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Chunky Fringe 2023

Information for contestants.

Updated 15-07-2023.

Did you make a terrible video game hardware or software purchasing decision which you regret to this day? Can you hold back the tears for long enough to laugh about it? Are you prepared to share your shame and seek closure at Chunky Fringe 2023? Then join us.

Chunky Fringe Presents...

On the 29th of July at 3pm, six nervous members of the Digitiser public will share the intimate Boiler House with our expert panellists, who have their own historic secrets. Think of it as a group therapy session arranged by an unqualified idiot, and hosted by a talented musician who writes songs about poo. The joke's on us.

We're looking for contestants who aren't quite sure about public speaking, who don't think of themselves as performers, but are prepared to give it a go. It's your personal story that matters most, your anticipation and disappointment. The game or hardware concerned is secondary - it doesn't even have to be inherently awful - and our panellists will help you to provide the historical context.

This event will be recorded, though we can't guarantee that anyone will be watching.


You must be at least 18 years old, and you must be available to join us from 14:30 to 17:00 on Saturday the 29th of July. You will need to provide us with a brief description of the purchase which caused your regret, and why. No other personal details necessary.

Applicants who meet the above requirements will be added to our shortlist in the order that we receive their submissions. However, there is only room for one story about a particular game or device - which won't be a problem if you were the only sucker who bought one.

We now have four contestants so are looking for two more, plus two who are happy to wait on our reserve list should anyone need to drop out. Book now to ensure disappointment (or chance asking on the day.)

Please send your application to the address below.

Email: comments at arbitraryfiles.com