Barnstaple Fringe is here

Drake's Drummers Theatre Company bring Shakespeares Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon to Barnstaple

Drake's Drummers Theatre Company bring Shakespeares Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon to Barnstaple Fringe. Picture: Lloyd Russell - Credit: Marketing

Catch some great shows from now until Sunday at venues around the town

Join the amusing Granny Smith at Barnstaple Fringe TheatreFest

Join the amusing Granny Smith at Barnstaple Fringe TheatreFest - Credit: Archant

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a huge variety of original theatre as Barnstaple Fringe TheatreFest returns next week for four days of shows.

From tomorrow (Thursday) until Sunday venues around the town will feature everything from drama, clowns and one-person shows to comedy, dance and family fun.

This 10th anniversary year will see 38 different companies from the UK and beyond offering more than 120 performances at the Queen’s Theatre, St Anne’s Arts and Community Centre plus the Baptist Hall in Boutport, as well as five minute tasters at Barnstaple Coffee Shop.

For something different, Barnstaple Pannier Market will host When We Grow Up We’ll Be Old by Almost Human, with shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm. The group has been given £3,700 to create an original piece of theatre by Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with Community Action South West.


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Part fictional documentary and part fantastical adventure using live film making, it looks at the adventures of two 15-year-old boys set in the Pannier Market, from the perspective of their adult selves – well worth a look.

For comedy featuring the bard’s best-loved heroes battling their nemesis, catch Shakespeare’s Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon, featuring fairies, Romans and a whole host of madness at the Baptist Hall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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A Hammier Basis featuring Barnstaple actor Laura James, plus Sarah Griffin and Rhys Lawton opens their debut show, 9ft², at St Anne’s Chapel on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

It is about how more and more people are filling less and less space, explored through a series of monologues, duologues and a final ‘group piece’ – all in a three by three space.

Or enjoy masked theatre for all ages and in two languages with Granny Smith, a fun and funny one-woman play about a retired British teacher living in France, brought to the Baptist Hall from Friday to Sunday by Tracey Boot.

For the full programme visit www.theatrefest.co.uk or call the box office for tickets on 01271 324242.

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