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Curtain up on Camden Fringe!

Selected highlights of the opening shows in this four-week festival extravaganza

28 July, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

Here are just some of the highlights from the first week of the Camden Fringe, which kicks off on Monday – there will be more than 270 productions throughout the borough over four weeks, so be sure to check out the website for full listings.


Richard Fry’s
Ex Child Genius

Written by Richard Fry, Ex Child Genius is the story of one-time schoolboy Superbrain Arthur who seeks revenge after a violent encounter ends his dreams. Camden People’s Theatre, Monday, July 31 to Wednesday, August 2. Roberts and Holt: The Horse Show, an exclusively equestrian comedy sketch show is on from Friday, July 31 to August 12.

The Human Mating Dance & other short plays is a compilation by the American writer Samantha Garman on matters of love, friendship and art. Cecil Sharp House, Tuesday, August 1-Thursday, August 3.

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams is a tale of the circus, told through acrobatics, juggling, contortion and dance. It’s on at The Cockpit on Tuesday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 2. Macbeth360, a show that merges classical text and contemporary technology with installation, digital immersion and live performance, uses virtual reality formats to position the audience in Macbeth’s place. It’s on Tuesday August 1 at various times during the evening.

The Second Sex

The Second Sex is a darkly comic look at the struggles women face daily from Dos Mujeres Theatre Company at the Etcetera Theatre, Monday, July 31 to August 2. Set in Belgium in 1914, Doomed Resistance is a farce about Major-General Erich Ludendorff’s plot to bluff the enemy into surrender that opens on Wednesday, August 3.


The Crossing River

Devised by emerging international ensemble Seemia Theatre, The Crossing River is the story of Doaa, a 19-year-old Syrian and a boy from the local garden centre that draws you into the present refugee crisis. See it at the Monkey House, Wednesday, August 2-Saturday, August 5.
The Sun Apparatus Theatre Company’s Unprescribed, a comedy exploration of anxiety, obsession and the social expectations of femininity, is showing on the same days.

At the Rosemary Branch Theatre on Saturday, July 29, there’s another chance to catch winner of Vault Festival’s show of the year 2017, A Hundred Different Words for Love by James Rowland. On Sunday, July 30, you can catch Ellyn Daniels’ Emotional Terrorism, which is billed as an “intoxicating ride from Orlando to Togo, ballet to bulimia, walking the runways of Paris to blacking out in Hollywood mansions, and the precipice of suicide to salvation through stand up”.

Regency costumes in Jane Austen’s Persuasion

Jane Austen’s Persuasion: A New Musical Drama commemorates the 200th anniversary of the author’s death as well as the publication of her final novel. Featuring songs from Austen’s manuscripts music of the era, and Regency costumes, it’s on a the Shaw Theatre on Monday, July 31.

Flood is a comedy drama by Tom Hartwell about Adam’s efforts to confront his future following the death of his mother. It’s on at the Tristan Bates Theatre from Monday, July 31 to Saturday, August 5. Catch Bump! charting Eliana and Ian’s relationship struggles on the same dates.

Victory Day
Victory Day focuses on six students getting ready for a party as tensions mount between Cameron’s England and Putin’s Russia. At the Lion and the Unicorn Theatre from Monday, July 31 to Sunday, August 6. Lucy Kirkwood’s NSFW is a comedy about the hypocrisy of modern journalism after Sam is fired from beleaguered lad’s mag Doghouse and interns at fashion weekly Electra. It’s on from Friday, July 31 to Wednesday, August 2.

For full Camden Fringe programme visit


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