The Camden Fringe starts this month and it is a great chance to catch some hot new theatre and comedy from London’s freshest creatives. Unbound by the financial burdens of the Edinburgh Fringe, we are expecting the companies at this years fringe to push the boundaries even further as they cement the Camden Fringe as London’s premiere fringe festival. Here we pick out six shows we are most looking forward to at this years Festival.
The Community – The Lion and Unicorn £12-10 (1-5 August)
The Community is a dystopian comedy about the last survivors on Earth’s struggles to keep going in spite of pessimism, totalitarianism and admin. After a cataclysmic event has reduced the surface to an irradiated wasteland, humanity must live on in a vast underground society where freedom of thought has been eradicated, mandatory euthanasia is a normal part of life and birthday cakes are strictly prohibited.
Evros | The Crossing River – The Monkey House £10 (2-5 August)
Follow Doaa, a 19 year old Syrian, on her journey of hope. Meet the boy from the local garden centre, where all isn’t quite as it seems. Experience the physical descent of a couple whose grief brings them together and tears them apart. Venture into the everyday of families in extreme conditions and follow the performers as they ask ‘How can we walk in their shoes?’
The Janitor – The Monkey House £8/6 (2-5 August)
The curtain is down. The dust has settled. All is quiet, which suits the janitor just fine. He’s alone… An exploration of loneliness and lost dreams through unexpected companionship. The Janitor is a clown and movement piece, full of comedy and reminiscence.
Grab ‘Em By The Pussy – The Monkey House £8/6 (9-12 August)
A sassy surreal comedy musical about grabbing pussy. In a world where women are objectified daily, in places they didn’t even know they had, Maisy is an outcast as she has never been touched. Bless her.
5, 6, 7, 8 – Upstairs at the Gatehouse £12/10 (14-19 August)
Stomp all night with the premiere of a new musical comedy – featuring the hits of pop giants Steps. Out for drinks after work, four colleagues realise they have something in common: their love lives all suck. So they make a pact to sort themselves out – whether that means asking out a certain someone, cutting ties with Mr Wrong, or learning to fly solo…
Edward II – Tristan Bates £10 Previews (22-23 August) £15 concessions (24-26 August)
The King is dead. His son, Edward II, is crowned King. His first act: to call home from banishment his lover, Gaveston. Marlowe’s gay epic comes to the stage in this all-new, all-male ensemble production, marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
Find out more about the Camden Fringe at camdenfringe.com.