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WATFORD FRINGE: Theatre gears up for two-week arts festival (VIDEO)

 Published on: 21st September 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Pump House theatre, a community hub which has been located in the heart of Watford for more than 50 years, is preparing for its biggest event of the year: the Watford Fringe Festival, which begins tomorrow.

The celebration, which runs from Friday, September 22, to Sunday, October 8, will see eight venues across the town play host to a variety of live entertainment, including theatre, dance, comedy, cabaret, music, workshops and more.

Watford News went down to the Pump House to speak to Sharon Gaffney, one of the Fringe’s managers.

She said: “Watford Fringe is one of things that happens and people ask what a Fringe is, telling us that they don’t understand. If you try to describe it as an arts festival, it’s more than that. There’s workshops, poetry, jazz, folk, music, famous people, chat shows, everything you can think about for culture and arts.

“There’s stars coming down, like Jon Robyns from The Phantom of the Opera. We have West End singers coming to do West End show numbers, we have a play that is happening right now, which is Hangmen, we have lots of plays going on.

“We also have a concert for Ukraine taking place; the country’s winner of their version of The Voice will be performing there alongside guests at St Mary’s Church. There’ll also be another fantastic Ukrainian girl called Sonia who will be singing, and the Military Wives Choir are going to joining them, which is hot off the press!

“We’re a charitable theatre, and the one of the reasons we started the festival was to get the Pump House’s name out there, and it’s just grown and grown and grown.”

Other attractions include former winner of The Voice Kids Torrin, the hugely successful show about PTSD Battlecry, and Watford Folk Club.

To find about more about the Fringe, visit their website.

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