Pick of the Fringe
Who needs Edinburgh when we have a cracking Fringe on our doorstep? Go on, breathe in the cool culture! Muddy picks of the best bits of Reading Fringe Festival.
Need a cool culture fix? Look no further than Reading Fringe Festival and its curated collection of talent bringing their alternative acts to Berks. With more than 100 shows, over 6 days, there’s an eclectic mix of local performers, Edinburgh-bound artists and international acts daring you to laugh, cry and drop your jaw.
Reading resident and BBC Radio presenter, Fiona Talkington, is one of RFF’s curators, and has contributed ideas and a wealth of knowledge to help make this year’s festival the best yet. Fiona splits her time between Reading, London and Oslo – and her Norwegian contacts can definitely be felt. “Reading is in an exciting chapter of its life,” Fiona explains. “It is a town with a hugely diverse population and is becoming a real cultural hub.”
“I’m really excited for Terje Isungset to be here. He has a real connection with nature, working with stones, moss and wood as well as ice. It’s not a gimmick,” insists Fiona. “He is an incredible percussionist. I’m also looking forward to seeing Düsseldorf-based guitarist Arturo Castro Nogueras perform at St Laurence’s Church with the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra (enthusiastic and accomplished amateurs). The show will have a real Latin flavour and rumour has The Tasting House will be serving Latin American wine.” Hello! Cue stampede to church.
Whether you’re looking to for something to make your kids laugh, dance to your own beat at silent disco, have designs on becoming the Berkshire Banksy or you just want to drag your bottom off your sofa, there is is something for everyone at Reading Fringe. Just to prove the point, here are Muddy’s picks of the programme.
MUSIC: Ice Music, Fringe Main Stage, Fri 27 Jul
COMEDY: Eddie Summers: Rocket Fuel, Purple Turtle, Sat 28 Jul
Any man who can pull off a faux fur coat and smokes a sparker like a cigar, gets my vote. But there’s more to Eddie Summers than just being fabulous. He sells out every year at Bright Fringe and as the title suggests, Eddie is a supercharged comedian full of chaotic banter and daft comedy that spews out onto the stage. Slightly embarrassing snorty laughter guaranteed. Tickets £7.
MAGIC: Seska: Spot The Difference, Purple Turtle, Sun 29 Jul
DANCE: Exceso de la Nada; Excess of Nothing, South Street Arts, Sat 28 Jul
ART: Urban Art Demo by KJ263, Whitley Wood Community Centre, Wed 25 – Thu 26 Jul
COMEDY: Stand Up, Weather Girl, The Rising Sun Arts Centre, Sat 28 Jul
COMEDY: Trampoline, The Rising Sun Arts Centre, Sat 28 Jul
Comedian Jim Campbell is a man of the edge of greatness. He’s part of a huuuugely successful podcast (The Football Ramble, since you ask), is award nominated, isn’t on TV nearly as often as he would like and, to top it all, he’s single. Trampoline is Jim’s new show about not just being dumped but mega dumped. He had an engagement ring and everything. It’s a gag packed show, well written and there’s an ring for sale, so bring cash. Ticket £7 (18+).
FAMILY: Big Howard’s Yuckfest, Fringe Main Stage, Sat 28 Jul
THEATRE: Bad Luck Cabaret, Purple Turtle, Fri 27 Jul
MUSIC: Gato Preto, Purple Turtle, Fri 27 Jul
THEATRE: My Shadow And Me, Penta Hotel, Thu 26 Jul and Sun 29 Jul
ART: Uplift, Riverside Car Park Lift, Tue 24 – Sun 29 Jul
COMEDY: Too Busy Living To Be Dying, Three Guineas Cellar Bar, Fri 27 Jul