The festival will see more than 40 performances across 10 venues in two weeks, bringing the Welsh capital to life.
The Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival returns for its third time at the end of May, it’s aim: to bring a different flavour of theatre to the city. Affordable ticket prices and performances across many alternative venues ensure that the festival is accessible as possible to the theatre-loving public.
The festival runs from 31st May to 16th June, showcasing an abundance of styles and genres. Unlike other festivals, fringe festivals are open to all performers, regardless of their style or professional or amateur status. The lack of restrictions invariably leads to an exciting, colourful variety of performance, that offers something for everyone.
The festival’s partnership manager, Isabelle Paige, said:
"We have no criteria for the kind of work that can be performed. Everything is welcome, and as organisers we're keen that all the shows in the festival are treated equally. They're all so different and will appeal to individuals for different reasons.”
Held in many “non-traditional” theatre venues like The Little Man Coffee Shop and AJ’s Coffee House, the performances are a much more intimate affair, connecting you with the performance more than you would in a traditional theatre.
"We like the social aspect of watching a performance in a non-theatre venue, and took inspiration from the Edinburgh Fringe, where pretty much every pub and coffee shop is transformed into a performance space. Bringing the audience closer to the action.”
So what can you expect from this year’s festival? As usual, a huge array of acts, from slapstick comedy in Bummer & Lazarus to a fusion of storytelling from Weeping Tudor in Everything Changes. With many tickets costing the same as a pint of beer, you can’t go wrong!
The festival organisers believe the festival should be as affordable as possible, so returning this year are the collection of fantastic free events and workshops for people to get involved. Afterall, who doesn't love a freebie! Free events include an introduction to stand-up comedy, a script writing workshop from ScriptDawg, a TV Drama Development talk from production company, BadWolf and many more.
Finally, new additions to this year’s lineup are the Fringe Presents and the Fringe Labs. The Fringe Presents strand offers a range of fully-polished shows, while Fringe Labs showcases a range of totally new shows before they go out to the public eye.
Above: Festival's partnership manager, Isabelle Paige presents Kate Elis with the TicketSource Festival Favourite Award 2017
Event sponsor, TicketSource - the free online box office solution, will again be organising the coveted TicketSource Festival Favourite Award, awarded to the standout performance at the festival, as voted for by the audience members themselves and a panel of judges. It’s a great opportunity for audience members to have their say and give the performers the recognition they deserve.
TicketSource will also be premiering a brand new award, the festival’s first TicketSource Best Writing Award with a £100 cash prize! Open to everyone and anyone, the competition involves submitting a short script written around a chosen theme. The three best scripts selected by a professional judging panel will have the opportunity to have their scripts performed live at the festival’s closing party on the 23rd June at The Gate, Cardiff. The chosen winner will also be taking home the £100 cash prize. So wet your pens and get the creative juices flowing!
Above: Top three scripts chosen for the TicketSource Script Writing Award will have their scripts performed at the festival's closing party.
TicketSource’s Head of Marketing, Terry Rosoman said: "It’s an honour to be involved with the Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival again. Fringe festivals like this are a great way to showcase a diversity of theatre talent from across the country and productions that might not otherwise find a place in the city’s mainstream theatre venues."
The festival starts on 31st May and runs until the 16th June.
Full details and tickets for the 2018 festival programme can be found at: www.cardifffringetheatrefestival.co.uk
Information on how to vote for the TicketSource Festival Favourite Award or enter the TicketSource Script Writing Award can be found via the links below:
TicketSource Festival Favourite Award
TicketSource Best Writing Award