applications for Barnstaple's Fringe TheatreFest now open

If you're interested in applying, please read carefully the information on this page and on the performers page and then fill in the appropriate on-line form(s).

We will be programming 14 companies in regular Fringe venues - further details on the performers page. But there is room for many more companies to participate in less formal venues. Because this year we are doing something different ...

on the streets

For 2017 we're going to be moving out of most of our usual venues, onto the streets and into the cafes, shops and other establishments in the centre of Barnstaple.

For a long time we've wanted the energy of Fringe TheatreFest to be available to all, to be celebrating with the town what Barnstaple is, has been and can be, forging new connections and encouraging us all to see Barnstaple with fresh eyes.

We've seen in other Festivals how transformative such events can be and we want some of that for Barnstaple!

For the past few years, the work involved in programming over 100 performances in regular venues has limited our ambitions in this area - though there have been some notable street events and site-specific performances which give an indication of what can be done.

This year, events have conspired to allow us to concentrate on developing our ambitions. North Devon Theatre's have been visionary partners in the development of Fringe TheatreFest but are going through a period of change and are not able to support Fringe TheatreFest next year as they have in the past. So now is the time to shake things up and develop a different model for animating Barnstaple - on the streets.

We are envisaging an explosion of brief 'interventions' - performances of various kinds. We are hoping for interesting juxtapostions of form and place - poetry in Primark, dance in a butcher's shop, operatic arias on the High Street balconies. It will be our job to facilitate introductions between performers and businesses and to give rhythm and structure to the four days of the Festival plus create the surrounding buzz to the event.

We are excited to be developing on the streets with the support of Barnstaple Town Centre Management and we are thrilled to have been awarded a generous grant from the Celebrate England Big Lottery Fund to help bring this exciting new project to fruition.

In addition to all this, we will be promoting 8 companies in one of our regular venues, The Baptist Hall, and 6 companies in a cabaret-style space in the historic Golden Lion Inn.

There is further detailed information on the performers page which should be read before making an application.

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