Going Underground at Buxton Festival Fringe

Published: 8 June 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Fringe venue group Underground—the largest venue at Buxton Fringe—has announced its line-up for the 2019 festival.

Underground's 14th programme, the longest it has ever staged, aims to bring as many new people into the arts as possible. Additional dates extend into the school holidays to allow an increased offering of children's and family shows. A new season of previews at the start of the Fringe has £5 tickets available for all shows in the first three days.

There will be 206 performances of 70 productions across two spaces, Underground at the Clubhouse and Underground at the Arts Centre Studio, from Tuesday 2 until Wednesday 24 July.

Among the highlights will be Funny in Real Life, a new comic play from husband-and-wife team Rob Rouse and Helen Rutter.

New media collective Despite the Monkey in association with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse will present two shows which fuse 3D sound (via headphones), original music and storytelling: Debris by Dennis Kelly and Autopsy.

Productions especially for children include Goblin with Hey Diddle Diddle, a retelling of the nursery rhyme; Lucky Dog Theatre with The Red Balloon, a staging of the classic 1956 film; and Stop Not Being Silly, a high-impact, super-silly circus show suitable for the whole family.

The full programme is available at the Underground web site.