Lancashire Evening Post on Lancashire Fringe Festival

The Lancashire Evening Post also wrote about us. This is the link to their online article.

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A NEW performance arts festival, showcasing some of the country’s best live acts, is to launch in Preston next weekend.

Lancashire Fringe Festival is a unique event for stand-up comedians, improvisation acts and spoken word performers.

Several hit performers from the Edinburgh Fringe are booked in to entertain over Friday and Saturday nights (July 15 and 16) at the Ham and Jam Coffee Shop in Lancaster Road.

Organiser Garry Cook said: “The idea is to bring some of the greatest entertainment and comedy acts in the country to Lancashire, so people can see great performances and comedy on their doorstep. I’ve invited some of the best acts from last year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival to perform, plus several others who are expected to be huge hits this year.”

Liverpool-based performer Joanne Tremarco is bringing her brilliant and controversial improvised show to the city on the Friday.

On Saturday Juliette Burton , who had a sell-out run in Edinburgh last year, will perform her brand new show Decision Time which she is taking to Scotland later in the summer.

Blog Preston on Lancashire Fringe Festival

Those lovely people at Blog Preston previewed Lancashire Frinage Festival. You can read the article on their website here.

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Lancashire Fringe Festival is the new performance arts show launching in Preston on 15th-16th July at Ham & Jam Coffee Shop, Lancaster Road.

The free event will showcase the country’s best live acts including stand-up comedians, improvisation and spoken word performers.

Organiser Garry Cook has devised a major line-up featuring some of best acts from last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as several newcomers who are expected to be huge hits this year.

Cook told Blog Preston: “The idea is to bring some of the best entertainment and comedy acts in the country to Lancashire – so people can see great performances and comedy on their doorsteps.”

The headline act is Joanne Tremarco, a Liverpool-based performer, who became one of the biggest hits at the Fringe Festival in 2015.

After performing her show over 150 times worldwide, Tremarco has received huge acclaim for the piece described as “a genuinely remarkable piece of theatre. Tremarco is utterly captivating.”

The Lancashire Fringe is coming weeks before the Edinburgh Festival 2016 starts, giving you chance to see fresh material before everyone else.

Other performances include talent from around Lancashire and the North-West, such as Charlotte Berry, an ex-University of Central Lancashire Contemporary Theatre and Performance student, who will showcase Crystal Vision.

The festival will also feature the work of Wigan-based conceptual artist Claire Doyle and UCLan Graduate Frances Kay’s shockingly beautiful durational work ‘Sorry’.

Exciting Chorley-based comedian John Porter will preview his new Edinburgh Fringe show Lunatic (of the) Fringe.

Audiences can come and go as they please without charge, and they can leave donations at the end of a performance going directly to the performers, helping cover their travel costs, if people wish.

Cook added: “Free really is free. The audience can come and go as they please. You can come and watch one act, leave, and then come back later if there’s another act you think you might like.”

The Ham & Jam Coffee Shop, run by Richard Lowthian, a keen supporter of local arts in Preston and Lancashire, will have an alcohol licence for both nights allowing audiences to have the full festival experience – or you can have coffee.

To discover the full list of performers, visit Organiser Gary Cook can be contacted via email:, twitter: @gazcook, or mobile 07976 579 522.

Ham & Jam Coffee Shop is located at 50 Lancaster Rd, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 1DD.



Schedule for Lancashire Fringe Festival July 15 & 16

Fri July 15

7pm PERFORMANCE: Charlotte Berry – Crystal Vision 15 mins

7.15pm COMEDY: AJ Hill – Ahoy! 30mins

7.50pm POETRY: Marvin Cheeseman 30mins

8.25pm PERFORMANCE: Frances Kay – Sorry 40mins

9.15pm IMPROVISATION: Joanne Tremarco – Women Who Wank 1hr

10.20pm COMEDY: John Porter – Lunatic (of the) Fringe 40mins


Sat July 16

7pm THEATRE House of Misery Presents Comedy Sketch Quiz

7.50pm PERFORMANCE: Juliette Burton – Decision Time 1hr

9.00pm COMEDY: Larknado 40mins

9.50pm MENTALIST: Mason King  – Mind Control 40mins


(Times may be subject to change)

COMEDY: John Porter to perform at Lancashire Fringe Festival

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John Porter (Chorley) explores what it is like to be a 26-year-old normal, disabled man.

The Chorley-based comedian’s Edinburgh Fringe-bound show Lunatic (of the) Fringe covers topics ranging from Eastern Europe and from Paloma Faith.

Reviews have hailed Porter as having ‘timing beyond his years’ Combining his ‘well observed, dark and sweetly menacing humour with a charm that may very well hide a loveable lunatic’.

This gig is something of a homecoming for Porter. See him at approx 10.15pm on Fri July 15.

John Porter at Edinburgh Fringe: August 8 to August 12


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House of Misery Presents… kick off second night of Lancashire Fringe Festival

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The House of Misery are another Lancashire-based performance group which Lancashire Fringe Festival is very proud to support.

HoM are theatre quartet with a difference, already producing engaging and humourous work to audiences in the region.

For the festival they inverse the popular pub quiz format and produce a performance show with a difference. So, if your usual night out is a pub quiz, then you’ll love HoM’s Comedy Sketch Quiz.

It’s a clever take on the traditional pub quiz, but with live theatre – and who doesn’t love a good quiz?

The comedy sketch quiz series focuses on the amalgamation of the traditional pub quiz with participatory theatre and music – through comedy.

The performance encourages the audience to consider their own Lancashire identity and knowledge of their own heritage, through the familiar scenario of the ‘pub’ quiz.

House of Misery are an innovative theatre company based in Preston, Lancashire. They are a collaboration of local, professional, writers, artists, musicians and actors, who seek to bring art, in a relatable form, to unexpected public locations, such as cafes, pubs and streets.

House Of Misery Presents Comedy Sketch Quiz will open the second night of Lancashire Fringe Festival – Sat July 16 – at 7pm.

Performance artist Frances Kay will bloody well blow your mind at Lancashire Fringe Festival

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Frances Kay, from Rishton near Blackburn, brings her controversial performance Sorry to Lancashire Fringe Festival on Friday, July 15.

And this is one not to be missed. It’s unlike anything else on at teh festival – and unlike anything else you will ever see. Ever.

Her work explores the effects of performance on the body and mind: endurance, duration and pain. Sorry is a critical examination of the performer’s life: her behaviour, clothes, emotions and drinking problems. It takes aim at society and the pressures of beauty and conformity.

But it’s the way this message is devivered, by a hugely innovative performance artist, which is most striking. Kay’s work pushes boundaries, not just for the artist herself but also for the audience.

At times difficult to watch but always captivating, Kay’s performance for Sorry mixes music and repetition to hugely dramatic effect.


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Comedy duo Larknado set for Lancashire Fringe Festival

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Born out of the ashes of Northern AR Souls is comedy due Neil P Shawcross and Dan Barnes performing at Lancashire Fringe Festival as Larknado.

The two north-west comedians have joined forces to deliver a new show first devised at Liverpool Comedy Festival in 2015.

Their series of sketches and costume changes offers traditional comedy with a terrifically Northern slant.


Larknado will perform at Lancashire Fringe Festival at approx 9.10pm on Sat July 16.

The future is now: Charlotte Berry’s Crystal Vision at Lancashire Fringe Festival

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Lancashire Fringe Festival is not only a supporter of brilliant performance but also of Lancashire talent.

So the festival will launch on Friday night (July 15) with a wonderful performer called Charlotte Berry.

Berry, a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire’s Contemporary Theatre and Performance course, will deliver her seductively wonderful performance Crystal Vision.

Leaning heavily on spoken word and poetry techniques, Berry’s character Crystal Vision is a free-dancing modern-day Mystic Meg, offering insightful commentary into the chaos of modern life. The enchanting delivery gives Berry an aura of authenticity as she mixes irony and prophecy in a captivating tale.

Berry is part of theatre and performance group Tin Can People. The group has devised group pieces such as Remember Me; a performance which explores the layers of a live gig, and Millennium Sports Day, a four-hour durational performance event.

Currently the company are developing Katie & Pip, a performance project which aims to celebrate the relationship between a 13-year-old Type 1 diabetic girl called Katie and her medical assistance dog Pip.


Crystal Vision kicks off Lancashire Fringe Festival at 7pm on July 15, 2016.