15th-22nd July 2017
After a first year where audience numbers exceeded all expectations, the festival is back to serve a second helping of fringe theatre to Wales’ capital. This year will be bigger and better, with a programme of 31 performances taking place across 12 venues.
“We are so excited about the programme we have put together. After last year’s pilot, we were flooded with applications from amazing companies wanting to perform in the festival – 49 to be exact! Most important in our selection process was finding acts that work in our festival venues – many of which are not theatres, but places built for socialising. We want to bring out the social side of the theatre-going experience. We’ve put together an eclectic mix – there really is something for everyone.” – Joe Burke, Companies/Artists Co-ordinator, CFTF
The average ticket price is £5.30, meaning you can still afford a beer or two. And for those more interested in boos than booze, family-friendly shows have been scheduled in the daytimes at weekends. Back by popular demand is the Scratch Night and and Poetry Night, both of which are free. New for this year are a range of free workshops by theatre professionals. The festival’s organisers believe that theatre should be affordable for everyone and their sponsor Dawnus is helping them achieve this. The event is also being sponsored by TicketSource, a partnership which brings another new element for this year: the TicketSource Festival Favourite Award, which will be given to one company as voted for by audiences and a panel of judges.
The best of homegrown talent will be showcased, with 60% of the acts being local. The remainder is made up of companies that audiences would otherwise have to travel to see. The festival’s ability to attract these acts is testament to Cardiff’s growing reputation as a cultural hub.
You can see the full programme and book tickets here:
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