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Reviews from the Buxton Fringe 2013

These are archived reviews from the Buxton Fringe in July 2013. We keep archived reviews online as a courtesy to performers, and to help members of the public researching the history of a show.

The Buxton Fringe - England's second-largest mixed-arts festival - takes place each July in the beautiful Peak District. This friendliest of festivals sees a dozen or more events each day, running across a compact cluster of venues. With many shows stopping off on their way to Edinburgh, it's a great chance to catch both local and national talent in the relaxed setting of this pretty spa town.

The Gambit
Published on Monday, 08 July 2013

4 starsReviewed by Richard Stamp
The Old Clubhouse
Run ended; next appearing at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, 17-20 July

Across the road from the opera house, in front of a grand bay window, stands a plain wooden table. On the table lies a chessboard. At the chessboard sits a man. He’s sitting silently, morose and distracted, waiting for a guest: an opponent he’s been avoiding for the last 25 years.

Patchwork Lives
Published on Sunday, 07 July 2013

5 starsReviewed by Richard Stamp
United Reformed Church, Blue Room
6-7 & 12-13 Jul, 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Written by its cast and “the folk of Nottinghamshire”, Arletty Theatre’s Patchwork Lives was always destined to be a rewarding, multi-faceted play. There’s a literal patchwork quilt hanging at the back of the stage, and as you wait for the show to start you might find yourself scanning the dedications written on each square: to “my mum, the leather worker” for example, or simply “my gran”. Each fragment of fabric represents a remembered life… and soon, the homely Quilter and her friend the Ghost step forward to tell these tales.

Viva Alf's Vegas
Published on Sunday, 07 July 2013

3 starsReviewed by Richard Stamp
Underground Venues
5 Jul 5:30pm to 6:30pm, 6 Jul 4pm to 5pm, 9 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm

“My name’s Alfie Moore, and I’m a compulsive gambler,” says the thick-set man walking onto the stage. It’s a surprising opening for a stand-up routine, but it proves a rich jumping-off point for an hour of gentle laughter, which tackles a handful of important topics in the context – so Moore says – of his own sometimes-poignant life story.

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These are archived reviews of shows from Buxton 2013.  We keep our archives online as a courtesy to performers, and for readers who'd like to research previous years' reviews.