Programme

5th
Apr, Fri 
The Crossing 
7.00pm
The Opening Night
The Swindon Fringe Festival 2019 Opening Night. Join us at The Crossing as we open the Swinge for 2019. With live music and entertainment throughout, come and have a drink with us, meet some of the acts and here more about this years programme! 
6th
Apr, Sat 
Artsite 
10.30am
The Invisible Museum
 
Come and meet the time travelling curator of The Invisible Museum. She's stuck in 2019 and needs your help to fix her time machine using some of the incredible historical artefacts that she has collected on her travels! A fun, educational and interactive show for the family that fuses storytelling, object handling and live experiments!
6th
Apr, Sat 
The Victoria 
5.00pm
The Groovy Pig Music Festival 
 
Back again and groovier than ever! The Victoria will once again be hosting the Swinges premier music event with 7 hours of eclectic, bombastic and uplifting music. As always spanning a broad variety of genres, tempos and styles The Groovy Pig is a must for music lovers of all kinds!
7th
Apr, Sun 
Artsite
10.30am
Seska - Spot The Difference!
 
Family magic/comedy show performed by the energetic and enigmatic Seska! Fun for the whole family and bound to have kids and parents alike enthralled and enchanted!   
7th
Apr, Sun 
Artsite 
2.30pm
Heartbreak Beautiful
 
A tongue in cheek look at youth culture, this fast paced and humorous offering from award winning Quirky Bird Theatre is a sharp and feisty look at the drama and social politics of life at high school.
11th
Apr, Thur 
Artsite 
7.30pm
Monstrous / The Third Witch From The Left
Things take a turn for the classics in this dramatic Thursday night bill. 1st up is Monstrous, a powerful one woman show with more than a hint of feminism that explores the female rage through the thoughts and feelings of Hera a 3000 year old Greek Goddess living in present day. Following is Third Witch From The Left, a play that shines a light on a lesser known character in Shakespeare's Macbeth imagining what happened next for this female protagonist as she processes the events of that memorable night on the heath...
10th
Apr, Wed 
Artsite 
7.30pm
Harvey Greenfield is Running Late / Bedsitland
Fresh Fringe Character Comedy with an emphasis on people. Swinge 2018s Best Comedy Performance Award Winner Paul Richards is back as Harvey Greenfield a man who struggles to say No who is finding that he cant please everyone all of the time. And Bedsitland is an absurdist rom-com centring around two lovable loafers who don't want to grow up...
11th
Apr, Thur 
The Victoria 
8.30pm
Ocelot Comedy Night
It was once said that Stand Up is the backbone of a good Fringe Festival. It's safe to say that this year we've got that base covered and with that in mind... The Ocelot once again present a stellar line up of fresh, fun and dangerously funny stand up comedians in what is sure to be another night of high quality stand up. 
7th
Apr, Sun 
The Victoria 
7.30pm
Stanley Brooks - I Can Make Me Rich / Step Dad Jokes
Slick, energetic and hilarious comedy from two sensational comedians. Stanley Brooks will tell you how to get rich in his darkly satirical look at the world of motivational speakers then Tony Cowards will bring you crashing back to reality with a rapid fire array of one liners, tortuous puns and witty wordplay 
8th
Apr, Mon 
Artsite 
7.30pm
Nobbo / Tropez!
 
Fun and thoughtful theatre, from the fabulous to the ridiculous this will be a riotous night of comedy-drama from two dynamic duos! Tropez follows the extraordinary escapades of a failed cat burglar and a struggling gigolo. Nobbo examines the lives of Ben and Jerry, wrestling with the stresses and strains of being a (moderately) successful Pantomime horse.
9th
Apr, Tue 
The Victoria 
7.30pm
Andrew White: Retirement Tour/ Taxidermicon
A truly fringe worthy mix for this quirky Tuesday night line up. Join Andrew White, the 19 year old stand up considering calling it a day... don't miss his hilarious last hurrah! On the flip side are a group facing much graver circumstances, a group of taxidermists who keep finding themselves on the wrong end of the knife. A comedy as dark as it is curious.
9th
Apr, Tue 
Olive Tree Cafe 
7.30pm
Take Care / Wolf Tamer
 
Showing the more sensitive side of the Swinge this double bill has a soft focus on mental health and wellbeing. Take Care highlights an ever more relevant subject matter, shining a light on the treatment of the elderly within the NHS. Wolf Tamer is a touching autobiographical show that explores how we deal with grief and the pain of losing someone we love. 
10th
Apr, Wed 
The Victoria 
7.30pm
Isa Bonachera: The Great Emptiness / Commercial Waste
Showing just how far our phenomenal artists are willing to travel to perform at the Swindon Fringe we have, all the way from San Francisco USA, Commercial Waste, a satirical look at life in America that is closer to reality than anyone would like to admit and, from Outer Space! Isa Bonachera: The Great Emptiness, a stimulating multimedia stand up about broken dreams and reaching for the stars. 
12th
Apr, Fri 
Artsite 
7.30pm
My Eternal Portion / The Ebbing Hour
A night of artisanal drama and new writing. Local playwright Jane Dale presents My Eternal Portion, a funny, dark, multi-genre play that approaches a broad range of topics with an array of weird and wonderful characters. And The Ebbing Hour, an ambitious, fascinating and beautiful tale about the fragility of the human psyche and our enduring will to survive. 
12th
Apr, Fri 
The Incredible Comic Book Shop 
7.30pm
Action Figure Archive / After Dusk: An Improvised Twilight Zone
It's Nerd Night at the Fringe and what better place to host the festivities than an actual comic book shop! Dust off your original, still in the packaging Hans Solo figurine and leave your inhibitions and disbeliefs at the door as we venture into the unexpected. Steve McLean takes a nostalgic look at your favourite childhood toys and an improv troop will create a never before seen episode of the Twilight Zone right before your eyes! 
14th
Apr, Sun 
Swindon Dance 
2.30pm
Sunday Solos 
‘Sunday Solos’ is a collection of short performances including monologues, songs and poetry. A variety of work performed by local talent to showcase a mixture of styles and creations. What a superb way to spend the last day of the Swindon Fringe Festival 2019!
14th
Apr, Sun 
Swindon Dance 
10.30am
Wonderland
Award winning Family Theatre, Brave Bold Drama present a fully interactive multi sensory show that takes its inspiration from Alice in Wonderland. Featuring original songs and all of your favourite Wonderland characters this one is a treat for children and adults alike! 
13th
Apr, Sat 
Artsite 
7.30pm
Swinge Comedy Extravaganza
We've got so much comedy we are literally bursting at the seams with it this year. We've managed to crowbar 3 of the most exciting, outspoken and flamboyant comedians we've ever seen into this literal extravaganza of comedy! We are very proud to present the comic stylings of Akin Omobitan, Harun Musho'd and Alex Love. Come and catch this outstanding stand up triplet before our comedy stores explode and make an unholy mess of Swinge HQ
13th
Apr, Sat 
Artsite 
10.30am
Journey Into Space
Cosmic fun for the kids! Join Paul Hill and his spacesuit as he teaches you how to navigate Outer Space! Follow this enigmatic astronaut as he shows you how to survive intergalactic life with an interactive piece filled with humour, history and live experiments!
14th
Apr, Sun 
Swindon Dance 
7.30pm
Death - A Romantic Comedy / Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful
Going out with a bang and saving the best till last. This years festival is ending with two fringe favourites. Rob Gee once again graces us with his presence and a brand new solo show where he'll masterfully weave curious stories full of lovable characters into a comedic look at death. Following, Tina Sederholm melds memoir, comedy and poetry in a thoughtful show about her fathers descent into Alzheimers. Expect, laughs, tears and to leave with a new outlook on life!
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