Underground are back above ground for Buxton Fringe 2018

The Clubhouse in Buxton, the home of Underground Venues.
The Clubhouse in Buxton, the home of Underground Venues.

Venue group Underground return to the Old Clubhouse for this year’s Buxton Festival Fringe to present another curated programme of professional theatre, comedy and music.

Founded by Buxton locals Tom Crawshaw and Yaz Al-Shaater in 2006, the team first used the upstairs space of the Clubhouse last year, after having occupied the cellars of the Old Hall for 11 years.

This year’s line-up sees 66 different shows, from puppetry and magic through to Shakespeare and shows for babies.

Underground will again be using the Pavilion Arts Centre Studio to host some of their larger work.

Artistic director Yaz said: “This year’s programme represents a real step-up in terms of the quality and diversity of shows on offer, and we encourage everyone to come and have a look.”

Highlights for 2018 include fast-rising star Harriet Braine, physical comedy duo The Kagools, Fringe veteran theatre company Sudden Impulse and writer and performer Ruth E Cockburn.

The venue will be welcoming some exciting new acts to Buxton including comedian Rob Rouse, who starred in BBC2’s Upstart Crow and Channel 4’s Spoons, and ground-breaking Irish theatre collective The Corps Ensemble with their new play about the back alleys of modern Dublin.

Underground will also host brand new work from a range of popular local acts. Polis Loizou of The Off-Off-Off-Broadway Company brings a newly-written ghost story set in Cyprus – A Curse Of Saints. REC Youth Theatre return for their 23rd year with a newly devised piece entitled Kilter, and there’s music from the past winner of ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ Johnny Dysfunctional, and local blue country band Good Ole Boys.

For a full programme of events, visit underthefringe.com.

The Buxton Festival Fringe runs from July 4-22.