ORGANISERS of the North Devon Fringe Theatre Festival are on the hunt for a third venue to help make this year s event bigger than ever. Twenty-eight theatre companies have applied for one of the 16 available performance slots available at the Factory, R

ORGANISERS of the North Devon Fringe Theatre Festival are on the hunt for a third venue to help make this year's event bigger than ever. Twenty-eight theatre companies have applied for one of the 16 available performance slots available at the Factory, Roundswell, and the Old Town Station on the Strand, in Barnstaple.Demand to appear at the festival - from June 26-29 and part of the North Devon Festival - has increased on the back of the success of last year's inaugural event.Seven North Devon theatre companies have been guaranteed a place, with the remaining nine decided last week at a special Fringe Theatre Festival Lottery event hosted at The Factory by North Devon College.The lucky 16 include North Devon companies A-Up Productions, Bazzer's Bargain Bonanza, Forches Finest, Multi Story, North Devon Dance, Torrington Players, and White Hippo Productions. Acts from Exeter, Manchester, Bristol, Axbridge, Leeds, Dartington and Greece fill the remaining places.The unlucky 12, including exciting acts from South Africa, Italy and Romania, have been placed on a waiting list. "We would love to see all the companies perform as we know their work is amazing and to do that we really need a third space," said organiser Bill Buffery of the Multi Story Theatre Company.OffersCo-organiser Gill Nathanson appealed to people to "donate their space." He said: "The space would need to hold a five-by-five-metre square stage and be able to hold 60-80 people. "Don't worry if it has never been used as a theatre venue before. "In fact we would prefer it to be a non-theatre space so we can bring great shows out to new places." The pair are ideally looking for an empty unit on the Roundswell Industrial Estate, but would welcome any offers. If you know of somewhere suitable, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Bill on 07974 569 849 or visit www.ndfringe.org