We are excited to bring back the Fringe Room which will be hosted at Purity Venue on Pitt Street, WV3 0NF. Drop in, grab a drink at the bar and watch some outstanding performances. Booking not required, please feel free to drop in.

Date: 5 February

Venue: Purity Venue

Age restrictions: Over 18's event


Palimpsest written by Alex Lacey. Performed by Alex Lacey and Rob Kemp.

Jess meets Jim. He thinks she's amazing; she thinks he's a tool. Blah blah blah, here we go again. Not just another bullsh*t rom-com, Palimpsest considers what happens when a trope is entirely derailed, and a show gets possibly too meta for its own good. Will they get back on track? Are they getting enough vitamin C? Will the tech ever get a pint? None, all, or some of these questions may be answered during a very silly show.

Price: Free (Donations welcome)

Time: 12:30pm


Brazen – written and performed by Lorna Meehan. Directed by Zak Marsh.

Do you remember how it felt to dance around your room to a band who felt like they were made just for you? Do you remember how good it felt to not give a damn about all your adolescent awkwardness and just feel brave and sexy and free? Adventurous over-thinker Lorna remembers vividly because she never grew out of her teenage obsession, it grew up with her. Brazen is inspired by a deep connection to The Doors and their charismatic front man Jim Morrison. Charting a lonely adolescence in a quiet seaside town, to the seductive alleyways of Paris on a night that changed everything. The show culminates in a full-on Bacchanalian dance-off.

Price: Free (Donations welcome)

Time: 1.45pm


Yay – written and performed by Robert Garnham.

Robert is a poet. And he’s happy. Or is he? After the death of a favourite aunt, he decides to find out exactly what it means to be happy. He ends up as a poet-in-residence on a fish factory ship in a search for contentment on the high seas. What could possibly go wrong? Comedy and poetry collide head on in this new show from the Professor of Whimsy.  ‘Playful, warm, celebrating life. Often funny and always surprising’.(Write Out Loud). ‘Clever and entertaining’, (Barnstaple Theatrefest)

Price: Free (Donations welcome)

Content warnings: Grief, death and mental health.

Time: 3pm


Cockroach – Written and performed by Elizabeth McGeown.

"When the world ends, there will be ashes, cockroaches and me" a teenage Elizabeth writes in her diary. Cockroach is a survival story. Examining instances of bullying, it explores if we can be said to have survived if we have changed irrevocably in the process. Using cinema as a reference point, it is both an exploration and celebration of being different told through poems and stories. Elizabeth McGeown is a Pushcart-nominated Northern Irish slam champion, the current Hammer and Tongue Cambridge slam champion and was longlisted as Best-Spoken Word Performer in the 2021 Saboteur Awards.

Price: Free (Donations welcome)

Time: 4.15pm

I Dig Canals

I Dig Canals – written and performed by Kate Saffin and Heather Wastie.

Stand by for winching and rocking, pulling, and sweating, bucket-hoists of mud and canal-clearing clobber. It’s 1970, and we’re off to a rally of boats on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal. On the way we’ll meet Sheila and Josie, Tina and Jean as they put on their sturdy boots and roll up their sleeves. Women labouring, cooking, boating, organising… united by a common cause - to save the Black Country waterways. I Dig Canals is a new show from Alarum Productions based on the oral histories of the women who campaigned to save the canals of the Black Country during the 1960s and 70s combining theatre, storytelling, poetry, and music.

Price: Free (Donations welcome)

Time: 5.30pm