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.


Spoken word: Poet Marvin Cheeseman and Lancashire Fringe Festival

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Marvin Cheeseman is comedy performance poet. He is very funny.

He has appeared at many comedy venues across the UK including the Edinburgh Festival and the Cheltenham Festival of Literature. His work is described as ‘a celebration of the mundane’ and ‘a report from the launderette of life’.

In 2014 he was named Hull Comedian of the Year. His work has been featured on BBC radio and BBC TV poetry series Whine Gums.  He has published three collections – Full Metal Jacket Potato, Making Prawn Sandwiches for Roy Keane and We Hate It When Our Ex-lodgers Become Successful.

Known as “The Doyen of the Deadpan” (Cheltenham Festival of Literature), Marvin is working on a fourth collection entitled “Moston Tea Party.”

To give you an idea of what he’s about, here’s one of his poems:

Dear Bono,
Having a lovely time.
The weather’s nice, but I still haven’t found
what I’m looking for
All the best,
The Edge.

Marvin Cheeseman is from Manchester. @MarvinCheeseman

He will be appearing at Lancashire Fringe Festival on Fri, July 15 at about 7.50pm.

Claire Doyle exhibition: Modify My Vagina!

This festival is not just about amazing performers. It also has art. Great art. Art with heart.

And as far as conceptual art goes – and believe me it goes far – there is no greater artist than Claire Doyle.

When I first experienced her work, looking on as she encouraged a pensioner to graffiti vaginas on to wooden furniture, I knew I was in the company of an  artist like no other.

I hardly feel qualified to comment on Doyle’s body of work, steeped as it is in conceptual thinking and social commentary. Her breastfeeding series (Breastfeeding Re-enactments), a series of breastfeeding photographic portraits emulating classic portraits to encourage communication about breastfeeding and how it is depicted today, are as visually stunning as they are provocative. But so is her other stuff.

She has produced amazing work on:

menstruation cycles through an open-call photographic project;
in support of El Salvadoran women (Pending);
hairy body confidence through (Habitual Body Monitoring: The Costume).

And that list is not including the research and development projects, often using her own body in performance art pieces.

But for Lancashire Fringe Festival Doyle is exhibiting her stunning project Modify My Vagina!

Created to inspire women and men to consider the stigma and taboos surrounding genitalia, through a series of casts made by the artist herself, inspired by stories of female genital mutilation.

Doyle said: “My journey with this particular exhibit began after watching Channel 4 documentary, The Cruel Cut. I had never heard of the horrors of female genital mutilation before and was overwhelmed with emotion at how such a current and disgraceful issue was not being addressed enough.

“Modify My Vagina has been the perfect opportunity to spread vital facts about FGM, what the audience can do to help, and even simply discuss the audience’s opinion on the subject matter.”

Claire Doyle is from Wigan. She can be found here: @clairedoyleart

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Photography by Rosie Burrows

claire doyle, lancashire fringe festival, breastfeeding

Photography by Rosie Burrows

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First part of the PRESS RELEASE for Lancashire Fringe Festival

Press release

New fringe festival launches in Preston
June 29, 2016

A new performance arts festival showcasing the country’s best live acts will launch in Preston over two days on July 15 and 16.

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

The free festival, organised by Garry Cook, sees several hit performers from the Edinburgh Fringe festival coming to Preston.

Festival creator Cook said: “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.

“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.”

Lancashire Fringe Festival takes place over two nights on July 15 and 16 at Ham & Jam Coffee Shop on Lancaster Road, Preston.

One of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe biggest hit shows will be headlining the festival.

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