Buxton Fringe40 – above and below ground!

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release May 20th 2019

It’s going to be a busy Fringe40 on the streets of Buxton this July (3-24).

The Fringe’s Street Theatre and Other Events categories offer several chances to get a free glimpse of many of the Fringe performers. First, there is the Fringe Launch Party on the evening of 2 July upstairs at the Old Clubhouse, courtesy of Underground Venues. Next, family-friendly Fringe Sunday (7 July) at the Pavilion Gardens Bandstand. On the same afternoon at nearby Turner’s Memorial passers by could be welcomed to High Peak Community Arts’ 40th Anniversary Tea Party by the Mad Hatter, March Hare and Alice.

On the middle Saturday (13 July), the Fringe and the Buxton International Festival join forces to create a special Carnival of the Animals float featuring artwork from local schools. Like the Fringe itself, the float is bigger and better than ever this year!

Throughout the Fringe, audiences can stop by the Bandstand to preview a range of acts in Fringe @ 5. Also spread across the Fringe is the Book Swap making a welcome return to The Springs Shopping Centre.

Just a few miles out of Buxton, there is plenty to enjoy in Chelmorton Village Festival, with family-friendly activities and events including a flower festival, Burbage Band concert, tractor run and dog show, cream teas garden party plus of course the festival’s famously inventive scarecrows!

More family fun can be enjoyed with Cry Havoc! Theatre Company, presenting Sheridan Shacklethwaite’s Stalactites Secrets, a lighthearted, thoroughly-researched, entirely made-up, alternative torch-lit tour of Poole's Cavern.

Fingers crossed for the weather when Spirit of the Fringe award-winner Stone and Water hosts its colourful Buxton Pride Picnic in the Pavilion Gardens. Award-winning Shakespeare Jukebox meanwhile offers scenes from the Bard in its new home, outside the Conservatory on the Promenade in the Gardens. Across the grass, opposite the Old Hall Hotel, the Rotunda Dome will boast a full programme of entertainment including remarkable Caspar Thomas in The Art of Close-up Magic.

As Fringe40 nears its end, the Green Man Gallery hosts this year’s Fringe Awards ceremony on the final Sunday.

Fringe chair Keith Savage adds: “It is important to the Fringe that the performance and visual arts are readily accessible and don’t exist only in the hushed atmosphere of theatres and galleries. These events provide an opportunity to get out and about, to see and hear creative work in unlikely places.”

Details of all Fringe events are in the programme and on www.buxtonfringe.org.uk, where there is a special page listing the many free events at this year’s festival. The brand new Fringe App is also a great way to find out about Fringe events when you are on the move.

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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