Festival ‘for Weston people’ set to start

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 July 2012

Josh Shobbrook and Josh Star.

Josh Shobbrook and Josh Star.


A FESTIVAL of plays, music and arts will be held at venues across Weston, organised by residents for the benefit of the town.

Weston Fringe Festival, set up to help bring more people to Weston, will see one-act plays put on at The Playhouse, as well as a music showcase at the Jill Dando café in the Blakehay.

One of the organisers. Kirsten Hemingway-Arnold. said: “The Fringe is not about money, it is about footfall, it is about bringing footfall to this town.

“Venues have slashed their normal hire charges.

“This really is a festival built by the people in Weston for the people in Weston.”

The Nutty Noah Family Show, promising magic, music and mayhem, will be at the Winter Gardens on August 28 and 30 from noon-1pm.

One-act plays by local playwrights will be put on at The Playhouse, with the first two, The Gift by Carole Penhorwood and Fireworks by Dean Harris set for August 30 at 7.30pm.

The Music Makers Academy Showcase will be held at the Jill Dando café from 12.30-2pm on August 28 – admission will be free.

A comedy night will be held at The Winter Gardens from 8pm on September 2, with 10 different comedians getting on stage to showcase the emerging comedic talent from the area.

Poems and short stories about love will be on offer at Loves Café from 7.30pm on September 1, with music by Bashema.

On the same night, there will be an open mic session at 7pm for anyone to share their thoughts.

Magic spiral communal artwork will be set up on September 1 in the space between the Italian Gardens and The Winter Gardens, with families and youngsters invited to take coloured chalks and create spiral patterns.

Studio 10, The Imperial, Back Bar, Weston Arts Gallery at Digital Photo Studio and The Lloyd Gill Gallery will also host events during the festival, which runs from August 28 to September 8. All events are priced free to £2, unless otherwise stated.

The festival is still on the lookout for more acts wanting to get involved.

Auditions for The Feel Really Really Good Show and Human Resources will be held at the Digital Photo Studio in Locking Road on Wednesday from 2-9pm.

To find out more, go to www.westonfringe.com

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