|Part of the Buxton Community School's well-dressing celebrating the 30th Buxton Festival Fringe (photo by Jess Savage)|
Week OneWell if you've only just joined the party you've missed some cracking stuff (including the best show ever at the Fringe - Ian Heath's review of Men Diamler at Beltane on 9th July) but there's no point crying about that when there is so much still to look forward to. Of the shows that opened in the first week, and that are continuing, there are some that caused particular excitement.
Robbie Carnegie saw The Cutting at the Swimming Pool Activity Room (this could probably happen only in Buxton) and recommends it very highly - next performances are on 24th and 25th July.
Keith Savage reckons that the feelgood gig could be Helen and the Lovenotes with their acapella jazz standards. They're at the Barrel Room on the 16th and 21st July. Keith also recommends an art exhibition - Planet Domestos and Beyond - every afternoon (2pm-6pm) at 18 White Knowle Road.
Martin Wood has been busy taking in theatre - he reckons Three's Company are on top-form with their new radio detective spoof Adventure Time. At the Pauper's Pit next on 23rd and 26th.
Barbara Wilson says that Pirates in the Caribbean - a British song recital drawing on material from the late 19th, early 20th centuries - is a Fringe gem. That is at the United Reformed Church on the 17th, 19th and 25th.
This week sees the return of some Fringe favourites. George Telfer brings his portrayal of Sir John Gielgud back. This is legendary stuff and opens at the Pauper's Pit on the 19th. The award-winning and genial Sam Dunkley is singing - if he gets through his stories quickly enough - in the Barrel Room from the 18th. The Young REC Theatre Company continue in their exciting new venue - The Marquee by Poole's Cavern. Their musical comedy Ye Gods! opens today - July 15th.
For full reviews and up-to-date programme information go to the Fringe 2009 pages of the websitehttp://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk
by Keith Savage - Published 15/07/2009