The Reading Fringe Festival returns for its fifth year, and ticket sales for the festival – the biggest yet – go on sale at midday on the 12th of May.
The Reading Fringe offers a programme that has a little something for everyone, from theatre to music to comedy to family activities there really is something for everyone squeezed into 5 days, from the 19th to the 23rd of July and supported by 10 venues in the Reading town centre.
This year’s Reading Fringe will play host to its largest programme of theatre, entertainment and music. After celebrating Reading’s year of culture in 2016, it is apt that this year’s Fringe sees the award-winning Middle Child bring their latest piece of gig theatre, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, fresh from their Hull City of Culture premiere. Mixing original live music with bold new writing, the show is a three-act anthem set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to 2007’s Broken Britain and today’s Brexit Britain.
Whilst Brexit rumbles on, the Festival celebrates our European connections with a programme of music, theatre and performance sourced from all over Europe.
Estonian documentary makers Kinoteater spent a year following the story of English ex-deputy headteacher Tim Paramour. Finding Mr Paramour explores the reasons behind his resignation from the sector, in a poignant and unexpected way.
Danish immersive theatre specialists Fix&Foxy bring their innovative adaptation of A Doll’s House to a secret location, staging it in real homes with real participants.
To celebrate Reading’s 70 year friendship with Dusseldorf, the two have worked together to create a programme that is second to none, including award-winning German contemporary dance company Ben J Riepe Kompanie, bringing their unique blend of visual and performing arts in an exploration of time and space.
An opportunity to question two European music legends: Unique Records founder Henry Storch and former Kraftwerk multimedia designer, Emil Schult. In addition to the Q&A sessions, Storch will also play a DJ set, and Schult performs his latest multimedia performance.
In fact, music fans are served well by the Reading Fringe, which boasts a larger music programme this year, including the BBC Introducing Summer Party, the Futures World Festival featuring Mercury Award Winning musician Talvin Singh OBE, and chap hop favourite Professor Elemental, all of whom will be playing in The Dome at Station Hill.
The Domes is a brand new concept for Reading and will sit at the centre of Station Hill. They will host a wide range of family entertainment, including art workshops with jelly, and appearances by author Holly Webb and Reading-based children’s writer and poet A F Harrold. For those that enjoy a tipple, there will also be a Dome Bar that will sell a range of craft beers and locally sourced wine. The Dome fun starts on Wednesday 19th with the Fringe opening party, featuring acapella group Sons of Pitches.
Although this year’s festival is the biggest yet, the focus will, as ever, be on local performers, including Reading Rock Academy, John Madejski Academy, Annual Daydream Harvest, Workbench Productions, Reinettes, Scarlet Vixens, Attila Theatre, Festival of the Dark, Simon Caine, Bants & Rants, and more!