Stanley Fringe has been in existence since July 2015.
Conceived by Kevin Reay, Jaene Davies and David Mills our aim is create a space for the Arts, within Stanley, Co Durham. Past performers have included Jenni Pascoe, Steve Urwin, David O’ Hanlon, Jack Burness, Alix Bromwich-Alexandra, Jane Burn, Simon Green, Chloe Mary Anne Watson, Joan Johnston, and the debut performance of local DIY Indie outfit The Percy Oberonic Sound Project.
The very first Fringe event in August 2015 was a resounding success and in 2016 our aim was to have several events across the year and a much bigger event in August 2016. The first event of 2016 event was to commemorate the anniversary of the Burns Pit Disaster. At 3.45pm on 16th February 1909 two underground explosions occurred at West Stanley Colliery (locally known as The Burns Pit). 168 men and boys lost their lives. On 16th February 2016 a remembrance service was held at the memorial in Stanley, then an evening of music and spoken word was held at the Beamish Mary pub in No Place, the event was another success for the Fringe.
Stanley Fringe have also supported the six month project by photographer Simon Green to create a photographic exhibition and produce a film about the town of Stanley. The project has involved over a hundred local residents who have been photographed, interviewed or both. The project culminated in an exhibition at Stanley Civic Hall during August 2016 and a premiere screening of the film ‘This Is Stanley’ at the Civic Hall on 31st July.
The final event for Stanley Fringe in 2016 was the main music and spoken word event on 20th August, again at the Civic Hall. Performers included Champagne Charlies an indie scruff rock outfit from Newcastle Upon Tyne, American country folksinger/songwriter Tom O Donnell, acapella trio Treble In Mind who are rapidly becoming fixtures on the Northumbrian folk circuit and singer Chloe Mary Anne Watson. Videos from all events can be found on the video page of this website.