It's happening! Not yet quite back to Fringe TheatreFest as we have known it but a fun-filled extravaganza nevertheless.
On Sunday 27th June we will have two mobile-recording-operatives walking the streets of Barnstaple, live-streaming eight hours of non-stop mini-performances. Thanks to a grant from Fullabrook CIC, we have the equipment to stream 360-degree sound and quality visuals, making the experience as 'in the moment and space' as possible for those viewing from home or on mobile devices.
Performances will be located in various nooks and crannies around our extraordinary town - both inside and outside. Our doughty recording-operatives will be legging it around Barnstaple to keep up with the schedule, chatting with people as they go and taking in the Sunday delights of the town we're so proud of. There will also be a number of performances beamed in from further afield - companies keen to take part but prevented by covid restrictions from being present in Barnstaple.
If covid regs allow at the end of June, we might be able to welcome some pre-booked audiences to certain venues but we're not looking to implement that until a week or so before the event when the picture is clear. Whether live or streaming, we will be encouraging audiences to make donations that will then be shared amongst the companies.
See you in June - either in person or in the chat-cafe that we're looking to create as an adjunct to the performances; we're thinking a zoom cream-tea might be rather fun!
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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