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Since 2009, Preston’s volunteer-run, not-for-profit Tringe Festival has grown and grown. This year will be the best yet, says organiser Tarquin Scott, who also picks his highlights of the week

Since 2009, the volunteer-run, not-for-profit Tringe has operated as an open access fringe festival of theatre, comedy, music and literature.

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This year we have moved our programme back to the week immediately before the Edinburgh Fringe commences, and we are delighted to preview many shows that will be on in Edinburgh.

Most shows have adopted the ‘Free Fringe’ model used in Edinburgh; they are free to enter, but the audience is invited to make a donation at the end.

The revenue is split between the acts and the Tringe to cover expenses. Please give generously!

Tuesday July 28

Korova

8pm Studio Theatre

Tickets: £5

The Gambit by Mark Reid Rampant Plays starring Ben Rigby and Nick Pearse

Twenty-five years of betrayal played out on a chessboard. Lies, deceit and anger erupt in an epic clash between the defining Grandmasters of the 20th century. In the tradition of plays such as Frost/Nixon, award-winning The Gambit explores the remains of friendships and fierce rivalries. thegambitplay.webs.com

Korova

9.30pm Studio Theatre

Collection

Reverb by Dan Nicholas

A surreal anti-love story of a blow-up crocodile and a mannequin, told in reverse.

The show mixes storytelling with comedy, and uses daft surrealism coupled with honest, autobiographical discourse. Reverb explores the highs and lows of a struggling performer.

www.danielnicholas.co.uk

Wednesday July 29

The Angel

7.15pm Upstairs

Collection

It’s Only Words by Louise Reay

A comedy show in Chinese for people who don’t speak any Chinese at all! This debut from comedian Louise Reay is based on the idea only seven per cent of communication is verbal. It’s Only Words plays with preconceptions about humanity and communication.

www.louisereay.com

The Angel

8.45pm Upstairs

Collection

Inadequate Man by Paul Richards

Paul Richards is back with his most awkward show to date. Telling the gentle story of a 34-year-old man desperate to get on with people, to create a whole new genre of ‘entertainment’. www.someplaysbypaulrichards.co.uk

Korova

9pm Studio Theatre

Collection

Before and After: Jonathan Pelham

When he was 16, the NHS asked Jonny if he wanted cosmetic surgery. Having been happy with his looks, this came as a shock. Come and hear what happened next.

Thursday July 30

Korova

7.30pm Studio Theatre

Collection

Cryptid Crosswordby Sam Gore

Cryptozoology means “the pursuit of hidden animals”, those creatures theorised to exist, but not yet proven by science. From the famous ones like The Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot right through the spectrum of local legends, Sam has a laugh with some of enduring cultural mythology. www.samgorecomedian.com

Korova

9pm Studio Theatre

£3 Ticketed

Stdad Up John-Luke Roberts

An idiotic comedy show about having, then not having, a father, and how stupid you need to make yourself look to get away with speaking ill of the dead. A new incredibly silly show from the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society co-host and Radio 4 News Quiz writer.

Korova

10.30pm Studio Theatre

Collection

Tired and Emotional by Paul Savage

Savage put a lot of thought into this show. Mostly while staring at the ceiling at 3am. Savage doesn’t sleep well, and that’s led to an awful lot of weird thinking. A show on insomnia by this award-winning comedian. www.paulsavagecomedy.com

Friday July 31

Korova

10.30pm Studio Theatre

Collection

Northern Ar Souls

The Northern Ar Souls present their farewell tour. Containing all your favourite sketches and Ar Souls – with Neil P Shawcross, John Porter, Dan Barnes and Colin Havey. Sit back and enjoy some of their best sketches and solo routines. www.facebook.com/NortherARsouls

Saturday August 2

Korova

6pm Studio Theatre

Collection

‘Til Death Did Them Part by Chris McIlroy

The late 1960s in Northern Ireland was a time of political upheaval, religious bigotry and paramilitary violence. The stigma of divorce meant future hopes of work, being accepted by their communities or finding love again after dissolving marriage would be nigh on impossible. One man saw this as wrong, but also a potential business opportunity...

Korova

7.30pm Studio Theatre

Collection

Kinky Boot Institute by Lewis Charlesworth & Rosie Phillips

An odyssey: bouncy, vibrant, theatrical, dark, extravagant and off-beat. Open your mind, relax your funny bone and let the dynamism of these two artistes comfort your needs.

www.kinkybootinstitute.com

Korova

9pm Studio Theatre

Collection

How To Be A Superhero by James Bennison

James has spent the last year going to extraordinary lengths to gain superpowers so you don’t have to, from enrolling in psychic school to breaking into a nuclear power plant. Did he achieve his life-long dream of becoming ‘super’?

Sunday August 3

Korova

7.30pm Studio Theatre Collection

Curiously Caffeinated by Joanna Coffey

A survey has been conducted and it turns out that Jo Coffey is only the fourth smallest comedian on the comedy circuit to date, which has really messed up her posters.

Tuesday July 28

Korova

3pm daily in the Café

Free

July 28-August 2

The Breastfeeding
Re-enactments: Claire Doyle

Fresh from her recent exhibit in New York, Doyle invites all parents, new and old, to gatherings of mothers to discuss their experiences of breastfeeding in public spaces. Her photographs are on display to accompany the event.

Korova

2.30pm Café

Free

Whether you’re a musician, poet, performance artist, comedian, everyone is welcome. We provide a basic sound system, you just need to bring along your instrument and any equipment you may need for effects.

Wednesday July 29

Korova

7.30pm Studio Theatre: Korova Poetry

A special Korova Poets event featuring readings by contributors of their favourite 21st Century poets’ work followed by their and original poetic responses. An open-mic event with a five minutes per person. www.facebook.com/Korovapoetrypage

The Angel

10pm Upstairs

Collection

Luke Murray: The Mentalist

The Thought Reader is here. Be prepared for a theatrical roller-coaster ride as master magician Luke Murray brings his new one-man show to Preston.

The Award-Winning Mentalist will provoke, astound, baffle and amaze as his new show comes crashing into the city. Impossible predictions, devious divination and mesmerising metal melting are just a selection of what you can expect in this new one-hour show.

Thursday July 30

Korova

6pm Studio Theatre

Tickets: £4

Luke Murray: The Mentalist

The Thought Reader is here. Be prepared for a theatrical roller-coaster ride as master magician Luke Murray brings his new one-man show to Preston.

Korova

9pm Café

Free

RibbleCityV

Preston’s premier ukulele rock band will belt out a set of classics in their own unique style.

Friday August 1

The Angel

7.30pm Upstairs

Free / Collection

Short Story Slam with Garry Cook

A dozen fiction writers go head-to-head over three knock-out rounds telling their new short stories. The audience will vote for the winner of each round. Should the writers save their best tale till the final, or risk getting knocked out early on? One full stop could be fatal – this is literal death! www.shortstoryslam.wordpress.com

Korova

9pm Studio Theatre

Collection

Special guest to be announced.

Korova

10.10pm Café

Collection

Glyn Bailey & The Beholden

Bringing their unique brand of pop to The Tringe, this three-piece line-up of guitar, bass and violin, features harmonies, catchy melodies, and lyrically ‘off-the-wall’ subject matter. Futuristic and retro in one small, beautiful package. A free CD copy of their current album 2059 will be available to all attendees. www.glynbailey.com

Saturday August 1

Korova

4pm Café

Free

Owen McGough: Mind of Mystery

Magician and Mentalist Owen Mc Gough makes a welcome return to Preston Tringe in 2015, after a year away. Owen has cerebral palsy and is best known for the darker side of the art of magic when he released ‘Titanic Forces’, a book of routines based on the Titanic disaster. He followed this with routines on dark subjects such as Jack the Ripper and Death. He has started work on some ideas based around Edger Allan Poe that he hopes to perform later in the year.

The Angel

7.30pm Upstairs

Collection

SPARK PRESTON VII: ‘Hope’

Britain’s first true storytelling club returns to the Tringe. There are three rules at Spark: Your story must be true, it must be your own , and you must tell all in under five minutes. The theme for the stories will be HOPE.

www.sparkpreston.org.uk

The Angel

10pm Upstairs

Collection

Lukin At You: Luke Helly, with Joe White and guest

Introducing a man of many of guises, a philanthropist, a philanderer, but never a Phil…

Join Luke Helly as he unravels his many musings on a host of random subjects. Don’t get him started on... Yes that, or you’ll never escape! If you enjoy variety in your comedy, this show is for you!

Sunday August 2

4pm Studio Theatre

Collection

Photographing Fags, Freaks and Fighting with Garry Cook

A ground-breaking presentation of documentary photography as a live-art performance, incorporating music, poetry, video and verbatim theatre. At times moving, funny and sometimes shocking, this event is a debut development.

Korova

6pm Studio Theatre

Collection

I’ll Have A Pint: Tin Can People

Rob Gregson is 21 years old, fears routine and often finds himself questioning why he’s here. Imagine that Rob is telling you a story, a story about a journey from south to north, a story about panic, a pint, and a departure from Bournemouth.

Korova

4pm Café

Free

Owen McGough: Mind of Mystery

Magician and Mentalist Owen Mc Gough makes a welcome return to Preston Tringe in 2015, after a year away.

Korova

9pm Studio Theatre

Collection

M.A.I.R.O.U.L.A. by Lena Kitsopoulou starring Aliki Chapple

Mairoula might be her name; she never says. She will explain the acronym though, as well as a few other acronyms of her own invention. M.A.I.R.O.U.L.A. is partly autobiographical, partly absurd, but entirely Greek.

www.sturgeonsotherlaw.com

Korova

10pm Café

Collection

Glyn Bailey & The Beholden

www.glynbailey.com