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.
Southend Fringe Festival is a performing arts festival in Southend-on-Sea. The festival takes place in the summer each year and is a prominent event for performers to try out new work, before the famous august Edinburgh fringe.

Who can perform at Southend Fringe Festival?

Anyone! We pride ourselves on accepting all kinds of shows and will try our hardest to accommodate your needs as a performer. To apply for the Southend Fringe Festival you will need to complete our online questionnaire with all the information you have about your show, then a member of our team will review your application and offer a venue for you to perform in based on the needs of the show.

Do you accept street performers?

We sure do. Southend is a bustling sea-side town and in the summer there’s nothing more exciting than performers roaming the streets with their unique skills and splendour. If you apply to the Southend Fringe Festival, tick the box to be considered as a street performer and we will take care of the rest!

Where can I buy tickets for the Southend Fringe Festival performances?

We will be selling tickets directly through this website so keep an eye out for when they go live! Depending on our final program, we decide on a price that means everybody can afford to attend the shows.

Performers in the festival will get a special concessionary price 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 contemporary 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 and a touring physical theatre show about the life of Nikola Tesla. Georgia has been involved with the Southend Fringe Festival since 2016 and has loved seeing it go from a seed to its current popular state. Georgia is currently undertaking a Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management, with a research focus on inclusivity in Theatre.


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 works for Veritas Entertainment as Head of Bookings and Client Liaison.