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Fringe on Tyne

Newcastle’s Fringe Festival returns in July with its biggest ever line-up.

Do you want the sizzle, or do you want the sausage? The sausage is the numbers: five venues, ten days, over 50 artists. But the sizzle arrives in the shape of the sheer quality of those artists who are appearing at this year’s Newcastle Fringe, which will take in comedy, cabaret, theatre, music, family stuff, and more. The acts you should be chomping at the bit to see include one of the region’s finest stand-ups Lauren Pattison (pictured) who will be performing her brand new show. Also on the comedy side of things don’t miss the likes of Lee Martin (AKA Lost Voice Guy), Susie McCabe and Glasgow’s finest Kathleen Hughes (presenting Cryptid! – a darkly hilarious hour about identity). There is far too much stuff going on for me to highlight everything here but I particularly like the look of Daniel Nicholas’s ‘Art to Die For’ (an interactive one-man murder mystery), SALLY™’s ‘Art Direction’ (a drag cabaret that utilises film and animation), Sugar Punch’s ‘Name of the Dame’ (noir parody with an Airplane/Mel Brooks bent) and Fossilheads’ ‘Climate Crisis Cabaret!’ (folky, theatrical, satirical female duo putting the “oooh” into “existential doom”). Venues include Alphabetti Theatre, Old Coal Yard, The Cumberland Arms, Prohibition Bar, and Dance City, and the full, thrilling programme, can be had from the website, below. RM

Newcastle Fringe, 16-27 July: