The Fringe Files

Our History

The Introduction

The Fringe Files are a multi-award winning touring theatre company based in the vibrant city of Bristol. Occasionally, we pull together a team of creatives and present a brand new stage play at a major arts event, such as a fringe or drama festival. Formed in 2010 by British playwright Michael Starr, The Fringe Files are affiliated with drama workshop specialists The Dramatory.

Our Philosophy

Fundamentally, we enjoy what we do. We always aim to try something different. We strive to include fresh blood with each and every show. We love that each tour brings many tales of adventure. We operate in a flexible and professional manner. We like to open ourselves up for professional critique. We are open minded and think outside the box. We learn and adapt. We tackle challenges together. We enjoy providing an opportunity for individuals to try new roles within the company.

Getting Involved

The majority of our members are from the heartland of Bristol. We currently operate as an amateur company with all of our members volunteering their services. We offer a platform to perform at high level competitive events, which ultimately will suit those looking to jump into an adventure on the amateur scene or those hoping to enhance their own theatre resumes with some impressive credentials. We urge all of those interested in joining us to Register as a member.

Registered members are approached with priority for any potential opportunities. As a registered member, each individual has an editable member profile page dedicated to them. We ask that all members add as much detail to their profile page as possible. All member profile pages are indexed into all of the major search engines and our Members directory. Awards & Productions are automatically applied to your profile page.

Our Productions

Since formation back in 2010, The Fringe Files have presented the following productions at various events which include major fringes, established drama festivals and/or one off events.

Previous Venues

We’ve been fortunate enough to have presented productions from across a whole range of spaces both large and small. Here is our definitive venue timeline.

2016 St Werburghs Centre (Bristol)
2016 Backwell Playhouse (Bristol)
2016 Norden Farm (Maidenhead)
2016 Shaftesbury Arts Centre (Shaftesbury)
2016 Backwell Playhouse (Bristol)
2015 Riverside Arts Centre (Sunbury)
2015 Rhoda McGaw Theatre (Woking)
2015 Hamilton House (Bristol)
2014 Memorial Hall (Wincanton)
2014 Shaftesbury Arts Centre (Shaftesbury)
2014 Riverside Arts Centre (Sunbury)
2014 The Underground Theatre (Eastbourne)
2014 The Place (Taunton)
2014 The Bear (Wincanton)
2013 Rhoda McGaw Theatre (Woking)
2013 Stanchester Academy (Stoke sub Hamdon)
2013 The Bear (Wincanton)
2012 The Drawbridge (Bristol)
2012 Memorial Hall (Wincanton)
2012 Rhoda McGaw Theatre (Woking)
2011 Surgeons Hall (Edinburgh)
2011 Hen & Chickens Theatre Pub (London)
2011 Backwell Playhouse (Bristol)
Rehearsal Spaces

As a touring company, The Fringe Files have naturally held a few HQ locations since formation. We would like to wholeheartedly thank the following venues for hosting our rehearsal.

2017 TBA (Bristol)
2016 The Drawbridge (Bristol) / Bishops Tavern (Bristol) / The Hope & Anchor (Bristol) / St Werburghs Centre (Bristol) / Long Ashton Centre (Bristol)
2015 The Drawbridge (Bristol) / Bishops Tavern (Bristol)
2014 The Bear (Wincanton) / The Millers (Wincanton)
2013 The Nog Inn (Wincanton) / The Bear (Wincanton)
2012 The Nog Inn (Wincanton)
2011 The Griffin (Bristol) / Backwell Playhouse (Bristol)
Past Festivals / Fringes

Here are some of the events which we have participated in over the years.

2016 Avon One Act Drama Festival (Re-called)
2016 Maidenhead Drama Festival
2016 Shaftesbury Drama Festival
2016 Avon One Act Drama Festival
2015 Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival
2015 Woking Drama Festival
2014 Shaftesbury Arts Marathon
2014 Terry Pratchett’s Hogwatch
2014 Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival
2013 Woking Drama Festival
2012 Woking Drama Festival
2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Our Accolades

We are truly honoured to have received a few festival awards / nominations over the years. Here is our definitive breakdown (in date order) of these accolades. A huge congratulations to everybody involved.

The Fringe Files nominated in ‘Best direction’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Shaftesbury Drama Festival. [2016] [won]
The Fringe Files nominated in ‘Teamwork’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Shaftesbury Drama Festival. [2016] [won]
Jon Attwood nominated in ‘Best actor’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Shaftesbury Drama Festival. [2016] [nominated]
Michael Starr nominated in ‘Best original play’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Avon Drama Festival. [2016] [nominated]
Craig Weaver nominated in ‘Best male actor’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Avon Drama Festival. [2016] [won]
Charlotte Watkin nominated in ‘Best sound’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Avon Drama Festival. [2016] [nominated]
Michael Starr nominated in ‘NDFA play writing award’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Avon Drama Festival. [2016] [nominated]
Rhian Brimble & Michael Starr nominated in ‘Technical excellence’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
Michael Starr nominated in ‘Best new play’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
The Fringe Files nominated in ‘Stage presentation’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
The Fringe Files nominated in ‘The adjudicator’s choice award’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
Joshua Phillips nominated in ‘Best male actor’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
Joshua Phillips nominated in ‘Best male actor’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
Michael Starr nominated in ‘Best new play’ category for production A Tail of Forklure, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2014] [won]
Quintin Mitchell nominated in ‘The adjudicator’s choice award’ category for production A Tail of Forklure, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2014] [won]
Michael Starr nominated in ‘NDFA play writing award’ category for production A Tail of Forklure, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2014] [nominated]
The Fringe Files nominated in ‘Best comedy play’ category for production A Tail of Forklure, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2014] [nominated]
Chantal Bargery nominated in ‘Best female actor’ category for production A Tail of Forklure, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2014] [nominated]
Gordon Watson nominated in ‘Best lighting’ category for production Underline, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2013] [nominated]
Gordon Watson nominated in ‘Best sound’ category for production Underline, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2013] [nominated]
Stuart Lyddon nominated in ‘Best direction’ category for production Underline, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2013] [nominated]
Stuart Lyddon nominated in ‘Technical excellence’ category for production Underline, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2013] [nominated]
Quintin Mitchell nominated in ‘Best male actor’ category for production Underline, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2013] [nominated]
Gordon Watson nominated in ‘Best lighting’ category for production The Cook Did It!, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2012] [nominated]
Michael Starr nominated in ‘Best male actor’ category for production The Cook Did It!, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2012] [nominated]
Michael Starr nominated in ‘Best new play’ category for production The Cook Did It!, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2012] [nominated]