what about 2022

Of course it's our hope to be presenting Fringe TheatreFest at full-scale and live in 2022. The dates are set - June 23-26 - but as yet there can be no certainty as to what shape the event will take.

The really positive news is that Selladoor at the Queen's Theatre share that ambition and have cleared the decks so that, all being well, we will be back at the Queen's in 2022 as well as in other venues all over Barnstaple.

We would normally invite companies to apply in November and announce the programme in January. We will monitor the situation, converse with our partners and update the website accordingly.

Here's hoping!


what happened on June 27?

24 bite-size fringe shows livestreamed to the device of your choosing

On Sunday 27th June we had three pairs of Theatre GoPro-ers walking the streets of Barnstaple, live-streaming eight hours of mini-performances, showing off Barnstaple and chatting with people as they went. Thanks to a grant from Fullabrook CIC, we had the equipment to stream 360-degree sound and quality visuals, aiming to make the experience as 'in the moment and space' as possible for those viewing from home or on mobile devices.


Performances were located in various nooks and crannies around our extraordinary town - both inside and outside - including St Anne's Arts Centre, the Golden Lion Tap and the Bridge Chambers Hall. There were also a number of performances beamed in from further afield - companies keen to take part but prevented by covid restrictions from being present in Barnstaple.

Explore the line-up on the shows page.

The Fringe TheatreFest team


Last year we marked the week in which Fringe TheatreFest should have taken place with a variety of memories and reflections. These were posted on the Fringe TheatreFest blog, where they are still available.

There are comments, blogs, photos, videos and a podcast featuring conversations with some of the people who have taken part, been in the audience or made it happen.

Please enjoy - and do comment or send us your own material if you feel moved to do so.

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