getting ready for 2018

The Tent on the Square - supported by Fullabrook CIC


applications now open - details


applications received so far


Fringe Theatrefest is a four-day Fringe Theatre Festival that takes place in Barnstaple at the end of June.

Fringe Theatrefest embraces the widest possible range of theatre forms. Events take place in a variety of circumstances including venues provided by Fringe TheatreFest, venues found and equipped by participating companies and many of outside locations.

Fringe TheatreFest is modelled on the way that Canadian Fringes operate. The overall aim is to provide a low-cost, supportive environment and a level playing-field. The festival is not juried or curated - selection is by picking names from a hat for Regular Venues and in order of application for Found Venues and Outside Performances. No distinction is made as to the status of the companies - amateur, professional, student or whatever.

Fringe TheatreFest is supported by a large group of experienced volunteers who provide box-office, stewarding and technical expertise.

Fringe TheatreFest attracts invaluable backing from sponsors and grant-giving bodies as well as companies, schools and other institutions that help us in kind.



how to get involved


If you want to apply to perform in Fringe TheatreFest 2018, please start by looking at the information on the performers page.

If you are interested in being part of the volunteer team, please let us know via the contact form.

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact us by phone or email.


Take a look at the archive to see what we've been up to over the past eleven years.


governance and who we are


our partners and supporters for 2017

Barnstaple Town Centre Management are our partners in this enterprise.




Barnstaple Town Council made availabe St Anne's Arts Centre and The Guildhall.




Celebrate England Big Lottery Fund supported the outside performances.



Samuels Solicitors sponsored the programme in The Guildhall




The Bridge Trust gave us a grant towards the costs of the Tent on the Square.



Rotary Club of Barnstaple awarded a grant towards the costs associated with the Tent.



The Golden Lion Tap provided us with a venue and a box-office hub.



Park School loaned us part of their staging system for the Baptist Hall seating.



Smiths Solicitors made a donation to help with venue costs.



Barnstaple Coffee Shop, as in previous years, hosted afternoon 'taster' sessions.



Rosie Bracher Solicitors supported the advertising.



bikeshed hosted a number of informal performances.



white moose hosted a performance in the gallery.



Barnstaple Museum hosted performances and helped with facilities.



North Devon Councillors supported Fringe TheatreFest with community grants.



NDADA gave us space in one of their re:store shops to sell tickets



St John's Garden Centre made available a truck to transport bulky equipment.



Fullabrook CIC made it possible to secure and equip the tent as a venue.




"one of the hidden gems of the Fringe Theatre scene"   FringeReview