PREVIEW: Camden Fringe – Theatre

The Camden Fringe has been playing for a week with plenty of theatre, comedy and more popping up all over the borough. You can find out more about the festival here, and catch up on the comedy highlights here, but below is a run-down of some of the theatre programme continuing throughout August:

Sonder – The Cockpit | 6-8 August

This piece of physical theatre focuses on the concept of ‘sonder’ – the realisation that each stranger and passer-by is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. Centrality theatre company are presenting the piece in conjunction with Birmingham charity St Basil’s to raise awareness of homelessness in Britain. Performers Grace Bussey and Rosanna Stanton told me “it’s about opening your mind to the people around you on the street. You can see the same people everyday and you never talk to them and don’t register what’s going on with them.” It’s a striking concept to bring to London, notoriously the city where no-one speaks to each other on the tube, and it will be interesting to see how the show link this idea with the aim raising awareness for the homeless.  The company is made up of recent graduates from the Birmingham School of Acting, and Sonder is their debut production. Catch them at The Cockpit tomorrow night for their final show. More information here.

Garden of Eden – Hen and Chickens | 8-9 August

Garden of Eden - Hen and ChickensThis contemporary adaptation of the Adam and Eve story is all centred on power struggles within a relationship and had a rehearsed reading at the Rag Factory a couple of years ago. Read More »

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CAMDEN FRINGE REVIEW: The Mercurious Misadventures of Hatter & Hare!, Rabbit Hole NW3

Hatter and HareAelfa Centauri Theatre Company hit the Camden Fringe this week with their new comedy show, inspired by a certain Alice’s madcap adventure down a rabbit hole. Appropriately playing at the Rabbit Hole NW3 (in the basement of the Duke of Hamilton pub in Hampstead), this show puts the Mad Hatter and the March Hare at the centre of the tale, and sends them on their very own madcap adventure. After the tragic passing of their good friend the Dormouse, the oddball pair are forced out of Wonderland on a tea-themed quest that takes them across the planet and into a net of suspicious spies and crazy cops.

While some nerves were evident on the company’s opening night, the two-man cast of Maximilian Hooper (Hatter) and Elliot Thomas (Hare) throw a bundle of energy into this performance and raise plenty of laughs.Read More »

CAMDEN FRINGE REVIEW: Alan and Bennett, Rabbit Hole NW3

Alan and Bennett (2)

One of the wonderful things about Fringe festivals is discovering new venues, hidden away in corners of a city you thought you knew. Just up the road from me in Hampstead Theatre, I made my first visit to the Rabbit Hole NW3, located in the basement of the Duke of Hamilton pub, for a performance of Cup of Brew Productions’s Alan and Bennett.

As you’d expect, the show takes the famous playwright as its focus; however, the script is full of subtle nods to the playwright that locate the character without making the piece into a farcical or cringeworthy impression. Similarly, the performances of Isaac Bernier-Doyle and Elizabeth Cooke (as Alan and Alan… bear with us) hint at his famous Yorkshire roots, distinctive vocal timbre and dry sense of humour, but attempt homage rather than absolute imitation.Read More »

THEATRE DIARY: August

While a lot of theatre folk head northwards over the border for all the madness of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, I’m staying in London (with the exception of a VERY exciting trip to New York at the end of the month!) and keeping myself busy with everything from the West End to the Camden Fringe, which comes to venues across north London this month.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Vaudeville Theatre (Sat 1st)

A spontaneous treat by some very generous parents of a friend, this trip makes up for the one that was sadly cancelled Importance of being earneston Tube Strike Day. David Suchet takes on the role of the infamous and brilliant Lady Bracknell – a complete contrast to when I last saw him on stage, in the beautifully tragic All My Sons back in 2010. Earnest is one of my favourite plays, with a script that never gets old and fond memories of working backstage on my school production. I can’t wait to sit back and enjoy this feel-good show.

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