The 9th Greater Manchester Fringe that was scheduled to take place 1-31 July 2020 is being postponed until the autumn.
More than 200 shows were registered to take part in the grass roots arts festival at a wide variety of venues throughout the Greater Manchester area – and more than 70 shows were on sale.
GMFringe director Zena Barrie told acts: “Sorry for the delay in making a decision about this. There’s been a lot of people and places and things to consider.
“The Fringe will NOT be taking place in July. Even if we are out of lockdown by then, I don’t think people will be quite ready for sitting in busy sweaty rooms, so now you have some options to consider.”
The Greater Manchester Fringe Redux will take place in October and November 2020 and some shows are already transferring to this festival.
The second option is for shows to postpone until Greater Manchester Fringe 1-31 July 2021, which will be a landmark GMFringe as it is the 10th birthday celebration.
Or shows that are already registered for 2020 can apply for a refund.
All tickets already bought for Greater Manchester Fringe shows in July 2020 are being refunded.
Greater Manchester Fringe is an open access festival that encourages both established and new writers, artists, performers and theatre companies to try out new ideas at a wide variety of venues throughout Greater Manchester. This includes standup comedy, sketch shows, drama, revivals, live music, musicals, magic, physical theatre, acrobatics, dance, clowns, children’s shows, puppets, films, club nights, visual arts, photography, orchestras, choirs, talks, and even an interactive outdoors sleep installation.
Past venues have included pubs, parks, libraries, cinemas, churches, arts centres, community theatres, night clubs, restaurants, converted mills, disused factories, the streets, an Air BnB flat, a campervan, a railway station, a tent, a thermos museum, the Pankhurst Centre and Stockport Hat Museum.
Zena added: “We are always looking for new ideas and new venues. Greater Manchester Fringe will be back bigger and better than ever. But in the meantime stay home, protect the NHS, save lives, and bee creative! We are looking forward to seeing what you’ve made when we emerge from lockdown.”