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Camden Fringe 2018: our guide to this year’s highlights

Festival set to showcase musicals, poetry, stand-up, dance, cabaret and opera

26 July, 2018 — By Julie Tomlin

Abbi Douetil and Sean Huddlestan in Time for Tea

THE 13th Camden Fringe festival, the borough’s alternative to Edinburgh, is about ready for the off, with the first of 300 produc­tions taking place from July 30. With 10 theatres involved and a packed program­me until the end of August, there’s a wide variety of new writing, musicals, poetry, stand-up, dance, cabaret and opera. Here’s a taste of what’s coming up during the week ahead…

• The first Fringe performance at the Camden People’s Theatre is Tieta do Agreste, a solo show performed by Ines Sampaio from July 31-August 1. Adapted from Nobel Prize nominee Jorge Amado’s novel, it combines live music, storytelling and dance, and tells the story of Antonio who returns to his rural town as Tieta, a trans woman and millionaire. Details: 020 7419 4841.

• At the Cockpit on July 31, catch Wretched Strangers’ Medea, a modern take on Jean Anouilh’s 1948 tragedy that explores themes of exile and terror. Also on July 31, Wolf is a fairytale with a twist for the #MeToo era written by Liam Lemkin Anderson. On August 1, Forbidden Fruit a Flavour Has looks at the impact of sexual harassment on women’s sexual liberation. Details: 020 7258 2925.

• This year’s CF18 boasts over 100 shows with LGBTQIA+ themes and performers, including S/he/it Happens, Miranda Porter’s physical comedy looking at transgender identity and dysphoria at the Etcetera Theatre from July 31-August 3. Elise Heaven’s show She’s a Good Boy from August 4-5 is a reflection on non-binary gender based on her experiences. Time For Tea by Lita Doolan, dramatises the 2002 Cowgate fire and explores its impact on the Edinburgh community (July 30). Details: 020 7482 4857.

• In Lovers Anonymous, Encompass Theatre Collective mixes theatre, movement and improvisation to ask the audience about love in the 21st century, while pushing the boundaries between performer and audience. Join in at the St Pancras Community Association from August 2-18. Details: 020 7380 1501.

• At the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, the Fringe Festival begins with The Sisters Grimm on July 30-31, a story told through three pivotal moments of Russian history. Later in the week, from August 1-5, Tom Levitt’s PowerPlay takes a wry look at the aftermath of Brexit from the vantage point of 2022. Double Jeopardy, from August 2-7, brings two back-to-back plays, Collateral and Fake Nukes, that both explore the “post truth” world from different perspectives. Details: 020 7267 2304.

• At the Hen & Chickens on July 30-31, Girl On Girl focuses on the lives of two flatmates, Lucy and May, examining the battles women end up fighting against one another. Disturbing the Dust, on the same nights, is the story of three old toys trapped in an attic and what happens to their small comm­un­ity when “someone new” arrives. Details: 020 7704 2001.

• At the Monkey House from August 1-4, Son of Man, described as “part ancient kitchen-sink drama part epic mystery play” explores Jesus’s experiences of growing up as an illegitimate child in Roman-occupied Israel. Details: 020 7281 0360.

• Puddle Jump productions will be reviving an underperformed classic, May Day, at Cecil Sharp House from August 1-3. Written by Shakespeare’s rival George Chapman in 1611, it’s a comedic tale of intrigue and disguise. Details: 020 7485 2206.

• See full Camden Fringe details at www.camdenfringe.com

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