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First Ever Scarborough Fringe Festival

This June Scarborough will host its first ever Fringe Festival.

Running between Friday 21 June and Sunday 30 June, Scarborough Fringe takes over venues all across the town and features theatre, dance, music, comedy, spoken word, children’s shows, and a variety of other events and performances. There is something for everyone – from residents and families to students and tourists alike.

One of the shows coming to the Fringe is Esther’s Revenge, an award-winning immersive retelling of the true story of a Nigerian woman accused of murdering her white lover. The play won the Brighton International Fringe Encore Series Award, sponsored by the Soho Playhouse New York and had a three week run at the Soho Playhouse off Broadway in New York in January 2024 to great reviews.

The Telegraph newspaper is bringing its most listened to podcast ever Ukraine: The Latest to the Stephen Joseph Theatre for a live recording.

Winner of the Amsterdam Fringe Award Ester Natzijl brings WATCHING, Ceci n’est pas de Deux to Scarborough Spa, a mesmerising solo-duet of puppetry, theatre and dance.

For children and families SESKA: Don’t Wee Your Pants is the perfect fit. The family-friendly comedian brings a chaotic comedy magic show for all ages which has been performed all over the world and was nominated for Best Family Show at Leicester Comedy Festival and Brighton Fringe. It was the winner of the Spirit of the Fringe at Colchester Fringe Festival. 

Fans of parody will love Any Suggestions, Doctor? The Improvised Doctor Who Parody, nominated for Best Improv Show at the 2023 Leicester Comedy Festival and It’s Not Cluedo, a take on the great murder mystery board game.

Megan Faye Hanson, who has previously worked with the Stephen Joseph Theatre, is staging her play Capture the Flag! which centres around a group of college friends, at the Falsgrave Community Resource Centre.

Music lovers who fancy something a bit different will enjoy Opera for the People in which Nicola Mills, a classically trained opera singer who has performed all over Europe, brings her Northern roots and turns opera on its head. She will perform in St Mary’s Parish Church singing songs chosen by the audience from the Song Menu which features everything from Mozart to Elvis.

Full listings can be found and tickets booked at scarboroughfair.uk/events1

With a diverse range of performances, exhibitions, and events, you are sure to find something to enjoy at this first-of-its-kind event. Don’t miss out on this vibrant and dynamic celebration of the arts that will leave you inspired, entertained, and uplifted. Whether you’re a seasoned culture lover or a curious newcomer, this festival promises an unforgettable experience that will stay with you long after the final curtain falls.

The Fringe’s sister festival, Scarborough Art, runs from Saturday 15 June to Sunday 4 August at venues across Scarborough and is an opportunity to discover work from across the creative community.


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