Newcastle Fringe Festival: What to see

Newcastle Fringe Festival runs from Tuesday 18th – Saturday 29th July 2023. “Taking over 5 city centre and Ouseburn venues across 10 days, over 40 artists from all over the UK, along with the very best homegrown talent, will descend to entertain audiences. The venues taking part are Alphabetti Theatre (the NFF festival hub) and Prohibition Cabaret Bar in the city centre, along with Seven Stories, The Old Coal Yard and The Cumberland Arms in the Ouseburn Valley.”

So, what to see at Newcastle Fringe Festival?

I want to see…

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… a legendary comedy troupe. Then see The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2023: The Search Continues

… some early evening performance, a theatrical poetic monologue that “explores gender, beauty and the fear that follows women who love men”. Then see A Preoccupation With Romantic Love

… some south Asian spoken word. Then see Our Stories

… some late morning stand-up comedy. Then see Mam Up

… some solo standup comedy, a show about the thrill of falling and the thud of landing. And after a thud comes a laugh.Then see Amy Matthews: I Feel Like I’m Made of Spiders


… some short joke comedy. Then see Richard Pulsford: Short Joke Teller

… some surreal, observational stand-up comedy. Then see Elaine Robertson: Huge Play

… something at lunchtime, a ” hilarious game show where each game represents a different disability, giving kids and grown ups the chance to learn about Autism and Cerebral Palsy among others.” Then see The Blue Badge Bunch – ReRamped

… an 18-piece jazz orchestra performing the best swing, jazz, funk and soul music from around the world. Then see Bold Big Band

… a debut solo show in the early evening. Then see The Hottest Girl at Burn Camp


… some live music from a Newcastle based female fronted experimental alt rock band . Then see Labyrinthine Oceans

… a late afternoon 50 min solo show and a unique comedy that explores the struggle of one woman to express herself authentically in front of others. Then see Unstitching

… some mid-afternoon theatre, a debut solo show. Then see Our Place in the World

… some classic children’s theatre in the morning. Then see The Tortoise & The Hare

… some later in the evening, a staged Interactive role-playing game experience with downright silliness. Then see Roll for Initiative: The Wizard’s Tower

… some evening comedy, a non-stop stand up comedy show where no one is safe from offence. Then see NarcissistiQ

… some intimate, afternoon live music, some “intimate and soul-stirring songwriting combined with grand sound, performed at a beloved local venue.” Then see Jenny Lascelles

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… some eclectic music, a mixture of hip-hop, spoken word and art-pop, with jazz inflections, aided by cello work. Then see Tailraw

… some Shakespeare. Then see (The Taming of) The Shrew

… a new play. Then see Tangerines

… some anarchic performance, an anarchic clown and bouffon collective that immerses the audience in a wonderful world populated with an amazing array of characters. Then see The Good Name Cabaret

… some musical cabaret in the afternoon – toe tapping, moving and uplifting exploration of what it means to lose your youth, but find the sea. Then see La Mère

… an award nominated standup show about the pleasure gap. Then see Eleanor Conway: Talk Dirty To Me

… some afternoon political stand-up, highly rated by FringeReview. Then see Harun Musho’d: Why I Don’t Talk To People About Terrorism

… some solo theatre, a “powerful and explosive one woman show set in Scarborough.” Then see Build a Rocket

We’ll be adding features and previews in the run yp to the fringe so do check back.