10Mar21

Media release
10 March 2021
For immediate release

Norwich Fringe Festival provides collaboration and support for creatives
in challenging times

• 4 theatre companies to be showcased in new show called ‘Not The End’.
• 4 commissioned artists and theatre companies gear up for Fringe Festival
• Norwich Fringe Festival 2021 takes place 18th – 22nd March with pay-what-you-can day tickets on sale

The 4-day online fringe festival features a variety of performance and art and has also supported theatre makers and artists over the past 6 months to create new pieces just for the festival.

Norwich Fringe has commissioned 4 local theatre companies and artists for new pieces of work that will be presented as part of the festival. They are Reduck Producktions with their new show Para-Sights, which follows a team of paranormal investigators in one of Norwich’s most haunted locations.

Photographic artist Kerry Curl has been working on a disco dancing inspired piece involving portraits of people dancing and capturing their feelings in the moment.

The Keeper’s Daughter will present a development sharing on the progress of their work called After The Blitz, an experimental piece of eighties-inspired video-art that celebrates New Romantic youth culture.

Shirley Day and Passion Productions will be presenting a new play called Kurt Vonnegut Mr Rosewater & Me, about a drama student who sets off on a Vonnegut style journey searching for answers after playing the part of an alien in her final college piece.

The last event of the festival, on the Sunday evening is called Not The End which will showcase excerpts of 4 new plays, as work-in-progress. The showcase includes Mawther by Blonde Boss Theatre Company; The Father, The Son and the Owl of Death by Abbie Neale; The Happisburgh Hominids by Kiara Hawker and I’m That Person by Coast to Coast Theatre Company.

Kiara Hawker, a playwright taking part in Not The End, said:
“The Norwich Fringe team have been really supportive and are so willing to help forge connections between artists – something which would otherwise have been difficult during lockdown. It can be isolating to work on a solo show but the team have made sure they’re available for bouncing ideas around, tech questions, or just a chat and connecting which was been gratefully received in the lockdown world.”

Sam Webber and Molly Farley, producers, are organising Not The End.

Sam Webber said:
“Not The End is about the people who will be making the new theatre going forwards, taking it further after our fringe. Not The End is very important to us not just because of the great work we get to show off, but the possibilities and implications for all of our futures as part of this storytelling city.”

Molly Farley said:
It takes incredibly brave individuals to make new work, which is why creating a nurturing and supportive atmosphere is so important as sometimes that process can become transactional in larger establishments. Placing as much value on the process as the finished piece has been our approach to Not The End.”

Hayley Evenett, from Reduck Producktions, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to have been commissioned by Norwich Fringe to work on Para-Sights, as it really helped us be able to kick start our project at a time when financial backing a support for new work has been hard to find. We’re very excited about staging a theatrical version of a televised ghost hunt and we’re sure it will appeal to non-theatre goers as well as theatre enthusiasts. Seeing Norwich Fringe return is a much-needed tonic for the last 12 months!”

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.

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. Shows will be broadcast live from a pop-up TV studio, live from performer’s homes or pre-recorded.

Norwich Fringe has been supported using public funding from Arts Council England and is also supported by Joseph Ballard’s own 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.