An exciting programme of top quality theatre and live music has been unveiled for the newly expanded Salisbury Fringe Festival 2015 (2 to 11 October) – to be opened on 2 October by much loved, multi-talented actor Christopher Biggins.
The Fringe Theatre events – bite-size plays in pubs, galleries and cafes – are concentrated over the first weekend (2 to 4 October); and for the first time live music events will be held throughout the city from 2 to 11 October. This year’s festival will be supporting Salisbury over its Purple Flag weekend, and helping to promote the city’s proud status as a lively, safe and accommodating environment to have a good night out.
Patron of the Salisbury Fringe Festival, Christopher Biggins, will officially open the 10-day Festival on Friday, 2 October at 7.30 pm at the Fringe’s Launch Pad event at The Chapel Nightclub, Milford Street. The Launch Pad event will include a new sitcom called ‘Amateur Dramatics’, performed by professional actors and created and written by local writers Dan Page and Pete Talman; the much acclaimed ‘Shakespeare Rattle and Roll’ – a band that resets the Bard’s songs in the more familiar styles of the likes of Elvis, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and The Beatles; and Lump – a highly entertaining band that performs tales, in spoken word and songs, about people, places and events in the Salisbury area.
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.
The Salisbury Fringe Festival is the best free entertainment in Salisbury and is all about showcasing new talent and original work by the city’s and surrounding regions’ writers, performers and musicians,” said Salisbury Fringe Chairman Julian Demetriadi. “In this respect, we are delighted that Juno – the 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 are:
Saturday 3 October
The Salisbury Museum, The Close – ‘Objects Come to Life’: monologues performed by professional actors and inspired by objects in the museum. 3–4pm
Sarum College Refectory, The Close – ‘Fringe Fiction’ – Story-telling Workshop: led by local author and tutor Tom Bromley – 4.30–5.30pm
Cloisters Pub, Catherine Street – Short Cuts: a Fringe showcase event featuring six short plays by Salisbury and surrounding regions’ writers and performed by professional actors – TWO Performances at 6pm and 8pm
Sunday 4 October
Fisherton Mill, Fisherton Street – ‘Tracks, Pathways and Routes’ – a joint event with Salisbury Art Trail featuring monologues, performed by professional actors and inspired by works by The Elementals group of Wessex painters – 1.30 to 2.30pm
The Cosy Club, New Street – Fringe Fiction: The First Page – works by local author Tom Bromley’s Salisbury Writing Circle, read by professional actors – 3-4pm
The Cosy Club, New Street – the Fringe’s traditional opening weekend finale: a night of bite-sized plays in an informal setting, performed by actors script-in-hand – from 7.30pm
Live music comes to Salisbury Fringe 2015!
Friday October 2
Launch Pad event at The Chapel Nightclub, Milford Street – Music from Lump and Shakespeare Rattle N Roll – 7.30pm
The Old Ale House, Crane Street – local music showcase including: Mighty Magic Animal and Slowtalk – 9pm
Saturday October 3
Salisbury Guildhall Square – Salisbury Fringe and Salisbury Purple Flag Music Event: featuring The Zucchinis, Dirty Skanking Love Hornets, Dead Royalties, Faux, Carpet, McGuinness and many more acts – 10am-10pm
Sunday October 4
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! From 3pm
Monday October 5
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 6
The Old George Mall – Youth Showcase: 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 7 – Please check website (www.salisburyfringe.co.uk)
Thursday October 8
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 9 The Winchester Gate, Rampart Road – SN Dubstation – 9pm
Saturday October 10
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! From 3pm
Sunday October 11
The Music Box, Catherine Street – Salisbury Fringe Closing Party featuring Release The Monkey, Might Magic Animal, Not Like Moses, Slowtalk and many more – from 4pm
The Winchester Gate, Rampart Road – Acoustic Showcase: 4pm Please visit www.salisburyfringe.co.uk for regularly updated information re: live music planned for 7 October
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, the Salisbury Fringe Festival owes an enormous debt to the brilliance of our Artistic Director, Andrew Thackeray, and the organizer of all the live music events Thom Belk.
For regularly updated information on the Salisbury Fringe Festival 2015, visit www.salisburyfringe.co.uk
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