Five more to see at Camden Fringe

Here are five more recommendations for Camden Fringe 2023. This time we are spanning the genres, breaking out of theatre and offering just a tempting taste to a fringe brimming to overflowing with creativity and experimentation. These are either last chance to see at this year’s Fringe shows or they are coming up very soon.

Let’s start with some adults-only bubbles. Yes, you heard me correctly. The Bubble Man comes to the Fringe with the Psychedelic Bubble Show (you can catch it on 9th and 10th Aug at the Courtyard Theatre, for just a tenner so hurry). “Experience the enchanting “Psychedelic Bubble Show” at London’s Courtyard Theatre. This adults-only spectacle merges art and bubbles, creating a mesmerizing dance of vibrant hues and intricate patterns. Ignite your senses and transcend reality in this unique sensory journey.”

For some unmissable stand-up comedy, our choice is a two comedians for one show in the form of From Cairo to Kent (one more date on the 13th at Camden Comedy Club). “Two comedians, one Egyptian and one British debut their hilarious half hour shows in a evening of cross-culture comedy!Join Ahmed Ibrahim, (“His alternative philosophies and offbeat delivery have the audience in stitches” – LDNComedy) and Matt Rouse (“He performs with a solid attitude that he skillfully exploits” – Chortle) as they take you on a journey from Cairo to Kent!”

John Callaghan is our music choice, a hit at Brighton Fringe. You can see him on the 10th Aug in his John Callaghan’s Cabaret Electro at the Museum of Comedy. He is one of a kind. According to Peter Hollo, “Callaghan [inhabits] a strange zone… comfortable in the IDM scene, making melodic electronica, yet almost always vocally-based, with eccentric lyrics and usually silly and brilliant videos. That strange dualism of electronica and songwriting sits alongside this other dualism of the beautiful and moving against the very English sense of the irreverent and ridiculous.” 

Poems on Gender is our spoken word choice. It’s an afternoon (3pm) show at the Hen and Chickens on 12th “A series of intense poems on sex, gender and revolution by David Lee Morgan, a London, UK and BBC Poetry Slam Champion. Gender is a controversial and even dangerous topic today. All the more reason for each of us to speak about it with honesty, heart and intelligence.” There is an after-show discussion following this 40 minute performance.

For an dance, multimedia and spoken word performance, we recommend Phrases, which runs at the Hen and Chickens at 4.30pm from 11th-13th Aug. Phrases is “a minimal, reflective piece that continually shape-shifts between PowerPoint presentation, dance performance, stand-up set, private conversation, and storytelling recital”… Phrases exists “in a kind of ethereal space. Projections of stream-of-consciousness writing are paired with often improvised movement and discussions of communication, to create a subtly humorous yet unnerving piece. Generally, the piece expresses some kind of solidarity with the anxious, the confused and those who overthink. It doesn’t even really tell anyone that it’s going to be okay – it just sort of says “I know…” and strokes your head, at the same time as having its own little freakout.”

So, get booking before they are gone!