What fun! What Theatre! What a Fringe!

The Mission Theatre has hosted over 30 shows in under two weeks as part of the Bath Fringe Festival 2017, and has given nearly 1000 audience members the chance to experience some fantastic Fringe Theatre.

On Friday 26th May, The Mission played host to the opening night Fringe party, where organisers, audience members and performers got together to chat, network, publicise their shows, enjoy musical entertainment and catch sneak-peaks at some of the Fringe performances. 

Students from across Bath, the South West and the UK have performed classic, musical, physical and devised theatre pieces ranging from Theatre With Teeth’s visually-stunning Woolf to OnSet Productions’ moving Final Test and from Bath University Student Theatre’s hilarious version of Tartuffe to Heartbeat - a brand-new musical created by Bath Spa Students. 

ThreeDumb Theatre, a company made up of members of this year’s graduating class from the prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, brought a newly-written piece of modern drama to The Mission for three nights during the second week of the Fringe. The performances in I thought I might be Jet Li (but it turns out I’m not) went down a storm with audiences and reviewers alike. 

Other highlights of the Fringe Festival at The Mission included Novato Dance’s 10th anniversary show Encore - performed to packed houses during the second week of the Festival. The talented dancers used their innovation, diversity and energy to bring a huge variety of dance styles together and form a spectacular show. Also comedian Luke Graves entertained a very happy audience on Sunday 6th June with his show Husband of the Bride

Saturday 10th June, the final day of the Fringe at The Mission got off to a cracking start when students from Bath College performed a beautiful piece of devised theatre: A Suitcase of Memories. Using dance, song, physical theatre, plus a live band and some fantastic acting, this piece moved its audience to tears with the poignant tale of an elderly couple, Flo and Ernie, looking back at their life together.

The Mission also hosted several shows for children and families during the Fringe Festival, including the outstanding Taking Flight Theatre’s You’ve Got Dragons, Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games and Brave Bold Drama with Alf the Highwayman

Audiences have particularly enjoyed the post-show discussions held in The Mission’s Fringe Hub after most of the performances here at The Mission, and the chance to write their own short reviews which they have then posted on our review boards. 

The Mission Theatre’s Artistic Director Ann Ellison says:
The quality and quantity of theatrical performances that have taken place across Bath in the 2017 Fringe Festival has surpassed all expectations. I doubt there has ever been such a range and number of theatrical events crammed into a Fringe fortnight. The standard achieved by so many artists was exceptional and audiences have been thrilled by what they have seen.
At The Mission Theatre the post-show Q&As have been extremely popular and have enhanced the overall experience enjoyed by our theatre-goers. Many of the acts will now be going on to further venues and Festivals whilst here in Bath, as the 2017 Fringe draws to an end, we are already looking forward to next year!

The Bath Fringe Festival making waves at The Mission Theatre

The 2017 Bath Fringe Festival has got off to a fabulous start following last Friday's Opening Night Party here at The Mission.

There have been over a dozen performances of first-class shows from Bath Spa University students and visiting professional companies.

The exciting entertainment will continue from Thursday with the welcome return of the highly-talented Novato Dance Company celebrating it's 10th anniversary year. Don't miss this great troupe's beautiful and engaging show: Encore, featuring a wide range of dance styles from classical to modern. 

Here's a taster of what is in store next week as first-class Fringe shows from around the country continue at The Mission Theatre...

Alf the Highwayman - Brave Bold Drama

4th June at 11.30am & 2.30pm

Come along to this child-friendly, award-winning production (Best Children's Show at the Shaftesbury and Swindon Fringes') as we follow the story of Alf who snatches and grabs without a care. As he gallops through the blustery woods, along the seashore and even through a circus tent... will he learn there are better ways to play?

Tickets: £7/5 from Brown Paper Tickets: 
0800 411 8881

Husband of the Bride - Luke Graves

4th June at 7pm

Come and watch the "very funny" and "immensely likeable" Luke Graves with his "laid-back and friendly show" about love, life and marriage. Wit and humour delivered with an easy going charm. Luke also offers a money back guarantee if not satisfied.

Tickets: £7/5 from Brown Paper Tickets: 
0800 411 8881

Woolf - Theatre With Teeth

5th June at 3pm & 7.30pm

The very talented Theatre With Teeth from Exeter University perform Woolf, based on the incredible true story of one of the world's most celebrated writers and women: Virginia Woolf. The performance uses physicality, playful creativity and nostalgic storytelling to create a treat for all.

Tickets: £5/3
rthomas201@outlook.com or on the door

I thought I might be Jet Li (but it turns out that I'm not) - Threedumb Theatre

6th - 8th June at 7.30pm

"You're not a woman... who you speaking for?"
Three men with made up names wait for the world to make sense. Lads, Lads. Lads? Something big's gonna happen - if they can cut the bull and keep Michelle Obama alive.

Tickets: £8/6 from Bath Box Office:
01225 463362

Tartuffe - Bath University Student Theatre

9th June at 2pm
10th June at 7.30pm

This hilarious translation of Moliere's Tartuffe, by Roger McGough, brings new life to the classic French farce. Set within the 17th century aristocracy the play tells the tale of Tartuffe, a fraud posing as a priest, who feigns piety to swindle the upper classes out of their wealth.

Tickets: £8/5 from The Edge:
01225 386777

Phantom - Bath University Student Theatre

9th June at 7.30pm
10th June at 2pm

Bath University Student Theatre perform a new play by Lucas Fisher-Horas following Gabriel Blake who is a man haunted by grief. Through an act of heroism he is introduced to Olivia, a girl who is equally lost in life and trapped within a toxic relationship. In each other they find solace, yet the closer they grow, the greater the stakes should tragedy strike.

Tickets: £8/5 from The Edge:
01225 386777

A Suitcase of Memories - Back In Time Theatre Company

11th June at 11am

Nothing is more powerful than the love of a married couple, when a husband is caring for his slowly dying wife, the memorable moments they've shared bring them closer than ever as they reflect on their adventurous, life journey together.

Tickets: £6/4
backintimetheatrecompany@gmail.com or on the door