Event Descriptions 2019

Full information about our events. If you're interested in a particular category simply click on the colour coded links below.

Many more events will come on stream before we reach the closing date for entries on Sunday 21st April. Please check back often.

Ticket information can be found on each event listing. Opera House Sales denotes advanced bookings can be made from the Opera House Box Office 01298 72190 (or online) from early June. Our Tickets page has general advice about ticketing at the Fringe.

Events marked Family Friendly have been suggested by the entrant as generally suitable for family viewing. NB Events in the For Families category tend to be specifically aimed at young people.

Please note that details of performances, including times and dates, may be subject to Late Changes. Numbers in brackets refer to venue numbers (see map)

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Andy Gilbert

Andy Gilbert describes himself as a poet and educator. Despite concerns about his level of delusion, his sincerity cannot be doubted as he delivers ‘How to be a World Class Poet in less than an hour’. A masterclass or a delayed mid-life crisis dressed up as entertainment? You decide. (New Writing)
Hydro Restaurant and Bar (22) OpenStreetMap 7 Jul 6pm to 7pm Free, Adult themes and strong language, Ages 16+ Comments

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 For Families

SUMMER SONGS! - New Mills Primary choir Family Friendly
New Mills Primary choir singing and performing their favourite summer songs for everyone to enjoy. Some solos and lots of actions to entertain and enjoy.
Buxton Opera House Forecourt (08) OpenStreetMap 9 Jul 6pm to 7pm Free, songs for families to enjoy, Ages 3+ Comments

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11 REASONS - Egriega Family Friendly
Multiple Buxton nominee and award winner Egriega brings a new show. 11 Reasons - An abstract love story, including photographs, set around Buxton, featuring a live trio playing original cool jazz. Follow a young couple as they meet, fall in love and work out how to live. (New Writing)
Rotunda – Pavilion Gardens (33k) OpenStreetMap 7, 11, 14 & 20 Jul 9pm to 10pm £12 (Child £8)
 Bookings via 07487 228993. Comments

THE ANCIENT PULL (THIS LUNAR BEAUTY) - Paul Cromford Family Friendly
The Moon. We’ve gazed at her, wondered about her. Five decades ago we courted her and won her, but lost the wonder. Specially written for Fringe40 by Buxton composer Paul Cromford (award nominee 2013), this ambitious song-cycle recounts our relationship with Earth’s nearest neighbour. Rediscover your love for her! (New Writing)
Lee Wood Hotel – Pendennis 1 (91a) OpenStreetMap 15, 17, 21 & 23 Jul 8pm to 10pm £10 (Child £5, Conc £9)
 Bookings via www.wegottickets.com/PaulCromford Comments

High Peak Swing Band in rehearsal

BIG BAND TAKES THE STAGE. - High Peak Swing Band Opera House Sales
16-piece ‘big band’, featuring vocals, presents contemporary arrangements of music inspired by the golden age of the ballroom and the great showbands with some evergreen tunes of the musical stage.
Pavilion Gardens – Bandstand (33a) OpenStreetMap 14 Jul 2pm to 4pm. Conservative Club (79) OpenStreetMap 15 Jul 8pm to 10pm £6 (Child £3, Conc £5)
 Bookings via Opera House or brian.lightowler@yahoo.com. Sunday 14th show on the Bandstand is a Free event. Comments

A CAPPELLA AND CAKE - Ordsall A Cappella Singers Family Friendly
Frequent visitors to the Buxton Fringe, Ordsall A Cappella singers will be bringing you their well-known A Cappella and Cake. Come and listen to us for an hour of our close harmony singing followed by tea and cake.
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 20 Jul 11am to 12:30pm. St Mary's Church (41) OpenStreetMap 20 Jul 3pm to 4:30pm £6 (Child and Conc £4)
 Bookings via www.ticketsource.co.uk/ordsallsingers/ Comments

The Norden Flute Quartet

FLUTE COCKTAIL - The Norden Flute Quartet Opera House Sales Family Friendly
This versatile flute quartet, is making its Festival Fringe début this year. It will be playing an eclectic mix of music, ranging from classical to jazz, and much in between. Hoping to entertain and surprise, in a relaxed and informal environment.
High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (30) OpenStreetMap 13 Jul 7pm to 9pm £8 (Child and Conc £6)
 Bookings via Opera House or m.dale@tiscali.co.uk Comments

IN C by Terry Riley - WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE - KEMS Contemporary
Explore, play and perform In C by Terry Riley - the iconic piece that launched the minimalist movement in music. Instrumentalists of about Grade 5 standard and above are welcome to join our workshop which will culminate in a performance later in the evening. Workshop @ 6.30pm and performance @ 8.30pm.
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 19 Jul 6:30pm to 9:30pm £5 (Child £1, Conc £4.50), Tickets £3 (£2.50 concessions) to see performance. Performers must attend the workshop.
 Bookings via julia.harding@kems.org.uk Comments

The Occasional Band

Returning the Cheshire Cheese pub for a second year, The Occasional Band a local three piece playing Irish and Americana songs and tunes on guitar, concertina/mandolin, and fiddle, plus lots of vocals - it will be an occasion not to miss!
The Cheshire Cheese (93) OpenStreetMap 5 Jul 8:30pm to 11pm Free, Ages 18+
Further information: timnewton2001@gmail.com Comments

RNCM PIANO RECITAL - Broadwood Buxton Family Friendly
The URC’s Broadwood grand piano was fully restored in 2018 and the church regularly hosts recitals given by the brilliant students from the RNCM. Join us for the final recital of this academic year.
United Reformed Church (55) OpenStreetMap 4 Jul 2pm to 3pm £5 (Child Free, Conc £4)
 Tickets on the door. Comments

ST LUKE’S SINGS - Saint Lukes Family Friendly
The children of Saint Luke's Primary School will share their love of singing and performing.
Buxton Opera House Forecourt (08) OpenStreetMap 19 Jul 1:30pm to 2:30pm n/a
 Tickets on the door. Comments

TROMBONE TUNES, TROMBONE TALK - Sam Slide & Friends Opera House Sales Family Friendly
He's back! After a short break, local Trombone player Sam Slide returns with a fourth chapter of his musical autobiography. This Fringe40 show brings you new tunes, new stories, a Trombone lesson for everybody - and possibly some surprise guests! Once again, Sam Slide's talented friends provide the tasteful backing. (New Writing)
Lee Wood Hotel – Pendennis 1 (91a) OpenStreetMap 9 & 16 Jul 7:30pm to 8:30pm £8 (Child and Conc £6)
 Bookings via Opera House or On the door or 07929 423 689 Comments

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 Spoken Word

A pamphlet with no title? Come and listen to Jimmy Andrex read his poetry. It might make you laugh. It’ll hopefully make you think. The jokes are all stolen, but only from the best and he’s good to his mother. (New Writing)
Scrivener's Bookshop (11) OpenStreetMap 20 Jul 2pm to 2:30pm n/a, Ages 15+
 Tickets on the door. Comments

A spoken word piece with music by Jimmy Andrex to promote debate about poverty, inequality and possible solutions. Based on Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman. Poverty is not a lack of character, it is a lack of cash. The piece is followed by debate around the questions it raises. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) OpenStreetMap 20 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm £5 (Child and Conc £2), Ages 15+
 Bookings via Green Man Gallery 01298 937375 Comments

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 Street Theatre

BUXTON CARNIVAL - Buxton Fringe/Buxton International Festival Family Friendly
The town’s summer festivals join forces to celebrate landmark anniversaries. Look out for our special Carnival of the Animals - the result of a project involving local primary schools. Thanks to to the Well Dressing and Carnival team for organising this highlight in the town’s calendar. #Fringe40.
Around the Town (47) 13 Jul 2pm to 4pm Free Comments

FRINGE @5 - Buxton Fringe Family Friendly
An early evening Buxton tradition. Whatever entertainment we can rustle up - songs, stories, comedy or drama. A chance to taste before you buy. Check at the Fringe Desk for what is happening. Performers - book your slot at the Desk. It’s the best promotion you can do. #Fringe40.
Pavilion Gardens – Bandstand (33a) OpenStreetMap 8-12 & 14-20 Jul 5pm to 5:30pm Free Comments

FRINGE SUNDAY - Buxton Fringe Family Friendly
Join us for our annual picnic and party in the park. Bring your own food and we’ll provide the entertainment. There will be belly dancers, magic, music, song plus fun and games. Free balloons, badges and postcards! Mingle with Fringe stars and tweet away - #Fringe40.
Pavilion Gardens – Bandstand (33a) OpenStreetMap 7 Jul 2pm to 4:30pm Free Comments

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 Visual Arts

THE GREAT DOME ART FAIR 19-21ST JULY - Peak District Artisans Family Friendly
Over 35 Peak District Artisans exhibiting works across the arts such as fine art, textiles, pottery, jewellery, prints. Free demonstrations by our members, postcard raffle and 'studio sale'. Visitors will be able to be able to participate in painting the fair, with Sue Prince award winning Folk artist ... no experience necessary.
University of Derby Buxton – Dome (04c) OpenStreetMap 19 Jul 6:30pm to 8:30pm, 20 Jul 10am to 5pm, 21 Jul 10am to 4:30pm £2 (Child Free, Conc £0)
 Tickets on the door. Comments

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