / Polis Loizou
Cyprus. Birthplace of Aphrodite. An island of beauty, divided by war. Award-winning writer Polis Loizou presents an intimate new show weaving biographical storytelling with mythology and folklore to explore his identity, his family and his complex motherland. Buxton Fringe New Writing Award Winner. 'A masterful spinner of yarns' The Wee Review (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 5 & 15 Jul 4pm to 5pm, 17 Jul 5:30pm to 6:30pm £9 (Conc £8)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. 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 Café Bar & Restaurant, Chapel-en-le-Frith 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
 Bookings via www.ticketsource.co.uk/chapelarts Comments

'Sir Gawain & the Green Knight' Book cover illustration by Joanna Allen

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), Audience capacity limited Gallery
 Bookings via www.joanne-edutainment.co.uk Comments

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STRANGER ON THE RUN - Ian Gregory Family Friendly
Storytelling for grown ups. In the 1920s a young man arrives in a seaside town. Not everyone is welcoming to the newcomer. Who are you, Nye ap Morgan? Who or what are you running from? Ian was positively reviewed at 2019's Fringe.
Scrivener's Bookshop (11) Map 4 Jul 2:30pm to 3:30pm Free
Further information: 07541 285610. Note audience capacity limited to 12 people. Comments

Mark Gwynne Jones (credit: Dave Imms)

VOICES FROM THE PEAK - Mark Gwynne Jones Opera House Sales
A journey through the Peak District in word, film, and sound. Drawing on childhood experiences and encounters with shepherds, trogs, and mineral-miners, Mark’s funny and absorbing performance rediscovers the stories that connect us to the land. ‘A fascinating quest… An audio odyssey… and some marvellous Derbyshire reflections…’ The Times
High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (30) Map 13 Jul 7:30pm to 9pm £12 (Child £9), Ages 12+
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
Direct Opera House Online Booking Comments

Shirley Mann, who writes novels inspired by real women in WWII

WWII - HOW IT CHANGED WOMEN'S LIVES FOREVER - Shirley Mann Family Friendly
Shirley Mann, winner of Romantic Saga Novel Award and nominated for 2024 Popular Romantic Fiction Award, will be talking about the real women of the Second World War who inspired her books and how their transition to pilots, tractor drivers, policewomen and wireless operators for Bomber Command changed all our lives. (New Writing)
The Pump Room (84) Map 7 Jul 5pm to 6pm Free
Further information: shirleymannauthor@gmail.com Comments

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Street Theatre

MISS LILLIAN VIOLET BOWDINE ENTERTAINS - Discover Buxton Tours Family Friendly
Join the delightful Edwardian actor Miss Lily as she recalls the history of theatre in Buxton in a frothy promenade performance filled with the fun and gossip of the stage. A delightful confection for a summer afternoon. (New Writing)
Buxton Opera House Forecourt (08) Map 8 & 15, 16 Jul 2:30pm to 3:30pm £12 (Child £8) Gallery
 Bookings via discoverbuxton.co.uk or netta@discoverbuxton.co.uk or 07530 457755 Comments

OLD HAUNTS by Tom Crawshaw & Alice de Cent - Buxton Our Street
Matt's passion is Buxton's past, Claire's distracted by ghostly goings-on. Join our daft duo and begin your self-guided audio adventure outside the Pump Room with just a smartphone and headphones. Follow the tour, or get side-tracked by an apparition on a mission - it's your choice!
Online: oldhaunts.uk/ 3-21 Jul all day Free, Ages 10+ Comments

SEX AND SENSIBILITY - Discover Buxton Tours
Join Anne Lister, also known as Gentleman Jack, for a promenade through Georgian Buxton. Anne kept a secret diary that was not decoded for over 200 years and whilst in Buxton during the summer of 1825 she recorded her thoughts and feelings about past and present lovers. (New Writing)
The Crescent - outside, by hotel reception entrance (59) Map 5, 7 & 14 Jul 5:30pm to 6:30pm £12, Adult themes Gallery
 Bookings via discoverbuxton.co.uk or netta@discoverbuxton.co.uk or 07530 457755 Comments

The Shakespeare Jukebox in action

THE SHAKESPEARE JUKEBOX - Buxton Drama League Family Friendly
The multi-award-winning Shakespeare Jukebox returns for another summer of open-air Shakespearean fun, whatever the weather! Choose a scene or speech from our playlist, make a donation to charity, and enjoy a humorous, high-energy rendition of some of the Bard’s greatest hits. Also look out for our online Jukebox.
Pavilion Gardens – Promenade (33q) Map 6, 7, 14 & 19, 20 Jul 6:15pm to 7pm Free, Donations: samaritanscommunity.enthuse.com/pf/shakespeare-jukebox Comments

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Theatre

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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+ Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or 07895 177023
Direct Opera House Online Booking Comments

AIRBELL - ReZ Theatre Company Opera House Sales
Deep beneath the ground, hiding in a pocket of air, two friends try to figure out what to do with their lives, before the oxygen runs out. A dark comedy from Buxton’s ReZ Theatre Company about growing up and finding your place in an ever confusing world. (New Writing)
St Anne's Community Centre – Main Hall (39a) Map 8 & 12 Jul 8pm to 9:15pm £8 (Child and Conc £5), Ages 12+
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190 or phil@babblingvagabonds.co.uk or 07970 596782
Direct Opera House Online Booking Comments

ARIANA VS CHOMSKY - PJV STUDIO
A couple has tickets for the One Love concert, held for the victims of the Ariana Grande Manchester Arena bombing (2017). Original drama mixed with political interviews, questioning our role in the terrors that visit us, played out within the story of a relationship. From twice Buxton Fringe Award Winner. (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 18 Jul 5:30pm to 6:15pm, 20, 21 Jul 2:30pm to 3:15pm £10 (Conc £9) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

Alex Barker as Alan Turing

BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore - The Pendleton Codebreakers
The superbly talented young actors of the Pendleton Sixth Form College School of Theatre present their highly acclaimed production of this powerful biopic, which charts the life and work of the great Alan Turing - codebreaker, mathematical genius, pioneer of Artificial Intelligence, father of the modern computer and gay martyr.
The Palace Hotel – High Peak Room (32a) Map 10, 11 Jul 7:30pm to 10:15pm £9.50 (Child and Conc £7.50), Adult themes, mild sexual references, discriminatory language Gallery
 Bookings via www.ticketsource.co.uk/sccperformingproductionarts 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 – Purple Room: Church (55a) Map 13, 14 Jul 5pm to 6pm £10.50 (Child £7.50, Conc £8.50)
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
Direct Opera House Online Booking Comments

CARPE DIEM - Shadow Syndicate
Cultures collide in this visceral production exploring how identities are formed, challenged and resisted. Apt and poignant, this modern allegory invites audiences to seize the day in a polarised world, recognising that more binds us than divides us. Multi-award-winning company with a 'strong reputation for hard-hitting contemporary drama' Buxton Fringe Review (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 12 Jul 1pm to 2pm, 14 Jul 2:30pm to 3:30pm, 15 Jul 1pm to 2pm, 16 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm, 17 Jul 2:30pm to 3:30pm £9 (Conc £8) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £2 off. Comments

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CONSTELLATIONS by Nick Payne - Harlequin Theatre
One relationship - infinite possibilities. Free will, friendship, quantum multiverse, love, loss and a shared taste for honey. Critically acclaimed play exploring how the smallest changes in our lives can dramatically alter their course. A spellbinding investigation into the infinite possibility of heartbreak. Or hope! 'Restored my faith in theatre' Robert Farquhar
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 9 Jul 5:30pm to 6:35pm, 10 Jul 7pm to 8:05pm, 11 Jul 4pm to 5:05pm £10 (Conc £9) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

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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(1)

DEAR ELIZA - Barbara Diesel & Helen Parry
A defiant exploration of a friendship strained by mental illness, the fear of being a burden, and the power in saying out loud what you'd rather keep inside your head. Shortlisted Best Newcomer Greater Manchester Fringe 2023, 'Must-watch performance' ***** Better Than Words. 'Captivating from start to finish' ****1/2 AYoungishPerspective.co.uk
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 5 Jul 5:30pm to 6:30pm, 9 Jul 2:30pm to 3:30pm, 16 Jul 4pm to 5pm £10 (Conc £9) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

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DEVILLED EGGS - Black Liver Family Friendly
Welcome to the Dakota Guest House! Let your hosts, Roman and Prudence regale you with stories of notoriety, comedy and tragedy. Expect sketches, song and poetry - every room in The Dakota is a character with a tale to tell. Nominated: Comedy Award Buxton Fringe 2023. (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 16 Jul 1pm to 2pm, 17, 18 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £10 (Conc £9) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

DNA by Dennis Kelly - REC Youth Theatre
Some teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover it up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them, bringing harmony to their fractious lives, where's the incentive to put things right? Buxton Fringe Award-winning company explores the dark complexities of human behaviour, guilt, and consequences.
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 15 Jul 5:30pm to 6:30pm, 16 Jul 7pm to 8pm £10 (Conc £9)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

FLUFF - Teepee Productions
Fluff untangles the traumatic past that shaped her present. Exploring her unreliable memories, and bringing darkly-comic characters and distressing events to life, with humour and profanity. Developed with Alzheimer’s Society, Herts Musical Memories and Trauma Breakthrough. Winner: Best New Piece; Best Performance - Birmingham Fest 2023. ***** Bum On A Seat (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 3 Jul 8:30pm to 9:45pm, 4 Jul 4pm to 5:15pm, 6, 7 Jul 1pm to 2:15pm £10 (Conc £9) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

GRUOCH: THE LADY MACBETH - Burns Unit / Sweet Productions
A feminist, myth-centred, lyrical origin tale of Gruoch - the real-life inspiration behind Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth. Revealing the tale from her childhood to the final fateful moments stalking through the castle halls. Presented by award-winning solo performer Caroline Burns Cooke (Outstanding Performance, Prague Fringe. Best Actor, Monodrama Festival, Macedonia).
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 8 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm, 9 Jul 7pm to 8pm, 10 Jul 4pm to 5pm £10 (Conc £9)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

HǾLÌDÅŸ - David Hoskin
Physical comedian David Hoskin ('Phenomenal' ***** BroadwayWorld) brings to life a hysterical, surreal tale of one man's attempt to travel the world... told in mime. Performing as a colourful cast of over 20 characters - this beautiful show is for all those who have tried to fit in abroad. (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 3 Jul 5:30pm to 6:30pm, 4 Jul 2:30pm to 3:30pm, 6 Jul 2:45pm to 3:45pm £10 (Conc £9) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. 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, 21st-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 £7 (Child and Conc £5), Deals with issues such as domestic abuse and mental health, Ages 10+
 Bookings via www.wegottickets.com/springbankarts/ or 01663 308202 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-12.30pm) Comments

IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID! (Preview) - Worklight Theatre
Armed with a board game and a camera, Fringe First-winner Joe Sellman-Leava and Dylan Howells calculate how their lives have been shaped by the economies they grew up in. An exciting preview from the award-winning company behind Fanboy, Monster and Labels, developed with and directed by internationally acclaimed Katharina Reinthaller.
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 17 Jul 4pm to 4:55pm, 18 Jul 7pm to 7:55pm, 19 Jul 2:30pm to 3:25pm £10 (Conc £9) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

THE LIFE & RHYMES OF ARCHY & MEHITABEL - Theatre Nation / Sweet Productions
Poor Archy - trapped in the body of a cockroach - reflects on the insanity and inanity of humanity as he records his memoirs on a newly discovered typewriter. Celebrating the humour and satire of New York's Jazz Age as a one-person show, starring award-winning Patrick Kealey. Entertainment with bite!
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 8 Jul 4pm to 5pm, 9 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm, 10 Jul 1pm to 2pm £10 (Conc £9)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

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LIFE UNDER THE SUN - PART 1 - Strangers & Exiles
'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 manservants, self-deprecating witticisms, an existential crisis and one giant hangover. King Solomon had it all... **** 'Startling & Ambitious' Dan Lentell, Bedfringe 2022
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) Map 19 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm £10 (Child and Conc £8), Mature themes and underpants, Ages 14+ Gallery
 Bookings via www.strangersandexiles.net 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-aged couple who just can't catch a break. Join them in two very different scenarios as they tackle the ups and downs of everyday 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

LITTLE RED - Buxton Opera House Youth Fringe Company Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Little Red lives on the edge of The Woods with her mum. Mostly she hangs out with best friend Ash or Nana, but recently she has got a new online 'friend'… A play about online safety, bullying and knife crime. Performed, designed and teched by our 2024 Work Experience cohort.
Harpur Hill Primary School and Nursery SK17 9LP (140) Map 8 Jul 6pm to 7pm. St Peter's Church – Hall (42b) Map 12 Jul 6pm to 7pm £6 (Child and Conc £2), Teenage themes: online safety issues, predators, bullying, knife crime, Ages 9+
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THE MANCUNIAN PROPHET - Gumdrop Theatre Group
Gwen loves Freya more than she loves herself. It's why she won't let her leave the house to go to a party that Gwen knows she will never return from. She can see how it will all end. She's Manchester's own prophet after all. (New Writing)
Beer & Bean Café Bar (135) Map 4 Jul 7:30pm to 8:30pm, 5 Jul 9pm to 10pm, 6 Jul 7:30pm to 8:30pm Free, Strong language, violence, Ages 16+, Donations: ko-fi.com/gumdroptheatre
Further information: themancprophet.show@gmail.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. Further information: onthespottheatrecompany.weebly.com, Ages 10+ Gallery
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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), Further information: onthespottheatrecompany.weebly.com, Ages 10+ Gallery
 Bookings via www.wegottickets.com/springbankarts/ or 01663 308202 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-12.30pm) Comments

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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+ Gallery
 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+
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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 12-14 Jul 7:30pm to 8:45pm £9 (Conc £7.50), Mentions of femicide, violence, domestic abuse, rape, gruesome details, Ages 14+ Gallery
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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. (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" February, 2024 (credit: Dr. Phil)

RETHINKING GOOD INTENTIONS - Nancy Edwards
A compelling story by a Canadian writer about bridging cultural divides. Nancy transports us to rural Sierra Leone. Meet village chiefs and traditional midwives. Encounter 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

RICHARD III (A ONE PERSON SHOW) - Brite Theater / Sweet Productions
A bold, engaging solo show, pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean performance. With the fourth wall obliterated, the audience assume all other roles in this exciting, moving production... but will you survive? 'In a league of its own' ***** Broadway Baby. 'Utterly compelling' **** Stage. 'Coolly psychotic' **** New York Times
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 17 Jul 7pm to 8pm, 18, 19 Jul 1pm to 2pm £10 (Conc £9)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

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SESSIONS - Working Progress Collective
A troublesome youth who has narrowly avoided prison time for a violent offence, is placed with an unconventional youth officer, allowing him the space and freedom to grow and heal. A brand-new play about the confines of toxic masculinity and trauma, from a company championing stories about under-represented communities. (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 9 Jul 1pm to 2pm, 10-12 Jul 2:30pm to 3:30pm £10 (Conc £9) Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

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SHAKESPEARE ON THE SPOT - Stephen Longstaffe Family Friendly
Stephen Longstaffe (university lecturer, improvisor, clown) reinvents classic Shakespeare soliloquies. Creating new iambic verse from audience suggestions - random objects to replace Yorick's skull, potential assassins of Julius Caesar, things that really annoy Richard III. Funny? Serious? Unique every time. 'This dramatic high-wire act is amazing to witness' **** Lancaster Guardian
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 3 Jul 4pm to 4:50pm, 5 Jul 1pm to 1:50pm, 8 Jul 2:30pm to 3:20pm, 11 Jul 5:30pm to 6:20pm, 15 Jul 2:30pm to 3:20pm £10 (Conc £9)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. 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
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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 match seller 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+
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Michael Sabbaton as Lt Comm. Karl Altberg (credit: Karl Ellison)

THE TEMPLE - Michael Sabbaton Opera House Sales
The acclaimed, one-man adaptation of HP Lovecraft's classic tale following a cursed, First World War U-boat that encounters unimaginable horrors beneath the sea. This immersive production captivates with chilling performance and mesmerizing soundscape. Watch the trailer here www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxaDtWsfVAQ. '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 16+ Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House 01298 72190
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TIPTREE: NO-ONE ELSE'S DAMN SECRET BUT MY OWN - Headpictures / Sweet Productions
James Tiptree Jr: CIA official, international traveller, and writer of science fiction... 'outed' as Alice Sheldon, a 61-year-old woman from Virginia. An award-winning writer, named after a jar of English marmalade - what happens when your secret's out? A tour-de-force one-woman performance. 'Engaging, affective and intimate' **** Broadway Baby
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 18 Jul 2:30pm to 3:30pm, 19 & 21 Jul 4pm to 5pm £10 (Conc £9)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. Comments

TREASURE ISLAND - Nuworks: theatre made in Australia Opera House Sales Family Friendly
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
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THE WASP by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm - Moving Stories Theatre Company Opera House Sales
A heart-wrenching, dark, thriller for anyone who has been through secondary school and has the scars to prove it. The plot twists and turns until its breathless conclusion. The critically acclaimed Moving Stories work with local actors Kitty Randle and Fiona Paul taking a fresh look at this electrifying piece.
The Pump Room (84) Map 18 & 21 Jul 7:30pm to 9:15pm £10 (Conc £8), Adult Themes, Strong Language, Ages 18+
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WHEN KURT MET THORA - Plush Tiger Productions
'Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.' BBC Studios, November 1991. Thora Hird (Hallelujah) encounters Kurt Cobain ahead of Nirvana's infamous appearance on TOTP. Unexpected similarities are revealed, as well as their disparate relationships with religion. 'As an imagined piece of entertainment folklore, it's priceless' The Stage (New Writing)
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 8 Jul 7pm to 7:50pm, 16 Jul 2:30pm to 3:20pm, 17 Jul 1pm to 1:50pm, 18 Jul 4pm to 4:50pm £10 (Conc £9)
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £3 off. 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

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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

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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! For more information, email info@highpeakphotographyclub.org.uk.
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 20 Jul 10am to 4pm £5 (Child £3.50)
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The Green Man Independent Gallery and Arts Centre

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 Gallery
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.
Devonshire Dome (04c) Map 19 Jul 6pm to 8:30pm, 20 Jul 10am to 5pm, 21 Jul 10am to 4:30pm £3 (Child Free)
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HARMSWORTH'S HOME DOCTOR CUT UP - Hugo Edwardes and Christopher Robinson
Harmsworth published The Home Doctor in the 1920's which included 5000 illustrations. I have cut these images from their pages, retaining some words. A slideshow will be accompanied by a soundtrack of field recordings. The images will be available to leaf through. Award-winning format in 2023!
The Bungalow, Lightwood Ave, Buxton SK17 7AZ (98) Map 6, 7 & 19-21 Jul noon to 6pm Free Gallery 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 Michael 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

MY BUXTON FRINGE - Sam Slide Family Friendly
In 2014 local trombone player Sam Slide made his Fringe debut with the show Trombone Tunes, Trombone Talk. Ten years on, there's no music but Sam Slide has put together a photo book of Fringe memories. It's on display at the Green Man Gallery. Have a look, leave a comment! (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) Map 3-21 Jul 10:30am to 5pm Free
Further information: the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

MY HEART HAS WINGS AND IT CAN FLY - Babbling Vagabonds - Meet and Makers Family Friendly
Embark on a captivating exploration of creativity at our uplifting exhibition, My Heart Has Wings and It Can Fly. Created by our vibrant community, Meet and Makers, this showcase invites you to immerse yourself and let your imagination take flight. Join us for an inspiring celebration of local art.
The Pump Room (84) Map 6 Jul 10am to 4pm Free Gallery 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 Gallery Comments

Terry Naylor in performance

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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SIP, SIT AND SKETCH - Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Family Friendly
During the Fringe festival, the Pump Room transforms into a sketcher's haven. Buy a drink and borrow sketching and painting materials to capture the moment. Artistic inspiration flows where drinks and creativity mingle.
The Pump Room (84) Map 3-21 Jul 10am to 4pm Free, Donations: Donations welcome, but the cost of a drink will allow you to borrow the materials.
Further information: No need to book, available during Pump Room opening hours. Comments

STITCHED UP! (again) new work by Tracey Coverley

STITCHED UP! (AGAIN) - Tracey Coverley Family Friendly
Last year's visual artist winner returns to the Fringe and she'll be bringing a host of friends in the form of stitched portraits. Situated upstairs in the Art Café at the Pavilion Gardens it's a perfect space to relax with a coffee whilst viewing Tracey's latest works.
Pavilion Gardens – The Art Cafe (33f) Map 3-21 Jul 9:30am to 5pm (Note! Late Change) Free Gallery Comments

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CASPAR THOMAS: THE ART OF CLOSE-UP MAGIC - Caspar Thomas Family Friendly
Stunning magic. Unbelievable skill. Elegant performance. Amazing feats incorporating coins, rings, ropes, playing cards, impossible divinations and repeated visual demonstrations of solid materials passing through other solid materials. 'You won't see this level of skill anywhere else in the world. He should be charging £100 per ticket' Jerry Sadowitz
Underground at Spring Gardens (10) Map 20 Jul 5:30pm to 6:30pm, 21 Jul 1pm to 2pm £12 (Conc £10), Ages 12+ Gallery
 Bookings via underthefringe.com Info: 0208 144 0070. Students and low income £5 off. Comments

AN EVENING OF CLOSE UP MAGIC & MENTALISM - High Peak Magic Circle Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Your table will be the stage for the amazing, family-friendly, close-up magic of the High Peak Magic Circle members. Cards, coins, rings and ropes all feature in the magic, and hold on to your watches as these guys move from table to table performing mystifying, sleight of hand miracles.
Pavilion Gardens – Octagon (33d) Map 16 Jul 7:30pm to 10pm £15
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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. Look out for the afterparty!
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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