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Image: Pelican Theatre’s Ellie Trow and Pagan Hunt

It takes an awful lot of work and dedication to get a grassroots scene off the ground, even more so when it’s entirely volunteer-led, making Durham Fringe Festival’s line-up this year an impressive feat indeed – particularly when considering this is only their second outing.

Taking place at venues across the city from Tuesday 26th-Sunday 31st July, the festival will welcome touring performers as well as local ones, giving attendees a chance to interact with interesting work and artists a chance to find a new audience.

With over 50 events across the long weekend, attendees are really spoiled for choice. Top of the list should be feminist theatre and comedy troupe Menstrual Rage, whose show And Me tackles what it’s like to be a woman in the 21st Century (Assembly Rooms Theatre, 26-31 July); Queer history and public sex is tackled in Cottage (City Theatre, 26-31 July); Crazy Broken Chinese is a semi-autobiographical stand-up show from comedian He Huang chronicling cultural shocks and sexual liberations (Fabio’s Bar, 26-30 July); local collective Girl Next Door Theatre’s show Head Girl is a coming of age tale about falling out of love with yourself (Cafedral, 26-31 July); emerging female artists Pelican Theatre team up with Beth Veitch Dance for a double bill of live dance and film (Assembly Rooms, 29-31 July); dance, clown, object manipulation and acrobatics come to the fore in Lulu (Town Hall, 26-28 July); farcical comedy play Stole The Show promises action, tense drama and witty dialogue from Northern School of Art alumni Connor Dorrian and chums (City Theatre, 26-31 July); Delivery explores friendship, connection and home through a one-man pizza delivery service (City Theatre, 28-29 July); contemporary dance production IN-STINCT explores female identity and the power of unity (Assembly Rooms Theatre, 28 July); Aidan Sadler’s Queer cabaret show Tropicana takes audiences on a journey through their upbringing in a small industrial town, with an 80s synth pop soundtrack and stand-up comedy aplenty (Assembly Rooms Theatre, 30-31 July); and Teesside favourites The Discount Comedy Checkout present an improvised family show (Assembly Rooms Theatre, 31 July).

Durham Fringe Festival takes place across various venues in Durham from Tuesday 26th-Sunday 31st July.

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