take a look at the programme

The Tent on the Square


full programme published

Take a look at the fabulous shows we have lined up for you.

Fringe TheatreFest in year twelve is even bigger and more wide-ranging than ever. There are six ticketed venues plus a whole raft of shows in alternative spaces - including the Tent on the Square - that charge on a pay-what-you-will basis.

There are 262 performances of 78 different shows in just 4 days.

There’s comedy, tragedy, dance, spoken word, music, circus and puppetry in a multitude of combinations.

We can honestly say, hands on hearts, there is something for everyone!


what is Fringe TheatreFest?

Fringe TheatreFest provides a low-cost platform for a whole range of companies. There are professional companies, community companies, aspiring professionals, schools, colleges, youth theatres and other groupings each with their own reasons for taking part. The festival is not juried or curated - selection is by picking names from a hat for ticketed venues and in order of application for alternative spaces. What all companies share is a passion to communicate.

Fringe TheatreFest is supported by a large group of experienced volunteers - many professionals amongst them - who provide box-office, stewarding and technical expertise.

Fringe TheatreFest attracts invaluable backing from sponsors and grant-giving bodies as well as businesses, schools and other institutions that help us in kind.

governance and who we are



get involved

If you are interested in being part of the volunteer team, check out the information on the volunteers page and either fill in the form or start a dialogue via the contact page.


Take a look at the archive to see what we've been up to over the past eleven years.




our partners and supporters for 2018

Barnstaple Town Centre Management are our partners in this enterprise




Samuels Solicitors are sponsoring the programme in the Golden Lion Tap



David Wilson Partnership are sponsoring the programme in St Anne's Arts Centre



Barry Hews Auto Services are sponsoring the programme in The Guildhall



Smiths Solicitors are sponsoring the programme in The Southgate



Talo Homes are sponsoring the programme in Tent on the Square



Lodgico are Gold Sponsors and co-sponsors of the printed brochure




Morgan Sindall are Gold Sponsors and co-sponsors of the printed brochure



Rosie Bracher Solicitors are Silver Sponsors                         



RGP Architects are Silver Sponsors                            



Margaret Nathanson is a Silver Sponsor                            



Stevens & Willey are Bronze Sponsors                            



Barnstaple Town Council have made availabe The Guildhall        




The Golden Lion Tap have made available a venue and space for the box-office hub.



The Baptist Church have made their hall available at a special rate.



The Plough Arts Centre have made St Anne's Arts Centre available.



The Southgate have made themselves available as a venue.



The Green Lanes Shopping Centre is hosting alt space performances.                            



White Moose Gallery is hosting alt space performances.



Barnstaple Library is hosting alt space performances.



Boston Tea Party is hosting alt space performances.                            



Escape Down The Rabbit Hole is hosting alt space performances.                                                    





The Cove Boutique is hosting an all-day alt space event.                                                    





Youth House is hosting alt space performances.                            



The BikeShed are hosting alt space performances.                            



Barnstaple Coffee Shop are hosting afternoon 'taster' sessions on 27 & 28 June.                            




Queen's Theatre are hosting a 'taster' session on 29 June and providing space for a pre-festival box office.



North Devon Councillors have supported Fringe TheatreFest with community grants.



Fullabrook CIC have supported the volunteer training programme.




St John's Garden Centre make available a truck to transport bulky equipment.



Swimbridge Jubilee Hall make available staging and display equipment



Barnstaple Museum helps us with facilities on The Square and in the Tent



Bideford College helps us with equipment to turn various spaces into studio theatres




The Common Players help us with the provision of the Tent on the Square





Take a look at who supported us in 2017


"one of the hidden gems of the Fringe Theatre scene"   FringeReview