AN INTERACTIVE trial questioning gender constructions in the 21st century is coming to Ventnor Fringe.

The Trial is a play by StoneCrabs Theatre about a transgender woman, part stand-up, part gig, performed by Inês Sampaio.

It asks if we can reject authority, and live and love in a different way.

Playing musical instruments, singing with a microphone and loop pedal, Inês invites the audience to join her on a journey of questioning, growth and discovery.

She asks the audience to be unprejudiced witnesses and play jury to her story.

This year's fringe features nearly 150 performances of more than 90 different shows, alongside many more free events, from July 23 to 28.

Some shows have already sold out.

Transforming the Island’s southernmost town with pop-up venues, the festival hosts nine main venues, alongside other smaller spaces including a 1930’s Parisian Book Bus, an arts trail spanning textiles to street art, and intimate gigs in shops and homes.

Two new venues for this year are Hygeia House, an old pub which will be transformed into an intimate theatre with accompanying gin bar, and The Magpie, a big top tent.

For music lovers Ventnor’s many churches will host concerts from folk singer Charlie Dore to G4 singer Mike Christie.

For new sounds Ventnor’s Harbour is turned into an exciting new music venue with rising hip-hop star Barney Artist, Chicago’s next big export, the psych rock Post Animal, and local favourites such as CHAMPS.

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