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Pick of the Camden Fringe
Pick of the Camden Fringe
Fri, 12/08/2016 - 12:04
Published:11 August, 2016
by AMY SMITH
WE have delved into the extra-thick Camden Fringe programme – available at all 25 venues – and pulled out a number of highlights for this coming week. There are a whopping 250 shows during the entire festival.
Lend An Ear: Etcetera Theatre, August 15-17
Physical theatre on the struggle of relationships without communication told through movement, poetry and improve by disabled and able-bodied members of Paperfeet Theatre and Dramatize Co.
Cut Throat: London Irish Centre, August 15-16, 18-20, 22
An irreverent take on freedom of speech – a very pertinent subject – where 15 performers from Trip & Guts Theatre challenge the notion of “telling it like it is”.
Sellotape Sisters: Tristan Bates Theatre, August 15-20.
Former Coronation Street storyliner Lee Mattinson is no doubt bringing some industry truths to this drama about the fictional legendary soap opera, Sellotape Sisters. On the last live episode the stressed writers decide to replicate the actor’s personal drama in the script. Hilarity, no doubt, ensues.
Blast From The Past: Upstairs at the Gatehouse, August 16-19
```````````` turns back time to 1999 with a drama centred around homophobic attacks. The post-show Q&A on August 17 will include Mark Healey, from the No To Hate Crime Campaign.
Rosie Wilby: The Unconscious Uncoupling Camden People’s Theatre, August 17-21
Fringe favourite Rosie Wilby returns with this examination of her own heartbreak by dipping into love letters, emails and song lyrics.
Sankara Cockpit Theatre, August 18-19.
The heroic tale of Thomas Sankara, assassinated president of Burkina Faso (1983-1987) is told with a little help from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Sankara is credited as the first African leader to favour women’s rights, nationalise land and mineral wealth and refuse foreign aid.
Cockamamy: Lion and Unicorn, August 18-20
Join Alice, granddaughter Rosie and new visitor Cavan as they settle down for a tea and a bourbon biscuit. A tragicomic tale of dementia that focuses on how it can sometimes bring a family together.
The Austerity Games: Kentish Town Community Centre, August 19-21.
Britain is struggling with austerity measures. Nope, not this austerity but 1948, post-Blitz and somehow the country is putting on the Olympics while residents like Martha Britt can’t even find eggs for tea.
Mary Mary: Lion and Unicorn. August 20-21
An exploration of two local legendary Marys: Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, and her mother Mary Wollstonecraft, feminist thinker.
Somewhere Under The Rainbow: The Liza Minnelli, Story London Irish Centre, August 19
Sharon Sexton is Liza. She invites us into her dressing room to divulge backstage secrets and insights from the long career of Liza Minelli.
Godspell: Upstairs at the Gatehouse, August 20-24
This musical parable is brought into the world of hashtags and memes with a contemporary twist from J R Theatre.