The Swindon Fringe finished last night with two welcome returnees from previous Festivals. Two poets and performers replete with a glee, appreciation and love for the English language.
Tina Sederholm was first up on stage at Town Hall Studios with her latest spoken word show: ‘Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful’. From a traumatic childhood memory on a Swedish beach to present day struggles with her work, family and life Sederholm weaves a bittersweet story of belated self-discovery. Her muse often seems to be her own self-doubt, but she channels it with gentle humour and hope. The result is a heart-warming hour in the company of a gifted and wise wordsmith.
Next on stage was Swindon Fringe veteran Rob Gee with his new one-man spectacular: “Death – a Romantic Comedy”. A giddy adventure involving alcohol, mortality, Ozzie Osborne, leopard-print handcuffs and a missing pacemaker. Gee performs every character, from a randy lady Octogenarian to an apparition of the Black Sabbath lead-singer with the anarchic glee that has endeared him to the Swinge audiences over the years. He expertly ramps up the absurdity, step-by-step, until his latest shaggy dog story reaches its bizarre but gladdening climax.
And with that crescendo the Swindon Fringe is over for another year. Ten entertainment-packed days passing in the twinkling of an eye. But there’s more to come. It’s Swindon Independent Film Festival at the MECA this week and there’s the Swindon Spring Festival of Literature and Arts coming in May.
There’s a lot more to come.