Prague Fringe Festival launches with ‘cream of the crop’
One of the biggest events of the English-language cultural calendar in Prague starts on Friday. For those not in the know – that’s the Prague Fringe Festival – and it continues for a whole nine days.
This year the festival hosts a total of 273 performances with acts and actors from around the globe. Festival co-founder Steve Gove was asked to gives a rundown of some of the highlights on offer.
“Well, its incredibly difficult. We have got 562 shows from all over the world coming to Prague this week. But, if I were to choose one or two I would definitely point you in the direction of a show called Echoes by a British playwright and actor called Henry Naylor. It has just been winning awards all over the world, including Brighton Fringe and it won awards at Adelaide Fringe earlier this year. It is a fantastic, delicate, story of two British women born 175 years apart: one is a Jihadi bride and one is a Victorian pioneer. And their stories unfold in front of us in the beautiful theatre of Inspirace, Divadlo Inspirace, on Malostanské Náměstí.”
“Well, in a totally different vein we have got a comedy duo from the states coming called Zach and Ziggo. We don’t know these guys. They applied to take part in the festival back in August and they sounded fantastic and their show sounded wonderful and we said ‘Why not, let’s take a risk on them.’ And since then, they have been performing at various festivals including Brighton. And just last week there they won the audience awards and have been selling out all their shows. It’s a comedy, clowning act and it’s sure to please all. It’s going to take place in Divadlo na Prádle down in Bedsední Street.”
Now, the 15th year, that’s a round number, but how difficult is it to keep the fringe as fringe and not get too conventional?
You can find details of the festival offering at www.praguefringe.com