Southend Fringe Festival

Southend Fringe Festival

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About the Southend Fringe Festival

Southend Fringe Festival is a summer weekend of new and exciting creative shows. It is a fast-growing arts festival, and welcomes new performances from Southend and the surrounding counties.
The fringe had its first run in July 2016, with guidance from Mark Winstanley. Mark is a theatre-maker and teacher who specialises in clown, bouffon and playful approaches to theatre. After a week of teaching, he proposed the students create a fringe festival, to engage Southend-on-Sea with the quality of theatre produced in the city.
The students are now graduates and after three years of running this unique festival, we owe a big thank you to Mark for teaching us the joy of sharing.
In 2019, Southend Fringe is ran by a group of hard-working volunteers between the ages of 18-25. The energy from these young people propels the festival into a realm of creativity! The festival is a valuable voice for young creatives in the city.
Last year’s programme consisted of three fun-filled days. Ranging from Drag performances to poetry readings across three fantastic venues. This year, Southend Fringe Festival is expanding, in more ways than one. We want to increase the involvement of the public in our festival. We will be running a LGBTQIA* community programme, to create a safe space for minority groups to come together. As well as partnering with cultural institutions in Southend.
We are breathing new life in to the festival, and into Southend too.


The Team

Josh Wilkin

Josh has been working in the fringe/festival circuit for nearly 5 years. The first Fringe Festival he ever worked was Edinburgh in 2015. From there he did Brighton, Camden, Adelaide, Melbourne and many more. Josh has been back to work at Edinburgh Fringe every year since 2015. In 2018 Josh was the Venue Stage Manager for the Udderbelly which is the flagship venue for Underbelly. Alongside his festival experience he has worked with a range of different theatre companies. One of the most influential was Les Enfant’s Terribles, of which he has worked with in a number of capacities. All of the experience Josh has gained over the years working in all theses different environments and with multi-talented people, puts him in a very lucky position. He is able to take everything he’s learnt and apply it to build Southend Fringe Festival into a festival with a reputation it deserves.


Georgia Young

After studying Physical Theatre for 3 years at degree level, Georgia gained an understanding of devising from one man shows to large group work. This course also gave her a deep knowledge of more abstract and upcoming genres of theatre including circus, clowning, mime, puppetry and storytelling. Following this Georgia worked professionally as an actor including open performances for those with learning difficulties. Following this she was part of a touring physical theatre show about the life of Nikola Tesla. Georgia has been involved with the Southend Fringe Festival since 2016 where she started as a marketing manager, before becoming a production coordinator and now enjoys the role of Director. Georgia is currently undertaking a Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management, with a research focus of gender in the arts and inclusivity.


Holly Salewski

During Holly’s final year of study at East 15 on the BA World Performance course, she undertook the demanding yet rewarding task of starting up a theatre company. Holly is the Company Director of RED Theatre Company LTD, a small company created by her and a dedicated group of friends which officially launched in September 2018. RED Theatre Company LTD are delighted to be the winners of 2018’s University of Essex graduate award. Alongside setting up a theatre company, Holly was pleased to have been given the role of Production Coordinator in February 2018. Not only did she involve herself in two extracurricular activities throughout her third year of drama school, she was also the Assistant Director for BA World Performance professional performances throughout the year, including the final showcase in the Actor’s Church, Covent Garden. Holly has assisted directors such as Michael Walling, founder of Border Crossings and Ramiro Silveira, theatre playground practitioner and renowned Brazilian Director. She now takes on the role of Marketing & Press Director for this years Southend Fringe Festival.