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That’s Magic! Magician brings a taste of festival magic to local Hospice


St Cuthbert’s Hospice chosen as Charity Partner of the 2024 Durham Fringe Festival.Magician Tom Bolton visited St Cuthbert’s Hospice to bring a touch of magic to their Living Well Centre and give Hospice guests a taste of his Durham Fringe Festival show.


“What a magical afternoon we all had! Staff and guests had a really great time conjuring up some fun together with Tom, the magician.”


– Tara, Nursing Associate, St Cuthbert’s Hospice.


“A huge thank you to Tom for giving our Living Well Centre Guests a sneak preview of his magic act. Our guests (and staff!) had a great time and were in awe of what they saw, still talking about it on the way home! We really appreciate our community supporters and the variety of opportunities they provide our service users.”


– David, Day Services Manager, St Cuthbert’s Hospice.


Tom, a member of The Magic Circle, has his own magic show bar in Durham City Centre called The Magic Corner and will be performing as part of the Durham Fringe Festival with his show ‘Grow Up Magic Man’ on the 25th, 26th and 27th July at the Assembly Rooms Theatre.


The Hospice, based in Durham, has been chosen as the charity partner of this year’s Festival which sees thousands visit the city centre in July to enjoy entertainment, with over 250 performances in this year’s lineup.


“We’re so pleased Durham Fringe Festival have chosen to fundraise for us throughout the festival this year. We're looking forward to the summer and seeing some of the incredible shows throughout the city! St Cuthbert’s Hospice needs to raise over £2.5 million a year to allow us to provide our services, so support from our local community is essential. Thank you for choosing to support us Durham Fringe Festival!”


– Kay, Development Manager, St Cuthbert’s Hospice.


Durham Fringe Festival returns 24th - 28th July, with eight performance spaces over seven venues, and 250 performances across five days. There’s something for everyone including theatre, magic, spoken word, music, cabaret, comedy, and daytime family shows. This year, with the support of partners including Dance City, the festival has an additional focus on dance and physical theatre, which will be presented in the Fonteyn Ballroom in Dunelm House.


Festival Director, Stephen Cronin said:


“We’re really thrilled to be working in partnership with St Cuthbert’s Hospice this year. The Hospice does such amazing work for people and communities in Durham City and the surrounding areas, and it felt like such a natural fit for our work at the Fringe. As well as supporting artists and performers, one of our key aims at Durham Fringe CIC (community interest company) is to have positive impacts for our place, and working with the Hospice as a charity partner is a great way to do even more in this respect. The team have been a pleasure to work with, and we’ve raised more than £100 in donations already.”


This year’s venues are: Palace Green, Assembly Rooms Theatre, Cafedral, Fabios, Durham City Theatre, Pemberton Rooms, and the Fonteyn Ballroom and Vane Tempest at Dunelm House.


Tickets are on sale now via the Durham Fringe website www.durhamfringe.co.uk

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