More Spoken Word than ever at Buxton Fringe!

Spoken word has always been popular at the Fringe, but this year it is bigger and more varied than ever.

There are stories from afar, such as Jim MacCool’s tale of Rosa Luxemburg, featuring Berlin music halls songs with hard-hitting words, and stories much closer to home with Discover Buxton Tours bringing to life characters from Buxton’s past: join character guide Vera Brittain in Vera Brittain and the Wounded Soldiers as she reveals the ordeals she faced nursing at the Devonshire Royal Hospital in Buxton, or listen in to a conversation between the characters of Robert Rippon Duke, who transformed Buxton into a spa town, and Edward Milner, the landscape architect responsible for the glorious Pavilion Gardens in their performance, A Victorian Conversation, taking place in a new venue for the Fringe, the Masonic Hall.

Audiences will be entertained by comic poet and singer Rob Barratt, who brings his own charm as he tackles crucial topics such as tuk-tuks and the temperature in Aberdeen, or enjoy new writing from the Glummer Twins, David Harmer & Ray Globe - two “old blokes” putting the 21st century to rights.

Andrew Graves also brings his own brand of new writing about growing up and getting it wrong, all against the backdrop of Eighties’ rock and roll, with God save the Teen. Meanwhile Steve Larkin (acclaimed for Tes at the Fringe last year) brings his show N.O.N.C.E, based on the real life story of a writer landing a job as poet in residence at a high security prison. The theme of crime also continues with our very own Peak district writer Stephen Booth speaking about his new novel Secrets of Death. He knows where all the bodies are buried...

The Fringe also boasts family-focused Spoken Word, with Beneath the Stars’ Storytelling, offering traditional storytelling, including songs, puppets and maybe even a little magic, and if all these events have inspired your own inner writer, TheFED’s Free Speech! Making a Difference with Words is a series of events encouraging all budding authors to have a go.

Finally the return of Fringe Readings at the Old Hall Hotel gives people a chance to take half an hour out from festival busyness, for a moment of peace and reflection as they listen for free to guest readers picking their favourite passages.

The Fringe wishes to thank its sponsor The University of Derby as well as financial supporters The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and High Peak Borough Council, its Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.

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