Wansteadium decompressed last week following the Fringe, which was a great success all round, with many events selling out. The Wanstead Kinema once again was an atmospheric triumph, as the picture above demonstrates, and the whole week was a great demonstration of the potential of Wanstead for cultural revival.
Anyone who would like to be involved in planning next year’s Fringe, please do get in touch with the Wanstead Fringe Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giles Wilson, chair of the association, said: “It takes a village to raise a fringe – so thanks to everyone who was involved either as a venue host, an event organiser, an attendee, a sponsor – Petty Son and Prestwich and Edwards Duthie especially – or as a member of the Friends of the Wanstead Fringe. Thanks also to Wansteadium for its stalwart support.*
“This was the biggest and best Fringe yet, and we’re determined to make 2018 even better. But we need people to join in – and now would be a good time to express interest (not least because we’ll hold you to it).”
*Thursday is one of the biggest days of the Fringe so far, with Chris Difford of Squeeze talking at the Wanstead Tap (sold out) and Paul Sinha delighting the Wanstead Comedy Club (also sold out). There are a few places left for the Olive Oil tasting at More Italy at 6.30 and Fringe favourite Geoff Wilkinson will be judging an amateur photography competition at the Nightingale.
*There is an additional event going on tonight – a fundraiser at Dama De Elche on Cambridge Park for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability and Stroke Association. A prize raffle draw will take place – with prizes donated by Wanstead businesses. Full list of prizes here. Get tickets from the restaurant or Biyoni or Zoology.
Filming which has been taking place at Overton Drive and St Mary’s church this week is for a new adaptation of Thackeray’s novel Vanity Fair. The lead role Becky Sharp will be played by Olivia Cooke. According to Variety, it’s a joint venture between ITV and Amazon, and is being made by Mammoth Screen, the same company which makes Victoria.
(Thanks to ever alert Melanie Hartt for tips and pic.)
And a belated note about the Organ and saxophone concert by Boguslaw Grabowski & Maciej Sikala on Saturday night. Maralyn Ryan writes: “The musicians received a standing ovation after a sensational performance. Our Lady of Lourdes church reverberated with the uniquely beautiful sounds created by the two instruments. Afterwards, over a glass of wine, it was great to see how the power of music had brought so many people together. A truly great evening!”
Some advance notice:
* There are still some tickets yet for the Olive Oil workshop on Thursday night – where you will learn what makes a fine oil and how to tell the difference. Details here.
* On Saturday, the Taste of Wanstead event will take place in a stylish marquee on Christ Church Green – it’s a four-course taster menu with ingredients all available on Wanstead High Street. Contact email@example.com for tickets.
* Saturday’s Kinema is already half sold-out. (If it’s rainy and windy, it will be indoors, so will still be a magical climax to Fringe week. Get your ticket here.)
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