As we embark on the first days of August, we approach the last days of the Great Yorkshire Fridge. Much like our neighbours in Scotland, the Great Yorkshire Fringe has grown from humble beginnings. For the last 2 years, audiences in York have enjoyed a wide range of performances on Parliament Street. More recently, however, the audiences have grown significantly, allowing for more locations around the city to welcome performers to take part in the festival.
The organisers of the festival have one objective in their sites – to create the key summer event on the York calendar. To do so they have endeavoured to bring the best in comedy, cabaret, theatre and music to Yorkshire. The growth of the festival has been based on the success of the previous two festivals.
This year audiences have enjoyed performances by Ruminations, a recital ofClassical Guitar by Richard Haslam, Magic – A kind of Queen (still the best tribute to Queen), Andalou Dog – Pulled Down by the Sky and ‘Young Thugs Presents’ showcasing some of the acts associated with York record label ‘Young Thugs Records’.
Central Methodist Church
To get the ball rolling this year, the Great Yorkshire Fringe arranged a series of evets at the Central Methodist Church, kicking off with Andy Hamilton and Susan Calman who both wowed their audiences.
Andy, who is the co-creater/writer of Outnumbered, What We Did On Our Holiday and Drop The Dead Donkey and has also been a regular on The News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Q.I. and Have I Got News For You. Susan Calman is a veteran on the comedy circuit and has made regular appearances on television shows such as Q.I., Have I Got News For You, The News Quiz, Listomaniaand Mock The Week
Big things from small beginnings
From humble beginnings, The Great Yorkshire Fringe has grown from strength to strength. B+B York is very proud of the festival and we look forward to seeing it grow. Look out 2018!