A second year of diverse festival for performance

Isabella presented by the Idle Hour theatre company for the Hastings Fringe Festival

Isabella presented by the Idle Hour theatre company for the Hastings Fringe Festival

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The second Hastings Fringe performance arts festival will open from August 30 to September 4 with over 50 performances from upcoming and established local and national professional talent.

The festival will take place in five venues which are The Stables Theatre and Arts Centre, Hastings Pier, Printworks, Owl & Pussycat Lounge and Nico’s Kitchen.

Over six days performers - writers, poets, musicians, comedians, and film-makers - will showcase a diverse range of work. This encompasses plays by well-known playwrights alongside original material by local writers, spoken word, cabaret, circus, comedy; music and song, and adult and children’s mask workshops.

On Saturday afternoon (September 3 from 1-4pm) there will be a variety of acts on Hastings Pier including a Singin’ in the Rain workshop led by a West End performer, circus, and a life-size Punch and Judy show.

Music ranges from acapella and music hall to jazz and blues and there will also be slam-dunk poetry and spoken-word readings.

Local writer and Daily Mirror music critic Gavin Martin, will perform his debut spoken-word album, Talking Musical Revolutions, on Wednesday August 31, at Printworks in Claremont from 9.45pm, free, and there will be an evening of short films closing with the world public premiere of the 90-minute drama, Shingetsu, directed by Paul Schoolman (Jail Caesar) starring Alice Krige (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek First Contact).

The fringe festival artistic director Heather Alexander said: “There was an overwhelming response to calls for performers to showcase work. There’s a strand of Free Fringe events taking place at all the venues, as well as ticketed events. We want the fringe to be as inclusive as possible. If people want to show work, we have tried to put it on and let the audience decide.”

For more details go to www.hastingsfringe.co.uk.

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