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Teacher says town is cut out for fringe festival

By Whitstable Times  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

PERFECT VENUE: Saxophonist Chris Guy

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WHITSTABLE is the perfect place for a fringe festival, according to saxophonist Chris Guy.

The Whitstable resident wants to set one up for next spring and is looking for suggestions, venues, dates and people.

He said: "Whitstable doesn't have a fringe festival and should do. It's the perfect place. There's lots of venues in a compact space.

"For a little town there's lots going on. We are well served most nights.

"I'd like to bring everyone together for three days to celebrate what's going on in Kent."

He has his eye on venues including The Playhouse Theatre, church and community halls, and wants to work with cafes and pubs – and make sure it does not clash with anything anyone else is doing.

Mr Guy, who teaches music in London, has 20 hours a week to plan the festival and wants to form a group to help organise it.

Midway through writing a musical he hopes will be ready for Edinburgh Festival in 2015, he said the popularity of new variety production The End of the Pier Show proved there was an appetite for a festival of that sort in the town.

He envisages acts from London and across Kent would perform at the festival before heading to Edinburgh and Brighton.

He said most acts would be small theatre groups but could also include stand-up comedy, performance poetry and music, with the possibility of novel launches and literary criticism sessions at smaller venues.

Anyone who is interested should contact Mr Guy on Twitter @Whitfringe, and he has also set up a Whitstable Fringe Facebook Page.

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