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Newcastle’s premiere alternative theatre space, Alphabetti, continue to prove they have their fingers on the pulse of the region’s weird and wonderful theatre scene with a weekend of fabulous Fringe previews from Friday 26th-Sunday 28th July.

Rebranded from last year’s Before The Fringe festival, the more aptly named Newcastle Fringe Festival aims to show off a vast array of theatre, comedy and stand-alone shows before they head up to Edinburgh Fringe. The building’s multitude of spaces will host ‘pay what you feel’ performances which cover subjects as vast as the media, gender, beauty salons, capitalism and history, meaning there’s something for everyone.

Highlights of the extensive programme include Tom Machell’s Ticker, in which themes of outsider grief and loneliness meets black humour and self-destruction; Tom Taylor Is The Feel-Good Indie Hit Of The Summer is the stand-up comedian’s optimistically titled debut show; spoken word meets comedy in Edalia Day’s Too Pretty To Punch, in which explosive movement, original songs and ‘kickass video projection’ combine in a show about gender, the media and not fitting into predisposed boxes; and one of our favourite performance makers, Liberty Hodes, brings her new show about capitalism and ethics entitled Hot Commodity to proceedings.

Add to this comedy from Neil Harris, Tom Taylor, Matt Hoss, David Callaghan, Joby Mageean, John-Luke Roberts, Lee Kyle, Anja Atkinson, Louise Young and Seymour Mace, plus theatre and performance from the likes of Newcastle University Theatre Society, Fearless Players, Tatwood Puppets and Moaning Toad, and you’ve got a peerless weekend of entertainment.

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