Exeter Fringe Festival Headliners 2019

Now that the programme is out, you’ll see we’ve over 100 performances taking place in the 10 days of the festival. In the main auditorium at the Barnfield Theatre we have our headline acts which include a mix of local and national artists across fringe theatre, family theatre, comedy, music, and more. Here’s what’s happening in a bit more detail.

In our fringe theatre programme, you can catch the 24 Hour Play produced in one day by an Exeter-based team, and Hot Flushes, a new musical about a homicidal pensioner determined to get what’s owed to her from Sir Phillip Green. Watch a new play Channeling Jabez about Jabez Wolffe, Channel swimmer, variety artist and international star written by Giles Croft ex-artistic director of the Nottingham Playhouse. Another Exeter-based company Flaming Theatre present Really Want To Hurt Me, a new show about growing up in Exeter during 1984 with a classic 80s soundtrack to boot. Then there’s Silly Funny Boys by the sensational Sleeping Trees who return to Exeter following their hit shows Mafia, Western and World Tour. Support Exeter’s talented young people performing Songs For A New World, the Jason Robert Brown musical following a number of individuals in a time of great political turmoil, and The Unbound Sketchbook are bringing their unique brand of sketch comedy to the main auditorium at the Barnfield Theatre. You can even see plays which audience members have commissioned around the festival with Playwrights for Hire.

Our love of live performance was born from visiting the theatre in Exeter growing up so it was really important that we found fantastic family theatre for the festival. Go on a journey with imaginary friends in Margo & Mr. Whatsit. Set off on a high-octane adventure into Hysterical Histories with tour guide Katie Pritchard. Jump over the moon with flying cows, runaway crockery, farting sandwiches and dancing sausages in a stunning, and hilarious Hey Diddle Diddle. You can even make your mark in the world with Rox, Paper and the Scissors, an interactive introduction to democracy for children.

Our aim for the festival is to showcase and support brilliant local talent and bring audiences exciting work from the national and international stage. One of the more international offerings is in the form of  Al Lubel, a popular comic appearing regularly on the Late Show with David Letterman, George Zach, a greek comedian recently seen on BBC One and regular at the Edinburgh Fringe. International Joke Off will see Devon’s very own prop-based comedian (Britain’s Got Talent) with Richard, a New Zealander who claims the title of the world’s premiere flute comedian. Plus more comedy from Rob Oldham with a new show following his Guardian ‘Top Shows of the Edinburgh Fringe’ hit Worm’s Lament last year, and west country favourite Tom Glover, not one to shy away from the big issues in life, Tom’s set tackles lactose intolerance, bike rides and urinals.

We’ve also got top magician James Phelan, nephew of Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee and Australia’s finest Michael Griffiths with his Kylie Minogue and Annie Lennox cabarets. Elsewhere in music and cabaret there’s Exeter’s own Dead Dolls: Cabaret Noir, gypsy jazz and hot swing group La Vie En Rose and the west country lads India Electric Co. who are fresh from supporting Midge Ure on his international tour.