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Reading Fringe Festival







19th – 28th July 2019

Welcome to our coverage of Reading Fringe Festival.

We are happy to be covering this Fringe and suggesting shows to see that we’ve enjoyed elsewhere, as well as home grown work. We wish the Fringe good luck.

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I want to see… at Reading Fringe

Here’s our unique guide to help you find a show to see at Reading Fringe. We’ve pulled out the popular, the weird and the eclectic. So, scan down and get booking!

I want to see…

… Britain’s only puppet bus. Then see Marvelo’s Circus

… a magic show for all ages. Then see Seska: Quack Quack Bang!

… a variety show in the best tradition of Saturday evening TV light entertainment. Then see The Zap Show

… a comedy poet. Then see Robert Garnham: Spout

… a family-friendly show about maths. Then see Kyle D Evans: Maths Madness

… a Russian political comedian. Then see Oleg Denisov: Russian Troll

… some solo improvised comedy. Then see Ben Van der Velde: Fablemaker

… a study into labels in life and within the LGBTQ+ community. Then see Dan Webber: Genre Fluid

… a mishmash of songs and dances from well-known and lesser-known musicals. Then see Natalie’s Marvellous Mishmash of Musicals

… some live poetry from local poets. Then see Stanza Shots

… an alternative history show. Then see Richard Pulsford: It Just So Happened

… some theatre – thity plays in sixty minutes. then see Blue Goat Theatre: 30 Neo Futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

… some improvided comedy. Then see The Committee

… a stand up comedy show about the differences in the stories we tell on social media vs the reality of the events. Then see Simon Caine: Every room is a panic room if you overthink enough

… One Norwegian – over 20 different Characters. Then see Joakim Gunby: Why Even Bother

… something later in the evening – an n evening of dark bedtime stories and unnerving live soundscapes. Then see The Gates

… a bubble show. Then see Bubbly Bubbles

… some live music – songs about change. Inspired by the work of writer Walter Benjamin & artist Paul Klee. Then see Jude and the Technocrats

… some live acapella. then see Avenue

… p uppetry, storytelling and classical theatre blended in an improvised show. Then see Throw Away!

We’ll be adding more recommendations in the run up to, and during the Fringe.

Link Collage

A new way to explore Reading Fringe – our essential links to navigate the Fringe…

Simply click on an image to reveal details of a recommended show.

Follow your artistic instincts…






We’ll be adding more recommendations  for our link collage in the run up to, and during the Fringe.


Keyword Chaos

Another way to find a show at Reading Fringe.

We’ve trawled the programme and our own knowledge base and selected the most intriguing phrases in programme line up.

So, choose the phrase that draws you in, click on the link and get booking.

Use your intuition…

Ever wonder why we’re all so obsessed with serial killers and psychopaths? I would like to present you with the answer…except I don’t have it. Come, help me figure it out would you?

Hilarious adventures with cancer, death and incontinence

It’s the middle of the night and Ryan has been alone for hours. He is bored, pessimistic and miserable; until Ellen, a quirky brash stranger arrives. As the night goes on these two learn everything about each other, except what they are both doing there in the first place.

leads us through the physical demands of cutting alarm systems,dealing with dangerous dogs and blowing bank safes …but he’s terrible at it! Prop/stand-up/absurdist burglary as taught by an idiot!

Our individual take on the perennial favourite theatre about a “Teacher” and a “Student”, trying to get on.

Join steampunk chap-hop legend Professor Elemental for an unforgettable night!

Performing mostly his own songs, mostly on guitar, he persuades you to traverse your emotions, visiting surprise, love, fear, anger and joy, with maybe a little detour via shame and envy. As the show ends, you’re left feeling shamelessly but enviably invigorated.

The trees are out to get me: An immersive experience of live art, film and sound exploring queer utopian futures of trees and the forest taking back the land and taking over our bodies. We imagine a re-wilding of ourselves, the way we love and the way we live.

a man whose shadow can do almost anything – make enchanting shadow animals and fabulous shadow lands and even funny shadow people, all with just two hands. Be amazed as shadow crabs creep from the sea, a shadow monkey does a hula-hoop dance and a tiny shadow man goes riding on a great, big shadow elephant

unique brand of campy, cute, cartoonish comedy, excelling as a host, lip-syncer, and parodic singer

A humorous, playful, truthful and thought provoking piece of theatre, which challenges taboos and explores the impact of grief on our relationships and mental health.

We’ll be adding more recommendations  for our Keyword Chaos in the run up to, and during the Fringe.