It's over for another year

The Tent on the Square

Thank you to the volunteers in every department who made it all happen - venue staff, technicians, admin, systems, publicity. Thank you to the sponsors and funders who helped to provide the wherewithal to make it happen. Thank you to the venues who provided the places for it to happen. Thank you to the team of reviewers and the photographers who recorded it as it happened and stirred the conversations. And thank you, of course, to the companies and performers who animated Barnstaple with such a happening event.

share your views

Though it's over, there's still the opportunity to add your comments to the Fringe TheatreFest views blog or to write your own review of a show or perhaps an overview of what Fringe TheatreFest 2018 meant to you.

You will also find these reviews posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts where, of course, you can also add your own commentary. What shows particularly appealed to you this year? What would have made your Fringe experience even better?

what is Fringe TheatreFest?

Fringe TheatreFest in year twelve is 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!

Fringe TheatreFest is a low-cost opportunity to savour a whole variety of theatre. There are professional companies at the top of their game, community companies presenting ambitious work, aspiring professionals, schools, colleges, youth theatres and other groupings each with their own reasons for taking part. All share a passion to communicate. The festival is not juried or curated or censored. So the programme doesn't conform to a single vision of how theatre should be made or what it should contain but instead presents a huge range of approaches.

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

staying in Barnstaple

If you are visiting Barnstaple for Fringe TheatreFest, we hope these accommodation suggestions will be useful.

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.

You might be interested in sponsorship opportunities or other financial support.

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


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