Fringe Festival reaches fever pitch

Durham Fringe Festival launched in Durham City at the end of May to the uplifting sounds of Chester-le-Street based Youth Connection and the participation of Durham on Air, the City’s newest radio station. After a frantic fortnight of Covid changes. licensing legislation and creating policies and procedures tickets are now about to go on sale. Stephen Cronin, Fringe Director and mastermind said this week, “We’re nearly there – our tickets are going on sale on 24th June and we have made the choices from some fabulous acts for our first Fringe so we are very excited to be bringing such a wide variety of entertainment to the City.”

Fringe doesn’t have headliners like other festivals but Durham’s Fringe, which runs from 28th July – 1st August in 4 venues across the City, isn’t short of big attractions with acts such as Ragtime Rewind Swing Band, glittering Cabaret and Monkey Punch’s songs from the 80’s who all promise to bring toe tapping sounds. Even the solo comedians will pack a punch. Durham has booked wheelchair user Aaron Simmonds to deliver his hysterical set which includes the experiences of being a blue badge holder to having sex in accessible toilets. Next up is “Could it be magic?” One man plays all 4 magicians in a hilarious and manic magic competition. A unique blend of bonkers character comedy, stupendous sleight of hand and magnificent mind reading. It’ll be fun…but could it be magic?

Family fun rubs shoulder to shoulder with adult humour and they even have an aerial act too with the Uncaged Aerial Theatre booked to perform in St Chad’s College garden. Durham Fringe is certainly pulling out all the stops for an energetic and entertaining week-end in Durham.

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