Plymouth Fringe Festival

Posted on 26 May 2016

Plymouth Fringe Festival returns from 30 May to 4 June for another week long celebration of live performance, featuring some of the most exciting companies from across the UK as well as the very best in home grown talent from the South West.

The Festival will feature 41 companies in over 50 performances in recognised venues such as Theatre Royal Plymouth, Barbican Theatre and The House as well as in some unexpected places throughout the city including the Nowhere Inn.

Over 1,500 people attended shows as part of Plymouth Fringe Festival 2015, from brand new plays to exciting revivals in historic spaces, and from awe-inspiring dance to laugh-out-loud comedy.

 The festival was a joy with so many brilliant shows happening in Plymouth in a week!

Plymouth Fringe Festival 2015 Photo Gem Ward

This year’s festival includes theatre, dance, comedy and interactive performance by artists drawn from across the globe.  Companies such as Toast of Plymouth Fringe 2015 Award-winners Bring Your Own Theatre Collective and Documental Theatre will be returning with new shows alongside new faces to the festival such as award-winning comedian Rob Gee and NOVA, whose Invisible City amassed a number of five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Plymouth Fringe Festival is curated by Toast in partnership with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Barbican Theatre and Peninsula Arts.  It is supported by Plymouth Culture and Arts Council England through our Grants for the arts programme.

Toast is a producing theatre and performance collective based in Plymouth with a commitment to producing and supporting theatre-making in the South West.

Founded by Dan Baker, Matt Hall, Tom Nicholas and Beth Shouler, members have worked collaboratively on various projects in Plymouth and the South West since 2012, utilising their combined skills and experiences to support the development of new work and to bring exciting performances and artists to the region. 

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England said: “I’m really excited that the festival offers a platform for emerging companies, giving them an opportunity to enthuse new audiences with some great new work. 

“Last year’s inaugural Plymouth Fringe Festival was a huge success and generated a wave of excitement in the city that rippled through the south west and beyond.”

Plymouth Fringe Festival 2015 Photo Gem Ward

 Find out more

You can find out more about Plymouth Fringe Festival here and more about our Grants for the arts programme here.

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