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Greater Manchester Fringe


1st – 31st July 2018

Now over for 2018. Details for 2019 coming soon. Our 2018 coverage is below.

Greater Manchester Fringe covers the whole of Manchester, which is a big place. So this is an outreach Fringe, a bold Fringe, an inclusive Fringe – offering a great mix of local and national (and international work.

“The Greater Manchester Fringe first took place in 2012 with 6 different venues and a handful of shows in each.
In 2016, it’s 5th year we used 23 venues across Greater Manchester with hundreds of performances taking place.

“We are a multi-venue open access arts festival providing support for all art forms to show their work, creating an arts community, encouraging first time participation in arts production and performances across Greater Manchester. We provide low-cost tickets for all performances, providing greater access to a non-traditional theatre-going audience. In the first three years of the festival, we had on average 60% first-time performers / producers. Many past productions have moved onto established theatres, such as Bolton Octagon theatre, Re:Play and national tours and have been recognised at the Manchester Theatre Awards.”

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I want to see … at Greater Manchester Fringe

Cinco Coisas

We see a lot of Fringe around the world.

We keep our ears to the ground.

So here is our intuitive show-finding tool for Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.

I want to see…

… some LGBTQI theatre. Then see OUT

… some character comedy. Then see Trolley Girls

… a clown show. Then see Cinco Coisas

… an hour of comic monologues. Then see The Very Perry Show

… some late night sketch comedy. Then see Norris & Parker/Burn the Witch

… a thought-provoking play explores genetics, ethics, surrogacy, and the complicated dynamics of a family, all within the context of a moving love story. Then see Passing On

… a play about cyber bullying. Then see Cyber Bullying

… a sketch show. Then see Walking the Plank

…an experimental improv comedy conversation using hundreds of randomly accessed questions about the history, ideas and culture of England.. Then see Questions of England

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

Link Collage

Here’s our popular, visual way to find a show at the Fringe.

Just click on an image that draws you to it and get booking…

 Peg & Bessie How to survive a Zombie Apocalypse 


We’ll be adding more to the collage during July.

Keyword Chaos

Sasha Ellen: No Man's Land

This is a very popular little show-finding tool.

We’ve trawled the descriptions of shows and press releases and pulled out the most interesting phrases and keywords to help you find a show at Greater Manchester Fringe.

Simply click on a phrase and find the show…

A political animal from Putin’s petrified forest, Oleg will third-world-splain propaganda and democracy, dissect Russian political zeitgeist and test limits of identity and knowledge.

In 2010 the island of Herm declared a state of emergency. Helicopters went up. Divers went down. It was all Sasha’s fault.

Thermos flasks are displayed in such a way so as to stun the audience. This goes well with the surreal commentary from your confused tour guide.

A candid show for anybody who knows a mother, is a mother, had a mother or is turning into their mother

Danny refuses to let go of his most precious gift and must break down the barriers created by his own tragic actions to go where no entity has gone before. Refusing to cross he will have to defy the laws of the universe and those of his kind to make Kate his lawfully wedded widow.

After apparently crash landing on Mars, she meets a strange Moon-based race called the Curians who are in conflict with the planet’s other moons but an Amazonian race who are planning an insurrection capture Gabi and have other plans


PREVIEW: In-House Productions at Manchester Fringe from 53Two


Tuesday 3rd July-Thursday 5th July, 7pm

A summer of love.  A fight.  A car chase.  A siege.  When Katie’s boyfriend is attacked on the streets of Luton, she is propelled outside of her borders on to the frontier of council estates and concrete jungles.  Amidst the sweltering heat, the baying for blood and longing for love, Katie is forced to decide her future.

Don’t Cha Wish Your Scouser Was Boss Like Me

Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July, 9.30pm

Our old favourite returns to the arches of 53two. If you haven’t seen it yet, come see what all the fuss is about! A perfect mash up of Disney, musical theatre and downright filth. Kate will have you weeing with laughter!

I’m Gonna Jump

Sunday 15th July-Tuesday 17th July, 7pm

Following a tragic incident, Ella decides to live-stream her version of events from the rooftop of her school. “I’m Gonna Jump” is a touching and funny one-woman play about friendship, rivalry, and social media.

Peg and Bessie

Wednesday 18th July-Saturday 21st July, 7pm

Peg and Bessie – sisters, married, widowed, strong & stoic.
In life, all you can do is keep going, so they do-age is just a number!
They’ve seen it all & are funny, lovely, occasionally barmy with a fire in their bellies that won’t be put out. Join them & laugh along with them as they reminisce about times & indeed people, gone by.

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


Greater Manchester Fringe News Wire – all the headlines in one place…


28th March 2017: Greater Manchester Fringe Festival returns for 2017 (Manchester Evening News)


19th June 2016: Salford Highlights (Salford Star)

14th May 2015: Why we love making theatre in Manchester (The Guardian)