Welcome to our Shaftesbury Fringe Page.
Now over for 2018. Details for 2019 coming soon. Our 2018 coverage is below.
“Shaftesbury Fringe is an open access arts festival and takes place from the 29th June to the 1st 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…
Roy Hutchins and Mike Mckeon
A comic combo including a dancing bear – yep, probably the only show in the Fringe to have one. Created by multi-award-winning comedian and director Roy Hutchins – recent winner of the ‘Best ensemble production’ at the Wellington Fringe for ‘Fiery Tongues’. This new show conjures up cajun folk n’ blues on bears, beavers, bugs and buffalos.
Sue Bradley (Perrier winner for her work with Pookiesnackenburger) is on fiddle, Dr Blue’s on guitar, Roy’s on synth and we’re proud to introduce the golden voice of Caitlin Mckeon and the dancing talents of her brother Tom – aka THE BEAR. A comic combo including a dancing bear – yep, probably the only show in the Fringe to have one. Created by multi-award-winning comedian and director Roy Hutchins – recent winner of the ‘Best ensemble production’ at the Wellington Fringe for ‘Fiery Tongues’.
This new show conjures up cajun folk n’ blues on bears, beavers, bugs and buffalos. Sue Bradley (Perrier winner for her work with Pookiesnackenburger) is on fiddle, Dr Blue’s on guitar, Roy’s on synth and we’re proud to introduce the golden voice of Caitlin Mckeon and the dancing talents of her brother Tom – aka THE BEAR.
Venue 14 The Mitre For map click here
18.00-18.50 Pass the hat
Darren Walsh : Massive Punt
Do you likes puns? Join Darren Walsh on a Round-The-World flight jam-packed with on board entertainment such as video sketches, 1-liners, jingles and general nonsense. “Punbelievable!” ***** – The Mirror. “Unstoppable tsunami of stupid puns.” – Chortle. Top 10 Jokes in The Guardian, Mirror & Scotsman.
Venue 18 Shaston Social Club For map click here
Mat Ricardo Vs The World
The UK’s No.1 variety performer bet everyone in the world that he could learn any trick they could think of. Big mistake. For them.
***** “Brilliant” The Herald. **** “Captivating” The Scotsman. “Terrific” The Guardian.
Venue 18 Shaston Social Club For map click here
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!
(Use the Fringe web site’s search box to find show details)
I want to see…
… some music, a rich soulful voice combined with searing guitar solos, haunting piano melodies- all wrapped up in an alt. soul/ rock package. Then see SUGARTAX
… some comedy improv. Then see Bristol Improv presents Story Slam
… some sketch comedy. Then see Revan and Fennell: Work in Progress
… well-known folk and traditional tunes. Then see The Little Folk Fox
… a nineteen year old English tenor. Then see Thomas Cameron Live
… an acclaimed comedy duo. Then see Brexit Stage Left
… a men’s A Capella group. Then see A Tuneful of Spoonful
… some comedy, cabaret, history and music. Then see Samantha’s Dubious History Of Musical Comedy
… some theatre. Then se ‘A Daughter’s Love’ and ‘Blood Sport’
… a comedy mind reading show. Then see How To Read Minds & Influence People
… 4 workshops aimed at children between 4 and 12 years. Then see Abbeytropolis – Childrens Hub
… some live radio theatre. Then see The Tigress of Zarfyll
… a composer, singer and multi instrumentalist playing harp, piano, cello, flute and guitar. Then see Celtic Singing and Harp
… some interactive comedy, where comedy meets Game show meets Improv, as 2 teams of comics use their skills & wit in hysterical rounds of classic party games. Then see Now THAT’S What I Call a Game Show!
… some local storytelling. Then see Intriguing tales of Shaftesbury
… some clowning, characters, physical comedy and real onstage stunts. Then see The Stuntman
… an afternoon show – your favourite songs from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s all the way up to current hits. Then see An Afternoon With Emma-Leigh
… some live music – Beautiful Neo-Folk Songs. Then see Talitha Rise
… a funny look at marriage, ageing, children, class and life in general. Then see Four Zero
… a debut stand-up comedy show. Then see The Road To Wrome
… a programme of music celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta. Then see Soul of a Nation
… some theatre – a version of Dr Faustus. Then see The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Dr. Faustus
… a magic show. Then see The Close Up Magic Show
… a highly reviewed stand-up comedy show. Then see This is me
We’ll be adding more choices in the run up to the Fringe.
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)