So the Wanstead Kinema isn’t taking place after all. In spite of extensive social distancing procedures being in place, the Fringe had to cancel Friday night’s event because of the government’s new regulations on public gatherings in England. Tickets are being refunded.
If things had been different this would have been a wonderful Fringe week, with good weather for the Jumble Trail, photowalks, the Duke Street Party and the Wanstead Festival itself. Wanstead folk would have been filling venues for theatre, comedy, demonstrations and so on.
But 2020 had other thoughts. With thoughts now turning to a socially distanced Christmas, we can just hold out for things to get better in 2021.
It’s the biggest day ever for the Wanstead Fringe today, following what has undoubtedly been its biggest week.
The Jumble Trail kicks off with more than 100 stalls around Wanstead (see the live updated map at wansteadfringejumbletrail.org) including a central starting point at the Corner House car park on the High Street.
It will be worth stopping by Images in Frames, next door to Tesco’s, to see sculptor Dan Woodley demonstrate his skills. A Wanstead resident, he is by day a sculptor for Madame Tussauds and will be showing what it takes to create a likeness – in this case, of his son Henry.
Tonight’s Kinema show is completely sold out [STOP PRESS – MORE TICKETS JUST RELEASED], but there are still things to see – including one for all the family.
The full programme for the 2019 Wanstead Fringe has now been unveiled, and is being distributed all over Wanstead, Snaresbrook and Aldersbrook. Already tickets are selling furiously and some events have even sold out.
As in previous years, the Fringe is a combination of comedy, live music, masterclasses about food and photography; there’s the Jumble Trail, the open air Kinema, and the centrepiece of the whole Fringe, live professional theatre.
There are three plays on this year – with The Border promising to be an uncannily timely production. When the programme was being put together it looked like there would be a degree of certainty around our national boundaries, but now, well who knows what’s going to happen. The play is going to be right on the button – and you can get tickets below. If you know or have children 13+, do them a favour and plan your outing now.
A reminder to save the dates for the Wanstead Fringe – this year running from 7 to 15 September. It will feature more theatre than ever before, top comedy, live music, talks, demonstrations, lots of favourites and some exciting new events too. The Jumble Trail will take place on Saturday 14 September, as will the open air Kinema. Details of events will be released here on Wansteadium over the next few weeks
If you want to run an event, there is still – just – time to get in touch with the Fringe organisers to be part of it. Email email@example.com
And if you want to advertise in the Fringe programme, which will get your advert seen by thousands of Wanstead residents AND do your bit to support culture and the arts in Wanstead, then please get in touch with us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember last year’s Wanstead Fringe? Hundreds – if not thousands – of people attended events which included the Secret Garden, comedy, the Jumble Trail, the Wanstead Kinema, talks and demonstrations and more.
Planning is now under way for Wanstead Fringe 2019 – which will take place between 7 and 14 September. We would find it very useful for anyone who attended any events to take this short survey – just eight questions.