A new three day 'Southampton Fringe' festival is coming to the city.

The announcement by MAST Mayflower Studios is part of a programme designed to support local companies and artists telling Southampton stories in developing and creating new work.

Southampton Fringe is set to last three days and is scheduled to take place in July 2024; a celebration of arts for the whole city. 

As a MAST Propel Associate, Southampton Fringe will be supported as they launch their first Festival and develop the Fringe offer in Southampton moving forward.

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Other MAST associate artists include Theatre for Life, which will be developing their creative health project When Puberty meets Menopause.

This will be an intergenerational play which helps to explain how hormones can affect the body, mind, emotions and our sense of identity from puberty to menopause. 

Writing team Stephanie Jayne Amies and Teddy Clement will be working on a brand new, modernised adaptation of Five Children and IT.

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Company Curious Pheasant will use the platform to continue to explore traditional pieces of theatre in a non-traditional way with Private Peaceful. 

Non-binary poet and writer Harley Truslove will develop work centred around being transgender and how that changes the relationship to oneself, using a mix of poetry and stage work. 

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Ri Baroche, a Southampton based non-binary writer, performer, musician and drag artist  will work with a diverse array of local performers and community members to explore how to find meaning, purpose, community spirit and have fun in the face of climate crisis in a new musical-comedy Trutopia!

GASP! Theatre Company will embark on the creation of their third original comedy for babies and their grown-ups.

These associates, part of the Propel Scheme, join for 20 months and will have access to rehearsal space, practical support for production development, mentoring sessions with MAST staff, marketing support and guidance, collaboration opportunities with other artists on the programme, money to support the development of new ideas, and an end of residency performance as part of the venue’s SHOUT Festival.

Mayflower chief executive Michael Ockwell said: “We are excited to be working with such a variety of artists and companies who are all based in our region. We are committed to helping these artists develop their craft and to achieve their own goals."