WHAT’S ON: Swindon Fringe Festival 2019

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The Swindon Fringe is back! “The Swinge”, as it is affectionately known, will play host to some fabulous comedians, fun family shows, exciting workshops, and live music.

From April 5 to April 14 Swindon’s festival of theatre, comedy and music will be returning to host an array of local and national acts.

The phrase “bigger and better” is one that is frequently over-used. So it’s a testament to the Swindon Fringe that this is the perfect way to describe it.

Taking place across pubs, cafes, gallery spaces and dance studios, the Swinge continues to play host to a selection of both national and international talent from award-winning comedians, to amatuer dramatics. 

Matt Fox. Swinge’s co-founder and director, said: “2019 marks the 7th year of the Swindon fringe, and it’s bigger and better than ever!

“We’re now a major player of the global fringe circuit, affiliated with the World Fringe and attract artists from all over the planet. 

“From something which started as a long weekend, featuring shows mainly written by the fringe directors themselves, the festival is now one of the top places to bring your show before it hits Edinburgh in the summer. 

“With new venues coming on-board this year, including The Incredible Comic Book Store, and the newly revamped Artsite, we’re predicting larger audiences than ever before, for what is now one of Swindon’s primary arts events of the year.

“Get your tickets early before they all go!”


The Opening Night​

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Where: The Crossing
When: Friday April 5, 7pm
What: “With live music and entertainment throughout, come and have a drink, and meet some of the acts.”

Step Dad Jokes

Where: The Victoria
When: Sunday April 7, 7.30pm
What: “Tony Cowards will bring you crashing back to reality with a rapid fire array of one liners.”


Where: Artsite
When: Monday April 9, 7.30pm
What: “The extraordinary escapades of a failed cat burglar and a struggling gigolo” told by an award-winning duo.


Where: Artsite
When: Thursday April 11, 7.30pm
What: “A powerful one woman show with more than a hint of feminism that explores the female rage.”

Sunday Solos 

Where: Swindon Dance
When: Sunday April 14
What: “A collection of short performances including monologues, songs and poetry performed by local talent.”

Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful

Where: Swindon Dance
When: Sunday April 14
What: “Tina Sederholm melds memoir, comedy and poetry in a thoughtful show about her fathers descent into Alzheimers.”

For the full line-up visit www.swindonfringefestival.com