Comedian Rosie Holt is set to headline at a performing arts festival showcasing music, theatre and comedy sketches.

Watford Fringe, an annual festival set up by the Pump House Theatre and Arts Trust, will return for its sixth year and run from September 30 to October 2.

It will be held at venues throughout Watford including the Pump House, Watford Palace Theatre, Watford Museum, Amanartist Chapel, D20 Board Game Café, The Garden Rooms and Wellspring Centre.

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Watford Pump House chair Lee Farman said: “We set up the Watford Fringe as a way to support the great local Watford talent to develop and perform their shows.

“Plus, the Fringe is an accessible platform to bring high quality art to Watford for audiences to enjoy. 

“Since our initial Fringe in October 2017 we’ve gone from strength to strength with a wide range of acts that provides something for everyone to enjoy.”

There are more than 63 events including award-winning plays such as Battle Cry, fresh from the Edinburgh Festival.

The event’s headline act is Rosie Holt, a social media sensation and Chortle Award winner.

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Set to perform on October 1 at the Pump House Theatre at 7pm, she debuts an hour of character comedy based on her hit satirical videos.  

Her comedy includes portraying a right-wing "opinionist" distorting the news, an MP desperately defending a failing government and a left-winger wanting to say the right thing but scared of getting it wrong.

These characters and more come together when their creator accidentally becomes the news, as they try to speak their truth whatever the facts.

The festival also caters for children, with the official launch of the Good Wood Gang – an animated children’s series.

From 12pm to 1pm at the Pump House, families can meet characters from the series.

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As Watford Fringe is dedicated to working with unheard artists, an entire evening has been dedicated to showcase hidden talent.

The Garden Rooms will be hosting bands, rappers and spoken word acts on October 1 at 1pm.

Not only will you get the opportunity to enjoy watching other artists, but you can also take part and learn new skills.

On Sunday, October 2 at 10am the Pump House will host an introduction to acting class.

Run by The Actor’s Café, participants will work with with John Gould who has experience of professional work for West End plays, international theatre, Netflix, film and commercials. 

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At 9am on October 1, Mansi Dabral Kathak Dance Academy will be performing a rhythmic journey of Indian classical dance Kathak, exploring movements, space and emotions immersing into rich music and lyrical compositions.

The 90-minute show consists of different formats of solo, duet and group choreography.

And a final performance will be delivered by the group’s guru Mansi Dabral.

Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor will be opening the festival on Friday, September 30 at 6.30pm, with the Rock Choir as a free event kicking off the Fringe. 

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Mr Taylor said: “I am really pleased to see that the Watford Fringe festival has returned for another year.

“We have provided funding for this and it’s a well-known and successful event run by the fantastic team at the Pump House.”

For all Fringe events, to find out more and to book tickets go to

The festival is mainly run by a team of dedicated volunteers.

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If you would like to volunteer or get involved with the Fringe Festival, please contact Sharon Gaffney on 01923 241362 or email

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