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Triumph for new short plays at Salisbury Fringe Preview

Triumph for new short plays at Salisbury Fringe Preview

April 2016

The 2016 Salisbury Fringe Preview of short plays – performed script-in-hand on Saturday night at The Cloisters pub by professional actors – covered everything from mental illness; family problems surrounding old age; and a journey of discovery; to comedy about avarice and infidelity; and misunderstandings arising from the many meanings of words and phrases in the English language!

Salisbury Fringe Chairman Julian Demetriadi said: “The five beautifully crafted new short plays, by writers from Salisbury and surrounding regions, were superbly performed and brilliantly directed by our Artistic Director Andrew Thackeray, assisted by Samantha Holland and Pete Talman. It was generally agreed that these were perhaps the strongest and best balanced line-up of new plays to date in the Fringe’s three-year history. Certainly, judging by audience reaction, we had five hits on our hands – plaudits received have included: ‘All four of us enjoyed the occasion greatly. What a creative way to launch local writers – congratulations!’ to ‘Last night was excellent. Super acting and direction, flawless admin and good scripts. Well done to everyone’.

“The Preview has served up a great hors d’oeuvre for our main event – our annual Salisbury Fringe Festival of New Writing for Performance, to be held at the beginning of October. Full details of the weekend will be revealed nearer the time, but this year’s Salisbury Fringe will include – amongst other exciting events – an intriguing collaboration with Salisbury Museum.”

The new short plays performed on Saturday night were: ‘English as a Foreign Language’ by Pete Talman; ‘What Now?’ by Nicolas Ridley; ‘Privet Flowers’ by Linda Morse; ‘No Flamingo’ by Rob Iliffe; and ‘Alice, All Alone’ – the first play to be written by a Salisbury Fringe actor, Katie Dancey.                                                              

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