Barnstaple's Fringe Theatre Festival
June 23-26 2016


the draw has taken place

The draw took place at The Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple on Saturday 23rd January.

A full list of companies who have offers of places, plus the waiting-list, can be found here. The rest of the listings on the website - shows, times and individual company pages - refer to 2015 and are still here as a record and to give a flavour of the festival. They will be replaced by the 2016 programme over the next month or so.


ten years old - and we need a helping hand

Fringe TheatreFest has reached an important milestone.

A large part of what makes Fringe TheatreFest so special springs from the tireless generosity of its volunteers. But there are also things that only money can buy - including the equipping of venues, box-office services, printing of brochures and publicity. Participating companies and audience members contribute to these costs but the lion's share of financial support is provided by the North Devon Theatres’ Trust. Without that support TheatreFest wouldn't happen in its present form.

As a charity running two regional theatres, as well as special events, North Devon Theatres' Trust's funding is being reduced year on year and the ability to support projects like this is at risk. If you would like to help Fringe TheatreFest thrive and to celebrate its tenth year in style please help us raise £2,000 by contributing through our MyDonate page.

what's it all about?

Fringe TheatreFest is a celebration of theatre in all its varied forms.

35 companies will be presenting upwards of 100 performances. Everything from comedy to tragedy, dance to spoken word, large cast extravangazas to intimate one-person shows across a wide range of styles and appealing right across the age-range.

To get a sense of what Fringe TheatreFest is about, check out all 2015's shows.


where does it happen?

It all happens in Barnstaple, centred around the Queen's Theatre in Boutport Street.

The Queen's Theatre houses 3 venues - studio@QT, gallery@QT, Room At The Top - and the central box-office.

Around the corner, in Paternoster Row, is St Anne's Arts & Community Centre and at the top of Boutport Street, about 4 minutes walk from the Queen's Theatre, is The Baptist Hall.

There are also productions that takes place in less formal settings. And you will be able to watch 5 minute 'tasters' at the Barnstaple Coffee Shop.

Further information on the venues page.


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