Fun on the Fringe

SAY Fringe to most people and they automatically think of Edinbugh, but Dorset can claim to have its own multi-arts fringe festival at Shaftesbury, over the weekend 22nd to 24th July, bringing a wealth of entertainment to venues around the town.

Like its big brother north of the border, Shaftesbury Fringe is a packed programme of comedy, music, theatre, street performances, quirky and whacky entertainments for all ages, everywhere from the football club to the town’s arts centre.

There are literally hundreds of events, running throughout Saturday and Sunday, from comedy at The Truckle Truck mobile cheese-monger to folk singer Jo Philby back in Shaftesbury from her home on Orkney.

There is music of every sort, from the Madding Crowd Ukulele Band to India Blue Faerie Folk, Band Man Sings Rihanna (with Gary Sansome) to Big Brass Ska.

Theatre offerings include Big Bold Theatre, a professional award-winning theatre company from Bristol who have been commissioned by Shaftesbury Fringe organisers to bring a family theatre adventure called The Munch Mission to Shaftesbury on 23rd July. It’s a comic art-heist show where the audience has to vote throughout the show to try to crack the case and find the missing painting, The Scream by Edvard Munch.

For the full programme pick up the Fringe leaflet, download the app or visit

Pictured: Karen Wimhurst, Helen Porter and Ed Bersey will perform Sketches for Clarinet and the short opera Heart of the Matter at St Peter’s Church on Saturday at 9.30pm. Big Bold Theatre bring their family adventure The Munch Mission to the Fringe on Saturday.