DAY 3 | 18 JUNE

Final day of Chichester Free Fringe launched by Katie and Josh!

"A fantastic duo...so watchable and funny in their own right."


PARTS THEATRE COMPANY- "An imaginative reflection of lock-down. Very impressed with the collaboration and creativity of the performers to launch this new piece of work."

DO DO DRAMATICS - Theatre and Puppetry- "Hilarious- we could not stop laughing at the strangeness and absurbity of the characters that came to life. More please of other historical tales!" 

AMELIA STEPHENSON- Stand-up comedy session. "Amelia is a natural comedian, her timing and pauses to create tension kept us hanging onto her words with the life story of Caligula."

NANA CHARACTERS - Theatre- "I haven't laughed so much for ages! Another take on PPE never to be forgotten. Absolutely brilliant- if you come across the NaNa Characters in the street all I can say is...watch out!" 

ZARA - Stand-up comedy session."If this is Zara's first time at doing stand-up she completely smashed it! Her take on the inhabitants of Chi was at times too near to the truth but we have to be able to laugh at ourselves :) Amazing performance, more please!"

DAY 2 | 17 JUNE

Chichester Free Fringe launched by Mary Poppins...I mean Katie and Josh!

"They are so natural and totally watchable. They should be snapped up professionally."


ARABESQUE- School of Performing Arts "It's so wonderful to see musical theatre on the stage after all this time, seriously it made me cry with happiness". Absolutely stunning- well done Arabesque!"

BECCA HUGGETT-  Singer, Song Writer "Really looking forward to your album release with single Boy in my Pocket!"

STURT IRONSIDE- Guitarist- "I am speechless, Stuart's work is amazing and I was totally lost in his performance.His guitar skills are incredible." 

RACHEL HOGARTH- Jazz & Musical Theatre- "Loved listening to Rachel, more please! Such a range of songs I was swept away." 

JACOB PALMERJazz & Soul Musician- "Great listening to Jacob tonight and felt privileged to be listening to his unique voice with piano. I will definitely be trying to get to the IOW festival! Thanks Jacob- great gig." 

GOOD GIRL - Theatre "LOVED watching ‘Good Girl’ on @Chi_Fringe tonight! Didn’t realise it was live till the end, JUST WOW! Huge well done to @Olivia_Coppin what an amazing performance, I was hooked all the way through! Wonderfully directed by@Hannah_Stride too. Wonderful ladies!"

DAY 1 | 16 JUNE

Chichester Free Fringe launched with the fantastic banter by Katie and Josh!

"They create real energy for the event and excitement for the performances that are taking place".


OPEN MIC POETRY with guitar music from CHRIS HARDY "It was very well produced with the well known Barry and atmosphere created by Chris."


RUSSAN and ROYDThe Confessions of - Two Twenty-Something Year Olds " All I can say is ..I LOVED IT!" 

J DAVIDSinger Songwriter, Guitarist  "J David is so IMPRESSIVE- I can't wait to see him play live- keep us updated!" 


UNDER LONDON - Theatre Production SO PROUD of @LucyVictor1a and her AMAZING cast of ‘Under London’ who performed tonight for Chichester Fringe. Such a phenomenal show and amazing to see public work coming from @chiuni @ChiUniTheatr!!


Katie Bennett 


Josh Bowness

founding producer


Chichester Free Fringe made its debut in June 2021, showcasing creative talent in a series of live broadcasts! 


The 3-day online event was hosted as part of the Festival of Chichester from 16th - 18th June and saw a number of performers and creatives take to the stage, including comedians, musicians and puppeteers.


The broadcast was hosted by two Chichester High School Alumni: 



live from the historic Vicar’s Hall at Chichester Cathedral.


“During a period when people have not been able to perform, Chichester Fringe gave performers a safe place to explore, develop and share their acts with the world. We hope that the Fringe will be a sustainable event, and will continue to give a platform to creatives on the fringe of our amazing area”. 


Barry Smith, Festival of Chichester Co-ordinator: 

“We are delighted that Chichester Free Fringe formed part of this year’s programme of events.

It was an exciting development showcasing new and different performers on a digital platform accessible to many more people than could attend live events. For this first festival year after lockdown, the virtual free fringe fitted perfectly into the main festival as it meant that the first week eased in with a programme of largely outdoor and virtual events as a taster for our audiences for the main body of the festival to follow.”