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Camden Fringe countdown

14 July, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

With just over a fortnight to go until the start of Camden Fringe, here’s just some of the performances you can see during August.

Dark Room at the Etcetera Theatre, August 10-12

Catch Dark Room, a comic thriller written by former Camden social worker-turned-actor and writer Jim Mannering at the Etcetera Theatre from August 10-12. Set in the basement of an ordinary house, Dark Room is billed as a story “with a twist” and “beautifully twisted characters”, including what Mannering describes as “one of the most unconventional lead female characters you are likely to see on stage”.

Bullet Hole, the Etcetera Theatre

Also at the Etcetera Theatre is Bullet Hole, a play written by Camden resident Gloria Williams about the experience of women victims of FGM in the UK. With an all-black female cast, the play tells the story of Cleo and the response of her family to her decision to undergo reversal surgery. For details call 020 7482 4857.

Following the death of her uncle, the actor Alan Rickman, Sarah Rickman decided to return to writing and acting. The result was The Existence Formula, a play that tackles questions raised by the onset of midlife crisis and the loss of her uncle. Rickman performs alongside Kirsty Langley, fellow founding member of Juice Company at The Hen and Chickens Theatre from August 13-16. Details on 020 7704 2001.

The Pursuit of App-iness, written and performed by Miztli Rose Neville, will be on at the Lion and Unicorn pub theatre on August 6 and 13. The play charts a woman’s quest to use the apps on her smartphone to navigate her way through her post-graduate anxiety and find her way to happiness and contentment.

Also at the Lion and Unicorn on July 31, after a successful run at The Old Red Lion last year, is Skin Deep, which tells the story of serial killer Erzsébet Báthory. Written by Lee Anderson of Squint Theatre and directed by Ailin Conant of Theatre Temoin, Skin Deep tells the story of one of the most powerful women in the 16th century who is said to have killed up to 600 young women. For details call 020 7267 2304.

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