Buxton Fringe draws over 170 acts

Ugly, presented by Orange & Pip, at Buxton Fringe.
Ugly, presented by Orange & Pip, at Buxton Fringe.

More than 170 acts have entered this year’s Buxton Fringe, making it one of the biggest in the event’s history.

The line-up includes more than 60 artists and performers from areas surrounding the town which firmly cements Buxton Fringe’s reputation as the champion of local as well as national entertainers.

Each category, from comedy to dance, theatre to visual arts, boasts a fantastic mix of local, national and sometimes even international artists. With a combination of new performers plus returning award-winners, there will be something to suit the taste of absolutely everyone.

Home-grown treats in the theatre category include Buxton’s Rec Youth Theatre presenting The Ash Girl and, for younger audiences, Grimm Tales, while Buxton-based Orange and Pip Theatre offer their own dark take on Cinderella, Ugly.

Meanwhile companies returning from further afield include all-female Shakespeare troupe, Smooth Faced Gentlemen, with Othello, and Butterfly performing As You Like It in the unusual surroundings of Poole’s Cavern.

In the massive music category, Fringe audiences can expect a wide variety with everything from local bluegrass performers Aprille and the Shower to Manchester’s Hallé Cellos, The Ukulele Orchestra in a supergroup with Elizabeth Kenny’s Theatre of the Ayre, and international sensation, Drum Tribe, from South Africa.

Comedy is equally enticing with returning stars including The Dead Secrets, W1A’s Max and Ivan and Nathan Cassidy.

Dance is also particularly strong this year with amazing flamenco from dotdotdot dance, Japanese Makoto Inoue presenting Clown Macbeth and, representing local talent, Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris Men with the ever popular Day of Dance.

As ever, there are plenty of free events including the Fringe launch party on the eve of the Fringe, Fringe at Five at the Bandstand, Fringe Sunday and many other activities particularly in Visual Arts, which sees the return of the Buxton Art Trail.

Keith Savage, Buxton Fringe chair, said: “We are delighted that so many of our acts are local. The Fringe is about promoting local and national talent, so it is brilliant to see this in action.

“We are also very pleased with the variety of this year’s entries, and this alongside our free events means there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

The printed programme will distributed from the beginning of June, but until then the 2015 line-up is on the Fringe website. The Fringe can also be found via Facebook, Twitter (@BuxtonFringe) and via its blog on www.buxtonfringe.org.uk.

Running alongside the Fringe is the acclaimed Buxton Festival, a celebration of opera, music and literature from July 10 to 26. For more information visit www.