Morecambe Fringe is over for another year. Thanks to all our volunteers especially Emma Corless, Paula Binney and Nigel Faithful.
A massive thank you to our reviewers who made sure each show was reviewed, and to Lancashire Evening Post for publishing the reviews both online and in print. The Morecambe Fringe Awards for 2019 have been awarded and can be found here
Also thanks to Beyond Radio who have been incredibly supportive in our endeavours.
A big thank you to all who performed, the standard of this festival was incredibly high, there are some real delights heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe, that we were privileged to see here. Edinburgh is the biggest arts festival in the world, and we’re fortunately geographically placed to catch these career-making shows on the way up.
We have grown massively since the first Fringe in September 2017. In 3 fringes we’ve gone from 15 shows over a weekend to 49 shows in a fortnight, and next year’s festival will be bigger, lasting three weeks in July. Be on the lookout for some new announcements as we plan for 2020’s festival with 90 acts.
This festival has always been about more than just the great talent that’s on offer – it’s been about getting involved, building the talent and opportunities here in the West End of Morecambe, a town literally built for Entertainment. Before we arrived there was a statue of a comedian, but not a regular comedy night, or bricks and mortar producing theatre. Now I’m glad to say we are here and established.
Our Fringe HQ, the venue/performance lab, Alt-Space has run workshops since January with The West End Players, our first intake had members from Blackpool, Lancaster and from across the district. It was some achievement to produce 8 full shows featuring 12 talents for the programme. These are reflected in the local awards below, but I want to salute all participants – not just the winners. Next year we’ll be aiming to support our local talent all the way to Edinburgh to help make careers of their own.
Our next in-take for The West End Players will be meeting in September, working towards the Fringe-mas Festival November 30th-December 7th.
The Fringe is a great blurring of the lines between amateur and professional, it’s where people can get up and give it a go.