About

“The noblest art is that of making others happy” P.T. Barnum

At Guildford Fringe Theatre Company we believe that you don’t need all the bells and whistles that you sometimes get with West End and major Regional theatre productions. It is all about the acting and the writing for us – stripped back theatre is what we love.

We also host serval monthly comedy clubs and quarterly burlesque cabarets.

Our aim is to continue to bring quirky events to our wonderful town and this is made possible by having such wonderful support from our Friends of the Fringe and our incredible sponsors. To become a Friend of the Fringe or to discuss sponsorship opportunities for your business please contact us HERE

Other members of the Guildford Fringe Family include (please click on them to go the relevant websites):

Guildford Fringe Festival

Gag House Comedy Clubs 

 

 

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Our Team

Nick Wyschna

Managing Director

Nick Wyschna trained in Musical Theatre at The Royal Academy of Music where he graduated in 2006. As an actor he has performed in London, on UK tours, International Tours, in TV commercials and various cabarets around the world.

Nick set up Guildford Fringe in 2012 and has been producing theatre, comedy clubs and burlesque cabarets ever since. He is passionate about bringing all the arts together in Guildford every July as part of The Fringe.

Guildford Fringe is also made up of Guildford Fringe Theatre Company which runs through out the entire year, Guildford Fringe Festival which runs throughout July, Guildford Fringe Events who supply entertainment for weddings, corporate events and private parties and Guildford Fringe Performing Arts who bring the West End to Guildford with kids workshops.

Charlotte Bateup

General Manager

Charlotte trained in at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom. She made a career as a dancer on cruise ships for 1o years where she was eventually promoted to Dance Captain and Production Manager.

Charlotte joined Guildford Fringe in January 2016. Her role includes running and managing Guildford Fringe Theatre Company, Guildford Fringe Festival, Guildford Fringe Performing Arts and Guildford Fringe Events.

Jake

Chief Barketing Officer

Jake applied for this role whilst he was living as RSPCA, Chobham. Nick and Charlotte have known for a while that for Guildford Fringe to grow they needed a experienced, dedicated and talented Barketing Officer to get the barks out there. The minute Jake jumped up and licked their faces for the first time they knew they had found the dog for the job.

Jake is responsible for filling every room he enters with love and happiness and he done this everyday that he has been with us.

Liz Kirk

Director

Liz Kirk’s background is in Education. She has 14 years teaching experience in secondary education, but now works independently helping students with choices about what to study at university.

Liz joined the Guildford Fringe team in 2016 and is heavily involved with promotion and marketing of events.

Amanda Masters

Board Member

Amanda has worked in Guildford since 2006 for Eagle Radio and Surrey Chambers of Commerce but most recently as the General Manager of Experience Guildford (the BID for Guildford).

Amanda is a director of Guildford Fringe Festival and her roles include business advising and promoting The Fringe.

Chris Towndrow

Board Member

Chris Towndrow is a video marketing specialist and has extensive experience in writing, producing and promoting quality video.
Chris is also a published author and playwright.

Paul Brooks

Board Member

Paul is a writer, director and producer from Goole in East Yorkshire. He founded the Docktown Project, a large-scale community arts initiative, in his home town. Moving to London, he helped establish new writing company Enzyme Theatre.

In Guildford, he founded Write One, a group for new writers, and worked with LynchPin Theatre Company, before joining Guildford Fringe.

Paul has also directed and written for Reject Theatre Company, Howdenshire Live Arts and Public House. His work has been funded by Yorkshire and Humberside Arts and the European Council.

Paul is Guildford Fringe’s first New Writing Development Producer.

Jenny Seagrove

Patron

Jenny Seagrove is a much loved English actress who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Jenny rose to fame playing the lead in a TV dramatisation of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance and the 1983 film Local Hero. She is now well known as the character of Jo Mills in the long-running BBC drama series Judge John Deed.

Jenny is also a trustee of Mane Chance Sanctuary which she set up in 2011 and is one of Guildford Fringe Festivals chosen charities.

Gyles Brandreth

Patron

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, actor, former MP, Lord Commissioner of the Treasury and proud Patron of Guildford Fringe Festival.

A veteran of QI and Have I Got News For You, a reporter on The One Show and a regular on Just a Minute, his many books include The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries and two recent best-sellers: The 7 Secrets of Happiness and his celebration of good English, punctuation, spelling and grammar: Have You Eaten Grandma?

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