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Reading Fringe Festival

24th – 29th July 2018

Welcome to our coverage of Reading Fringe Festival.

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

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…

… a theatre piece about a 21st century psychosis sufferer. Then see My Life Closed Twice

… some surrealist comedy. Then see Eddie Summers – Rocket Fuel!

… a charmong concert for children and their families. Then see Nick Cope

… an aclaimed solo dance performance. Then see Exceso de la nada – Excess of nothing

… a swashbuckling pirate adventure or children. Then see Young Herbert’s Horrors

… awesome Skills, Stupid Stunts and lots of audience interaction. Then see Dan the Hat – Juggler, Comedian and Stupid Stuntman

… some jazz and blues. Then see Annette Gregory and Ma Bessie Present: Ladies of Jazz and Blues

… an immersive escape game. Then see Timetrap Escape Rooms at the Fringe

… a spoken word show marking the centenary of the 1918 armistice. Then see Conflict of Interest

… a joyous mishmash of farce, tragedy, dubious dancing, theatre, comedy songs, and biscuits. Then see Scenes Cut from Other Plays

… a family-friendly musical adventure: a bicycle powered musical, for children aged 6‐10 and their families. Then see Bicycle Boy

… a Russian comedian with political satire about identities and devaluation of knowledge. Then see Oleg Denisov: Doublethink


… some theatre, a coming of age story. Then see Beautiful thing

… a classic Russian play. Then see The Government Inspector

… some evening stand-up comedy. Then see Sasha Ellen: No Man’s Land or see Nick Hall: Peninsula 

… some shadow theatre. Then see My Shadow and Me

… some film. Then see Mary Poppins or see The Greatest Showman 

… three women poets on gender. Then see Lolita Paints Her Toenails

… a solo show about sex, madness and medicine. Then see Freud The Musical

… an evening of alternative cabaret. Then see Bad Luck Cabaret

… some early evening stand-up comedy – a whirlwind ride through Ireland’s family planning system. then see And Then the Rabbit Died

… some Latin American music. Then see Latin Flavours – Between Two Worlds

… a solo show – an absurd journey across three continents. Then see Extravagant Stranger

… music played with instruments made of ice. Then see Ice Music and find out more about this unique show here

… some late evening dance. Then see The Ice Connection by Reside Dance

… some improv comedy. Then see The Committee: Improvised Comedy

… a musical comedy whodunnit. Then see Till Death Us Do Part

… some solo theatre – a hit at Brighton Fringe 2018. Then see One Woman Alien

… some afternoon, gag-packed comedy. Then see Trampoline

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

positive, vibrant artwork inspired by people-watching and the everyday

They’re pretty special. They give a person the opportunity to express themselves. They can be read. They can be heard. They can be spoken. They allow us to communicate. I was always told that it’s not what you say, but how you say it – is this true?

A fairy curse. A sleeping princess. A kingdom in turmoil. A story you think you know. 

immersive escape game experiences that transport customers to historic realities to engage in curious and puzzling missions as a team. The experiences are tactile and life-like and encourage physical activity, interaction and imagination.

“My head has already forgotten many things, but my body remembers everything.”

Joe’s life becomes a cacophony of visions, voices and questionable media stereotypes. As his life changes completely, he will find new friends and unlikely allies on his journey, first to defy the expectations of his illness, then to redefine himself by his own terms.

A show with a topless Englishman talking about open heart surgery was always going to be a tough sell. But if you like the sound of a topless Englishman talking about open heart surgery, then this is the show for you. Funnier than it sounds.

Can you have your life ruined by a custard cream biscuit?

Jim had a breakdown so you don’t have to. 

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

News Wire

All the headlines from Reading Fringe…


BBC Introducing Berkshire and Düsseldorf Takeover at Reading Fringe 2017

Can’t wait until August for some fantastic live music in Reading? Then join the Reading Fringe Festival this July for a free festival of new music featuring the best acts from Düsseldorf Takeover followed by the BBC Introducing Summer Party on Fri 21 July at their funky pop-up Dome venue on Station Hill.

Reading is fast becoming one of the brightest places pushing the UK live music scene, and outstanding bands include Sundara Karma and The Amazons, both 2 of Reading’s finest recent exports, receiving national acclaim across a host of sell out tours. The next line is already hot on their heels, including Palm Honey and Matt Maltese who have gained vast national recognition and radio plays.

This double-billed festival event brings rock, electronica, and psychedelia together for a sensational night. The Düsseldorf Takeover line-up includes The Aberrations, an exciting live act, straddling the fine line between alternative/indie, pop, psychedelic and rock, and Love Machine, dedicated to psychedelic improvisation, krautish weirdness, minimalism and unpredictable performance. Truly a feast of the best upcoming music from both Reading and Düsseldorf in one unforgettable evening.

For more information on this event and more in this year’s Reading Fringe Festival visit www.readingfringefestival.co.uk.

More news…


22 July 2018: 11 Reading Fringe Festival shows suitable for all the family (In Your Area)

19 July 2018: Reading Fringe Festival  Highlights (Female Arts)

7 July 2018: 12 shows you should definitely see during Reading Fringe Festival 2018 (In Your Area)


21 May 2017: New music venue to open in Reading for Fringe Festival 2017 (Get Reading)

12 May 2017: Tickets go on sale (Get Reading)


22nd July 2016: Discounted Tickets (Get Reading)


3 May 2015: Fringe launch party (Get Reading)

27 April 2015: Drama lineup (Get Reading)

25 April 2015: Comedy lineup (Get Reading)

More to come.