Let there be music and laughter - family fun at Fringe40

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release May 20th 2019

Music and laughter are assured for lucky families attending this year’s bumper Fringe40 (July 3-24) in Buxton.

Annie and her lovable dog, Sandy, take centre stage in Annie the Musical: Junior Version with the Mad Hatters Music Junior Group. Meanwhile Buxton International Festival makes a foray into the Fringe with Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, a perennial children’s favourite. Presented by Northern Chamber Orchestra, the event also offers a chance to see related artwork created by local primary school children in a joint project with the Fringe. Under 12s can dress up as pirates to attend Pirates! The Musical Story of Captain Digorie Piper, in the United Reformed Church where Mr Simpson’s Little Consort will offer singing, dancing and strange instruments!

Jackie Clementines will do ‘the silliest thing anyone has ever done’ in Stop Not Being Silly!, Underground at the Arts Centre Studio while over at The Clubhouse, children’s theatre company Goblin celebrates the nonsense of the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle, complete with flying cows, jazzy cats and runaway crockery.

The fun continues outside with the acclaimed Babbling Vagabonds bringing a new outdoor adventure, Here Be Dragons!. Promenade through Grinlow Woods helping them conjure up a story that can becalm a Big Bottomed Banghanger! In the Pavilion Gardens, New Mills Primary Choir presents delightful, action-packed Summer Songs! while Rubbish Shakespeare Company comes up with a slapstick, all-ages version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Children’s entertainment can stir hearts and minds. Lucky Dog presents The Red Balloon, a funny, touching show based on the classic 1956 film. The REC’s Young Company meanwhile offers Small Fry - in a land of predators, scavengers and dragons, can the Small Frys beat the bullies?

Fringe chair Keith Savage adds: “We have extended Fringe40 into the first week of the school holidays and it means that families will have more opportunities to enjoy together what the Fringe has to offer. Over the 22 days of the festival there are dozens of events that we hope that family groups can see and hear and build memories.”

Further Fringe events in other categories, such as Fringe Sunday in the Pavilion Gardens, are also suitable for children - look out for the handy family-friendly, smiley face symbol in the programme.

The Fringe wishes to thank its sponsor The University of Derby as well as financial supporters The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and High Peak Borough Council, its Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.



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