Comedy and entertainment normally reserved for the Edinburgh Fringe is set to begin a 10-night run in the city.Advertisement
Lancashire Fringe Festival takes over venues across Preston city centre.
The brainchild of promoter Garry Cook it builds on the likes of performance poet Hollie McNish playing the Harris and other high-profile poetry and comedy shows.
Gary said: “The one-off shows I’ve been doing for the past year have gone down brilliantly with Preston audiences – everyone has loved them. And it’s the audiences who have turned up to these shows – some people come to every performance – who have helped make this festival possible. I can’t thank them enough.
“There are some absolutely stunning shows in the festival. It has taken a lot of work to get some of them here but I’m delighted with the line up, and hope the people if Preston and Lancashire will come and help make this festival a huge success so that we can carry on doing it for years to come.
“I want to encourage people who do not usually see this kind of performance to come to one or two shows and experience something remarkable. All these shows have been chosen not just because of their subject matter but because they deliver a message in a hugely engaging, entertaining and exciting way.
“Even if you think a show covers a topic that doesn’t interest you, you will be blown away by the visual storytelling techniques these artists use. There are some exceptional talents coming to Preston over these 10 days – it’s a wonderful opportunity for Lancashire people to see shows which usually only come to London or Edinburgh Fringe.
“If you turn up, you will experience something that will stay with them for the rest of your life.”
The Fringe operates on a ‘pay what you decide’ model, with no set ticket price for any of the shows.
Although Cook adds that many of the performers would command a £20-a-ticket price for shows at other venues across the country.
Here’s the full line up for the Lancashire Fringe Festival
Weds May 15 (venue: Vinyl Tap)
7.30pm The Secret – Louise Fazackerley + Helena Ascough, Richy Integer & Amy Lee Tempest
Thurs May 16 (venue: Stanley Arms)
7.30pm Lancashire People’s Theatre Monologues #1
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Fri May 17 (venue: Preston Central Methodist Church)
7pm Catch 22 Years – Katie O’Brien
8.15pm I Surrender! – Karen Featherstone
Sat May 18 (venue: Harris Museum)
7pm From the Message Boards – Dan de la Motte
7.45pm Control Pant Symphony – Natalie Wardle
7.55pm Goth Diary – Karina Azlanova
8.15pm Oh! Suburbia! – Bob Karper
Sun May 19 (venue: The Continental)
7.30pm Oh Yes Oh No – Louise Orwin
Mon May 20 (venue: The Ferret)
7pm Look Up – Ruth Cockburn
8pm A Rock N Roll Suicide – Lee Mark Jones
Tues May 21 (venue: Stanley Arms)
7.30pm Lancashire People’s Theatre Monologues #2
Weds May 22 (venue: Harris Museum)
7pm Nannas With Banners
7.30pm Where There’s Muck There’s Bras – Kate Fox
Thurs May 23 (venue: Vinyl Tap)
7pm The Wandering Poet – Ben Guilfoyle + Lyndsay Price, Flora Martyr, Rikin Parekh & Lorna Smithers
Fri May 24 (venue: Media Factory, UCLan)
8.15pm F*** You Pay Me – Joana Nastari (part of Derelict Mayhem festival) FREE tickets link: https://cutt.ly/Vrzf5m
Read more: See what’s on in Preston