it's over for another year

...and what a great four days were had by all

The Tent on the Square - supported by Fullabrook CIC

This year we did something quite different. Thanks to a grant from the Celebrate England Big Lottery Fund, we were able to present a raft of activities on the streets and in the public spaces of Barnstaple town centre - alongside the usual programme of shows in venues.

Fringe TheatreFest was visible like never before and Barnstaple was able to engage with the event in all sorts of different ways.

In particular The Square was a hive of activity - centred around the Tent.

The outside element is a whole new approach for Fringe TheatreFest - and there's no going back! We look forward to developing and refining what we achieved in 2017 next year and beyond.

This was all made possible by a fabulous team of volunteers - twice as many as in previous years - who laboured efficiently and with unfailing good humour throughout the long weekend.

We've also had unprecedented support from sponsors and grant-giving bodies as well as companies, schools and other institutions helping us in kind. It's wonderful to see the town collaborating in this way.

And of course we were blessed with 68 magnificent companies who gave their all and embraced the particular spirit of Fringe TheatreFest.

It's with great excitement that we turn our attention to Fringe TheatreFest 2018!

our partners and supporters

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.

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