Welcome to this year’s May Fringe, Folks!

Here’s a taster Professor Hawley has put together:


Individual events from Jane Bom-Bane & Eliza Skelton, Silver Swans (Jane, Eliza & Emma Kilbey), R Dyer, Melanie Pegge & Andy Griffiths, Nick Pynn, Ed Gaughan, Peter Strong, Lia Burge, Project Adorno and Professor Hawley.

All events (details below) are £8.50/£6.50 concessions, start at 8.30pm and end about 10pm.
Pre-show food at 7pm is optional, booked separately from show tickets and costs an additional £15 to be paid on the night. Space is limited. This year, we are serving one dish (a delicious spinach, cherry tomato and black-eye bean Thakkali Payaru curry with flat breads) and one pud (chocowafflettes, fruit and ice-cream) for all. Of course, we will adapt for allergies, sensitivities, etc and kids, if they’re allowed to stay up… £15 for two courses. (£5 for kids)

Tickets now on sale here: TEXT 07764 515583 janebombane@yahoo.co.uk
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May 5th

R. Dyer

Emerging new talent, R Dyer, plays their whimsical and poignant songs to their own mix of multi-instrumental accompaniments …loop pedal, musical saw, saxophone, noseflute, found sounds, homemade instruments & household objects to combine baroque pop songs with improvised performance.

May 6th
Melanie Pegge & Andy Griffiths ALMOST SOLD OUT

Bom-Bane’s presents a rare appearance from these Midlands-maestros !


Melanie Pegge writes gossamer-fine folk songs, both dazzlingly virtuosic and strangely simple, evoking pastoral scenes and mystical alchemical dreams-states with guitar and voice. 

A favourite of Tom Robinson, she performs regularly in the Midlands, and recently released a new album ‘A Mouthful of Tangled Vines’

You can see a video to the track here: 

Hailing from the fenlands of Cambridgeshire via the cosmopolitan melting pot of Leicester, Andy Griffiths has been steadily garnering attention in recent years on the Midlands music scene, charming audiences with his warm soulful baritone, storytelling and emphasis on the primacy of great melodies and chords. 

He released not one but two albums last year- all availble on 


May 9th SOLD OUT
Project Adorno present: Brontë Beat 

Sunday 27th October 2019: Project Adorno – Brontë Beat – Poetry and Music  in Portsmouth and Southsea
Comprising original songs, film, ambient sounds and spoken word, Brontë Beat explores the multi-faceted world of the Brontës through an electro-pop lens – from their early dabblings in “scribblemania” to the success of their novels and the fascinating history of their all too brief lives. The piece also includes interview extracts from people connected to the literature, landscape and places associated with the Brontë story. A performance collage weaving the facts of their lives with the myths of their fiction. Performed live by arts-duo Project Adorno

Bronte Beat video extract: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQkA77qaKBk

Project Adorno


May 10th, 11th and 12th (12th SOLD OUT)
The Silver Swans

Emma Kilbey, Eliza Skelton and Jane Bom-Bane have a whale of a time belting out some early madrigals, mid-day folk songs and suppertime originals

May 13th
Lia Burge: Crying into Bins
20 years in hospitality: a cathartically funny poetical memoir

From the food waste bin into which her friend had a nervous breakdown, Lia tries to make sense of the twenty years she spent serving food and drink. Crying into Bins chronicles tales collected over two decades and takes shape as a long-form spoken word poem. But expect a little more than one woman and a microphone. Sprouts, for example, there will be sprouts. Sprouts, truth-telling, nervous breakdowns and laughter in this poetical exploration of mental health, societal structures, terrible rage and bittersweet acceptance.

“I have spent my adult life shovelling leftover potato fondants into my mouth in the vain hope that the sheer volume might make up for the lack of company, posh dress and dinner music they were designed for”

Lia Burge is an OFFIE nominated actress and two-time Hammer & Tongue National Slam finalist. 

Previous work includes: Spiderfly and Freak at Theatre 503, Romeo & Juliet at The Orange Tree Theatre, Comedy of Errors and Taming of the Shrew with The Merely Players, Titus Andronicus with The Smooth Faced Gentlemen, Separate Tables at Chichester Festival Theatre, and Eastenders.

Praise for previous acting work:

 Spy in the Stalls *****

‘A highly sophisticated performance and never one-note…a masterclass in acting’

May 16th, 18th, 20th (and 21st free matinee for kids 3pm No food, but optional waffles afterwards!) ALL SOLD OUT
Jane Bom-Bane

JB-B spruces up her harmonium and services her mechanical hats to sing original well- and lesser-known songs, accompanied by the amazing Eliza Skelton on harmonies and various instruments, and images by Tom Walker.

‘This is what I know’. Here’s Daisy Jordan’s video of the title song:
Jane Bom-Bane’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@janebom-bane8821

May 23rd
Professor Hawley’s live 1960s jukebox hosts a fantastic night of your favourite 60’s sing-alongs complete with Pearl and Dean adverts. (Send us a couple of your favourites to sing to, when you book). Feat. Special guest Dr Mark Hodge.

May 24th and 25th (18+)

Poet + artist + comedian Pete Strong presents his show ‘Greenfinch’.

Poems and stories about landscapes, both inner and outer. Who are we and where do we come from? And how are we shaped by the lands and hills we walk across. 

From the barren hills and violent fields of Ulster to the rolling downland of Sussex: moving and funny poems about identity and freedom; investigating the legacy of hurt, and how we can reconcile with the harm done to us.  

Shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize  

“Genuinely affecting, and powerfully honest” Immaterial 
“His laconic and often surreal poetry was a treat” Broadway Baby

“Cathartically funny” Chortle 

May 26th and 27th
Ed Gaughan Words and Music WIP (Work In Progress) (18+)

Over many years Ed has written, directed and performed work for and with many of the UK’s most loved acts- including Milton Jones, Josie Long,Will Adamsdale, Barry Cryer, Pappy’s and Spymonkey.  

He’s also the voice of Baron Greenback in Dangermouse, Gideon in Sky TV’s Brassic and the Co-creator, co-writer and star of the BAFTA nominated movie  ‘Skeletons’ which won the ‘Michael Powell Award For Cinema’ at The Edinburgh Festival. Ed is a ‘Peter Sellers Award For Comedy’ nominee.

This is his first solo show in 18 years! There will be music, stories, clowning around and plenty of work in progress. 

Keep your expectations low and nobody gets hurt.

“Original and intelligent, if Ed Gaughan doesn’t already have a cult fan base they should really set one up” **** Metro

“Eccentric, heartfelt and very funny” ****Guardian

“A surreal disorientating hybrid of theatre, stand up comedy and jazz concert incorporating a talent for accents and impressions with hysterical physical comedy”

**** Independent

May 30th, 31st, June 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Nick Pynnwhat better way to end the Fringe!

Multi-award-winning avant-folk artist Nick Pynn performs an exciting selection from his eclectic catalogue of multi-layered compositions. ‘The octopus of sound’ Stewart Lee; ‘Music of immense imagination and skill‘ Glasgow Herald ‘One of England’s best instrumentalists and composers‘ fRoots
A magical find in the night’ The Scotsman

Electro-acoustic stringed multi-instrumentalist songwriter, composer, producer and performer, Nick performs on a variety of instruments including 5 string violin, guitars, mountain dulcimer, mandocello and banjo. He plays these live whilst his feet live-loop and play bass pedals.Nick Pynn has also performed as a sideman with many artists over the years, including Billy Bragg, Arthur Brown, Steve Harley, Beverley Martyn, B*Witched, Mike Heron (Incredible String Band), Jane Bom-Bane and comedians Stewart Lee, Boothby Graffoe, Kevin Eldon, Jo Neary, Phil Nichol, Rich Hall and Omid Djalili. Nick also plays with Stomp’s ‘Lost and Found Orchestra’ and performs regularly with Kate Daisy Grant.Recently, Nick has been working extensively as a theatre musician in shows for the National Theatre, Scottish National Theatre and Manchester’s Royal Exchange. He has just had his 9th album of original compositions released.