Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Green shoots

Near Mam Tor
Fringe 2011 is starting to grow and take shape. There are now 13 entries for our Festival which starts on July 6th.

A clutch of new entries come from Buxton Film which promises a veritable cornucopia of visual delights throughout the period of the Fringe. We can expect full-length features; local, regional and international documentaries; archive footage; and the screening of all the entries to this year's 'Open Shorts' - Buxton's own short film competition. Entries for 'Open Shorts' can be submitted up until May 1st - so check out the terms and conditions - and news of all films being screend across the High Peak at

Once you've finished making a short film you might just have time to write a one act play for Buxton Drama League's Fringe event. Last year the Drama League presented the winning play from their competition - which was so successful at all levels that it is being repeated. For more information write to:

The Military Tattoo is now a confirmed Fringe entry - which is just as well since over 100 tickets have been sold already. Tickets from the Opera House for the biggest and loudest show on Fringe 2011 which takes place at the Dome, University of Derby on July 9th.

The other new entry for Fringe 2011 could hardly be more different to all the drama and excitement of marching bands in an enclosed space. Also on July 9th is a song recital - Music for a While. As you might suppose it includes Purcell; you wouldn't know that strawberries and tea are also part of the deal. Angela Rowley will be singing, accompanied by James Pelham, at the United Reformed Church from 2.30-3.30. The obvious thing is hear Angela and James in the afternoon - take in the art exhibition at Buxton Museum - before shuffling up to the Dome for the evening Tattoo. That's July 9th sorted out then. Only 18 other days to plan for you.

In a recent Blog we mentioned violinist Graham Clark's gigs - well our independent reviewers say they are "great". Graham is accompanied by pianists - a different one each time evidently. Anyway, Graham is now to be heard at The Queen's Head every Monday night - next up on January 24th.

Our local scene for this Blog is from a lane on the way to Mam Tor, from Castleton. Daniel Defoe in his guide to Great Britain was a bit sniffy about the Peak District in general and Mam Tor in particular which others described as one of the wonders of the Peak: "The sum of the whole wonder is this, that there is a very high hill, nay I will add (that I may make the most of the story, and that it may appear as much like a wonder as I can) an exceeding high hill. But this in a country which is all over hills cannot be much of a wonder, because also there are several higher hills in the Peak than that, only not just there." The man had no poetry in his soul.

by Keith Savage - Published 16/01/2011

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