First deadline for Buxton Fringe entries approaches

Published: 6 February 2018

The deadline is approaching for performers wanting to take advantage of the cheapest entry to the 2018 Buxton Festival Fringe.

Fringe chair Keith Savage is expecting another 50 entries by the end of February. He said, “the shape of the 2018 Fringe will become evident quickly. Many thanks to those earliest entrants for capturing our imagination. We look forward to welcoming them and the new wave of artists and performers soon.”

Savage has also announced a new scheme to promote some underused performance spaces outside the town centre. For 2018 shows, the Fringe is offering to refund the cost of entrants’ room hire and rental at the Town Library on Kents Bank Road, the Working Men's Club on Lightwood Road, Fairfield and St Peter's Church, Fairfield.

Entries in the theatre category have already come from Helen Wood with The O S Map Fan Club, a “fascinating, laughter-filled, virtual ramble” which “celebrates the simple beauty of the much-loved, fold-out, paper map”; XYZ Theatre Company with The Host, a “darkly comic, fragmented tale with serious aspirations, no actors or scenery, and only one chair”; and Buxton Drama League with Telling Lives by Eric Northey, about the treatment of the mentally ill at the start of World War I.

Popular managed venues Underground Venues, the Rotunda and The Green Man Gallery are all taking applications from entrants.

The Fringe runs from 4 until 22 July, with 28 February the deadline for the cheapest entry fee. Details of how to enter are available at the Buxton Fringe web site

Steve Orme