"one of the most innovative, intelligent and intriguing companies to emerge in Northern Ireland in recent years”
Musical Theatre Review, June 2015
Blunt Fringe production company launched in NI in September 2013, specialising in musical theatre.
Blunt Fringe was inspired by the fringe theatre that exists mostly in London and Edinburgh which allows very successful actors and musicians to perform in smaller theatres between 'proper' jobs! But the idea of 'fringe theatre' is more than just a production created on a shoestring. It is about a fully immersive and quality experience for the audience. The very notion of ‘fringe’ and the intimacy that it encourages between cast and audience through smaller performance spaces gives us permission to break down the fourth wall, that imaginary "wall" at the front of the stage in a traditional proscenium theatre. We will endeavour to do this as much as possible, as this gives our audience a more intense and involved theatrical experience.
We constantly aim to produce high quality musical theatre that engages, inspires and stimulates our audience and so we will seek out the new and innovative musicals that actors and musicians love to be a part of and which our audiences will enjoy, and perform them in interesting theatre spaces.
We are passionate about developing professional musical theatre in Northern Ireland, and developing the professionals within the theatre industry. In 2016, Blunt Fringe launched a monthly programme of performance workshops called Theatre Masterclass NI to give performers the opportunity to learn specialist skills with exceptional actors, directors and casting directors such as Jonjo O'Neill, Dan Gordon, Killian Donnelly, Glen Wallace and Carla Stronge.
We aim to create fresh, innovative musical work that has a place on the cabaret scene and in festivals. In 2016 we created Me & Kate Bush, a musical revue of the songs of the 1980s pop star sensation performed by Nan Fee, Mark McGrath, Rory Nellis, Andrew Brown & Herb Magee.