Stevenage Festival

The Stevenage Fringe - 2015

If you want to know more or would like to be involved then please contact us.


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

2015 Fringe Programme

Sunday 25th of April to Sunday the 5th of July 2015
Click on links below to jump lower down the page for more details about the events.

Sat 25 Apr
10:00am - 4:30pm

Stevenage Choral Society
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Singing Day

Stevenage Music Centre Workshop for the Vaughan Williams choral work Dona Nobis Pacem.
This workshop is open to all singers whether performing in the festival or not. Join Stevenage Choral Society and guests with inspiring workshop leader Ben Goodson to explore Vaughan Williams’ profoundly moving work Dona Nobis Pacem.

You will need to bring your own lunch but the ticket price includes hire of the music and morning and afternoon refreshments.

Tickets: £15 by email from info@stevenagechoral.org.uk or janburnell@googlemail.com or phone Jan Burnell, Choir Chair, on 07932 694695.

Poster for come and sing Dona Nobis Pacem workshop

Tue 12th May - Sun 12 July

Remembering Roger Andrews
Photography exhibition

Foyer Gallery Exhibition of photography by the late Stevenage photographer Roger Andrews.
Roger was a talented photographer who captured many local events including earlier festivals and this event is in his memory.

Image of Roger Andrews on a shoot
Entry: Free

Event supported by Alta Image:
Alta Image Logo

Tue 19 May - Sat 27 June

Art with a Heart:
Stevenage Community Art Exhibition

Pi Gallery

Stevenage is home to a wealth of artistic talent - 'amateurs' in the true sense, doing what they love.

This exhibition brings together stunning photography from the Stevenage Photographic Society, the Underwater Photographic Society and the Locomotive Society, compelling and challenging art from the Stevenage Arts Society and beautiful arrangements from the Stevenage Floral Art Society. All in all a visual treat, well worth a visit when you're in the Town Centre.

Entry: Free
Please note that you should be able to visit the exhibition during the opening hours of Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre. However for operational reasons access may sometimes be restricted and we recommend calling the centre on 01438 363200 to check if making a special journey.

Sat 23 May
10:30am -
4:30pm

Just Sing Community Choir presents:
Big Sing

Great
Ashby
Community
Centre

Everyone is welcome at this community singing day led by the Just Sing Musical Director, Penelope Manser and her fab team. Everything will be taught by ear so don't worry about not reading music.
Please bring your own packed lunch and drinks can be purchased from the centre café.
You will be warmly welcomed to this fabulously relaxed, fun day suitable for ages 7 - 70+.

For further details visit www.justsingcc.org.uk/bigsing.html


Tickets: Adults £ 10*, Children (7-17) £ 6* and Family tickets (2adults, 2 children) £ 30* available by email from justsingcic@gmail.com or online via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-sing-tickets-15775669452
*Please note that online ticket booking incurs additional cost of 90p, 80p and £ 1.40 per ticket

Thu 4 Jun 15
2:00 - 4:00pm

Stevenage U3A presents:
Who was Gordon Craig?

United Reform Church, Cuttys Lane

Event organised by Stevenage U3A and talk given by Hilary Spiers.
Our theatre in Stevenage is named after Edward Gordon Craig.

Image of Gordon Craig as a young Man

Thousands of people see the building each day as the train hurtles past but very few have any knowledge of the man. Come along and find out more about this important figure in the history of theatre.

Space will be limited for this event. For information about attending please contact Stevenage U3A on their website by clicking on the image below (and then message them from their contact page):
Generic University of the Third Age logo

Sat 6 June
10:00 - 4:00pm

Stevenage and Knebworth Arts Group present:
The "Fascinatin’ Rhythm" of George Gershwin

Community Arts Centre Tutor : Kenneth Roberts. As a song writer, Gershwin has been compared to Schubert. He is acclaimed by both jazz and classical musicians. He was a musical colossus of the 1920’s and 1930’s, who somehow bound the classical and popular together. One of the fortunate few, who were in the right place at the right time. Speaker Kenneth Roberts will chart his progress from Tin Pan Alley to the Metropolitan Opera House, giving particular attention to "Rhapsody in Blue", the Piano Concerto and "Porgy and Bess".

Signed photo of George Gershwin
Tickets MUST be prebooked and include lunch.
Tickets: £20
For details email: johnhilary1@virginmedia.com

Mon 8 June
7:30 for 8pm

Stevenage Society for Local History presents:
Who was Gordon Craig?

Springfield House, 24 High Street

Event organised by Stevenage Society for Local History.
Our theatre in Stevenage is named after Edward Gordon Craig.

Image of Gordon Craig as a young Man

Thousands of people see the building each day as the train hurtles past but very few have any knowledge of the man. Come along and find out more about this important figure in the history of theatre.

Tickets: £ 4
For details and to book telephone Jill Campbell on 01438 811439

Thu 11 June
7:30pm

Stevenage Floral Art Society
'Our Life in Flowers'

High St. Methodist Church

Floral Display
This event will be a floral demonstration given by Irene Bowkett (a National Floral Demonstrator) and is part of the Society's Emerald Anniversary celebrating 55 years of the Floral Art Society. For more details call Margaret on 01438 880086.
Tickets: £ 6.50

Sat 13 June
7.45pm

Purple Dreams Productions, brought to Stevenage by the Lytton Players present:
Love Games

Lytton Theatre

Purple Dreams production company logo
Love Games promo image
When Isaac Williams sets off to catch his usual bus, little did he realise that he'd meet the most important people of his life ... quickly falling for kind-hearted Sophie, he finds himself fighting for her affection with rival suitor Chris. It's not until Sophie's feisty friend Zoe shows up though that it becomes apparent that, ultimately, everyone is playing 'Love Games'. This saucy comedy offering you plenty of love, lust with laughter and lies...

Tickets: £ 10, £ 8 (Concession) - available through the Lytton Players box office - phone 01438 357407

Sun 14 Jun

Stevenage Day 2015

King George V Playing Field

Stevenage Day is now in its 56th Year, this popular event will host over 200 stalls with a wide range of entertainment including a Main Arena showcasing local talent, Stevenage Music Festival with a Main and Acoustic Stage. The event is free and starts from noon. Free parking in the Town Centre.

For more information go to:
www.stevenage.gov.uk/stevenage-day
or email stevenageday@stevenage.gov.uk Stevenage Day Logo
Entry: Free

 

14 June
7:30 - 10 pm

Lytton on the Fringe
presents:
Poems and Pints

Lytton Theatre Bar



An evening of open mic poetry and a bar (that’s where the pints bit comes in). Come along and bring your favourite poems or just enjoy other people’s renditions.
Tickets: £ 5 Available at the door

 

Thu 18th June
7:00 pm

We'll be 'Haven' A Good Time Tonight!

Stevenage Music Centre,
Nobel School

Haven concert promo image extracted from poster image
A Charity fundraiser in support of Stevenage Haven bringing a relaxed night of music and entertainment to Stevenage. The show will feature the cream of talent that Stevenage has to offer on a night guaranteed to showcase the amazing and talented performers we have selected.

Performing on the night will be acoustic songstress Jasmin Donavon, Velvet-voiced Tai Isabella, up-coming rappers Azzer, DL, Woody and Poodle, award-winning musical theatre singer Hattie Eason, Hertfordshire’s acoustic mega star Mark Sullivan, timeless crooner Tina Rivera, the fantastic Warriorz Dance Academy and many more! There will even be Special Guests too!

There will be a licensed bar on the night!
Tickets: £ 10 - Available from:
Practice Roomz Recording Studio, Unit B, Pond Industrial Estate, Old Town Stevenage – 01438 488681
Bare Bones Recording Studio, Wedgewood Way, Pin Green, Stevenage – 01438 365140
Tornado Event Hire, Unit 6A, The Glebe, Stevenage – 0845 226 9353/01438 353042
Tickets available from 20th May.

 

Sat 20 Jun
7.45pm

Lytton on the Fringe presents:
Lytton Youth Theatre Thursday Group
performing -
"Fifty Shades Of Plays"

Lytton Theatre


Well okay, not fifty ... five or six. The Thursday Group last performed their critically acclaimed production of "George Orwell’s 1984" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2014.
They now present five or six ... or maybe five or seven original plays written by new writers who submitted plays to "28 Plays Later" a play writing task created by The Space Theatre in London. There is comedy, zombies, swearing and some thought provoking stuff. An excellent evening not recommended for young children.

Tickets: £ 5, available through the Lytton Players box office - phone 01438 357407.

Thu 25 June
7:30pm - 10:15pm

Stevenage Locomotive Society presents:
'The Thameslink Project'

Arts Centre Chris Binns, Network Rail’s Thameslink Project Head of Engineering and the Thameslink Communication Team will be on hand giving a presentation on the progress and future plans for the whole Thameslink Project. The scheme will see through trains from Stevenage going through London on to Southern Region destinations including Brighton and Gatwick in brand new state of the art rolling stock.
The Thameslink project will also see major changes to the timetable for our trains between London and North Herts and beyond.


Entry: £ 2 Day membership (no charge if Stevenage Arts Guild Member) payable on the door.

Thu 25 Jun
8pm - 11:30pm

Charity Gig Night
for Cancer Hair Care

Coach & Horses,
Old Town

Charity Gig for Cancer Hair Care (www.cancerhaircare.com).
An evening of Music from Chris Talbot (Acoustic Guitar/Vocals), Kevin Clynes (Acoustic Guitar/Vocals) and The Lurcher Band (Doug Hanford, John & Barry) with additional Cajón players (Paul Venning and Malcolm Ward) - for those of you not in the know, a cajón is an acoustic wooden drum. Plus additional musical collaborations on the night!
Entry: Free with donation

Sat 27 June
7:30pm

Stevenage Ladies Choir presents:
Summer Concert

Church of St. Hugh and St. John Concert with Stevenage Ladies Choir with special guests - Basingstoke Ladies Choir.


Music ranges from classical through to show tunes, standards and modern songs in English, Welsh and Italian....something for everyone.

Refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle.
The Hertfordshire branch of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society will be the recipients of the proceeds from this concert.
(www.nras.org.uk - freephone helpline 0800 298 7650)
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Logo
Tickets: £ 8, Concessions £ 6
Available at the door or by phone on 07967 402138

Fri 26 - Sat 27 June

Barrio Fiesta Hertfordshire

Fairlands
Valley -
opposite
Football
Ground
Summer Festival celebrating Filipino arts and culture including Thanksgiving Mass, Food and Music/Live Band on the 26th.
Grand Festival Parade from 9.30am on 27th and also Showtime on the main stage including snake dance and street dance.
For more details see pinoyradiouk.com/event/hertfordshire-barrio-fiesta-2015/ or email barriofiestainhertfordshire@yahoo.com


Entry: Free

 

Sat 27 Jun
7.30pm (doors open)
8.00pm (start)

Lytton on the Fringe presents:
"A Club Called Fred"

Lytton Theatre


Live music and Comedy.
Includes "Stuff I Found On The Book Of Face".
Hosted by Dave Slade.

Tickets: £ 5 on the door.

 

Sun 28 June
6:30

Stevenage Churches Together presents:
Songs of Praise

Church of
St. Andrew
and
St. George

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

The programme will contain both old hymns accompanied by the organ and new worship songs led by the musicians from Bunyan Baptist Church. The Stevenage gospel choir, Herts of Love will be singing a couple of items. Our host for the evening will be Rev. Dave Morris (Bunyan Baptist) and the Speaker will be Rev. Sue Hardwidge (Great Ashby Community Church and chair of Churches Together in Stevenage).

We will hear from various organisations including:
The Salvation Army about their work with those involved in people trafficking,
Mercy Ships who are based in Stevenage but who send out ships with medical supplies and facilities all over the world,
The Haven, working with those who have been homeless and
The Food Shed (based at the Vineyard Church).

There will be a retiring offering going to Kadoma Kidz and refreshments will be served following the service.

Image of Church Hymn list to signify church service
Entry: Free.

 

Sat 4 Jul
1.30pm and 6.30pm

Lytton on the Fringe presents:
Lights Up Theatre Academy performing -
Poppy's Project

Lytton Theatre


Light’s Up Theatre Academy presents a reflective look at World War II through the eyes of modern day teens. The show is an informative, educational piece of theatre with dance, drama and song.
When Louise and her friends have a sleepover a studious girl, Poppy, encourages them to help with her homework project about WWII. They are taken on a journey through events and facts that occurred during the war, as the home work project is developed. It focuses on the characters experiences of the war, both at home in Blighty and abroad.
The show promises to take the audience on a journey through time and illustrate how the war affected everyone, from all walks of life.
It is delivered with a refreshing and modern energy by the young cast and aims to leave the audience moved, informed and impressed.

Tickets: £ 5, for Box Office - phone 07960977623

 

Sun 5
July
7.30 - 10pm

Lytton on the Fringe
presents:
Open Mic Acoustic Night

Lytton Theatre Bar


There will be a small stage in the bar and a microphone. Oh, and a chair. You bring whatever musical instrument you play and hopefully a voice (even yours).
Please contact youth@lyttonplayers.co.uk if you want a slot on the night. Maximum time 15 minutes. All musical tastes welcome as long as they are acoustic.
Tickets: £ 3 on the door for all

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