The Little Festival of Everything comes to Bracknell this weekBy Caroline Cook
June 29, 2012
A small, exclusive and perfectly-formed festival is coming to Bracknell next week. Caroline Cook investigates
The Little Festival of Everything is arriving at South Hill Park on Monday bringing with it a colourful bunch of performers ready to test out material for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.
A hotly-tipped comedian, a musical cabaret and an outdoor theatre show will be landing on the doorstep, giving theatre fans the first glimpse of some of Edinburgh’s hottest acts.
“It’s very exciting for us to be making ourselves at home at South Hill Park for the week,” said festival director Alexander Wright.
“It’s such a great building with so much going on – it will be an absolute pleasure to bring all these artists there.”
One of the shows to look out for will be comedian Chris Stokes who is performing An Opera Written on Napkins on Tuesday.
The comedian’s debut routine was awarded best show at the Leicester Comedy Festival earlier this year and he has supported funny man Milton Jones on tour.
On his website Chris says the show “encompasses a shedload of geekiness, a spectacular run of bad luck and one hell of a case of mistaken identity. Plus a bit about unicorns.”
Musician James Harker will be performing on the same day playing tracks from his latest album The Red Room.
James is best known for playing Tony Blair in Tony! The Blair Musical and took inspiration for his album after playing in The Red Room, an immersive boudoir theatre experience, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008.
Innovative theatre will also be on offer including children’s shows William and Polly, which will be introduced by The Flanagan Collective on Saturday.
The plays feature interactive adventure storytelling in the grounds of South Hill Park and invites the audience to become part of the story, using their imaginations to make up parts of the tale.
Visitors will be able to go along to one show for just £6, or to bulk buy at a discounted rate to see multiple shows.
And there is also an opportunity to catch acts from closer to home with local artists performing in between shows to keep the entertainment going.
“We have got in touch with as many local artists as possible,” says festival producer Veronica Hare.
“It’s so important that we get this mix of artists working and performing together, because it’s not every day that we all get to be in the same place, have a drink and chat together.”
With something for everything on the bill, audiences will be in for a week of top fringe festival entertainment without having to go all the way to Edinburgh to see it.
Monday, July 2
7pm: Githa – theatre show
9pm: The Fastest Train to Anywhere – outdoor theatre show
Tuesday, July 3
7pm: Chris Stokes presents An Opera Written on Napkins – stand-up
9pm: James Harker presents The Red Room – live music
Wednesday, July 4
7pm: A Few Minutes with a Mitford– interactive theatre
9pm: Brigitte Cabarets – musical show
Thursday, July 5
7pm: Some Small Love Story – musical show
9pm: Therapy – musical show
Friday, July 6
7pm: Therapy – musical show
9pm: Letter to the Man (from the boy) by Henry Raby – performance poetry
Saturday, July 7
1pm: William – family show
3pm: Polly – family show
7pm: Beulah – folk musical
- Tickets are £6 for one show, £10 for two shows or £39 to watch the whole festival. To book call (01344) 484 123 or call www.southhillpark.org.uk