What is the HopFestFringe?
The HopFestFringe is a performing arts festival taking place in Faversham, Kent over the first weekend in September 2017. Anyone and everyone is welcome to apply. We’re hoping for any/all of the following: new writing, musicals, stand-up, sketch comedy, cabaret, poetry, mentalism, and improvisation (not an exhaustive list, so if your particular thing isn’t on it, don’t let that put you off applying). It would be great to get some child-friendly shows in some of the daytime slots, but adult-only shows are also fine. Shows will take place throughout the weekend, generally lasting about an hour.
The HopFestFringe hopes to give all kinds of people the chance to perform and showcase their talents, from old-hands and experienced companies, to wonderfully enthusiastic newcomers. All tickets are priced at just £6 each in advance and £7 on the door. We’ll let you know if any shows sell out beforehand.
HopFestFringe takes place at the same time as the Faversham Hop Festival, a long-established, internationally-renowned free festival in the pubs and on the streets of Faversham. The organisers describe it as: “…no longer a beer festival, a morris festival, a folk music or even a music festival. It has stalls but isn’t a street market or food festival, a fun fair but isn’t a fairground. It’s free to enter, it’s all these things, and we love it.” We love it too.
This video should give you a little taste of what the Faversham Hop Festival is all about:
Jude Sach and Ribs Norman set up the HopFestFringe partly on a whim, having just been to the Bath Spa Fringe, and partly to fill a perceived need at the fabulous Faversham Hop Festival. Don’t get us wrong – we love live music, adore real ale and actually really rather like Morris Dancers, but we feel that there’s room for something more. If for no other reason to help pace the beer drinkers and get you pale people out of the sun for an hour or two. And, of course, The Arden Theatre has a bar, so don’t panic.