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Preston to host Lancashire Fringe Festival

Posted on - 1st April, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
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Preston will be home to the Lancashire Fringe Festival this year which will have a number of free shows for people to attend.

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There will be 25 performances taking place over four weeks, starting with Teatro Vivo’s The Regulars at Vinyl Tap on Adelphi Street on Tuesday, 26th April.

There will be a variety of shows taking place including stand-up comedy, dance, spoken word and theatre.

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Lancashire Fringe Festival, now in its third year, has played a major part in developing that cult-destination reputation.

Garry Cook said: “People don’t know this but audiences for the show I put on in Preston have an unusually high number of over 50s who come to see the contemporary performance shows I put on.

“The performers love this as it is a totally new experience for them.

“Preston is in a strange position culturally where bigger shows come to Chorley, Blackpool and Blackburn, and this means the people of Preston are missing out on the brilliant experience of live performance, whether that is comedy, theatre, dance or spoken word.

“This festival will go some way to addressing that issue, particularly as it brings shows to the city which would never otherwise come to the North West, never mind Lancashire.

“The memorable experience people get from seeing shows like these lasts a lifetime – and I would urge anyone reading this to take the plunge, come along, and experience something amazing.”

Lancashire Fringe Festival also aims to introduce new audiences to live performances and theatre, which is why all but one show is free to attend. Pay What You Decide donations are welcome at the end of each performance.

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Two performance nights will be in community locations to encourage new audiences to come along, with the first being staged at Soundskills on Brookfield on Thursday, 28th April.

The festival is funded by the Arts Council England, with financial backing from insurance brokers UK & Global and Lancashire-based Conlon Construction.

As well as bringing internationally-acclaimed shows to the city, LFF also focuses heavily on developing new and emerging local talent, with several performers given their first platform to write and perform.

This work will continue in 2022, led by Lancashire People’s Theatre who are working with a number of Lancashire writers, directors and actors to produce new work for the festival.

On Big Festival Saturday – Saturday, 21st May – there is a performance tour across the city in the afternoon which will include several surprise pop-up performances.

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There will also be two child-friendly shows at The Larder on Lancaster Road on Big Festival Saturday morning – Louise Fazackerley’s The Sleepover and Martin Kizsko’s Blue Poems for a Green Planet, which features illustrations by Nick Park.

Cook has been working closely with independent venues and performers to make this year’s festival as exciting as possible.

This year’s festival also includes a collaboration with rural and library touring network Spot On Lancashire and Inn Crowd who have brought UK touring shows The Regulars and Jeremiah to the city.

Lancashire Fringe Festival takes place between 26th April and 26th May in various venues across the city. Find out more at the Enjoy the Show website.



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