Get set for festival of waywards, walkabouts and wallaroos

A highlight from last year's festival.

Published: Thursday 26th February 15

This year’s Wandsworth Fringe is set to be the biggest and best yet with a jam-packed schedule of more than 70 different listings.

Get set for pop-up performances, picnics, plays, cabaret, talks and tea parties.

The third borough wide festival takes place between 1 – 17 May and has something for everyone.

Wandsworth Council’s art spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said:

"The fringe is a fantastic showcase for the creative talents we have here in Wandsworth. It brings opportunities to enjoy the local arts scene and to try something new and inspiring. I thoroughly recommend you explore the programme and book your tickets.”

Wandsworth Fringe producer Cath Mattos said:

"Wandsworth Fringe is growing fast into a vibrant festival of fringe arts worthy of attention across the borough and beyond.  This year we’ve almost doubled the number of acts taking part – from amateurs to professionals, indoors and outdoors, covering all corners of the borough."

There are two new venue hubs this year which will be busy with arts activity throughout the programme - The Bedford pub, Balham and Four Thieves ballroom, Battersea.

Highlight's from this year's programme include:

The Paul Dunton Orchestra live with Sophie Janes - Paul Dunton leads his own unique cross-over orchestra providing a rousing and atmospheric mix of alternative and pop with a classical twist - http://wandsworthartsfestival.com/2015/event/the-paul-dunton-orchestra-live-at-the-bedford-balham

A bicycle-powered ‘Comedy of Errors and Macbeth’ outside The Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park by The Handlebards - an all-male troupe of players who have toured the show across Europe by bicycle - (http://wandsworthartsfestival.com/2015/event/the-comedy-of-errors

The BIG ART PICNIC - an afternoon of creative picnicking in Heathbrook Park with guest acts from The Bureau of Silly Ideas - http://wandsworthartsfestival.com/2015/event/big-arts-picnic1

An ‘Edinburgh Fringe Preview’ at The Ram Brewery with the added bonus of on-tap ale, brewed on site in a micro brewery, for free with the ticket price - http://wandsworthartsfestival.com/2015/event/comedy-club

Fabulous female comedy ‘Femmes by the Thames’ at Battersea Barge, hosted by Radio 4 regular Rosie Wilby http://wandsworthartsfestival.com/2015/event/femmes-by-the-thames1

An invitation to follow a new language of movement instructions at Southside Shopping Centre devised by students from West Hill primary school with artists Pencil & Help and CoDa Dance. This is a Pump House Gallery Commission supported by festival sponsors, Southside Shopping Centre - http://wandsworthartsfestival.com/2015/event/movement-pictures

A reduced version of Humperdinck’s brilliant Hansel and Gretal opera performed by National Opera Studio graduates with the Burntwood School choir - http://wandsworthartsfestival.com/2015/event/hansel-and-gretel

Wandsworth Fringe is co-ordinated by Wandsworth Council's arts team in collaboration with a steering group of local representatives and independent Fringe Producer, Cath Mattos who is also Projects Director at World Festival Network and World Fringe.

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