Exeter Fringe Festival

EXETER FRINGE: 78 companies; six venues; 11 days – a live performances extravaganza (here’s a quick overview)

Exeter Fringe Festival
Exeter Fringe Festival is an 11-day celebration of live performance with 78 companies (31 of them from Devon) playing six venues during the 11 days from June 22 to July 2.

This year’s fringe has grown, and now including venues across the city with a programme featuring theatre, performance, comedy, music and dance.

Exeter is home to some promising new theatre collectives. Bantam Theatre will be performing at the festival as they expose the conversations that occur between people who have grown comfortable, and occasionally weary of each other’s company in their new show After Liverpool.

Also, newly formed devising theatre company Vortext explores a world of words with their debut piece On The Spin.

SourDough Theatre celebrates their first year anniversary as an Exeter theatre company with a work in progress performance of a devised piece called Hometowns in which they blend memory with place and fact with imagination.

University of Exeter Drama department is creating a strong presence at this year’s festival. Soon-to-be graduates Gemma Prangle and James Bennett present a physical theatre piece that that battles to find the core of the human being in its last remaining seconds. Flintknap Theatre persents Fair Winds and Sunny Days which looks closely at the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, combining puppetry, physical theatre, and multimedia to give a curious glimpse into the lives and values of the volunteer crew of the RNLI.

Bike Shed Theatre’s weekly Sketch Comedy troupe Monkey’s With Puns preview their Edinburgh show as well as University of Exeter’s Simply The Jest.

Le Navet Bete will perform their popular feature show Napoleon: A Defence in which they turn history upside down and inside out. They will also be performing in Exeter’s Princesshay Shopping Centre throughout the festival.

To mark the end of the festival Exeter artist, Kate Shewen champions the ultimate 24-hour project Shake In A Day. The hugely popular University of Exeter Drama Department tradition challenges the company to stage a randomly picked Shakespeare play in a day.

Exeter-based dance company, Chamos Trashdollys presents a beautiful demonstration of contemporary and bboy dance, in which both gracefully collide within an intense and alluring environment.

Dawlish-based contemporary dancer Dean Reeve turns his talents to writing and directing and tells a story that is close to his heart. Clotted Cream Dreams looks at the darker undertones of country living, the seriousness of being secluded, cut off and out of touch from mainstream life.

The recently doubly appointed Bards of Exeter bring a show entitled The Double Headed, Four Legged Hermaphroditic Bardic Beast of Exeter.

Plymouth’s Barbican Theatre brings both this year’s Flourish co-productions to the festival; Hannah Silva’s little political speech opera, Opposition and MarsTarrab’s funny and at times delicate piece, Tom Boy Blues previews in Exeter on their way up to Edinburgh.

Acclaimed Totnes-based company, Angel Heart Theatre bring their new show, Jack and the Devil’s Purse, that fuses puppetry, dynamic storytelling and live music to conjure a darkly comic adventure to life.

O.m.(t).f.g Company perform Happily Never After. The O.M.(t). F. G. Company started as a collaboration among friends to create art in Exeter that is inclusive of women, and offered an outlet to explore new pieces that allowed women to act together, given the disparity between the number of women in the acting community versus the amount of roles available for them to play.

For more information and details of the full programme go to Exeter Fringe Festival Tickets available from Exeter Phoenix Box Office on 01392 667080.

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