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New generation theatre at Buxton Fringe

In amongst the Theatre programme there is a strong selection of theatre from younger performers more than capable of holding their own alongside their older peers.

Regular visitors to Buxton and multi-award winners Shadow Syndicate return with the powerful, provocative and acutely relevant Fugee, a contemporary, hard-hitting play, blending fiction with verified facts, highlighting injustices faced by child refugees arriving in the UK, and the failings of those supposed to take care of them.

They are joined by exciting local companies. REC Youth Theatre’s long association with the Fringe continues with two plays. From National Theatre Connections 2023, (Circle Dreams Around) The Terrible, Terrible Past is a recurring dream. It’s a bit weird. There’s a fish, chickens, a cow… a butcher killing people. The dream circles round and round and back to the start again. Their second show is another crazy story, Lewis Carroll’s Alice. The White Rabbit is late. The Cheshire Cat won’t stop grinning. The Hatter is, well, mad. And Alice, a young girl who wants to escape, finds adventure in a topsy-turvy world.

Young Company, based at the Opera House, make their much anticipated Fringe debut with a double bill of Tuesday by Alison Carr. It is just an ordinary day when a tear rips across the sky and two parallel worlds collide! And Risk: We all take risks, but when does risk cross the line into sheer stupidity, or danger? The Opera House’s Summer Company, an in-house work experience company, presents a version of the most famous play of them all. To Be or Not To Be is a 40-minute Theatre in Education version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with a post-show Q&A, that is also touring local primary and secondary schools.

Fringe Chair Stephen Walker says: “It is always exciting to see young stars emerging and the standard of youth theatre productions is usually very high. This year looks to be no exception.”

Further theatre treats can be discovered on and on the free to download Buxton Fringe App.

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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