Camden Fringe 2018
17 July 2018
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti
The Camden Fringe Festival launches into its 13th year on 30 July.
Featuring over 200 shows across 23 venues, the programme is as wide-ranging as ever with themes of #MeToo, LGBTQ and mental health well in evidence.
Amongst the theatre events are:
Protest Song by Tim Price
London based The Florence Theatre Company presents an exploration of the politics of homelessness through carol singing, outraged chanting and anonymous masks from the confrontational and abrasive Danny, who slept rough in front of St Paul’s Cathedral for seven years until he woke up to find Occupy on his doorstep. The company will be fundraising for Crisis.
Timeless by Brian Coyle
Inspired by a true story, Timeless looks at the fallibility of memory, the way it defines us and what happens when it goes. This is a solo show about London cabbie Martin and his bewildering world as he wakes every day thinking it's 2008.
Goodbye Rosetta from Hungry Wolf Visionary Youth Theatre
A new bitter-sweet coming of age play written for the company by Katherine Manners, which looks at friendship, teenage mental health and the cosmos. The cast of nine includes Brenock O’Connor.
PowerPlay by Tom Levitt
Written by former Member of Parliament Tom Levitt this 2022-set play takes a wry look at politics, what can happen when historic alliances are abandoned in favour of new rules and Brexit. Levitt directs a cast made up of Clive Stubbs, Joanna Swan, Ian Alldiss and Geir Madland.
Double Jeopardy by Cameron Corcoran
Black comedy Collateral looks at how relationships are built on convenience and the "use and abuse culture" of the philanderer, and Fake Nukes considers Trump's response to Korea's invasion of Europe and quest for world domination. Together the two short plays are Double Jeopardy.
No Man's Land by Cameron Corcoran
This hour-long play looks at rape and how men shift the narrative to make themselves the victims. Kit has raped Felicity and believes the guilt he feels is penance enough for his crimes.
Neon by Patrick Swain
Emerging theatre company Caged Bird Theatre's début production looks at the value of faith in a story that finds its protagonist caught up in the birth of a new religion.
Fred Ted Jack and Harold written by Matt Fox
Eternity working in an office—the e-mails, the calls, the soul crushing boredom. But what if every tedious hour spent battling the photocopier was actually payback. This darkest of dark comedies in which a familiar world is turned on its head is directed by Olly Webb.
I'm All In LIVE by Lauren Kaye
Lauren Kay makes her theatrical début with a piece based on her collection of favourite and fan favourite romantic and sensual poems.
All That Remains
Ukrainian-British theatre group Molodyi Teatr London presents a reflection on loss and memory and finding the strength to live on. Based on true stories from the ongoing war in Ukraine, All That Remains is written and directed by Olesya Khromeychuk and uses documentary theatre, music and storytelling.
The Parentheticals: Improdyssey
Multinational theatre company The Parentheticals presents improvised epic quests in the spirit of Lord of the Rings and the legends of King Arthur, taking as their starting point audience suggested locations and what object the hero seeks.
Comedy is provided by Rhys James, Kat Bond, Tez Ilyas, Marlon Davis, Matt Green and Lloyd Griffith, music is provided by, amongst others, The London Gay Men’s Choir and a drawing room orchestra. There are also dance and other events in this multi genre festival.
Check web sites for information regarding post-show Q&As, captioned, signed and relaxed performances, and age suitability.
Camden Fringe runs from 30 July to 26 August across 23 venues.