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Over 90 entrants sign up for July’s Buxton Fringe

Buxton Fringe organisers have reported that over 90 entrants have already signed up for this year’s festival which takes place from July 5th to 23rd.

The discounted ‘early bird’ entry period up till the end of February was responsible for much of this activity but the entries team says that events are still rolling in a-pace. Meanwhile managed venue The Green Man Gallery has announced that it is now completely full with 30 shows adding up to a total of 70 performances.

Two other managed venues, Underground and The Rotunda, are also building up their programmes with The Rotunda this year offering two venues at the same Pavilion Gardens site, Bubble and Squeak.

Among some exciting recent Theatre entries are Breathe Out Theatre’s Lost and Found from writer of The Riot Act, Hambledon Productions’ Maybe Dick, a comic re-telling of Melville’s classic, and What If, a Belfast-set drama from double Fringe Award Winners, Spanner in the Works.

An already bulging Music category includes City of Manchester Opera, award-wining harp guitarist Jon Pickard, neoclassical music from Gifts From Crows Trio, dynamic rock from Isaac Neilson (formerly from Fuzzy Felt World) and a dementia-friendly coffee concert from specialist Katy Allan.

Laughs a-plenty are promised with Underground’s Barrel of Laughs, celebrating its 18th year, plus shows from award-winning Impromptu Shakespeare, stand up Nathan Cassidy, musical comedy act Grant Curnow at the Green Man, jokes supremo Richard Pulsford at The Rotunda and many more great acts.

The entertainment does not stop there with further Fringe treats including Discover Buxton with Fotheringhay: Mary Queen of Scots at the Crescent, an entire mini-festival in Chelmorton, plus dance, magic, children’s events, art exhibitions, workshops, trails and more.

Nor is it over yet; performers entering by the end of March can still take advantage of a reduced entry fee of £77. The strict final deadline for the printed programme is April 16th.

A sneak preview of Fringe talent will be offered at the Fringe’s open-to-all event Springboard, a spring-themed party at The Green Man Gallery on Saturday April 1st from 7-9pm.

Fringe chair Stephen Walker says: “We’re heartened by the volume of entries already in and excited by the quality we are attracting to Buxton. With even more still to come, we are already set fair for a great Fringe this July!”

For more information about what’s on at the Fringe and how to take part, please visit, which also offers information on how to sign up as a volunteer, reviewer or Fringe Friend and/or make a donation. The free-to-download Buxton Fringe App also offers full listings.

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