Southend Fringe Festival

Southend Fringe Festival is a summer weekend of new and exciting creative shows. It is a fast-growing arts festival, and welcomes new performances from Southend and the surrounding counties.

Southend Fringe Festival 2019

Festival type: New performance

Region: South East

About the festival

The fringe had its first run in July 2016, with guidance from Mark Winstanley.

Mark is a theatre-maker and teacher who specialises in clown, bouffon and playful approaches to theatre.

After a week of teaching, he proposed the students create a fringe festival, to engage Southend-on-Sea with the quality of theatre produced in the city.

The students are now graduates and after three years of running this unique festival, we owe a big thank you to Mark for teaching us the joy of sharing.

In 2019, Southend Fringe is run by a group of hard-working volunteers between the ages of 18-25.

The energy from these young people propels the festival into a realm of creativity!

The festival is a valuable voice for young creatives in the city.

Last year's programme consisted of three fun-filled days.

Ranging from Drag performances to poetry readings across three fantastic venues.

This year, Southend Fringe Festival is expanding, in more ways than one.

The organisers want to increase the involvement of the public in their festival.

They will be running a LGBTQIA community programme, to create a safe space for minority groups to come together, as well as partnering with cultural institutions in Southend.


Starts:Thursday 11 July 2019

Ends:Sunday 14 July 2019

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Current festival shows

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Upcoming festival shows

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