Yes, you read that correctly, there’s just one month until Reading Fringe kicks off…that means you have only a few weeks to decide how you’re going to organise your life to take in as many of the fantastic performances during those few days as you possibly can. (It runs from Tuesday 24th – Sunday 29th July this year.)
In case you’re not familiar with the Fringe, let me quickly fill you in. This is the SIXTH year of Reading Fringe, so you’ve already missed five fantastic runs. A bit like Are You Listening? Festival, the Fringe events take place at multiple venues across Reading, including the massive white dome you might have spotted at Station Hill last year.
Performers range from local to international and bring a huge variety of performances, from comedy to urban art, cabaret to family-friendly workshops. Festival director Zsuzsi Lindsay said: “This year’s festival is all about creating connections through art and culture. We want people to connect with each other through shared experiences, for example commuters at Reading station stopping to look up from their phones to enjoy one of the pop-up performances.”
One of the Fringe team’s top picks for this year is Bicycle Boy, a bicycle powered musical for children aged six to ten. Written by Helen Eastman, who wrote the Christmas hit Alby The Penguin Saves Christmas, the show is brought to the Fringe in partnership with Reading Rep Theatre.
There’s also a special, mini escape game created by TimeTrap Escape Rooms, who are asking for donations to a charity of their choice only. Having seen a few diverse performances last year, I know there will be something for everyone.
You can view the full programme here and it’s filterable by genre and location so you can easily seek out the performances that are going to work for you.
Reading Fringe has got to be one of the most accessible events that happens in the Reading calendar because of the sheer diversity of performers and performances that are brought to the town. Please, please book your tickets or show up at the free events and give the performers some love…you only get the chance to do this once a year. All of the information you need is on the Fringe website.