Fringe benefits if you volunteer

ENTHUSIASTIC showbiz" volunteers are being sought to help make the Fringe TheatreFest the best ever this summer. From Thursday, June 25 until Sunday 28, there will be 23 theatre companies providing a total of 69 performances at two Barnstaple venues - th

ENTHUSIASTIC "showbiz" volunteers are being sought to help make the Fringe TheatreFest the best ever this summer.From Thursday, June 25 until Sunday 28, there will be 23 theatre companies providing a total of 69 performances at two Barnstaple venues - the Inn on the Square and the Baptist Hall in Boutport Street.But to ensure the shows go on in style, a host of helpers are needed, from "front of house" volunteers to first aiders, "runners" and many more.Organisers are also seeking willing hosts to provide accommodation for a performer - or two, or three - during several nights in June, in return for a free family ticket to catch a show or two.Anyone who would like to help is invited to go along to the first volunteer get together, at 7.30pm in the Inn on the Square on Wednesday, April 1.All are welcome, simply turn up, as the main quality required is plenty of enthusiasm!Part of the North Devon Festival, the fringe TheatreFest is crammed full of extraordinary entertainments and all at remarkably reasonable prices for a bumper feast of theatrical fare. Eight of the performing companies are from North Devon, with a further five from the South West another 10 from the rest of the UK, including Northern Ireland.There are three stages in all - two at the Inn on the Square and another in the Baptist Hall.To get involved, go along to the meeting on April 1 or call Julie Whitton on (01271) 830311 or email Julie@theyews.freeserve.co.uk.

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