Get ready for Ventnor Fringe

By a County Press reporter

Published on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 10:31


Get ready for Ventnor Fringe

Ventnor Fringe 2014 organisers Becky Boucherat, Joseph Keele-Toms, Mhairi Macaulay and Jack Whitewood. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

VENTNOR Fringe Festival starts today (Tuesday) with this year's event set to be the biggest ever in its five year history.

As well as being the fifth anniversary of Ventnor Fringe, this year is also the 125th anniversary of the Ventnor Carnival, which will take place on the Main Parade on Wednesday, August 13, with the Illuminated Parade taking place on Saturday.

The Isle of Wight Film Festival will also take place in the 'Sacred Cinema’ on Victoria Street from today until Saturday, having joined forces with the Fringe in 2012. 

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Events will be held around the town, from the Botanic Gardens to the Scout Hut. Here's a rundown of some of the places to catch a show or enjoy a drink.

The Observatory Bar

One of two dedicated Fringe bars and run in conjunction with Quay Arts. Featuring workshops, live music and DJs. Located on the seafront at the bandstand with great views out to sea.

In front of the Observatory Bar and inspired by London's Southbank. Home to the event's pop-up ticket office, theatre performance, workshops and music.

The Woodland Bar

Located behind Holy Trinity Church, serving drinks, food and music, as well as an outdoor screening of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdon, in association with the Isle of Wight Film Festival. New for this year is The Scout Hut, which will host spoken word, cabaret and music.

Ventnor Arts Club

The year round home of great arts events in Ventnor, located in a former High Street bank.

Ventnor Exchange

Located in the town's former Post Office, the exchange will host daily pop-up shows, performances and talks. After the Fringe, the echange will be a permanent home to the Fringe.


A selection of some of the things to look out for this week. For full details, pick up a programme at the Isle of Wight County Press shop, Pyle Street, Newport, or visit the VFringe website.

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 Three Half Pints


6pm — Three Half Pints at the Pier Street Playhouse.

7.30pm — Rude Mechanical Theatre Co. Top Lawn, Ventnor Botanic Garden.

9pm — Isle of Wight Film Festival screening of Moonrise Kingdom, The Woodland Bar.


2pm — Children's Carnival Parade.

7pm — Grand carnival procession.

8pm — Carnival party at the The Plaza/Observatory Bar featuring DJs Kaftan, Sparrow, Cooly Haste, DJ Nipsy, Tom Headfunk and Soulcake Soundsystem, with the fireworks display at 9pm.


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Eve Ferrett

11am — Bonchurch Theatre Company perform the Little Gap in the Curtains at Ventnor Library.

7.30pm — Eve Ferret's Fabaret at Ventnor Arts Club.

8.30pm — The Shambolic sideshow at Ventnor Botanic Garden.

10pm — The Lock-In at the Library, hosted by UK beatbox champion Reeps One.


1pm — String Theatre, the Marionette Insect Circus at the Pier Street Playhouse.

6pm — Two's Company, the Complete (abridged) Works of Shakespeare at Ventnor Botanic Studio.

7.30pm — Vaguely Sunny Presents Gypsy Fingers at Trinity Church.

8.15pm — Red Tie Theatre Company presents Betrayal at the Pier Street Playhouse.


11am — Little by Little Theatre Company presents The Whistlewood's Travelling Circus at the Pier Street Playhouse.

4.30pm — Adlib Theatre Company presents the Return of the Musketeers at the Top Lawn, Ventnor Botanic Garden.

7pm — Ten Sheds at Ventnor Arts Club.

9pm — Illuminated Carnival.

11.30pm — Missing Ensemble at the Woodland Bar.


Noon to midnight — Lounge Around Town, featuring The Bees Sound Selection and a DJ set from the

Maccabees, as well as live sets from other acts, held at venues around the town.


🎥 For a full programme of screenings at the Isle of Wight Film Festival, please visit the website.

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6pm — That'll be the Day, starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Billy Fury and Keith Moon, filmed partly on the Isle of Wight. (Sacred Cinema).

9pm — Moonrise Kingdom, in association with Portsmouth Film Society, directed by Wes Anderson. (Woodland Cinema).


11:30am — Script to Screen; an informal panel discussion on script-writing. (Cutting Room Cafe). Part 1 The Script Development Process.

3pm — International Short Film Programme 1.

5pm — International Short Film Programme 2.


11:30am — Script to Screen; Part 2 Raising Finance.

1pm — International Short Film Programme 3.

3pm — International Short Film Programme 4.

5pm — The Heart of Bruno Wizard, documentary about the life of a London punk musician, directed by Elisabeth Rasmussen. (Sacred Cinema).


11:30am — Script to Screen; Part 3 The Production Process

1pm — International Short Film Programme 5.

3pm — International Short Film Programme 6

5pm — Brown Bread: The Story of an adoptive family. Documentary about an unusual family gathering. (Sacred Cinema).


11:30am — Script to Screen; Part 4 The Sales and Distribution Process

1pm — The Isle of Wight Short Film Programme

5pm — The Broken Circle Breakdown. A romance is put to the test by a loved one's illness. (Sacred Cinema).

8pm — Isle of Wight Film Festival Awards. (Invitation only).


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