What was on - Stevenage Fringe 2013

There were a huge variety of events celebrating the arts in Stevenage during the festival that weren't part of the 2013 main programme

As well as the performances at the Gordon Craig Theatre, the festival also included many smaller events in and around Stevenage which are detailed below.

2013 Fringe Programme


Sat 8 June
10 am - 4 pm

Stevenage and Knebworth Arts Group (SKAG)
Study Day - Nelson, England's Hero

Stevenage Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg

Come and learn about the public and private life of one of Britain's greatest national heroes. Admiral Lord Nelson is Great Britain’s greatest naval commander. A Norfolk man who rose from quite humble origins, he played a major role in the rise and dominance of the Royal Navy in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Winning victories at the battles of St Vincent, the Nile and Copenhagen, Nelson’s final triumph was the annihilation of the Franco-Spanish fleet at Trafalgar. William Tyler will tell the compelling story of Nelson’s last victory and his death at the height of battle.

Tickets £20 (to include lunch) available from Hilary Spiers, 01438 350217.  Must be prebooked.


Sat 8 June
7.30 pm

From Mozart to Les Mis
A selection of favourite choruses and arias from opera and musical theatre.

Church of
St. Hugh and St. John,
Mobbsbury Way,
Stevenage SG2 0HL

Tickets £9 Adults (will be £12 if bought on the day) and £5 for under 16s
Ticket booking line: 01438 220437 to book or book online at www.wegottickets.com


Thurs 13 June
5.00 pm

Stevenage Floral Art Society Talk -
Floral Profusion

High Street
Methodist Church,

Tickets £7.50 (includes refreshments)


Sat 15 June
2.45 pm

The Friends of the Forster Country
Country Walk Opening Ceremony with Ken Follett

The Avenue

outside Thomas Alleyne School

Forster Country is an area to the north of Stevenage named after the writer E M Forster.
He lived there as a boy in Rooks Nest House which he immortalised as ‘Howards End’ in the novel of the same name. He loved the surrounding countryside and said in a BBC broadcast: “I was brought up…in a district which I still think the loveliest in England.”
The Friends of the Forster Country was formed in 1988 to preserve the area as an open space and has fought numerous attempts to develop it.
There is now a waymarked walk from Stevenage Old Town into Forster Country where several routes can be taken


Tue 18 June
7.30 pm

South Stevenage Flower Club
A Touch of Glass

Stevenage Arts Centre, Roaring Meg

Demonstration by Lionel Clark.

Admission £4.00, members £1.00


Sun 23 June
1.30 - 4.30 pm

Stevenage Choirs
Big Sing

Great Ashby Community Centre, Stevenage

Come and join this singing workshop organised by Hertfordshire Music Service bringing together choirs and singers in Stevenage. Learn and perform amazing songs in harmony. No musical experience necessary.

Tickets £5, £10 for a family of four.
For more details please e-mail stevenagemusicenquiries@hertscc.gov.uk


Tue 25 June
7.30 pm

Stevenage Arts society

Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg

A watercolourist of great renown demonstrating his talents. He paints impressive, speedily painted pictures of landscapes and urban scenes around Norfolk, Essex, Scotland and France. He has been featured in Hertfordshire Life Magazine and is a featured artist in Essex Life and Countryside magazine.

He is a published author, and his website is www.cottagecornerart.co.uk if you want a look.

Tickets: £4.00 members, £5.00 non-members


Thu 27 June
7.30 pm

Stevenage Locomotive Society
Chris Green and "The InterCity story 1964-2012"

Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg

Well known railwayman Chris Green, former boss of ScotRail, Network SouthEast and InterCity, comes to Stevenage to talk to the Locomotive Society about the successful part of British Rail which spawned a description of express rail travel in Britain and other parts of the world.

So successful was BR InterCity that in today’s privately operated railway, the InterCity franchises are keenly contested when they come up for renewal and substantial premiums are paid to the Government for the privilege to operate these services.

In what is sure to be an interesting and intriguing presentation, the Society welcome visitors, as well as Members, to this evening on payment of £2 entrance fee. Light refreshments are available at moderate prices during the mid-evening break and we expect Chris’ talk to finish about 10.00pm.

The Battle of Britain Locomotive Society sales stand is expected to be in attendance raising funds to complete the overhaul of Battle of Britain Locomotive No.34081 “92 SQUADRON”.

Tickets: £2.00


Sun 30 June
6.30 pm
Doors open – 7.00 pm

Songs of Praise

Church of St Andrew and St George, Stevenage

Our Festival closes with a traditional Songs of Praise hosted by Stevenage Churches Together.

Come along and sing your favourite hymns and worship songs.
Admission Free

For information about other events that were taking place during Stevenage Festival please visit our page of Main Events.

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