Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Short films added to fringe extravaganza

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.

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