The Paris Fringe

One week of English theatre in Paris

MLP is very excited to learn that, Paris is playing host to a Fringe Festival in English! Sources have revealed that this jam-packed event from Monday, May 23rd until Sunday, May 29th, will incorporate 16 shows, several workshops and discussion sessions about the world of theatre.

Over 100 applications were received, from theatre companies who hoped to have a chance to appear at this first time event in the City of Light, but only 16 were selected. Hand picked by the ambitious team behind the project led by Dom Douglas and Reka Polonyi.

“There are now Fringe Festivals in New York, Sydney, Amsterdam…but Paris is yet to have one of its own”

Paris Fringe

A Fringe production is like an off-broadway show, and the festival element brings all these non-mainstream artistic  performances together, to inspire. The most famous is the Edinburgh Fringe in  Scotland. Which is not only the largest in the world but also the original! Officially launching in 1958.

What’s great about this event is that it, not only serves up a melting pot of cross-cultural performances across genres, it’s also in English which is a treat and a rarity for those of us in the expat community, who don’t comprehend la francais very well. With only a handful of opportunities available in Paris to be entertained in English, this Paris Fringe is being welcomed with open arms.

Paris Fringe

Starling Arts High Five Production Photos

So get ready for 7 days of art, music, drama and comedy delivered by some extraordinary talent at this year’s Paris FringeStarling Arts a 50 strong choir, from the UK will be belting out all the feel good classics past and present from Michael Jackson to Disney in the rues of the city.  



The family show NEW, is an improvised Broadway musical created right in front of your very eyes! The actors,singers, musicians and illustrator, pull a  show out of the bag based on a theme, and characters suggested from the audience, then perform an unbelievable 70-minute production!

Sarah Tullamore will also, single-handedly,  deliver her one-woman show contemplating a decision about whether to stay or leave Paris!

Paris Fringe

Nine Lives

Or, you might enjoy, spoken word combined with music in Dirty Laundry, from a Paris-based American poet who’ll be reciting her works in an actual launderette! Tales of immigration, including Nine Lives, described as, a story of one refugee with a suitcase filled with; the past, uncertainty, high heels, African dancing shells and hope! There’s even a production, called Ash centred around one mans’ addiction to smoking, which documents the story of his first to last puff of a cigarette!

This and so much more is on offer that, it’s best if you just read through the programme, and decide what events tickle your fancy! Note that New, is the only show where you can involve the smaller kids!

All the shows will take place in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Most of the performances will take place at Les Feux de la Rampe, which will also host the Opening Ceremony on May 23.   Théâtre Trévise, Le Kibele and the YMCA will also hold a variety of shows. Go to the Paris Fringe website for more info.


logoMama Loves Paris is pleased to announce that Paris Fringe is offering YOU four tickets  to see New and AshA pair of tickets for each show is up for grabs! Tickets cost €12/10 reduced for these two shows.

New will be on performed on Saturday May, 28th at 2pm (FDLR) and on Sunday May, 29th at 11am (Le Trevise). Ash, (advised as teen appropriate) will be performed on Saturday and Sunday May 28 & 29th at 2pm.


All you have to do to win a pair of  tickets, is to like the Mama Loves Paris Facebook page (if you haven’t already) and send an email with the answer to the following question. When did the Edinburgh Fringe Festival officially begin? Was it…

a) 1939

b) 1958 

c) 1974

Please email your answer to Enter now!!!!! Winners will be picked at random and be informed by email a week before the event.

Have a brilliant time and don’t miss it.

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Paris Fringe – Monday, May 23rd until Sunday, May 29th, 2016, various venues