Underground theatre from Camden Fringe

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Underground theatre from Camden Fringe


Fri, 06/01/2017 - 15:25


Mars Actually
Mars Actually
06 January, 2017

THE Camden Fringe is gearing up for its 12th year, with potential participants invited to apply between now and March 31.

Set-up by Zena Barrie and Michelle Flower, the Fringe has grown from 57 performances at the Etcetera Theatre in 2006 to more than 200 acts last summer. This year’s Camden Fringe will take place from July 31 to August 27 and will again encompass the whole of the borough.

But if the summer months seem too far way away, there’s another festival that has its sights on the title of “London’s Answer to the Edinburgh Fringe” – the Vault Festival, which takes place at the subterranean arts hub in the tunnels under Waterloo station.

The festival is expanding this year, introducing two satellite venues at Morley College, which will be home to two festival spaces, and community theatre space Network Theatre.

With its six-week programme, the festival promises a varied bill of drama, musicals, circus and cabaret.

Shows to look out for include Jolie Booth’s first one-woman show, HIP (February 1-5), from the producer of Touretteshero’s hit show Backstage in Biscuitland. The semi-autobiographical show is a relaxed performance, with noise and movement actively encouraged.

The Flanagan Collective also promises every audience a unique experience, when they take over multiple spaces for their immersive version of The Great Gatsby (January 25-March 5). Also returning to the festival will be Superbolt Theatre, with Mars Actually (February 15-19), which brings to life the theatre’s vision of life on Mars. Meanwhile, Thought to Flesh (February 22) explores motor neurone disease. A collaboration with UCL Institute of Neurology, it is based on the true story of Sarah Ezekiel. 

After a critically acclaimed, sell-out performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016, Robyn Paterson’s one-woman family drama The South Afreakins will be performed at on February 15. Inspired by Paterson’s parents’ experience of emigrating from South Africa to New Zealand, she creates a very human story of loss and family. 

• For more, see www.camdenfringe.com/and www.vaultfestival.com/

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