THIS year’s Henley Fringe Festival is the seventh, and founder Jo Southwell is “excited” about a major new development.
In addition to the comedy, drama, children’s shows and music events the week-long fringe will also include a film festival for the first time.
She said: “Films have been entered from all over the world, from both professional and student film-makers, and we have selected the films which are going to be screened at the Regal Picturehouse, so that’s the major new development this year. It’s quite exciting.
“In terms of the structure of the rest of the fringe, we have got a good variety. There are quite a few returning theatre companies, children’s shows, and we are strong on comedy. Tom Rosenthal is back again this year — he’s on Channel 4 every week at the moment in Friday Night Dinner — and there will also be a good sketch show at the Three Tuns with some very good up-and-coming comedians making their names on the radio and television.”
As well as the usual fringe venues, the new tea shop Upstairs and Downstairs will host a show by all-female comedy group Improv Noir, and a show for children under five will be performed at the Studio in New Street, next door to the Kenton Theatre. Hotel du Vin will also be hosting lunchtime shows so that audiences can eat and be entertained at the same time.
There will be a Sneak-a-Peek event in Market Place on Saturday, July 19 from 11am to 1pm when some of the actors, musicians and comedians will give short snippets of their shows and you can buy tickets from a temporary box office.
For more information visit www.henleyfringe.org
FRINGE favourites FalconGrange are back with two shows this year — despite the fact that the husband-and-wife team have only just had their first baby.
Yvie Magee and Daniel Creasey set up their drama company specifically for the Henley Fringe Festival seven years ago and have entertained every year with both a comedy drama and a children’s show.
Two years ago Dan proposed to Yvie on the Kenton Theatre stage after a show. Now the couple are celebrating the birth of their first child, 14-day-old Rosalind, who was named after a Shakespeare character.
Yvie said: “We decided to try for a baby thinking it might take ages, and at the first window of opportunity we got pregnant!”
Baby Rose was born on Friday, June 13 in Basingstoke, weighing 8lb 15oz, and is a contented, happy baby who sleeps a lot, according to her new parents — which is just as well as in true showbiz style they have decided the show must go on.
Dan will be playing in Sign of the Times, a comedy drama by Tim Firth at Henley Rugby Club from Monday to Saturday, July 21 to 26 at 7pm.
Yvie, who is on breast-feeding duties, will only play in this year’s children’s production, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, an adaptation of an Aesop tale for children aged two to six at the Henley Rugby Club from Monday to Saturday, July 21 to 26, at 1.30pm and 4.30pm daily. Visit www. falcongrange.com for details.