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Shaftesbury Fringe 2019 Registration Opens With A Discount To Encourage Locals

Online registration has opened for the 2019 Shaftesbury Fringe. The weekend event is England’s third largest open performance festival and ...
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Video – Highlights Of Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

Credits: Videography - James Short Editing - Matthew Evans ...
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Shaftesbury Fringe Announces This Year’s ‘Best In Show’

A musical performance celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, fifty years since his assassination, has been declared the Best ...
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Fringe To Deliver Evening Of Acoustic Music

If you love acoustic music, you’ll enjoy the programme of music at Father’s House tonight, Saturday 30th June. The Shaftesbury Acoustic ...
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Anne Louise Richards – The Voice of an Angel

Anne Louise Richards has been told that she has ‘the voice of an angel’. And you will understand why when ...
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Andrew White Explores The World Of ‘Grown Ups’

Having just turned 18, Andrew White explores what it means to be an adult and takes a look at the ...
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Solo Blues and Americana with Mike Ross

Mike Ross takes listeners on a journey through the history of the music he loves. His original song influences begin ...
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Doug Segal – ‘The Derren Brown Of Comedy’

'Imagine if Derren Brown was funny' wrote the Evening Standard. How To Read Minds & Influence People with Doug Segal is a ...
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Join Thomas Cameron For An Evening Of Song

Thomas Cameron is a nineteen year old English tenor, whose voice has been described as having velvet-like qualities. Singing the ...
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Chris Farrand from Gilyard Scarth on Why Fringe is Important

Chris Farrand from estate agent Gillyard Scarth talks about his company's sponsorship of Shaftesbury Fringe 2018 ...
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Simon Blake’s Startling Songs At Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

Author Simon Blake has turned some of his short stories into even shorter songs! Simon will perform at Shaftesbury Fringe ...
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Sajeela Kershi At Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

The Times says that Sajeela Kersti is, "smart funny with a mischievous glint," and the award-winning comedian is returning to ...
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Weather Presenter And Comedian Sam Fraser!

Comedian Sam Fraser lives near Shaftesbury. She’s a TV weather presenter and she’s had some peculiar items sent in the post! ...
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John Morgan Of Angola ’76 Talks About Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

John Morgan is the owner of Angola '76 in Shaftesbury. John has a goal - he wants the bar to ...
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Go Accappella With The Spoonfeds

Shaftesbury’s own barbershop choir, The Spoonfeds, will perform two shows at Shaftesbury Fringe. On the podcast we hear them perform four- ...
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Samantha’s Dubious History Of Musical Comedy

Come to Shaftesbury Fringe and laugh along with some of the best comedy songs ever written. Shaftesbury-based performer Samantha is ...
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Jamarca To Play At Angola ’76

Jamarca are playing at Angola '76 on Saturday 30th June at 7.30pm, as part of Shaftesbury Fringe 2018. The band ...
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The Songsmiths At Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

The Songsmiths describe themselves as, “somewhat acoustic, slightly electric”. The North Dorset band is made up of four experienced musicians ...
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Dave Gordon From Underground Music In Shaftesbury

Dave Gordon owns and operates Shaftesbury's music shop, Underground Music, and he's passionate about local music. On the podcast, he ...
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Author Keith Walton On France’s Green Meridian

Shaftesbury-based writer Keith Walton will read excerpts from his book In Search of France's Green Meridian at Shaftesbury Fringe 2018 ...
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Author Richard Foreman At Fringe 2018

Shaftesbury-based writer Richard Foreman will present stories from his book Wilful Misunderstandings at Shaftesbury Fringe 2018. Richard is returning to ...
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Craig White Of Rural Redemption Theatre Company

Craig White of Sturminster Newton's Rural Redemption Theatre Company talks about the two original short  plays that his company is ...
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Andy Stedman Performs Elvis At Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

Fans of Elvis have two chances to enjoy his music during Shaftesbury Fringe, 2018 as Andy Stedman returns to the performance festival for a ...
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Soul Of A Nation Celebrates Martin Luther King

‘Soul Of A Nation’ is a show celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta, ...
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Shaftesbury Will Host England’s Third-Biggest Fringe Following Record Registrations

Shaftesbury Fringe organisers say that the three-day event is now England’s third-largest open access arts festival, based on performance numbers ...
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Shaftesbury School Head Boy On Top Form For Fringe Comedy

One of Britain’s youngest stand-up comedians will be the hardest working performer over the Shaftesbury Fringe weekend. 17-year old Jacob ...
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Nelken Line ‘Flash Mob’ Planned On Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Do You Want To Feature In A Flash Mob Style Event On Gold Hill? Locals and visitors are being encouraged to ...
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North London Band ‘Hummingbird’ At Shaftesbury Fringe

Chloe Penney’s vocal sound has been compared to Kate Bush. Sometimes she reminds people of Björk. Chloe performs with Adrian ...
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Kate Dimbleby At Shaftesbury Fringe

Kate Dimbleby muses on life’s special moments, through songs and repartee. During her 20-year career Kate has played to a full ...
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Comedian Winter Foenander At Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

Winter Foenander has been performing on the comedy circuit for seven years. The Hertfordshire-based comedian is bringing his new show ...
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Kachina Aimee Will Play Her Celtic Harp At Shaftesbury Fringe

Shaftesbury Fringe presents an afternoon of magical music, inspired by spiritual places, myths and Celtic legends. West Knoyle resident Kachina Aimee ...
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Former Met Police Choir Singer To Perform Political Folk Songs At Fringe

A former Metropolitan Police Choir member will sing songs that encourage social change during his two Shaftesbury Fringe gigs. Noel ...
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Comedian Jon Matthews Talks About His Shaftesbury Fringe 2018 Show

Jon Matthews, Eliza Fraser and Christian Russel-Pollock are three stand up comedians who will tackle matters of political, social and ...
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Secrets Of The Blue Stocking Society – At Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

The Bluestocking Society are three women who promise thought-provoking and entertaining cabaret during their Shaftesbury Fringe performance. The hour-long show ...
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Neighbours Star To Peform At Shaftesbury Fringe 2018!

A comedian who starred in the soap opera ‘Neighbours’ is bringing his fast-moving physical comedy show to Shaftesbury Fringe 2018 ...
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The Dilemma – A Sci-Fi Radio Play At Shaftesbury Fringe

Fans of science fiction and radio drama are in for a treat at Shaftesbury Fringe 2018! Enmore Green based writer Sebastian ...
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Tisbury Acoustic Duo Hummingbird Return to Shaftesbury Fringe

In 2017, people attending Shaftesbury Fringe voted Hummingbird the ‘Best In Fringe’ and the ‘Best Popular Music’. Fans of the ...
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Shaftesbury Fringe Partners With Young People’s Careers Project

Shaftesbury Fringe organisers have partnered with a project to help Dorset youngsters unlock their creative potential. Advisors from The Arts ...
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Shaftesbury Fringe 2018 Podcast – The Bard Of Windmill Hill

Shaftesbury Fringe 2018 announces an evening of topical, political poetry and satire on July 1st 2018. Some people have found ...
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New For Fringe 2018 – Shaftesbury’s Walled Garden Of Sound

Shaftesbury Fringe performers will be able to pick another new venue for their show - a garden centre in the ...
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Shaftesbury Hairdresser Putting On Fringe Show In Salon

A Shaftesbury hairdresser will swap trimming fringes for a Fringe performance when she sings in the salon where she works ...
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A Day Of Free, Family Fun At Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

Shaftesbury Fringe will offer free entertainment for the entire family this year. Organisers of the West Country's fastest growing performance art ...
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Miranda Pender Talks About Her 2018 Shaftesbury Fringe Show

Dorset-based singer-songwriter Miranda Pender talks about her forthcoming show of observation-filled folk music at Shaftesbury Fringe 2018. If you've ever ...
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Stu Turner Offers Tips On Preparing For Your Fringe Show

Are you a comedy, cabaret or variety performer? Magician Stuart Turner explains what the Shaftesbury Fringe team is doing to ...
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Locals Asked To ‘Phone A Friend’!

Do you have a friend or relative who can sing, perform stand-up or poetry? Performers’ registration has now opened for ...
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Shaftesbury’s Fringe Benefits Business

Shaftesbury's Fringe Festival is good for the local economy. That's according to business owners who hosted performances during this summer's ...
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Tourism Bosses Say ‘Book Now’ For Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

Shaftesbury’s tourism leaders are advising people who want to visit the town for Fringe 2018 to book their accommodation early ...
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Calling Street Performers And Buskers To Shaftesbury Fringe 2018!

Calling all street performers and buskers to Shaftesbury Fringe 2018. There’s no need to pay a registration fee, simply email ...
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Dave Martin

General Enquiries Email: info@shaftesburyfringe.co.uk About: Dave has a background of project management and currently works at Swans Yard in Shaftesbury, ...
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Kevin Harrison

About: Kevin has lived in Shaftesbury for ten years and works three days a week as a software developer for a ...
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Andy Hargreaves

Website & Registrations Email: registrations@shaftesburyfringe.co.uk About: Andy lives in Shaftesbury and manages several websites including ThisIsAlfred.com. He's a keen amateur photographer ...
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Amber Harrison

About: Amber’s role in corporate social responsibility takes her far and wide but her heart and home remains in Shaftesbury ...
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Ben Denham

Sponsorship & Revenue Email: sponsorship@shaftesburyfringe.co.uk About: Born and bred in North Dorset, Ben is a teacher at Gillingham School. Performing arts is ...
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Karen Brazier

Social Media About: Karen began her career in publishing before side-stepping into marketing, and has worked in both tourism and ...
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60 Seconds with…Jacqueline Kroft!

The beautiful and amazingly talented Jacqueline Kroft tells us about perfect parents and learning scales on both hands... Q: How ...
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Sssh! It’s The BIG Shaftesbury Silence!

You’ve probably heard of ‘The Big Quiet’ which takes place in New Yorks Central Park, well now we have ‘The ...
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60 Seconds with…Anne-Louise!

We talk to the Shaftesbury based folk singer about classical concerts and middle earth. Here's 60 seconds with Anne-Louise... Q: ...
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60 Seconds with…Dr Blue!

We talk to Tom Waits' 'love child' about his music and find out what he's got planned for Shaftesbury Fringe ...
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60 Seconds with…Sebastian Hayes!

We are very excited to be welcoming local science fiction writer Sebastian Hayes back to the Fringe this year for ...
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60 Seconds with…Col Howarth!

We talk to the smiling assassin about The Edinburgh Fringe, coin tricks and Stan Laurel in drag. Here's 60 seconds ...
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Street Performers & Buskers – Free registration!

If you're a busker or street performer and fancy a trip to Shaftesbury fringe festival this July then we want ...
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60 Seconds with…Sam Fraser!

We ask journalist and presenter, Fortysomething Fan Girl, a few probing questions... Q: How did you first discover your talent?  ...
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60 Seconds with…ScuttleShake!

We ask the award winning, acoustic four-piece to put down their instruments and answer some serious questions... Q: How did ...
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Black Pig Safari Tent Retreats – Glamping at the Fringe!

If you’re planning to stay in Shaftesbury for the fringe festival and fancy something a little bit different, look no ...
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60 Seconds with…Frank Pickering!

As well as writing novels and short stories Frank is also a musician and prize-winning poet. Here's 60 seconds with ...
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60 Seconds with…..Paul Lawless!

Q: How did you first discover your talent? Well, I remember really wanting to sing at a young age which ...
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60 Seconds with…Stu Turner

Comic, magician and lover of cabaret, here's 60 seconds with Stu... Q: How did you first discover your talent? I ...
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Team fringe announce their open call for performers

Team Fringe celebrated at the top of the town’s iconic Gold Hill last week after announcing that the popular summer ...
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‘The Shaftesbury Globe’ Shakespeare in the cattle market

One of the unlikeliest hit venues of the 2016 fringe was Shaftesbury cattle market. But this only came about after ...
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Samantha sings the shows…from the Grosvenor balcony.

If Shakespeare at Shaftesbury cattle market was one of the unlikeliest events of 2016, the performance of International singer Samantha ...
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Register your show NOW!

Would you like to showcase your work to new audiences, network with other artists and lift your media profile? Is your ...
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60 Seconds with……YOU!

We would like to invite all our acts past and present to complete a mini Q&A for us to use ...
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New fringe logo!

We are delighted to unveil our shiny new logo, designed specially for Shaftesbury fringe 2017. Make sure you look out ...
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