Arts Derbyshire


Small is beautiful at Buxton Fringe

Amid the wealth of theatre, comedy and music on offer it is easy to overlook some of the must-see entertainment listed in the smaller categories at Buxton Fringe.

Dance is thriving this year with accessible fun including Shellac is Bac!’s 1950s’ Tea Dance at the United Reformed Church, a Family Ceilidh in Bakewell courtesy of the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England and the ever-popular Buxton Day of Dance from Chapel-en-le Frith Morris and featuring sides from all over the country.

Film is represented this year by Buxton Film with its stimulating Short Film Exhibition and by Brother Brother offering a preview of the latest work from local filmmakers Yaz and Haz Al-Shaater, Road Tripping, a road movie set in the Peak District and starring Michael Grady-Hall and Tom Clegg,

Street Theatre finds us in both familiar and unfamiliar territory with the return of Buxton Drama League’s award-winning Shakespeare Jukebox as well as a self-guided audio adventure, Old Haunts by Tom Crawshaw and Alice de Cent presented by Buxton Our Street and starting outside Buxton’s Pump Room.

There is more outdoor entertainment thanks to Buxton Fringe’s free promotions including Fringe Sunday from 2pm on July 9th around the Bandstand and in the same location, new for 2023, Fringe on Friday offering free extracts of Fringe shows on July 7th and 14th from 5pm. The Fringe will also share a float with Buxton International Festival at the Carnival on July 8th and there will be informal busking outside the Fringe Information Desk at the Pavilion Gardens.

For more tasters of what’s on offer at the Fringe, the Launch Party held by Underground on July 4th from 8pm offers guaranteed fun, all for free!

Fringe Marketing Officer Stephanie Billen says: “The programme really does repay some scrutiny to make sure you are not missing out. It’s also worth saying that many of our events are free. We have listed these ones on our website Fringe for Free page:”

The Fringe wishes to thank High Peak Borough Council, its Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.

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