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October Salisbury Fringe 2015 bigger and better than ever!

October Salisbury Fringe 2015 bigger and better than ever!

August 2015

The 2015 Salisbury Fringe Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever, thanks to the magnificent support of the Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID). For the first time, it will run over two weekends in October, instead of one, and will not only include new short plays, monologues and writing workshops, but also a programme of quality live music. The opening weekend will be from Friday, 2 October to Sunday 4 October inclusive; and the second weekend will run from Friday, 9 October to Sunday, 11 October inclusive. In addition, we are delighted to announce that from Monday, 5 October to Friday, 9 October, there will be live evening Fringe music events in venues across the the city. We are thrilled that we are now able to expand the Festival and look forward to exciting events in new Fringe venues such as Fisherton Mill, The Old Ale House, the Music Box, Qudos, Sarum College Refectory and The Salisbury Museum.

Commenting on the Fringe’s expansion, Salisbury BID’s Business Manager Steve Godwin said: “The Salisbury BID is delighted to be supporting the Salisbury Fringe in its aim to expand and develop its scope and to appeal to an even wider audience in 2015. Now in its third year, the Fringe is firmly established as a favourite in Salisbury’s event calendar, and we look forward to the Festival pushing the boundaries and appealing to even wider and diverse audience across the city. The event commences on 2nd October and will run until 11th October, supporting Salisbury over its Purple Flag weekend, and helping to promote our proud status as a lively, safe and accommodating environment to have a good night out.”

Salisbury Fringe’s newly introduced musical events, thanks to the BID and Thom Belk, will take place each day of the Festival as performers take to the city’s streets, as well as city-centre venues. “There will be a focus on original acts, as we celebrate local acts and up-and-coming acts from the South West,” explains Thom. “All genres and tastes will be catered for.”

Due to popular demand, another innovation this year are two evening performances – instead of one – at The Cloisters pub in Catherine Street on Saturday, 3 October. Successfully trialled at the Salisbury Fringe Preview 2015 in May, there will be two performances of six new ‘Short Cuts’ plays, performed by professional actors – the first will begin at 6pm and the second at 8pm.

One of the most thrilling aspects of the Fringe is seeing new writing talent blossom; and I’m really looking forward to the Opening Night (2 October) of the Festival at The Chapel Nightclub (7.30pm), Milford Street, where a new sitcom, created and written by local writers Dan Page and Pete Talman, is being performed by professional actors. Called ‘Amateur Dramatics’, the sitcom follows the exploits of Ann, a big city director stuck looking after her alcoholic mother and the region’s third best theatre group in the sleepy village of Morton-Throckwell. The show is an opportunity for Pete and Dan to develop their writing skills, following their success writing sketches, one-liners and songs for BBC’s Newsjack and London’s NewsRevue (the world’s longest running stage satire show). Conceived around 6 months ago, ‘Amateur Dramatics’ has so far come runner-up at the Manchester heats of the Sitcom Trials – a national annual competition designed to find the ‘next big thing’, which in past years has included the likes of Miranda Hart and an 8 part series on ITV1. Longlisted by the BBC Writersroom as part of  the national ‘Comedy Scriptroom 9’ – showing it was in the top 14 per cent of all scripts received – ‘Amateuer Dramatics’ is a ‘MUST SEE’ show!.

Another eagerly awaited Fringe 2015 show will take place on Saturday, 10.30am: 3 October at Cross Keys Shopping Centre, and involves Cranborne Youth Theatre in a production called ‘Burnt Toast’, directed by Tori Deffee and devised by local Salisbury Fringe stalwart Linda Morse, who has had major successes in London and the South West. Her full-length play ‘Empty Mirrors’, for instance, reached the top 20 in Bristol Old Vic’s Open Session 2014; and another full-length play, ‘A Shared Breath’, was performed script-in-hand at Salisbury Playhouse Salberg Theatre in April. Her latest success has been in London where her monologue, ‘Winner’ was performed in August at The Leicester Square Theatre by Director’s Cut Theatre, as part of an evening entitled ‘The Interview’.

The Salisbury Fringe Festival is all about showcasing new talent and original work by the city’s and surrounding regions’ writers, performers and musicians. In this respect, we are delighted that Juno – a new Salisbury-based female theatre company, formed to produce and promote women’s writing and to provide a vehicle for women to be proactive in all aspects of theatre production – will be staging short plays under the heading of ‘Body Talk’ at the Castle Street Social Club on Sunday, 4 October, at 5.30pm. In addition, at 4.30pm on the same afternoon, Veronica Dewan will be performing her one woman show ‘The Half Daughter’ at the Five Bells pub.

Other highlights to watch out for:

03/10/2015 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

‘Objects Come To Life’ monologue performances, inspired by The Salisbury Museum and its objects Salisbury Museum Lecture Hall, The Close, Salisbury Wiltshire

03/10/2015 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Fringe Fiction — Storytelling Workshop, led by successful local author, ghostwriter and tutor Tom Bromley Sarum College Refectory, The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire

03/10/2015 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; 8:00pm – 9:30pm

‘Short Cuts’ bite-sized plays (two performances) by Salisbury and surrounding regions’ local writers and performed by professional actors The Cloisters Pub, Catherine Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire

04/10/2015 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

‘Monologues From Pictures’ joint event with Salisbury Art Trail Fisherton Mill, Fisherton Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire

04/10/2015 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fringe Fiction — Story-reading by professional actors: The First Page, led by author Tom Bromley Cosy Club (Upstairs), New Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire

04/10/2015 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Rough Cuts’ bite-sized plays by Salisbury and surrounding regions’ writers, performed script-in-hand by professional actors Cosy Club, New Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire

For regularly updated information, visit:

The development of the Salisbury Fringe Festival would not have been possible without the generous support of our Patron Christopher Biggins; and our sponsors – namely Frank and Elizabeth Brenan, the Relph Ross Partnership, CommunicationsPoint, and the Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID). Equally, we owe an enormous debt to the brilliance of our Artistic Director Andrew Thackeray.

Live music comes to Salisbury Fringe 2015!

Another first for the Salisbury Fringe Festival 2015! Connecting the two weekends of the Fringe are five week-day nights of live Fringe music sessions at exciting city venues. Here is the programme to date of live music for the Salisbury Fringe Festival 2015 (Friday, 2 October to Sunday, 11 October inclusive):

Friday October 2nd Launch Pad – Music from Lump and Shakespeare Rattle N Roll – 7.30pm The Old Ale House – Mighty Magic Animal – 9pm

Saturday October 3rd

Salisbury Guildhall Square – Salisbury Fringe and Salisbury Purple Flag Music Event featuring The Zuchinnis, Dirty Skanking Love Hornets, Dead Royalties, Faux, Carpet, McGuinness and many more acts – 10am-10pm

Sunday October 4th

The Old Ale House, Crane Street – Salisbury Fringe All Dayer featuring Johannasberg, Passenger Club, The I’s, Modern Honesty, Citizen Perez, Slowtalk and many more! 3pm

Monday October 5th

Qudos, Castle Street – Salisbury Fringe Blues Jam – A jam session for all abilities based around the 12-bar format of blues, rock & roll – 7.30pm

Tuesday October 6th

The Old George Mall – Gifted local performers perform in Old George Mall including many young performers from Wiltshire College and youth groups – 11am

Qudos, Castle Street – Open Mic – an open stage where performers new and experienced can play a short set in a relaxed and warm atmosphere – 7.30pm

Wednesday October 7th – Please check website

Thursday October 8th

The Music Box, Catherine Street – Open Mic – an open stage where performers new and experienced can play a short set in a relaxed and warm atmosphere – 7.30pm

Friday October 9th The Winchester Gate, Rampart Road – SN Dubstation – 9pm

Saturday October 10th

The Winchester Gate, Rampart Road – Salisbury Fringe Cider Festival All Dayer featuring Newcombe and Roach, A Way With Words, Lump, Pugwall, Peter Leonard and many more! 3pm

Sunday October 11th

The Music Box, Catherine Street – Salisbury Fringe Closing Party featuring Release The Monkey, Might Magic Animal, Not Like Moses, Slowtalk and many more – 4pm

The Winchester Gate, Rampart Road – Acoustic Showcase 4pm
Please visit for regularly updated information re: live music planned for 7 October



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