The ones to watch!

With only 4 weeks to go and over 40 acts to choose from, we're gonna help you pick your very own Swindon Fringe Festival Programme for 2017. Each week, we'll get to know the companies and their performances more by taking a look at their blurbs, having a gander on their websites and asking them some pressing questions in the Quick Fire Round.

Read on to decide what YOU should go and see...if you can't decide, you can always buy a Platinum Ticket (£50) and see it ALL!

In The Spotlight

Friday 31st March 2017, 7:30pm

The Bohemian Balcony

The Opening Night

Featuring James Bennison: How To Be A Winner

Award winning comedian James Bennison is here to teach you how to be a winner like him. Pulling together a Jamesified version of every game show from television history in a giant wheel of fortune (no relation), literally, every show will be completely different. Come and battle it out to be awarded the James Bennison Trophy of Winning.

"a most enjoyable slice of nonsense" Steve Bennett, Chortle

"highly entertaining, utterly engaging"★★★★ Fringe Guru

"great geeky revelry"★★★★ Arts Awards Voice

Saturday 1st April 2017, 10:30am

Shoebox Theatre

Alf The Highwayman

by Brave Bold Drama

Alf has an eye for other people's possessions. Especially belongings of sentimental value. He snatches and grabs without a thought for other people’s feelings. But it's time for him to change tack and learn that there are better ways to play! Roll up, set a sail and join Alf as he gallops through the blustery wood, along the seashore and revels in wonder as the circus comes to town... Full of imaginative play, original songs and vibrant characters - Alf the Highwayman is a show for all the family with plenty of chances to join in and no frights! Winner of Best Children’s Theatre Show, Shaftesbury Fringe 2016.

Monday 3rd April 2017, 7pm

Shoebox Theatre


by DTA Productions

An eclectic, dynamic evening of contemporary monologues, featuring a range of new writing, some being performed for the first time. The schedule includes traditional & experimental character acting (from all ages 16+ and diverse characters), multimedia/film presentations as well as readings from award winning writers. Expect the unexpected, some thing for every one in this smorgasbord of performances from local and national talent. DTA Productions are delighted to showcase new talent both, writers and performers as well as new work from experienced professionals.

Monday 3rd April 2017, 8pm

The Victoria

Just Charming

by James Luckraft-Law

In fairy tales, princesses have a prince who sweeps her off her feet, saves the day, they live happily ever after. What if he doesn't live up to the dream? How does life compare to Disney’s picture perfect Prince and Princess? What if reality doesn't fit the role? So many tales of the trials of princesses, now look closer at the other one, the bloke who’s meant to save it all. An honest, comic and personal exploration of storytelling, gender, masculinity and sexuality against reality's make believe.

Thursday 6th April 2017, 7:30pm

Shoebox Theatre

Pugilist Specialist

by Whole Hog Productions

Four highly trained US Marines are assigned a top secret mission to eliminate a high profile Middle Eastern leader. Triple Fringe First winning, Pugilist Specialist won every major award at the Edinburgh Festival with this soaring and timely play dissecting the American military’s hunt for evil in foreign lands. "A darkly humorous, punch in the guts play."

"Remarkable and riveting. It’s hard to imagine more brilliant or arresting new writing" Daily Telegraph

"A masterpiece. A vivid and timely play" Time Out

Saturday 8th April 2017, 7:30pm

Town Hall

Kevin, King of Egypt

by Rob Gee

Escaped psychiatric patient Kevin Haggerty is not pleased about his diagnosis, even less pleased about being on a section of the Mental Health Act and distinctly upset about being told he is not the reincarnation of an Egyptian pharaoh. On his way to Egypt, via the Tesco Express, he stumbles across the nemesis to all his plans: Millie – a six year old with a mouth like a sandblaster. Together they embark on a journey that will change both their lives forever.

"Hilarious" ★★★★★London Pub Theatres

"A mind-roasting bipolar joy-ride"★★★★½ Victoria Times

Winner: Best Solo Show, Victoria Fringe

Sunday 9th April 2017, 10:30am

Town Hall

The Missing Easter Egg

by Fairy Dust Productions

Princess has a beautiful singing voice, her Mum doesn't. One day they get a visitor and all is not as it seems. Who is this mysterious lady and what does she want? Come and watch 'The Missing Easter Egg and join in with the fun! There will be lots of singing and dancing for all!

Sunday 9th April 2017, 7:30pm

Town Hall


by Abi Roberts

Anglichanka (Englishwoman in Russian) is an exhilarating new comedy show about living in the former Soviet Union in the 90s and returning after 18 years as the first UK comic to perform comedy in English and Russian. Including diary extracts, the consequences of drinking hardcore vodka, studying opera and using outdoor loos in -20 temperatures, we see how Russia has changed and what we need to know about Putin and the country described as ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’.

‘True comedy genius...on our list of newer stand-up comedians not to miss in 2016’ GQ Magazine.

Quick Fire Round

Who are you?

Jame Bennison: How To Be A Winner I’m James Bennison, Award Winning Comedian, Innovator, Inventor, Inspiration. I’m bringing the debut of my new show James Bennison: How to be a Winner in which I take all of the gameshows that we all grew up watching and force the audience to play my own versions for the chance to win a gold-plated statue of my own face.

Alf The Highwayman Brave Bold Drama and we’re bringing Alf the Highwayman

Solo Dee Thompson and Doug Kirby from DTA Productions and we are hosting ‘Solo’ which is an evening of monologues

Just Charming I am James Luckraft-Law an actor and theatre maker from South West Devon. I am coming to Swindon with my one man show Just Charming. A comedy show which looks at the role of the prince in fairy tales, through the eyes of a guy who isn’t meant to be a prince.

Pugilist Specialist Whole Hog Productions and we’re here with Pugilist Specialist by Adriano Shaplin

Kevin, King of Egypt My name’s Rob and I’m a writer and performer. I generally do performance poetry and Kevin, King of Egypt, I am acting.

The Missing Easter Egg Fairy Dust Productions and we are bringing a lively children’s show called ‘The Missing Easter Egg

ANGLICHANKA I am comedian, Abi Roberts and I’m coming to Swindon with my critically-acclaimed, sell-out, five-star show, ANGLICHANKA.

Describe your company in 3 words

SOLO Pick n Mix

PS We go the

KKE Comedy. Poetry. Psychiatry.