Norwich Fringe returns 03Feb21

Press release
23 February 2021
For immediate release

Norwich Fringe Festival returns as an online TV channel this March, promoting the creativity and talent of Norwich and Norfolk


• Norwich Fringe Festival 2021 takes place 18th – 22nd March
• All shows and events will be streamed online, live or pre-recorded from a special pop up studio and from homes
• Pay-what-you-can day tickets now on sale
• A rally to call and support people of the creative community

Norwich Fringe Festival 2021 will take place 18th to 22nd March with a varied programme of shows and projects form theatre to comedy, art and music, all streamed via an online TV channel. Norwich Fringe last took place 6 years ago, and this year has a whole new team behind it.

Joseph Ballard, director of Norwich Fringe, said:
“I’d been exploring options for resurrecting the city’s Fringe for a while and last year – whilst times were challenging for all of us – I wanted to connect creatives and makers of all artforms together. The people of the creative sector have been hit hard, with livelihoods disappearing almost overnight. Norwich Fringe is about supporting the creative community all year round and presenting a platform and nurturing stance for new work to reach new audiences.”

The 4-day Fringe Festival will stream 4pm to 10pm each day that can be accessed by purchasing day tickets, sold on a pay-what-you-can approach ranging from £4-9. Free activities and events will also be available throughout the programme and an open call for a group exhibition and visual arts project will be launched soon.

Joseph continued:
“The day ticket approach means that audiences can access the different shows over six hours. We wanted to make sure it remained accessible, hence the pay-what-you-can approach, remembering that all box office income will go to the creatives and makers, who are excited about being able to share their work with audiences and earn some much-needed income after other festivals, venues and theatres have remained closed for so long.”

The festival line-up includes acts from Norwich, Norfolk and further afield, including stand-up and a comedy night with Hooma Comedy Club, a Cabaret night hosted by Norfolk’s very own diva Titania Trust, mindreading from Alex McAleer, puppetry and magic, new plays and mixed media shows and a showcase of work-in-development called Not The End to round off the four days. Live improvised performance from Slovenian composer Jaka Škapin and live performance from countries such as Ghana and Zambia with Sheba Soul Ensemble also feature in the line up.
The programme also includes the presentation of work from 5 artists and companies who received a Norwich Fringe Commission grant last year. Shows will be broadcast live from a pop-up TV studio, live from performer’s homes or pre-recorded.

The Fringe producing team includes Joseph Ballard as director, along with Molly Farley and Sam Webber. A wider programming team, addressing the different artforms has also been set up.

Norwich Fringe has been supported using public funding from Arts Council England and is also supported by Joseph’s theatre company New Stages.

The full programme and tickets are available at www.norwichfringe.org.uk, with regular updates and special features via a mailing list and on the social medias of Norwich Fringe, @hinorwichfringe and @norwichfringe on Facebook.