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Welcome to our Shaftesbury Fringe Page.

The Fringe is now over for 2017. Our 2017 coverage is below.

“Shaftesbury Fringe is an open access arts festival and takes place from the 30th June to the 2nd July in the hill top town of Shaftesbury, Dorset. It is a celebration of all things creative which means anyone with a story to tell can put on a fringe event. We welcome both new and established artists to perform and exhibit in one of over 40 unique venues within our town.”

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Three to See

South African Voices – Africa Entsha (FringeReview award winners)

“Africa Entsha, a slick a cappella quartet reached a global audience in 2010 performing at the World Cup opening ceremony. Although some songs are in English the heart of their show are the Zulu songs, full of rhythm, style and spirit. This South African band captivate their audience who by the end of the show are left breathless and often deeply moved.”

Spencer – Nick Hall

“Spencer Percival has one claim to fame: he’s the only Prime Minister to have been assassinated. Unfortunately no-one’s ever heard of him. 205 years later, Nick Hall tries to tell his story. But will he succeed? He has written and performed for BBC2, BBC Three, BBC Radio 4 and ITV2”

Idiot Wind – Gareth Richards

“Fosters Edinburgh Comedy nominee, Best Comedy Show Shaftesbury Fringe 2016, Gareth is showcasing a show of hilarious stand-up and low-key comedy songs. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Electric BBC 3, and heard on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 4.”

I want to see… at Shaftesbury Fringe

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

I want to see…

… a solo show from an acclaimed performer. Then see Spencer – Nick Hall

… some award-winning youth theatre. Then see Absurdities From an Armchair – Jacob Hulland

… a female four-piece acoustic band. Then see Scuttleshake

… some live literature. Then see A Writer’s Feeling for Snow – Frank Pickering

… a play about online identity. Then see We Have The Internet

… an eclectic medley of folk and traditional songs, each telling its own tale. Then see The Little Folk Fox

… some solo comedy. fresh from Brighton Fringe. Then see A Féte Worse Than Death – Karen Sherrard

… some award-winning, character comedy. Then see Rita Barrington – Literally Allsorts

… some acclaimed Edinburgh-preview stand-up comedy. Then see Testify  – Tez Ilyas

… a reading of Besieged, a psychological thriller. Then see Sebastian Hayes – Besieged

… a  one-man show ahead of his debut at Edinburgh Fringe. Then see It Was Funnier In My Head – Andrew White

… a family-friendly show. Then see Lola The Circus Cat – Shaun Winter Marionettes

… some live poetry. Then see Poetry reading – Linda Black & Claire Crowther

… some unique spoken word. Then see Titan – Sunil Patel

… some pre-Edinburgh Fringe stand up comedy. Then see Parental Guidance – Andy Stedman

… a comedy magic show. Then see A Bit Of Magic With Stu & Friends or, for some more magic, then see Dazzling Deceptions – Paul Preager

… captivating scenes from the novels of Jane Austen. Then see Kim Hicks – Courtship

… Hemingway’s classic tale is brought to life using a uniquely engaging style of storytelling with exquisite harp playing. Then see The Old Man and the Sea

… stand up comedy about love, marriage. Then see Husband of the Bride – Luke Graves

… a dramatic retelling of the famous medieval poem. Then see Gavin and Greenknighte – Philip Sealey

… laid back and lively favourites from Pink Floyd to modern classics. Then see Andy Brice – Unplugged

… some comedy theatre about what happens when you look up, see what’s in front of you and let the moment in. Then see End to End – Col Howarth

… some multicultural comedy. Then see Fights Like a Girl!

Link Collage

A new way to explore Shaftesbury Fringe – our essential links to navigate the Fringe… Simply click on an image to reveal details of a recommended show. Follow your artistic instincts…




Keyword Chaos

Another way to find a show at Shaftesbury 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…

Hamster Hotels and a bad start to a honeymoon

Separatist guerrillas in an imaginary country have carried out a botched kidnapping. Instead of the target they have ended up with a young English woman – what to do with her when they are surrounded by police?

putting up her dukes and picking her battles

a lascivious TV gardener providing advice on sowing seed, trimming shrubbery and prize marrows.

a disturbing insight into the mind of a damaged girl creating her own safe reality by talking to her friends, the characters of Alice in Wonderland.

The ‘Donald Trump’ of 1517 has his wives dragged kicking and screaming into 2017.

an hour of misplaced loyalties, inner demons and salad


More to come

News Wire

All the headlines from Shaftesbury Fringe…


Read the news on their web site here

28 Jan 2017: Shaftesbury Fringe will be “bigger and better (Fine Times Recorder)

May 2016: The Fringe comes to Shaftesbury (Dorset Life)