Plymouth Fringe Festival 2017 #PlymFringe

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Plymouth Fringe Festival returns this spring from Monday 29th May to Saturday 3rd June 2017.

The third instalment in the city’s annual weeklong celebration of theatre and live performance will see some of the most exciting theatre companies, dancers and comedians from across the UK perform on stages including Theatre Royal Plymouth, Barbican Theatre and Plymouth University’s The House.

The aim of the festival is to showcase some of the amazing performance work being created within Plymouth while also inviting artists from elsewhere in the country (and the world!) to visit Britain’s Ocean City and to share their work with Devon and Cornwall audiences.

Theatre, dance and comedy might usually be reserved for the evenings but, it being half term, Plymouth Fringe Festival sees shows taking place from 2pm till long after dark. In fact, this year, organisers have packed 31 shows into the six-day duration of the festival!

Most of all though, the festival aims to be a friendly event, one which invites audiences to perhaps try something new. In keeping with this spirit, tickets get cheaper with every additional purchase with one ticket costing £8 each, two costing £7 each, three costing £6 each and four costing £5 each.

The festival line up was only recently announced and includes an array of incredible work. Below, we’ve highlighted just some of our picks. Some incredible works of new writing popping up include Plymouth-based company Rabblerouse Theatre’s poignant take on four hundred years of gender politics She Persisted. Recent Marjon University graduates Whims Knot Theatre bring their exploration of mental health Broken. On top of this, Full Pelt Theatre return after phenomenal success with The Going Away Days in 2016 with their new show Wombmates.

There will also be a showcase of some of the very best dance being made in Plymouth featuring With Company’s Attachment, Kane John Mills’ Remnants and Emma Pendle’s new piece Emma is a Dancer.

New for 2017 will be a programme of late night comedy slots with the likes of Chris Norton Walker and Abi Roberts with fi endishly tickling stand-up shows and Nick Hall—who returns after a sell-out performance in 2016—with his new show Spencer, a hilarious take on the only British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated.

Incredibly exciting, too, is the return of John Edgar, who was one of the very fi rst performers to take to both the Lyric and Drum stages at Theatre Royal Plymouth. He’ll be performing two intimate pieces of storytelling in the Barbican Theatre’s B Bar: Saudade and Tales from a Friend of a Friend.

Tickets for all these shows are on sale now, available through the Barbican Theatre Box Office on 01752 267131 or from

More about the festival can be found online at with updates available on Twitter at @PlymouthFringe and on Facebook. Let the world know what shows you’re looking to see by using the hashtag #PlymFringe


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