Fringe TheatreFest 2017 begins to take shape

The draw to select productions for Regular Venues took place at the end of January. We can look forward to another fabulously varied programme of comedy, drama, dance and spoken word.

A leading light in the local theatre scene, Billy Buckingham brings us Anorak of Fire, a play that wowed Edinburgh Fringe and has established itself as a Fringe classic. We're looking forward to the return, after a number of years, of Uzambezi with their immensely popular African drumming, singing and dancing. We have award winning theatre for children - Alf the Highwayman from Bristol based Brave Bold Drama. We have an exploration of Sleeping Beauty's state of mind from a physical theatre trio from Poland, Germany and Holland. And much, much more.

And that's just in the Regular Venues. This year you'll find all sorts of productions and events popping up in unexpected places. Look at Project:Dance! for example. They'll not only be entertaining us in a Regular Venue with Pop to the Hop where you'll Bop till you Drop but will also be leading us round the streets of Barnstaple to give a song and dance account of some of the history of the town and will also be inviting us to join them for a Tea Dance in the Pannier Market.

Or you might want to watch through the window of Cove Boutique as RAMUK69 Films make a film-in-day to be shown at The Golden Lion Inn that evening. You might even find yourself roped in to play a part!

The outside activity this year is going to be massive, thanks to a grant from the Celebrate England Big Lottery Fund. The programme is still developing - there is the strong possibility of extra venues being made available which means we'll be able to accommodate many companies currently on the waiting list. You can get a flavour of what's developing by looking at the list of companies already offered a place and those on the waiting-list here.

There is still more room for activity on the streets. If you're interested in applying, please read carefully the information on the performers page and then fill in the appropriate on-line form(s).

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