The Preston Fringe is an open-access festival set up by a group of enthusiasts from Preston based theatre company Screaming Theatre in 2009, looking to expand their philosophy of bringing exciting arts to accessible venues around Preston. The Fringe is an exciting mix of theatre, comedy, dance, music and more performed in venues across Preston.
Preston Fringe welcomes all performers from the world of theatre, comedy, dance, music, magic and much more, whether you’re a seasoned professional or a novice. Since its inception in 2009, the festival has hosted established artists previewing their shows prior to the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as providing a platform for new emerging artists, who have gone on to have their shows programmed at significant regional venues like ‘The Lowry’ and ‘Re:play’.
At the cornerstone of Fringe’s philosophy is that the festival organisers don’t select or sensor any of the shows and the festival remains completely open-access. The inaugural Preston Fringe featured 25 acts in 2009, and grew to featuring over 50 acts by Preston Guild in 2012 and we’re looking to make 2017 the biggest Fringe yet.