THE NOT SO GREAT FALLOUT OF 1983 AT THE 2017 SUNBURY FESTIVAL

A small collection of EPIC images taken from backstage at the 2017 Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival, where we presented our final performance of The Not so Great Fallout of 1983. We are incredibly rock ‘n’ roll!

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A small collection of EPIC images taken from backstage at the 2017 Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival, where we presented our final performance of The Not so Great Fallout of 1983. We are incredibly rock ‘n’ roll!

THE SUNBURY FESTIVAL TECHNICAL – 22/10/2017

Here are some images taken during our final technical rehearsal, in preparation for next weeks tour finale at the 2017 Spelthorne and Runnymede Drama Festival. This is going to be an emotion evening next Saturday (Oct 28, 2017) as we tread the board one final time as a company. Please do consider joining us for one last time. Dare we dream of receiving an award nomination?

Here are some images taken during our final technical rehearsal, in preparation for next weeks tour finale at the 2017 Spelthorne and Runnymede Drama Festival. This is going to be an emotion evening next Saturday (Oct 28, 2017) as we tread the board one final time as a company. Please do consider joining us for one last time. Dare we dream of receiving an award nomination?

THE NOT SO GREAT FALLOUT OF 1983 AT THE WOKING DRAMA FESTIVAL

A collection of snaps taken during the day at the 2017 Woking Drama Festival, where we were performing The Not so Great Fallout of 1983.

A collection of snaps taken during the day at the 2017 Woking Drama Festival, where we were performing The Not so Great Fallout of 1983.

THE NOT SO GREAT FALLOUT OF 1983 HITS BRISTOL

So, the first two of our four performances for The Not so Great Fallout of 1983 are now done and, boy, was it fantastic to have sold out both slots. Thank you Bristol!

So, the first two of our four performances for The Not so Great Fallout of 1983 are now done and, boy, was it fantastic to have sold out both slots. Thank you Bristol! We had some amusing prop fails which added to the show vibe. Here are a few snaps taken from the audience during the 2pm performance. Now we head into the serious festivals, starting on Friday (20/10/2017) as we compete at the 59th Woking Drama Festival. How will we fair with the adjudicator? Will we experience another hilarious prop fail? Come along and cheer us on!

TNSGFO of 1983 Tech 08/10/2017

Sunday, October 8th, 2017… Our technical afternoon at St Werburgh’s Community Centre for forthcoming comedy play The Not so Great Fallout of 1983.

Sunday, October 8th, 2017… Our technical afternoon at St Werburgh’s Community Centre for forthcoming comedy play The Not so Great Fallout of 1983 was a one and only chance for our techies to brush off some of the pop-up sound and lighting. Yep, it’s very limited (4 x par64s for lighting, go us!) and, phew, it seemed to work fine. In terms of rehearsals, well, that’s it… It’s all over. Next up is a techie road trip this coming Saturday (Oct 14) to prep for next week’s Woking Drama Festival and then the following day (Oct 15) we’re performing alongside So Far So Good at the Watershed, Bristol. Come!

TNSGFO of 1983 Rehearsals 01/10/2017

And now, the end is near, and so we face… the final curtain. Literally, our final rehearsal and three script runs completed (go us!). Next week, we’ll be doing our technical and then, performances begin! We are performing in Bristol at The Watershed (next week as I type this! What!!).

And now, the end is near, and so we face… the final curtain. Literally, our final rehearsal and three script runs completed (go us!). Next week, we’ll be doing our technical and then, performances begin! We are performing in Bristol at The Watershed (next week as I type this! What!!). It’s frightening to be honest and has all come about so quickly. We’re pretty much ready now though, and there’s an element of sadness with the knowledge that this will be The Fringe Files‘s final production for quite a while. We enter sleep mode beyond The Not so Great Fallout of 1983. We’ll be back for sure at some point, but when… who knows, perhaps in time for our 10th anniversary?!

So… Bristol… Woking… Sunbury… Are you ready for us? The Box Office is now open. We’ll see you there.

2017 Venue – The Watershed

We’re delighted to announce that our first performance of The Not so Great Fallout of 1983 will be at The Watershed (Bristol) on October 15, 2017.

We’re delighted to announce that our first performance of The Not so Great Fallout of 1983 will be at The Watershed (Bristol) on October 15, 2017. This will be our first time at the Harbourside venue and we cannot wait! There, we will present our show alongside another new play, So Far So Good, written by Jon Attwood & Charlotte Wright. A double exclusive… and times that by two further because… there will be TWO performances at The Watershed on that same day, 2pm and 5pm. So, why not jump over to our online Box Office, pick your prefered time and join us for two fantastic pieces of theatre.

TNSGFO of 1983 Rehearsals 24/09/2017

Yesterday, the team gathered once again for our latest rehearsal session. Here, we introduced some props for the very first time.

Ohhh we’re getting closer now. Yesterday, the team gathered once again for our latest rehearsal session. Here, we introduced some props for the very first time. We’re pretty much off books now so it’s all going quite well. This week, we also launched our box office for both the Woking and Sunbury festivals next month.

2017 Venue – Spelthorne Drama Festival

We are delighted to announce that The Fringe Files will be returning to the Riverside Arts Centre , as part of the 2017 Spelthorne Drama Festival this October, where we will be presenting our brand new absurd comedy, The Not-so-Great Fallout of 1983.

We are delighted to announce that The Fringe Files will be returning to the Riverside Arts Centre , as part of the 2017 Spelthorne Drama Festival this October, where we will be presenting our brand new absurd comedy, The Not-so-Great Fallout of 1983.

This will be our third appearance at the festival. A Tail of Forklure (2014) & Samantha (2015) received nine award nominations during that time, winning two. This announcement follows our recent confirmation of participation at the 2017 Woking Drama Festival, which is also scheduled in October.

2017 Venue – Rhoda McGaw Theatre

We are delighted to announce that The Fringe Files will be returning to the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, as part of the 2017 Woking Drama Festival this October, where we will be presenting our brand new absurd comedy, The Not-so-Great Fallout of 1983.

We are delighted to announce that The Fringe Files will be returning to the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, as part of the 2017 Woking Drama Festival this October, where we will be presenting our brand new absurd comedy, The Not-so-Great Fallout of 1983.

This will be our fourth appearance at the festival. The Cook Did It! (2012), Underline (2013) & Samantha (2015) received 9 award nominations during that time.

Three further performance venues will be announced in due course.

New comedy for 2017…

We are delighted to confirm that The Fringe Files will be returning to the festival circuit later in 2017 with the presentation of a brand new one act play, written by Michael Starr.

We are delighted to confirm that The Fringe Files will be returning to the festival circuit later in 2017 with the presentation of a brand new one act play, written by Michael Starr.

The new show, currently under development, will be a four piece absurd comedy. Stay tune for further announcements nearer the time. You can visit the official production page here.

Christmas Evie set-build – 17/12/2016

So we had just five hours to get everything into position for the first show and we did it! (just about). Here are some piccies of our tech morning for 2016 seasonal show Christmas Evie.

So we had just five hours to get everything into position for the first show and we did it! (just about). Here are some piccies of our tech morning for 2016 seasonal show Christmas Evie.

Christmas Evie rehearsal – 27/11/2016

As is now the tradition, here are some snaps taken from our 27/11/2016 rehearsal for Christmas Evie.

As is now the tradition, here are some snaps taken from our 27/11/2016 rehearsal for Christmas Evie. Tickets are now on sale at our Online Box Office for this fantastic show, coming to St Werburghs Community Centre on Dec 17 & 18 on both the 2.30 and 7.30 time slots.

Christmas Evie tickets go live…

The Fringe Files are delighted to announce that tickets for our brand new seasonal pantomime, Christmas Evie, are now on general sale.

The Fringe Files are delighted to announce that tickets for our brand new seasonal pantomime, Christmas Evie, are now on general sale. To purchase, please visit our Online Box Office here. Alternatively, physical tickets will be made available at the venue cafe, Neck of the Woods directly.

Christmas 2016 Show Announced!

It’s with absolute pleasure that we can now announce that we will be returning to the stage sooner than anticipated, with a brand new full length Christmas play!

It’s with absolute pleasure that we can now announce that we will be returning to the stage sooner than anticipated, with a brand new full length Christmas play! We are currently scrambling a team together for what we believe will be a magical production in Bristol during the run up to Christmas. The Fringe Files are currently recruiting for the following volunteer positions:

  • Lighting Tech
  • Principle Female Performer x 1
  • Principle Male Performer x 1
  • Choreographer
  • Make-up Artist
  • Marketing / Art Design
  • Set Design / Build

All ages and experience levels are welcome. We aim to do two rehearsals a week, between October 2016 and December 2016. One on a Sunday afternoon, the other during a week evening. Click here to visit the productions page.

Don’t forget to Register as a Member if you haven’t done so already, so that we can tell you about future opportunities within the company. Also, do be sure to like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can email us directly on contact@thefringefiles.com.

Techie’s log, Stardate: The final curtain

So here it is, the final day (as far as we know) this afternoon were performing for a home crowd at Backwell Playhouse.

So here it is, the final day (as far as we know) this afternoon were performing for a home crowd at Backwell Playhouse. Being back in Bristol is a really fabulous way to round off this journey. I haven’t had such a great time in rehearsals for ages and I couldn’t have dreamed for a better team to work with. Sorry for being gushy but it has honestly been a pleasure to work with the team we have. If you find yourself at a loose end this afternoon I highly recommend coming to watch us. This is the techie, for now, signing off.

Thanks for reading!

Techie’s Log Stardate: 14th April – Now the end is near!

It was our last full rehearsal for Planet of the Zers on Tuesday. It made me sad to think that it’s the end of working with such a great team! I’ve had the best time and laughed like a fool at every rehearsal with these brave explorers into the world of Sci-Fi spoofing.

It was our last full rehearsal for Planet of the Zers on Tuesday. It made me sad to think that it’s the end of working with such a great team! I’ve had the best time and laughed like a fool at every rehearsal with these brave explorers into the world of Sci-Fi spoofing. Saturday we have our last performance at Backwell Playhouse, then we’re going to have a nice and well-earned rest before a possible project to film the play.

So it’s with sadness and joy I sign off for the penultimate time. It’s been a pleasure working with this lot; as you can see – we’re all run down and ready for a break now!

Techie’s Log: Stardate Tuesday 22nd March

I’ve just realised that I forgot to take piccies during last nights rehearsal, so I’ve added a pic from the Maidenhead festival day instead. It shows our massive set squeezed into the stage lift.

I’ve just realised that I forgot to take piccies during last nights rehearsal, so I’ve added a pic from the Maidenhead festival day instead. It shows our massive set squeezed into the stage lift.

Hello, I’m Michael and I’m blogging on behalf of Rhian this week. It’s been seven days since we last updated, and what an eventful time it’s been. We all trekked up (see what I did there?) to Maidenhead to present Planet of the Zers at the annual drama festival there. We did well, albeit a couple of minor technical issues. We came a very respectable 6th, with a score of 72/100, which isn’t bad considering. I think the team should be very proud of themselves, especially when you look at previous festival successes.

It was Phoebe‘s final performance with us. Phoebe has been a brilliant Officer Enya and we thank her for being part of the team. This brings me nicely around to last night. Our first rehearsal with Charlotte (officially). Charlotte is taking on the role of Officer Enya for our final(?) performance on April 16 back in Bristol. Lots of focus between now and then to make sure that we return to form for what will be the quarter finals of the all England national drama festival.

Techie’s Log: Stardate Tuesday 15th March

So now, the end is near…. Well almost. Tonight we took a run at the new rehearsal space – found by the wonderful Phoebe! It was warm, had loos, a kitchen, and quiet too.

So now, the end is near…. Well almost. Tonight we took a run at the new rehearsal space – found by the wonderful Phoebe! It was warm, had loos, a kitchen, and quiet too. It was our last rehearsal with Phoebe playing Enya as we roll into our final performance with her this weekend. Charlotte is now making notes ready to take over the reins and voyage onwards to Backwell with us!

It was a rehearsal full of laughter, with the cast joking around with brooms and giggling away at script jokes. I have really loved working with these guys so far and Norden Farm on Saturday will hopefully be another great evening with them.

Roll on the weekend!

Techie’s log – Stardate: 14th March. Road trip

On the road again, with my fellow techies Mike and Charlotte. Yesterday I had a major theatre nerd moment seeing the rig at Norden Farm. Its a beautiful venue and they have a state of the art setup for lights and sound!

On the road again, with my fellow techies Mike and Charlotte. Yesterday I had a major theatre nerd moment seeing the rig at Norden Farm. Its a beautiful venue and they have a state of the art setup for lights and sound!

I’m really looking forward to our show on Saturday – its going to be a pleasure to work there!

Tech itself we had 50 minutes but only needed 25. We blew through the plans we had. Checking loads of detail and grabbing plenty of pictures!

Roll on rehearsal tomorrow and Saturday!

Planet of the Zers is a hit!

We were blown away by the overwhelming feedback for our performance at the Shaftesbury Drama Festival last night. The adjudicator was full of praise for the small scale production, quoting it as “slick”, “energetic” and “entertaining”.

We were blown away by the overwhelming feedback for our performance at the Shaftesbury Drama Festival last night. The adjudicator was full of praise for the small scale production, quoting it as “slick”, “energetic” and “entertaining”.

Following on from last weeks Avon Drama Festival appearance, where we received three award nominations (winning one). Last night, we brought home another set of nominations and awards. Perhaps pleasing more than any other is the fact that both awards were for the team collectively. The first one was exactly that, for teamwork, and boy were they impressed with how our guys and gals pulled it all together so efficiently.

Then, shock horror, another award, this time for best direction, which was a collective thing among both the cast and crew. Finally, we received an award nomination for Jon Attwood under the best actor category. We are delighted that Jon was recognised for his role in the show.

Another pleasing aspect of this is that all the awards / nominations received to date appear to be spread across the team. This is a sign of a good strong well oiled production. Collectively, Planet of the Zers is a hit, and that’s because of those who have worked on it tirelessly. I thank you all.

Next up, Maidenhead Drama Festival, at Norden Farm, on March 19th. Please do visit our box office for further information on how you can come along and support this wonderful multi-award winning play.

Techies log, stardate Friday 4th March

So it’s Friday, tomorrow morning we techies are traveling all together (go team!) to Shaftesbury Dorset to tech our next Festival.

So it’s Friday, tomorrow morning we techies are traveling all together (go team!) to Shaftesbury Dorset to tech our next Festival. We had a great rehearsal taking through the last show. We laughed and we didn’t cry, we celebrated our success and looked at things we can tweak. It was a great evening, with lots of ice cream.

We welcomed a new voyager along for the ride on to the next round, for the repeat performance at Backwell next month too; sadly not able to keep Phoebe, we have the fabulous Charlotte to join our quest!

After such a great run at Backwell, I find myself wondering what will happen next. With a different rig of lights, a different space and a different crowd; what will happen next on our voyage across the one-act galaxy…!

Stay tuned folks!

It’s FOUR in Bristol for POTZ!

Last night, The Fringe Files presented our brand new science fiction parody, Planet of the Zers, to a near sell-out audience at the Backwell Playhouse, as part of the 2016 Avon Drama Festival.

Last night, The Fringe Files presented our brand new science fiction parody, Planet of the Zers, to a near sell-out audience at the Backwell Playhouse, as part of the 2016 Avon Drama Festival.

We were absolutely blown away by the audience response and, indeed, the response of the adjudicator who praised the pace, energy and execution as “terrific!” All in all, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, where we were fortunate enough to receive the following accolades:-

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[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Craig Weaver nominated in ‘Best male actor’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Avon Drama Festival. [2016] [won]
[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Charlotte Watkin nominated in ‘Best sound’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Avon Drama Festival. [2016] [nominated]
[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Michael Starr nominated in ‘NDFA play writing award’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Avon Drama Festival. [2016] [nominated]

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A huge congratulations to everybody involved. If you missed this one, don’t worry, next up is Shaftesbury (Mar 5), Maidenhead (Mar 19) and then a special return to the next round of the Avon Drama Festival in Bristol (Apr 16). For ticket information please visit our Online Box Office page.

Techie’s log: Stardate 28th April – Lets get ready to rumble!

After our launch into the deepest of space, and the hungriest of times we boldly went onstage and behind in the name of entertaining family and friends on our home turf of Bristol.
The dressing room may have been cosy but we all took a turn being the person stood in the middle!

After our launch into the deepest of space, and the hungriest of times we boldly went onstage and behind in the name of entertaining family and friends on our home turf of Bristol. The dressing room may have been cosy but we all took a turn being the person stood in the middle!

The show went off without a hitch and all our hard team work paid off. I am so proud of all the cast and crew. The show was tight and we pulled off a performance with lots of good laughs and brilliant moments.

Proof of this came later when, myself, Brian, Mike and Craig went to the awards evening. We got three nominations, one win (Craig Weaver won Best Actor for his Lt. Ron Sprockett) and the show came third overall, qualifying us for the next round of the competition! I’m absolutely made up and loved every second.

Looking forward to our next show at Shaftesbury next weekend!

POTZ Bristol tech 21/02

Some snaps taken during the tech at The Backwell Playhouse (Bristol), in preparation for the 2016 Avon Drama Festival, where we will be presenting science fiction parody Planet of the Zers.

Some snaps taken during the tech at The Backwell Playhouse (Bristol), in preparation for the 2016 Avon Drama Festival, where we will be presenting science fiction parody Planet of the Zers.

Techie’s Log, Stardate: Supplemental (Sunday 21st February)

So I’m writing today a special techie’s log. In about an hour I’ll be embarking with my fellow techies Charlotte and Michael at the Backwell playhouse as we do our first tech for Planet of the Zers.

So I’m writing today a special techie’s log. In about an hour I’ll be embarking with my fellow techies Charlotte and Michael at the Backwell playhouse as we do our first tech for Planet of the Zers.

I’ve shared a picture of my preparation: coffee, running through my lighting plot and Buzzfeed randomness. I’m a bit nervous but really excited to start this journey!

See you all on the other side!

Techie’s Log – Stardate: 16th Feb 2016

Tonight the brave crew ploughed through two runs. There was laughter, tears and more projection than a room full of OAPs!

Tonight the brave crew ploughed through two runs for our 2016 sci-fi parody, Planet of the Zers. There was laughter, tears and more projection than a room full of OAPs!

With just over a week until showtime, there’s palpable tension in the air but spirits are high and I remain very excited for our exploration into the wilds of The Backwell Playhouse (Bristol).

One more rehearsal this week, then it’s time for the techies to shine on Sunday as we boldly go to plot the lights and check the sound levels!

Introducing the POTZ narrator!

Science fiction history tell us that a “sci-fi” story is not a “sci-fi” story without narration of some kind. Be it at the very beginning aka Star Trek, or throughout.

Science fiction history tell us that a “sci-fi” story is not a “sci-fi” story without narration of some kind. Be it at the very beginning aka Star Trek, or throughout.

Narrators are used to guide the viewer / listener along the journey. Planet of the Zers has embraced the tradition, I mean, it is a parody throw back after all. Something is quite different however. Our narrator doesn’t appear to focus on the story all that much!

Here are some exclusive clips of our narrator in action:

“The theory of space… or whatever”

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“Camp fires!”

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“I’m available for voice over work”

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Techie’s Log – Stardate: 9th Feb 2016

At the start of a fresh week, cut adrift in the midst of rehearsals. Getting used to a new space! Well enough of the drama.. We’re now working in a new space for some rehearsals, up in the attic of a pub! The lovely landlord has offered a room hidden in the depths of the pub to some homeless actors.

At the start of a fresh week, cut adrift in the midst of rehearsals and we’re getting used to a new space! Well enough of the drama… We’re now working in a new space for some rehearsals, up in the attic of a pub! The lovely landlord has offered a room hidden in the depths of the pub to some homeless actors.

Coping with the cold, the plucky actors were off script and using some “props” (mainly some planters I’ve bought for attempting to be green fingered in the spring!). Many of the props and costumes are starting to arrive now and the sound is pretty much done. Slowly but surely we’re getting the final pieces in place!

Its all getting very exciting now, just over two weeks till curtain up!

Techie’s Log – Stardate: 2nd Feb 2016

So tonight we soldiered on without our fearless leader. Cast adrift, we were told that the direction should be channeled as a group.

So tonight we soldiered on without our fearless leader. Cast adrift, we were told that the direction should be channeled as a group.

Knowing this, we invoked our inner BORG and persevered.

Tonight there were additions in the form of sticks, and I’m talking more than just the ones that Ron Sprocket uses to “light” the fire.

We started to block big time, it’s all about where you’re stood tonight…

In other news, we’re no longer homeless, we’ve found space in a new venue… All to be revealed on Thursday… Stay tuned folks!

Techie’s Log – Stardate: 28th Jan 2016

As the end of our first month of rehearsal draws near we are plunging deeper and deeper into the darkest regions of space.

As the end of our first month of rehearsal draws near we are plunging deeper and deeper into the darkest regions of space… well not actual space, tonight our rehearsal was more of a sit down affair as we competed with a pub quiz.

There is however great promise, with some excellent exploration of the comedy and some collective direction from the Borg!!

Phoebe here can be seen really getting into her role…!

Techie’s Log – Stardate: 26th Jan 2016

So tonight we got ready for our close up, with a photographer snapping away whilst we blocked out the show.

So tonight we got ready for our close up, with a photographer snapping away whilst we blocked out the show. There was talk of babies and wobbly lights, there was even some spirited thrusting; and then we got down to some actual blocking.

I love this part of a show, those first nights when you’re walking things through, bonding and everything is new. The atmosphere was full of the nuances of the script as the dauntless cast, ploughed ever forward to the very heights of mirth!

Anyway, there’s some cool pictures of the cast and crew plumbing the very depths of their funny bones, head over to our Facebook page!

Techie’s Log – Stardate: 19th Jan 2016

Some of the crew are currently engaged in far off explorations, so Tuesday’s rehearsal for 2016 production Planet of the Zers, was a meeting of the minds on a smaller scale.

Some of the crew are currently engaged in far off explorations, so Tuesday’s rehearsal for 2016 production Planet of the Zers, was a meeting of the minds on a smaller scale.

We explored more deeply the characters, plumbing the very depths of the deepest crevices of the mind. We also ran the scenes with both Phoebe and Jon in so they could try some things!

I managed to get some ideas for torches, and rest after a long journey to rehearsal from Darkest Wales.

One small step for Zers…

Last night saw the first gathering of a group of explorers, wanderers if you will. Taking a giant leap into the unknown of a brand new play written by Michael Starr.

Last night saw the first gathering of a group of explorers, wanderers if you will. Taking a giant leap into the unknown of a brand new play written by Michael Starr.

It was an evening laced with laughter and intrigue as the cast and crew intrepidly explored the script. There were chuckles and sniggers all round.

With another rehearsal lifting off tomorrow night, it’s all go for a blistering race against time to achieve an epic show full of humour and possibly some breaking of the fourth wall.

Planet of the Zers in 6 weeks!

As we enter 2016, we find ourselves in full swing with pre-production. Planet of the Zers, a brand new science fiction comedy, hits the rehearsal room next week, and we have just six weeks to prepare until our first performance (next month!), I know, a frightening prospect!

As we enter 2016, we find ourselves in full swing with pre-production. Planet of the Zers, a brand new science fiction comedy, hits the rehearsal room next week, and we have just six weeks to prepare until our first performance (next month!), I know, a frightening prospect!

The Fringe Files welcome some old faces (not literally) and a whole bunch of new ones this time around, and we’ll be mixing up the scheduling a bit. Planet of the Zers is our first ever Spring production, perhaps the first of many. Last week, we celebrated our 5th year anniversary! I can’t believe we’ve been producing new plays for half a decade. How times flies by!

During our rehearsal run, we’ll be blogging updates exclusively here, so be sure to bookmark our website and keep an eye on what we’re up to. Videos, photos, interviews and trailers will all appear over the next few weeks. Thank you for your support and we look forward to see you during the show run from late February to mid-March.

Casting Call – Spring 2016

A huge thank you to everybody who showed an interest with getting involved in our Spring 2016 show, Planet of the Zers. We have now closed applications for this casting call.

 

A huge thank you to everybody who showed an interest with getting involved in our Spring 2016 show, Planet of the Zers. We have now closed applications for this casting call.

Don’t forget to Register as a Member if you haven’t done so already, so that we can tell you about future opportunities within the company.

We are back in Spring 2016!

We’re all about trying new things and, as of today, we’re about to smash open our production schedule template to announce that The Fringe Files (that’s us!) will be presenting a brand new comedy play, next Spring, at not one, not two, but a whopping three national festivals!

We’re all about trying new things and, as of today, we’re about to smash open our production schedule template to announce that The Fringe Files (that’s us!) will be presenting a brand new comedy play, next Spring, at not one, not two, but a whopping three national festivals!

Now, I know we said we’d take an extended break following Samantha, but we lied, we lied okay!

More details to follow, in the meantime, if you’re local to the Bristol / Bath area, and are interested in getting involved, then please do Register as a member on our website, like our facebook page and follow us on twitter. Don’t forget to make yourself known by messaging your interest. Thank you!

Click here to visit the Spring 2016 production page.

Samantha bags SIX nominations!

We recently presented our 2015 production, Samantha, at both the Woking Drama Festival and the Spelthorne Runnymede Drama Festival.

We recently presented our 2015 production, Samantha, at both the Woking Drama Festival and the Spelthorne Runnymede Drama Festival. We are chuffed to confirm that Samantha was nominated for a whopping six festival awards. A huge congratulations to everybody involved!

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[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Michael Starr nominated in ‘Best new play’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] The Fringe Files nominated in ‘Stage presentation’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] The Fringe Files nominated in ‘The adjudicator’s choice award’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Joshua Phillips nominated in ‘Best male actor’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Joshua Phillips nominated in ‘Best male actor’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]

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Samantha rehearsal 20/10/2015

Our final rehearsal for Samantha, sad times! Tweaking the performance based on feedback received from last weeks Woking Drama Festival. Photo taken 20/10/2015.

Our final rehearsal for Samantha, sad times! Tweaking the performance based on feedback received from last weeks Woking Drama Festival. Photo taken 20/10/2015.

Samantha festival tech & show

On October 10th 2015, The Fringe Files cast and crew headed out to the Woking Drama Festival in convoy. Here are a handful of snaps taken during the day.

On October 10th 2015, The Fringe Files cast and crew headed out to the Woking Drama Festival in convoy. Here are a handful of snaps taken during the day.

Thumps up for Samantha debut!

A near sell out intimate audience gathered on Saturday to catch the preview of new play, Samantha, being performed at Hamilton House by theatre touring company The Fringe Files.

A near sell out intimate audience gathered on Saturday to catch the preview of new play, Samantha, being performed at Hamilton House by theatre touring company The Fringe Files, and it was a rather eventful day. The performance itself was a glorified rehearsal scheduled in preparation for the forthcoming drama festival run. Alongside it, a one-off showing of monologue Mr Piddleswax, a monologue written only a day earlier following the drop out of our original support act.

The day itself was utterly chaotic, we had a sound box failure in the morning meaning that we had to switch to a laptop at the final moment for all our sound requirements. The sets paint hadn’t dried in time (despite being applied five days previously!) so much fun was to be had using hairdryers on it, yes, hand held hairdryers! Then, we were unable to access the venue itself due to onsite staff confusion over how to get to the lifts. Oh and we left a piece of furniture at home, cue a mad rush through Bristol in the final moments (we made it back on time). I think it’s fair to say that it was utterly chaotic, but the performances themselves went well and the audience seemed to enjoy them both.

A massive thank you to everybody who made the journey. We really appreciated it. Now on to the Woking Drama Festival for us, where we’ll be presenting Samantha on October 10th, 2015 alongside two other short plays. Tickets are available either at the Woking Drama Festival website or directly through The Fringe Files box office.

Bristol 2015 venue ‘Hamilton House’

Michael Starr and Sarah Brady took the opportunity to check out our Bristol venue, Hamilton House, which will host our first performance of 2015 production Samantha.

Michael Starr and Sarah Brady took the opportunity to check out our Bristol venue, Hamilton House, which will host our first performance of 2015 production Samantha. Here are some venue snaps.

Samantha ready for debut!

I’m delighted to say that we’re pretty much ready for our maiden voyage / baptism of fire now, which comes care of theatre company The Fringe Files, a company I am proud to be a patron of.

I’m delighted to say that we’re pretty much ready for our maiden voyage / baptism of fire now, which comes care of theatre company The Fringe Files, a company I am proud to be a patron of. I cannot wait to test drive this new play on Saturday (3rd October) at Hamilton House.

This very special one-off performance, billed as a preview (essentially a glorified public rehearsal), will be an intimate presentation which, I hope, will allow us to further polish the production as we enter the final stages of preparation for the much anticipated festival circuit run later this month.

So what of these festivals you speak of? Well, beyond Bristol, we will be presenting Samantha at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre on October 10th as part of the Woking Drama Festival. This is followed by a performance at the Riverside Arts Centre as part of the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival on October 23rd.

In both these cases an adjudicator is assigned. The role of the adjudicator is to critique each performance, providing much valued feedback thereafter. These festivals are really important for people like me. It’s a great opportunity to learn and develop whilst experiencing an array of other performances also.

Samantha rehearsal 01/09/2015

You’ll have to forgive me for being brief as I’m writing this whilst sat at Heathrow Airport, ready to fly out to LA / Vegas. Yaaaaaaay!!!

For our latest rehearsal, we welcomed back 66.6666666% of our cast, along with our main lighting tech. The dance sequences are shaping up nicely (we practiced them a fair amount). I’ve managed to engineer the music to requirement and I think it’s now safe to say that this side can be closed off. We also seem to have a grip on the lighting, with cue sheets drawn up, and as you can see above, we’re all over the performance date confirmations too.

We simply ran the play from beginning to end, making subtle tweaks along the way. I stood in for Vincent May as our third actor was still on Edinburgh Fringe related fun. Next week, the gang meet up without me. This will be the first Fringe Files rehearsal I’ve missed in quite some time.

Samantha to preview in Bristol

I am delighted to confirm that our first special preview performance of Samantha, by The Fringe Files, will be on the 3rd October 2015 (4pm) at Hamilton House in Bristol.

So, it’s been quite the journey from initially getting my new play Samantha off the ground writing wise, to bringing it through the rehearsal process, but now, I’m delighted to confirm that our efforts are about to be visually presented, care of a special preview performance of Samantha, by The Fringe Files, on the 3rd Oct, 2015 at 4PM. There will only be 75 tickets released for this event, scheduled to take place at Hamilton House, in Bristol, for what will no doubt be a very intimate test run of this new piece of writing.

Samantha rehearsal 11/08/2015

Eek! We’re now fast approaching the rehearsal half way point for Samantha, but are we on track? Theatre touring company The Fringe Files are presenting my brand new play Samantha this Autumn. I have been blogging my thoughts throughout the process.

Theatre touring company The Fringe Files are presenting my brand new play Samantha this Autumn. I have been blogging my thoughts throughout the process.

Eek! We’re now fast approaching the rehearsal half way point for Samantha and I think we’re pretty much where we need to be at this stage. This week, we were minus one third of the cast due to filming commitments, and so dissected the scenes specifically involving remaining attendees Samantha and Vincent. It’s lovely to see the actors really pulling these scenes together and much of the interaction / blocking is group agreed. Essentially, everybody is contributing to the performance, which is really great.

Some folk have been asking me about the one-off Bristol preview and, to be honest, I’ve yet to lock down specific details on that. I really want to get something booked before the end of this week, but realistically we need to connect with the right space for us. That’s the key, I really don’t want to compromise.

Regarding the festivals, we’ve now been assigned our production meeting slots and are working towards getting our cue sheets built and submitted beforehand. It looks like I may have to jump in to do sound unfortunately. Getting a sound techie through the door has been a challenge. Who knew! I don’t mind doing it but I really wanted to bring somebody in ideally. If you know of anyone in the Bristol area who would be interested in volunteering their services then please let me know.

Props! Always fun to source.  Just under an hour surfing on a popular auction website and I’d checked off the majority of what was required. Last week we had a series of deliveries and I’m pleased to say that everything has arrived a-okay. I’m currently sourcing the musical side of the production. The music is absolutely crucial for Samantha.

Next week I will have two thirds of my cast away. This gives us a great opportunity to look at the physical pieces involving Samantha. We welcome Murilo into the process, our dance consultant, who will devise something for us. It’s something different to what we’ve been doing and I’m very excited to see what these guys come up with between them.

Samantha rehearsal 04/08/2015

Day four and I’m very much enjoying the whole directing / producing process for forthcoming show Samantha, coming this Autumn via The Fringe Files.

Day four and I’m very much enjoying the whole directing / producing process for forthcoming show Samantha, coming this Autumn via The Fringe Files.

We focused a little more on the scene transitions this time around, resulting in some pretty excellent brainstorming ideas bubbling to the surface. The transitions are quite possibly the most difficult aspect of the play. I really hope that people “get” the abstract snippets we plan to introduce. I know that my mind can run a little wild sometimes with kookiness. You’ll either love it or be baffled I suppose. Either way i’m sure it’ll look interesting, and that’s the main thing. We were also able to collectively complete a full run-through with stop start dissection throughout. I love the level of detail going into each line by the actors. The words are flowing. My writer side is quite excited by this.

This week is all about source, no not the sauce you put on your chips, but the sourcing of props, set, music etc. As a producer, this is always the busiest time for me. When I’m not with the actors I’m thinking about the production.

We’ve now confirmed that we will be performing at both the Woking Drama Festival and the Spelthorne Runnymede Drama Festival in October. Tickets are expected to go on sale from next month. We’ll also be performing a special one-off preview in Bristol beforehand (venue to be announced in due course). I urge you to consider popping along to see us at one of these events. Stay tuned for further announcements nearer the time.

Samantha rehearsal 28/07/2015

Back in the rehearsal room in preparation for the The Fringe Files forthcoming production of Samantha. Things are going great. Here are some snaps taken during the session.

Back in the rehearsal room in preparation for the The Fringe Files forthcoming production of Samantha. Things are going great. Here are some snaps taken during the session.

Samantha rehearsal 21/07/2015

For our second rehearsal via touring company The Fringe Files, we focused on character developmen

For our second rehearsal via touring company The Fringe Files, we focused on character development.

Minus Samantha (the daughter), who was away, we were able to explore characters Irene (the mother) and Vincent (the care worker) specifically. As a collective, we brain stormed a host of interesting character backstory ideas which, perhaps, go some way towards explaining who they are, using clues embedded within the script as a starting point. This gave us a better grounding for things to come. I feel that it’s important to build up the character foundations before focusing too much on the script.

One of the techniques introduced yesterday was habit based movement. In the case of Irene (the mother), we played with subtle glances to Vincent, geared to prompt sympathetic acknowledgement. There are three instances of this occurring, each one consistent with the last. This play is all about body language and tension. It’s not what you say, but how you say it. Harold Pinter‘esc, with pausing held to raise impact.

The play itself is split out into nine sections. We were able to drive through two of these last night. Word by word, line by line, we extracted a host of ideas to help generate a better emotional understanding of the dialogue spoken. Each moment was collaboratively explored. Gestures, movement, eye contact and overall reaction.

Samantha is a step away from comedy theatre for me. I’m really enjoying the process of pulling richness from the dialogue. There are one or two comedy moments within the script, but these are awkward based observations rather than puns or gags. I like the idea of blending in a slight hint of comedy, like putting half a teaspoon of sugar into a cup of tea to make the whole thing taste that little bit sweeter. I’ve always placed comedy elements into drama.

With the introduction of our techie last night, we were able to kick-start an initial visual brainstorm. Probably the most pleasing thing here is that I feel that there is plenty of scope for developing something rather unique and special.

I spoke of the nine sections of the script earlier, well, wedged between these nine sections are eight transitional breaks. I would like to develop these breaks into something rather abstract. Those who have seen shows I’ve directed in the past will know that I do enjoy adding abstract elements. It’s something that’s open to interpretation by the audience. I like that. Like comedy, adding abstract hooks is absolutely fine, if relevant to the overall map of the play.

Next week, we have the full cast in, and it will be a continuation of what we worked on this week. A recap and then a push forward into scenes involving Samantha. In particular, there is a birthday party section which, on paper, is just brilliant. I cannot wait to develop that scene with the cast.

Samantha, is a one act play which debuts via theatre touring company The Fringe Files this Autumn in the form of a mini tour. Do be sure to keep an eye on our developments here. Tickets will be released for performances nearer the time.

Samantha rehearsal 14/07/2015

It’s been a whopping seven months since The Fringe Files wrapped up their award winning fantasy adventure spoof A Tail of Forklure. Since then, we’ve relocated our HQ to Bristol, invested heavily in technical equipment, switched our rehearsal times, re-built our website and brought in a whole host of new local talent.

It’s been a whopping seven months since The Fringe Files wrapped up their award winning fantasy adventure spoof A Tail of Forklure. Since then, we’ve relocated our HQ to Bristol, invested heavily in technical equipment, switched our rehearsal times, re-built our website and brought in a whole host of new local talent.

For 2015, The Fringe Files will be presenting my new play Samantha, which will be directed by me (yay!). We will be showcasing Samantha at the Woking Drama Festival among other events / venues around October time.

Samantha is a three hand drama which focuses on the struggles of a mother and her coming-of-age daughter. The play examines Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, where the introduction of a new care worker dramatically adjusts the dynamics of the mother / daughter relationship with alarming results.

On Tuesday, the cast gathered for the first time to read-through the script. For the first read we sat around a table and the second read we paced around. The chemistry between cast members Theresa Roche, Joshua Phillips & Imogen Greenwood was excellent and I cannot wait to continue developing this challenging play, which I hope to document along the way here on this blog.

Special thanks to Robert Walker for the featured images.

ATOF shortlisted for ‘Writer Award’!

We are delighted to confirm that our 2014 production, A Tail of Forklure, has been shortlisted for an NDFA play-writing award. Well done to everybody who helped make A Tail of Forklure a huge success!

We are delighted to confirm that our 2014 production, A Tail of Forklure, has been shortlisted for an NDFA play-writing award. Well done to everybody who helped make A Tail of Forklure a huge success!

ATOF wins ‘Best new play’!

Our 2014 production, A Tail of Forklure, was recently presented at the Spelthorne and Runnymede Drama Festival for the first time. Turns out it did pretty well!

I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful theatre touring company available to me which opens up the opportunity to test drive my new plays. They tend to push the script hard throughout the rehearsal stage, then test run it as a mini tour before embarking on a competitive festival or fringe, where the play is adjudicated at a professional level extensively. During that entire process, the script is challenged at every turn. Initially by me, then a workshop, then a director / cast / crew, then an audience and finally it’s analysised professionally on the hugely competitive festival circuit. By the time a play completes that whole process I know exactly what is needed to improve the play. I tend to do a mini re-draft from there before releasing it for publication to the outside world. This is the standard process I follow.

The Fringe Files, the touring company mentioned earlier, presented my latest play this week at the Spelthorne and Runnymede Drama Festival. A Tail of Forklure had been very well received during it’s mini tour run. As is tradition with drama festivals there was an awards evening at the end of the final show. We knew we had a play that would split opinion, my plays tend to do that, but fortunately the adjudicator picked up on the deeper vibes of the play. Actress Chantal Bargery received a nomination for her performance as Sorceress L’Theena, Quintin Mitchell was nominated for his incredible performance as Gus / The Plot Master, the script received a nomination for best comedy and then another nomination for best new play. I was chuffed to pieces. We were absolutely over the moon when it was announced that we’d won two of these awards. The first for actor Quintin Mitchell and then the key one for me, “Best new play”.

I have a golden rule with plays, I write what I like and not what I think others will like. So when a comedy play that was, shall we say, slightly quirky, receives two script specific nominations it’s really lovely. Like I say, my plays tend to split opinion. I’m accepting of that fact, which makes the nominations even more sweeter for me. A huge thank you to The Fringe Files team as always.

A Tail of Forklure coming in 2014!

Okay, I admit it, we kept this play quiet, mainly because I was actually planning to further develop other scripts already closer to completion beforehand, however, as a playwright, I find that certain scripts gain unexpected traction, where inspiration strikes like a thunderbolt from the blue. A Tail of Forklure is one such thunderbolt

Okay, I admit it, we kept this play quiet, mainly because I was actually planning to further develop other scripts already closer to completion beforehand, however, as a playwright, I find that certain scripts gain unexpected traction, where inspiration strikes like a thunderbolt from the blue. A Tail of Forklure is one such thunderbolt, immediately leapfrogging itself ahead of other works in progress.

The story focuses on four chaps as they meet up for a university reunion house party (hosted by Gus). During the party a board game is introduced and, well, let’s just say things go a little absurd from there on in. A Tail of Forklure is an epic fun comedy adventure for all the family.  We are delighted to confirm that A Tail of Forklure will be The Fringe Files‘s 2014 production.

Underline rehearsal snippets

In 2013, touring theatre company The Fringe Files gave a debut to psychological thriller Underline, under the direction of Stuart Lyddon. The production went on to receive high praise, collecting half a dozen award nominations later that year. Here’s some never-before-seen rehearsal footage, compiled from a series of edit room cuts.

In 2013, touring theatre company The Fringe Files gave a debut to psychological thriller Underline, under the direction of Stuart Lyddon. The production went on to receive high praise, collecting half a dozen award nominations later that year. Here’s some never-before-seen rehearsal footage, compiled from a series of edit room cuts.

Underline receives FIVE award noms!

We are delighted to announce that our psychological thriller, Underline, has been nominated for a whopping five awards at the 2013 Woking Drama Festival

We are delighted to announce that our psychological thriller, Underline, has been nominated for a whopping five awards at the 2013 Woking Drama Festival as follows:-

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[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Gordon Watson nominated in ‘Best lighting’ category for production Underline, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2013] [nominated]
[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Gordon Watson nominated in ‘Best sound’ category for production Underline, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2013] [nominated]
[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Stuart Lyddon nominated in ‘Best direction’ category for production Underline, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2013] [nominated]
[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Stuart Lyddon nominated in ‘Technical excellence’ category for production Underline, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2013] [nominated]
[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Quintin Mitchell nominated in ‘Best male actor’ category for production Underline, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2013] [nominated]

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It’s three for ‘The Cook Did It!’

Huge congratulations go out to everybody involved as our whodunit parody The Cook Did It! gains three award nominations at the 2012 Woking Drama Festival

Huge congratulations go out to everybody involved as our whodunit parody The Cook Did It! gains three award nominations at the 2012 Woking Drama Festival as follows:-

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[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Gordon Watson nominated in ‘Best lighting’ category for production The Cook Did It!, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2012] [nominated]
[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Michael Starr nominated in ‘Best male actor’ category for production The Cook Did It!, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2012] [nominated]
[icon name=”trophy” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Michael Starr nominated in ‘Best new play’ category for production The Cook Did It!, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2012] [nominated]

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The Cook Did It! tech 07/10/2012

Here are a collection of snaps taken from our technical visit to the Rhoda McGaw theatre, as part of the 2012 Woking Drama Festival, where we were scheduled to perform The Cook Did It!

Here are a collection of snaps taken from our technical visit to the Rhoda McGaw theatre, as part of the 2012 Woking Drama Festival, where we were scheduled to perform The Cook Did It!

The Cook Did It! tech 13/09/2012

Additional snaps taken from our technical visit to the Memorial Hall (Wincanton), on the 13th of September 2012, as part of The Cook Did It! tour.

Additional snaps taken from our technical visit to the Memorial Hall (Wincanton), on the 13th of September 2012, as part of The Cook Did It! tour.

The Cook Did It! tech 08/09/2012

Here are a collection of snaps taken from our technical visit to the Rhoda McGaw theatre, as part of the 2012 Woking Drama Festival, where we were scheduled to perform The Cook Did It!

Here are a collection of snaps taken from our technical visit to the Rhoda McGaw theatre, as part of the 2012 Woking Drama Festival, where we were scheduled to perform The Cook Did It!

Edinburgh Fringe ‘TCOMF’ tour (2/2)

Here are a handful of images taken during our Edinburgh Fringe production run for The Curse of Miss Fortune. What fun we all had! (PART 2)

Here are a handful of images taken during our Edinburgh Fringe production run for The Curse of Miss Fortune. What fun we all had! (PART 2)

Edinburgh Fringe ‘TCOMF’ tour (1/2)

Here are a handful of images taken during our Edinburgh Fringe production run for The Curse of Miss Fortune. What fun we all had! (PART 1)

Here are a handful of images taken during our Edinburgh Fringe production run for The Curse of Miss Fortune. What fun we all had! (PART 1)

TCOMF @ Hen & Chickens (London)

Half a dozen The Curse of Miss Fortune images from our performance at The Hen & Chickens Theatre Pub (London) on the way up to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Half a dozen The Curse of Miss Fortune images from our performance at The Hen & Chickens Theatre Pub (London) on the way up to the Edinburgh Fringe.

BCFM radio interview for TCOMF

Had a blast with DJ Billy Quain at the BCfm – Community Radio For Bristol this morning, promoting The Curse of Miss Fortune.

Had a blast with DJ Billy Quain at the BCfm – Community Radio For Bristol this morning, promoting The Curse of Miss Fortune with Arianne Wolodarsky and Theresa Roche.

TCOMF dress rehearsal stills

A couple of snaps taken from The Curse of Miss Fortune dress rehearsal, featuring Quintin Mitchell, Stuart Lyddon, Theresa Roche, David Hopper, Angela Eyton and Louise-marie Bowen.

A couple of snaps taken from The Curse of Miss Fortune dress rehearsal, featuring Quintin MitchellStuart LyddonTheresa RocheDavid HopperAngela Eyton and Louise-marie Bowen.

Edinburgh Fringe production meeting

Michael Starr (me) and Arianne Wolodarsky heading out to the Edinburgh Fringe production meeting hosted in London.

Michael Starr (me) and Arianne Wolodarsky heading out to the Edinburgh Fringe production meeting hosted in London. We may have accidentally stopped off at Hamley’s of London toy shop for a spot of prop hunting. On the way up on the train, I wrote up The Curse of Miss Fortune production notes.