The best of The Fringe – 3 plays in a week as part of the new Guildford Fringe Weeks.

March 3, 2019

The Guildford Fringe Weeks launched in February this year and have been a huge success in terms of making theatre more accessible and affordable in the town.

From 8-13 April at The Back Room of The Star Inn you can see three different plays. The themes of these plays include Alzheimer’s, Anorexia and a hilarious take on Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Opening the week is Pip Utton, an Edinburgh Fringe veteran who has performed there for 25 years! This moving and affectionate performance is about the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease, not only on the sufferer, but on their family, friends and carers as well.

And Before I forget I love you, I love youis based on Pip and his brother’s experience of seeing their mum deteriorate and die with Alzheimer’s disease and on intensive research and interviews. Pip’s character in the play takes the audience on a journey full of smiles, laughter, respect and tears. Tissues are certainly recommended!


Back by popular demand, The Culture Conspiracy return after their sell-out performance at Guildford Fringe Festival 2018.

When William Shakespeare wrote Richard III he told an epic, dark and nuanced tale. He gave us an enduring and insightful study of deceit, betrayal and the struggle for power. It’s also about four hours long and mightily confusing! That’s why Ian Renshaw and Helen Manners decided to have a bash at tidying up the story and presenting the more… fun side with their Travesty of Richard III.

Fans of the original play will recognise all their favourite goodies and baddies: scheming Richard, bewildered Lady Anne Neville, cursing booze-fiend Queen Margaret D’Anjou, and many more – all played by a cast of two. What could possibly go wrong?!

Newcomers to the piece can expect modern language blended seamlessly with the original Shakespearean text and a couple of songs. Prepare for a great deal of lamenting, dissembling, beholding and cloying (whatever that is). It’s just over an hour long and, frankly, is only slightly less confusing than the original!


Finishing off the trilogy of original theatre is Eat Meby Surrey-born writer Suzanna Walters which deals with the eating disorder Anorexia which played a 4-week season at the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year.

Eat Me is directed by Birmingham-born actress, writer and director Sally McCormack. It is a thought provoking, often chilling and dramatic exploration of the sensitive subject of eating disorders based on real-life experiences.


Each play is being performed at The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford GU1 3TY. And Before I forget I love you, I love you by Pip Utton plays on Monday 8 April, The Travesty of Richard III has two performance on 9 and 10 March and Eat Me runs from 11-13 April.

Tickets range from £10-£12 and can be purchased HERE or by calling 01483 361101.

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