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.



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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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.

Juliette Burton’s Decision Time comes to Lancashire Fringe Festival

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Lancashire Fringe Festival welcomes a performer who has had five-star reviews clinging to her for the past few years.

On Saturday July 16, Juliette Burton – who had a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year with her multi-award-winning show ‘Look At Me’ – will preview her brand new show ‘Decision Time’ which she is taking to Scotland this summer.

Part performance, part documentary, ‘Decision Time’ is a critical self-examination of the decisions which Burton has made, and has yet to make, in her own life. Juliette’s performances have been described as “entertainment with real social purpose“ (Broadway Baby) and “smart, perceptive and genuinely moving” (The List).

Burton, a double winner of the Brighton Fringe Argus Angel Award, has won several five star ratings over the years. Reviewers hailed Look At Me as “powerful stuff” (Sunday Express), while the Daily Mirror declared that “Burton’s got huge talent and then some!”

Decision Time will be on at Ham & Jam Coffee Shop in Preston July 16 at approx 7.50pm. REMEMBER: the show is FREE to attend.

Juliette Burton at Edinburgh Fringe: Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14) 4.30pm, August 3 to 14 & 16 to 28. Buy tickets here.

@JulietteBurton Website:

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More about Julliette:

Juliette Burton is a multi award-winning actress, writer, performer, presenter and ex-BBC broadcast journalist. She has gone on to work with TV & radio production companies on projects, some of which are currently in development.
She continues to tour the UK and worldwide whilst also developing future shows in the Dreamer Series

Her website information is here.

First part of the PRESS RELEASE for Lancashire Fringe Festival

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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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