Pirates, Puppets and Pooches at Buxton Fringe

Press Release 12 June 2012

Looking for something to do with the kids this July? Everything marked with a smiley face in the Fringe programme has been suggested by the performer as being suitable for families, but there are also events especially for kids.

In The Chronicles of Arnica, a first-time collaboration between Buxton's REC Theatre Company and playwright Tom Crawshaw, four children find themselves tasked with saving a mysterious world caught somewhere between Narnia, Oz and Wonderland. Back on Farleywood Farm, Little GIANT return with Going for Gold, Derek the Dog's Olympic Dream. Join Farmer Jack, his wife Jill and their family of animals for laughter, songs and a champion story.

For the little pirates amongst us, join Little Gem Storytelling to hear of daring boys, dangerous girls and dastardly pirates in Tales from Scallywag Island, while Uncontained Arts bring us Treasure Island. Honest Jim Hawkins tries to outsmart Long John Silver in search of buried treasure in a frantically funny high-seas adventure.

Outside in the fresh air, stone & water host free open workshops to make TINY! Goblins, Trolls & Faeries puppets and create a mini adventure in Pavilion Gardens. Up at Poole's Cavern, Theatre By Numbers brings vibrant characters, storytelling and adventure to one of the woodland walks in A Windy Day - a unique piece of theatre created in collaboration with local children.

Says Fringe chair Stephanie Billen: Â'In the past For Families has proved one of our strongest sections so I'd recommend checking out this year's entries, whether or not you have a child in tow! And don't forget to join in the family fun at Fringe Sunday and to give our float a wave during the carnival!'

The Fringe is hugely grateful to its many supporters including its main sponsor The University of Derby Buxton as well as The Osborne Group, High Peak Borough Council, The Old Hall Hotel and The Cavendish Shopping Arcade.

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