Barnstaple's Fringe Theatre Festival
June 23rd-26th 2016
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A Hammier Basis

Space is a premium commodity now. We're fitting closer together but we're still lonely. Lonely people do silly things. A Hammier Basis' production takes place in an area 3' by 3', looking at the people we share space with: scared, lonely, silly people who just want to fit in.
comedy 12+ 45 mins

Banging Fun Stuff

A crime has been committed and all hope rests upon PC Pauline, a worrisome Policewoman. Don’t let her gangliness fool you. There is a cunning mind buried deep ... deep down. She was shortlisted for the Policewoman of the Year 1999. But her fate is in your hands...
comedy, music, story-telling 14+ 55 mins

Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah?

A clown show for adults! Absurd Lecoq-trained clown Brickhead takes you on a journey to worlds both weird and profound. An hour of bonkers, nonsensical humour. "Hard to explain and impossible not to like" (Fringe Review). "Ludicrous humour at its best" (Broadway Baby)
clown comedy 12+ 60 mins

Cinco Coisas
Bianca Bertalot

A solo clown show inspired by the five basic developmental needs of a child – Place, Nurturing, Support, Protection and Limitation. Through dance, play, clowning and improvisation it proposes to lead the audience on a purely human experience.
clown, physical-theatre all ages 50 mins

Death and the Data Processor
The Cock and Bulls

After ‘accidentally’ killing his boss, Ian must find himself a safe haven, and quick. Finding what seems like the village of his dreams, Ian embarks on a trek into the criminal underworld as you have never seen it before… Expect laughs, thrills, and some extreme puppet violence.
comedy-drama 14+ 60 mins

Dog Show
Sylvia Hunt Presents

Coiffed and teased to perfection; clipped and trimmed in the right places, Dog Show is a cabaret of canine high jinks and biscuit slobbering joy. Sylvia's show is bursting with comic characterisations exploring the relationship we share with our canine friends.
comedy, clown, puppetry adult 12+ 60 mins

Forget Me Not - The Alzheimer's Whodunnit
Rob Gee

Comic, poet & psychiatric nurse Rob Gee (A witty, skilful storyteller - Chortle) presents a murder mystery set on an Alzheimer’s Ward. Fresh from sell out tour of Canada. ★★★★★ “Hilarious & Heartbreaking” Victoria Times; ★★★★★ “Remarkable!” Edmonton Sun; ★★★★★ “Razor-sharp!” CBC
comedy/spoken word 16+ 60 mins

Graveside Manner
Bill Jones

Miserable Malcolm returns to Barnstaple to attempt to entertain the audience once more with poems about death, awful chit-chat and a terrible adventure story. And yet he still can’t keep off the subject of his ex-girlfriend, Mavis. And her new boyfriend. And how happy they are.
spoken word/comedy 16+ 60 mins

Just Charming
James Luckraft-Law

In fairy tale every princess has a prince to sweep her off her feet, save the day, to live happily ever after. What if he doesn't live up to the dream? Here’s a man who doesn't fit into fairy tale. A comic look at gender, masculinity and sexuality against reality's make believe.
comedy-theatre 14+ 50 mins

Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show
Hambledon Productions

Tommy Cooper, with his impeccable timing, misfiring magic and quick-fire gags was an international star. "JLT!" embarks on a UK tour after a sell-out run at London's Museum of Comedy. This acclaimed tribute is the perfect celebration of Britain's favourite comedian.
comedy-variety-cabaret 10+ 60 mins

My First Ten Sexual Failures and Other Stories About Growing Up

★★★★ – The New Current. The critically acclaimed PRAGUE/ STOCKHOLM/ ADELAIDE Fringe SELL-OUT Show is coming to Devon! Here's a story about the things boys and girls do to each other. About sex, coffee, relationships and other things that we are meant to have when we grow up.
*contains full-frontal male nudity
comedy-theatre 18+ 55 mins

Nose Business
Clown Noir

A physical comedy that combines clown, storytelling and circus skills. Joe Bloodworth, a homeless clown, busks for money. Yet the audience does not go to see his skills, they go to listen to the stories of his past. Exotic tales from Russia - the glamour, the drink, and the mafia.
clown theatre, comedy 15+ 60 mins

Shakespeare Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon
Drake’s Drummers Theatre Company

Shakespeare’s been kidnapped by Oberon. His greatest heroes must band together and work through the treacherous forest of Midsummer in order to rescue their creator. But with all not as it seems, will the team fracture once they’ve learned the shocking truth of their origins?
comedy, new writing 14+ 55 mins

Silver Secrets and Lies
Shoestring Theatre

So how do you feel about the "maturer generation's" loves, lives and lies? We all have a past. We all have baggage. Sometimes that baggage makes us judgemental and sometimes our past can catch us out. I mean "up". Catch us up. A taut, humorous thriller.
comical mystery drama 12+ 45 mins

Nick Hall

Comedian Nick Hall brings his one-man Cold War thriller to the Banstaple Fringe. In this fast-paced, energetic and hilarious multi-character show, Nick brings to life a vivid world of spying, suspense, seduction and most importantly - Scrabble!
comedy-drama 12+ 60 mins

The Totally Awesome Detective Agency
White Hippos Productions

In 1990 two childhood friends solved a mystery. They made the front page of the national newspapers, went on Going Live and they got a Blue Peter badge. 25 years later a new mystery needs solving, can they crack the case? Can they reform The Totally Awesome Detective Agency?
comedy-drama 12+ 50 mins

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Sun & Moon Theatre

Proteus falls in love … with his best friend’s girlfriend. One of Shakespeare’s most wildly underrated plays & updated to a 1960s university, prepare to be entertained by the follies of youth & changeability of desire with humour, melancholy & bite in this vibrant production.
Shakespeare comedy-drama 10+ 75 mins

What's the Matter? A comedy about physics
The Last Baguette theatre company

An unexplained cat theft from a physics lab leads scientist Smithy on a journey inside his own experiment. As seen at the British Science Festival, a sci-fi adventure through the strange world of quantum physics. A very silly show about a very intelligent subject.
physical comedy 8-108 70 mins