All the town’s a stage at Fringe40

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release May 21st 2019

One of the best things about Fringe is the number of venues across the town pressed into service.

Fishhouse Theatre return to the Lee Wood Hotel with two productions. Alison Dunne, author of the heart-warming Cloaks, has written Ruby & Cedar; on the 50th anniversary of the moon landings it’s the annual visit home but something’s changed, as sisterhood is eclipsed by sibling rivalry. In Angel Cards with Janis, there is an invitation to book a card-reading session with Janis. Part theatre show, part reading, this tiny show is guaranteed to warm hearts.

The United Reform Church on Hardwick Square hosts three theatre shows. Act It Out CIC bring Letters of War, a moving theatre piece depicting the impact of the First World War on a local family, followed by a meet and greet with the actors. Special Measures is a classroom comedy in which Blackboard Theatre delve into what life is like as a teacher in 2019. Some people just walk by on the train platform. Others stop to dream. In The Suitcase, The Beggar & The Wind, Gare Du Nord Theatre take us back to the golden age of steam in a piece that makes us think more about our journey ahead.

Up at Poole’s Cavern, She Wolf by Gillian English brings us Queen Margaret, a woman so cut-throat and cold she would give Lady Macbeth a run for her money, but none of that is true, and the way we view women in positions of power hasn’t changed much. On the other side of town, and with a very different story, Dreamshed Theatre takes a romp through Manchester City’s history in City 125 - The Club with No History. This revue-style show at the Palace Hotel takes liberties with dry historical facts to keep City diehards and Joe Public entertained and amused!

At the Dome in the University of Derby Buxton’s Lecture Theatre, there is a late addition to the programme, Jack Cray is The Fittest Guy on the Street; we join Jack for a meander through his life living with epilepsy with the Ancient Greeks, fruit and veg aisles and an overly keen actor joining him on this adventure. Magdalen Theatre is Looking at Life through two short comic plays at Buxton Working Men’s Club. In Cat's Eye View by Joyce Janes, cats sleep all day don't they? Follow Thomas as he does his rounds! Meanwhile in Argy-Bargy by Mary Hennessy, what's going on? Billy, knows, Al believes and Joey doesn't give a F...!

For further information on Theatre and more, see the printed programme, or the new Buxton Fringe App.

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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