SWINDON FRINGE: News and reviews - 'what fringe theatre is all about!'

By Claire Dukes - 29 April 2019

Arts and Culture
  • Swindon Fringe directors Molly Campbell and Matt Fox

    Swindon Fringe directors Molly Campbell and Matt Fox

From show premieres and award-winning acts, to local and international talent, Swindon Fringe hosted its best line-up yet - and saw its "biggest launch night ever".

1. Nobbo

Swindon's seventh Fringe Festival hosted its biggest launch night ever at The Crossing. This year the Fringe's co-director and founder, Matt Fox, said in terms of acts this year was also the biggest line-up the festival has ever seen.

At the launch Matt said: "This year’s Swindon Fringe is the biggest in terms of acts. It’s international again so we’ve got acts from all over the world like America, and we’ve also got a couple of local acts back in this year It’s a whole smorgasbord of acts this year.

"At the moment in Swindon lots of people are doing lots of things, but I don’t think they’ve felt that there was a collective and I hope the Fringe is something that can be seen as collective. These are the Swindon bohemians, – we’re like 1800s Paris here, and we’re the people making the art for no money – and that doesn’t just exist in big cities, it can happen in Swindon.

"This year it feels like it’s properly landed – you spend years and years building it up, and you feel like no one cares. This year it’s so different - it feels like ‘we are here’."

The reviews are in!

Nobbo

Despite that the script for Nobbo had been purchased from LazyBee Scripts, it was well executed by the young cast.

I felt more could have been done by our two leads through their physical performances – verbally their pace and chemistry really shone through, but the depiction of their characters lacked much depth.

However, our dame was sensational and certainly a highlight - he had the audience in the palm of his hands and left me in hysterics. All round, with some room for improvement, it was very enjoyable.

www.ourstartheatrecompany.com

Tropez!

I was left crying with laughter after watching this award-winning comedy duo's French farce!

Tropez! is the perfect combination of BBC One's Miranda and The Pink Panther, with a Faulty Towers twist. The show is comedy gold - an ode to the art of clowning, satirical script writing and minimal props with maximum effect.

Nathan & Ida are the epitome of what fringe theatre, and high-quality comedy, is all about. This is why you go to fringe festivals!

Tropez! is a must-see!

www.nathanandida.com

The Great Emptiness

By the end of her set, I wanted to go for a drink with Isa Bonachera - a Spanish scientist-turned-comedian. She's created a clever, charming and witty dialogue about our universe.

It was obvious she's new to the circuit but played this to her advantage. Her well-written space themed sketch, although a little too long, was both thought-provoking and unapologetically dark. I honestly appreciated that she reminded everyone that in this infinite world of time and space we are ultimately nothing.

Sign me up for her next show!

www.isabonachera.com

Commerical Waste

This one-woman show left me with great affliction, because it depicted a grossly accurate representation of how our society is in bed with social media - how our Instagram status is basically modern-day currency (all very Black Mirror).

The premise was nothing new, but it was certainly relevant and gripping - thanks mostly to our captivating lead, Madison Worthington, who embodied multiple characters as well as the play's sadistic motifs.

I left elated having seen such a high-quality show, yet aghast by how sharply brusque it was. 

www.swindonfringefestival.com

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