Wednesday events

Although Fringe TheatreFest gets going in all its glory on Thursday, there are two events to whet your appetite on Wednesday.

At 3.00 on Wednesday afternoon, the first of the Taster Sessions – 5 minute ‘clips’ or introductions to some of the shows. A chance to meet the company and decide whether it’s for you! As well as enjoying fine coffee and cake at Barnstaple Coffee Shop (54 High Street). details

On Wednesday evening at 8.15 The Plough Arts Centre is hosting a special Festival preview performance of Tom Balmont’s Chest Pains – a funny, thoughtful, moving account of his experiences of open heart surgery. A chance to contemplate before the mayhem of Fringe TheatreFest bites! details


Additions to the programme

Exciting additions to Fringe TheatreFest 2018

There have been changes to the programme since the brochure was published. These changes are reflected on the website but you may have missed them – especially as some have happened in the past few days.

So here are some of the shows that have come relatively late to the party!


A very welcome return from Amanda Kelleher of The Cutlery Crew who wowed us with Banging Fun Stuff in 2016.

This year she’s bringing Coccinellidae to the St Anne’s Arts Centre. Featuring a 6′ woman and a sex-doll she presents her own take on femininity.

It’s time to get BIG!


Thereby Hangs a Tale bring Conquistadors to the atmospheric surroundings of the Pannier Market.

Conquistadors tells astonishing true tales of Spain’s invasion of the Americas underscored, live, by a double-bass!

The production has been picking up fabulous reviews from other Festivals. Enjoy the video.

We’re delighted to see Pathfield School joining in the fun on The Square with Pathfield School in Concert.

Pathfield School is a very special Special School bursting with musical talent and enthusiasm.

They will be performing just after the Samba Band on Thursday.

Clive Mantle

Clive Mantle – Little John in Robin of Sherwood, Mike Barratt in Casualty and Holby City, and Great Jon Umber in Game of Thrones – joins us, at very short notice, to talk about the Himalayan adventure that led to him writing a children’s novel.

He’ll be close up and personal in the Golden Lion Tap on the Thursday and the Sunday.

Amena Sings

Amena El-kindy is one of Barnstaple’s brightest musical talents and so we count ourselves fortunate that she was able to step in to present Amena Sings at The Southgate.

She accompanies herself on the ukulele and sings a blend of current pop and old classics – there’s something for everyone to enjoy in a set that’s full of love, soul and good vibes.

Sam Gibbs

Sam Gibbs steps up to the plate with a one-off performance of The World and Stuff in the Golden Lion Tap on Saturday afternoon – before he hot-foots it round the corner for a performance of Beowulf.

Sam is a much loved Fringe TheatreFest stalwart. The World and Stuff is a hilarious alternative stand up mad-cap history of all. Time Travel is optional.

That’s it for now!

We’ll let you know of any more changes to the programme and look forward to highlighting a variety of shows over the coming days.

Best wishes
Bill & Gill and the team