Southend Fringe Festival

11 - 14 July 2019
17:00 - 00:00

Southend Fringe Festival 11th-14th July


Extended Press Release


Southend Fringe Festival is back and 2019 marks its’ fourth year!

Southend Fringe Festival sprung into life in July 2016, originally created and run by East 15 Acting School students, it has a loyal, young adult demographic. Fast-forward to 2019... Those graduates have grown up and work full-time in various industries in the arts sector. Using the experience and contacts they’ve attained they continue to host the festival alongside current students wanting to learn a thing or two about producing a festival. The Southend Fringe team work tirelessly to keep the festival going and this is all done on a voluntary basis. Since its’ debut in July 2016, the festival has grown each year, gaining more acts, integrating itself into the heart Southend and increasing the arts culture in the city, this year is no different.


The festival spans over 4 days with a variety of performances, acts and events to entertain a wealth of people. From children to the elderly, there is something for everyone to see and get involved with. Southend Fringe Festival are proud to announce their partnerships with Southend BID, C2C Travel and Focal Point Gallery this year, improving accessibility to the festival and collaborating to make Southend the best culture hub it can be.

The festival begins on Thursday 11th July with the return of Club Glitoris, a spectacular night of burlesque, drag and cabaret. Bursting at the seams with colour and fun, this is an inclusive event sharing the wackiest and most wonderful acts we could find! Get your frocks ready and prepared to get involved with this amazingly raunchy evening of glitz and glamour!

On Friday 12th, we take to The Clifftown Theatre for our Co-Production with Project Lockout for their biggest show yet, The Maniac Complex.

Driven by the medium of mime, movement and spoken-word, Project Lockout currently consist of a diverse group of 7 artists currently training at a East 15, and we are excited to see what their new show holds. Project Lockout are joined by the hilarious Maisie Adam, a young female comedian from Yorkshire who only started on the circuit in 2016, but has quickly won her praise up and down the country for her anecdotal material and self-deprecating charm. She has numerous awards under her belt including the Amused Moose National New Comic award and 2018 Metro’s Rising Star award.


On Saturday, we take over Twenty-One, a beautiful venue overlooking the seafront, with a wide repertoire of theatre, dance and music from all of our applicants to this years festival. We’ll see brand new work from start-up companies, to established shows that have premiered at The Camden Fringe. In the evening we will then return to The Clifftown Theatre where our Southend Fringe Award winner will perform. This year Southend Fringe Festival is running a small new writing award for a brand new show that gives the chance to have the full support of a fringe festival and performance space at their disposal. We have carefully selected one company from our applications, and they will be premiering their new show on the Saturday night. We also have the pleasure of welcoming the inebriated Shitfaced Shakespeare which is a deeply highbrow fusion of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely shit-faced cast member. Outrageously raucous and completely unpredictable, the show has been running since 2010 and has already entertained over 350,000 eager theatre goers across the UK, US, and Australia.


We also have a new event this year, taking place on the Sunday of the festival in conjunction with Southend Pride. We’ll be running a safe space where we’ll welcome storytellers to entertain throughout the day, but welcome all audience members to join in, sharing stories too. This year Southend Fringe Festival has decided to run this community outreach event that aims to generate a non-confrontational, productive, safe space for minority groups to talk and share stories. The focus of this event is to be positive about the topics that can divide us, and give back to the Southend community.


Whether you attend the entire weekend or just get involved for a day, this year’s Southend Fringe Festival promises to be the best one yet that you won’t want to miss.


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