BACKGROUND: Whilst talking in the pub to fellow scriptwriters in April 2013 – following an excellent session of Angela Street’s brilliant ‘Scriptwriters’ Doo Dah’ class – we discussed our love for the Edinburgh Festival and how we could do something similar for new playwriting in Salisbury. Six months later, our dream became a reality and the first Salisbury Fringe Festival was launched to great acclaim in four venues across the city.
Our mission is to support the local community and make theatre more appealing to potential theatre-goers by:
– giving the people of Salisbury a brand new informal theatrical experience – old fashioned repertory theatre with a revolutionary twist: instead of one long play per evening in a very formal setting, lots of short new plays covering everything from comedy to tragedy – making audiences laugh, gasp, contemplate and cry – in the relaxed atmosphere of a club, pub or cafe.
– providing the community with free of charge access to new, cutting edge works by talented local scriptwriters, whilst supporting local Salisbury businesses such as pubs, clubs, cafes, galleries and restaurants as the venues for our productions
– staging plays never performed before, where there are no ornate costumes or fancy sets, just short, snappy dialogue, fast paced storytelling and stripped back productions, acted by talented professional actors.
Who we are –
Patron – Christopher Biggins
Artistic Director – Andrew Thackeray
Associate Director – Peter Talman
Head of Programming – Linda Morse
Marketing – Brian Macreamoinn
Committee members – Samantha Holland, David Marrs, Sara Taylor, Sally Whyte