The line-up for fringe@theOTR 2015, part of Bath Fringe Festival, has been announced, and features a very strong line-up ranging from well-known local musicians to a touring production from South Africa.
There is a distinct musical theme for this year’s events, with artists from Bath and surrounding counties filling the majority of the dates. They include BBC Radio 2 2015 Horizon Award nominee Ange Hardy from Taunton performing her own contemporary songs written in a traditional style, and Bath’s Sam Eason who will be premiering his latest project entitled BathSongs, ten completely new modern folk songs about the quirky eccentrics and overlooked happenings from 500 years of Bath history.
On the drama side, we are pleased to be hosting The Way We Heal, a play written by Dr. Mongane Wally Serote, one of South Africa’s most prolific and celebrated writers. It will be performed by the original company of South African Traditional Healers as part of their UK Tour. Laurene Hope will also be bringing her superb production of Piaf: Love Conquers All, celebrating 100 years since the singer’s birth. Comedy is not ignored, with Bristol’s Angie Belcher providing stand-up with fire and wings in her Mythical Creature show.
The wide range of musical offerings covers diverse genre, from Bristol’s newest girl band The Honeyfire to the more ancient songs of Shakespeare given a distinctly rock n’roll twist by Martin Dimery (from Sgt Pepper’s Only Dart Board Band). We also have another well-known local songwriter, Stackridge’s Andy Davis, who is bringing-along his acoustic band Davis Lindley Mullan, plus an evening of the best of the City’s street music when the Buskers of Bath get together to perform indoors, and amplified.
Border Tales will utilise their mesmerising three part harmonies to provide very different interpretations of both traditional and contemporary songs, while in an evening of contrasts the soft soulful sounds of Bristol’s Chandra Moon Trio share the stage with the vibrant and authentic Flamenco music of Ganesha & Co, featuring the sensational 19-year-old gypsy singer Jose Agarrado Moneo from Jerez in Spain. To add to the international flavour, there is an evening of Bluegrass music from one of the country’s favourite bands, Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys.
This year’s Fringe Festival events at the Old Theatre Royal are sponsored by the Bath-based Sitec Group, and will run from 26th May to June 7th 2015. Full details including ticket information can be found on our fringe@theOTR webpage or by clicking on the poster above.