Our coverage of Fringe Theatrefest Barnstaple

Theatrefest is unique, quibteseential Fringe, in a lovely location across a diverse set of venues, with an equally and genuinely lovely ethos. And it attracts important work from the locality as well as far and wide.

Now in its 17th year, Fringe TheatreFest is a four-day feast of comedy, drama, street-theatre, dance, music, magic and more.. Fringe TheatreFest inspires with an exciting range of performances at exceptional prices – £4 to £8 in ticketed venues, pay-what-you-will bucket-collections in outside and less formal spaces. There are wonderful local companies on show plus performers from around the country and across the globe drawn by our reputation as the friendliest Fringe in the UK.”

Theatrefest runs from 22nd to 25th June 2023.

So, what to see? Here are our choices across all the main genres…

I want to see…

… a world premiere solo show, Jane Eyre taking a wry look back at her dramatic past. Then see Jane Eyre

… some outdoor Shakespeare. Then see A Midsummer Night’s Dream

… some live poetry and spoken word. Then see Arrivals and Departures

… some stoytelling. Then see Storyteller of the Year. Or see Tales About Town

… a play, an ad hoc company of old troupers gamely attempting to relive their past theatrical triumphs, real or imagined. Then see Swansong (slightly out of tune)

… an eclectric theatre piece, a game within a play within a game. Then see A Game

… a comic retelling of classic nove Moby Dick. Then see Maybe Dick

… a bitter-sweet drama about losing a parent to Alzheimer’s and finding a way to remember her. Then see Fragments

… an “unnerving play about families, property and rampant vegetation”. Then see The Basement Flat

… a classic Arthur Miller play. Then see The Crucible

… some solo theatre, weaving together storytelling and singing. Then see The bottom of the deep blue sky

… a family friendly show, with puppetry, storytelling, music and mayhem. Then see The Hunting of the Hare

… a mindreading magician. Then see Three Questions

… a FringeReview must see show. Then see The Laurel and Hardy Cabaret

… a show about dance and dancing. Then see Women What Dance!

… an eclectic and acclaimed solo theatre piece themed on Shakespeare. Then see Whirligig of Time

… some children’s puppet theatre. Then see Silly Squirrel @ Green Lanes

… two performers who “drum, sing, mime and clown in an hilarious, humane and life-affirming exploration of their childhood experiences of colonial West Africa”. Then see Native Wit

We’ll be adding some previews and a few more recommendations in the run up to Theatrefest so do check back.