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Camden Fringe







30th July -26th August 2018

Welcome to FringeReview’s Camden Festival Fringe coverage.

Camden Fringe is really THE London Fringe. It always feels like a young Fringe, brimming with new work, experimentation, but with a back-bone of shows making a return, on their route to and from tours and other Fringes. It is packed this year with watchable fringe. So watch Camden come alive and join in this August.

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Over coverage will be growing from now until the end of the Fringe and is designed, in different ways, to help you navigate your way through the many shows on offer.

Essential Links

Visit the main Camden Fringe web site

Browse the programme

Book tickets

Find a venue

Read interviews and previews.

Follow Camden Fringe on Twitter.

Join them on Facebook.

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View the main venue programmes

The Bill Murray

Camden Comedy Club

Camden People’s Theatre

Canal Cafe Theatre

Cockpit Theatre

Etcetera Theatre

Hen and Chickens

Lion and Unicorn

The London Improv Theatre

The Monkey House

Tristan Bates Theatre

Upstairs at the Gatehouse

(Check out other venues on the main Camden Fringe web site)

I Want to See … at Camden Fringe

How To Win At Break Up

Here is our quirky but highly useful show-finding tool…

I want to see…

…  clowning, mime, dance and a pinch of puppetry. Then see Nathan and Ida’s Hot Dog Stand

… a devised, verbatim comedy. Then see How to Win at BreakUp

… a series of short dramatic & comedic plays. Then see The New Irish Playbook: Joe O’Neill

… a one Man Comedy Western show. Then see Gun

.. a brand new solo drama. Then see Secondhand Stories

… a family-friendly show, a fairy tale. Then see Sleeping Beauty?

… a play that questions how far loyalty extends in a cold microcosm of the patriarchy. Then see Into the Deep

… some improv comedy. Then see The Parentheticals: Improdyssey

… a piece of theatre about love, death, and monsters. Then see Bardo

… a play set during WWII. Then see The German Girls

Link Collage

Here’s another way to choose a show at Camden Fringe. Use your instincts and click on an image that draws you and you can reveal the show behind the image. Then get booking…

More to come – we’ll be adding to this collage throughout Camden Fringe, and during the run up to it.

Watch it grow and find a show…

Coercive Open Roads Bamboo Mustard eläin

Hummingbird Timeless Momentary Insight Your Molotov Kisses

Oubliette Lydia Hirst: I'll Be Your Dog Tokyo Fugue  A Bench At The Edge

Zoe Six of One On Mother's Day Seeds of Change

Time For Tea PowerPlay NEON Into the Deep


We’ll be updating our link collage in the run up to, and during the Fringe.

Keyword Chaos

The Humour Condition

We’ve selected evocative phrases from the Camden Fringe.

Click on the ones that intrigue you and you might just find the show you need to see…

Seven chairs. Seven individuals. It’s dark and cold. How do they know each other? Where are they? And how did they get there?

an entity of primal energy dressed in bamboo cane trousers, a conker-collar and a grass mask

Her vivid imagination collides with childhood memories in an explosion of human experience.

Follow six lives as they interweave on their own journeys to understand what it means to be human and how they use humour to forge relationships.

When Arbuckle finds himself centre stage for all the wrong reasons, his life begins to unravel. Will the truth be allowed to speak, or will the flashes of the cameras blind justice to the truth of Arbuckle’s plea?

One day three children vanish without a trace. As the years go by, their stories distort and are retold, before warping again; becoming fairy tales, snippets of courtroom statement, ghost stories and fragments of misremembered memory. For those left behind, immersed in a sea of speculation and half-truths, is it possible to piece together the past?

a brutal portrait of hedonism, promiscuity, betrayal and the most tragic illness of all: being young. 

From The Boer War to The Summer of Love, Flo Smith, mother, widow and grandmother, recalls with horror and humour, tears and joy, the turbulent times at home and in the world beyond her front door.

What is it like to be obsessed with a 15 hours long cycle of late Romantic operas sung in German?

An alternative comedy biopic very loosely based on a real life hot dog stand.

Tom cannot give up hope – willing to go anywhere and to any lengths in finding her. After all, he sees things and people, that others cannot – all the time.

“To others she was a fraud. Sycorax’s show explores both narratives and offers no clear answers.”

“Dug up, he now must endlessly repeat the events that led to his inevitably gruesome death. Both helmets and hard hats combine”

“They’ve got the whole world ahead of them – and that’s part of the problem.”

We’ll be updating our keyword chaos in the run up to, and during the Fringe.


PowerPlay takes a wry look at politics – and BrexitPowerPlay takes a wry look at politics – and Brexit


PowerPlay is a new play for the Camden Fringe 2018, written and directed by former Member of Parliament Tom Levitt. 

About the Play

It’s 2022, shortly after the next general election, and Britain is governed by a coalition of national unity in a period of post-Brexit-transition transition. Two newly elected MPs, of contrasting backgrounds, meet face to face for the first time – in a secure room deep inside a Middle Eastern airport.

Unaware of why they’ve been detained, their only link with the outside world is through staff from the British Embassy. In this fable of what can happen when historic alliances are abandoned in favour of new rules for their own sake, the play takes a wry look at politics, democracy and Brexit before reaching a somewhat absurd – if inevitable – conclusion.

Its premiere is at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre in Camden on 1st August (8pm) and it’s also on 4th and 5th August (both 5pm). The play also shows at the Anteros Arts Centre in Norwich on 2nd and 3rd August (both 7.30pm).

Tom was Labour MP for High Peak from 1997 to 2010 and has been on many Parliamentary delegations – though not quite like this one. In 2010 he wrote and performed ‘Making Allowances’, again in Camden, a play about the MPs’ expenses scandal. He has performed his own show ‘No End of an Ass’ at the Buxton Fringe and is a former panellist on Nick Revell’s ‘No Pressure to be Funny’ occasional topical stage show.

The cast are seasoned actors from the Norwich area: Clive Stubbs, Joanna Swan, Ian Alldiss and Geir Madland (links to the actors’ ‘Mandy’ profiles). Fourth Sector Theatre Company was established for this performance under the auspices of Sector 4 Focus, Tom’s responsible business consultancy.

More details: http://sector4focus.co.uk/home/powerplay/

Dates, time and booking info here



Writer/Director Liam Lemkin Anderson from Tapioka Arts Collective talks about Wolf


What’s the theme of your show?

Wolf is a twisted modern fairy tale that explores power, storytelling and retribution in the wake of the MeToo scandal.

What’s new or unique about the show?

Wolf draws from age old fairy tale traditions and presents familiar tropes in a modern context. However, the play then scrutinises those ideas and challenges their implications through the lens of the discourses that have emerged from the MeToo era concerning power, gender, consent and the justice system.

How did the show come into being?

The show began as a ten-page dialogue exercise. It then grew into a one act play that received a professional staged reading at the Hope Theatre. Then, after development workshops and professional feedback, Wolf developed into a full length three act play.

Describe one of your rehearsals.

The play is a continuous power struggle between the two characters. In our rehearsals we have placed an emphasis on working on how to depict those power shifts. In one of our first rehearsals we broke down the play’s events into which character held the power and why. From there we then discussed the ways in which that power would manifest onstage and whose side we want the audience to be on at different stages in the text.

How is the show developing?

The show is developing through the actors. This is a character driven, dialogue heavy play and we are working hard to bring out the nuances and complexities of the text through an acute understanding of the characters and their backgrounds.

How has the writer been involved?

The writer is also working as the co-director.

How have you experimented?

The play poses a multitude of questions surrounding innocence and culpability, but it leaves most of the answers up to the audience. Whilst we have decided that it is important for us to know our own answers, we have experimented with different ways that we can suggest innocence and culpability to the audience without offering definitive answers.

Where do your ideas come from?

The ideas in this play were drawn from my fascination and love of folklore and storytelling. However, many of our cultural mythologies are problematic yet their influence is far reaching. The play is heavily influenced by many of the events and stories that emerged from the MeToo scandal. I sought to draw parallels between the problematic ideas within our folklore and the contemporary issues regarding power, gender and sex.

How do your challenge yourself or yourselves?

I like to make shows that linger in the minds of its audiences. Theatre is a immersive and participatory experience that should engage its audience beyond just the 90 minutes of the show. I think it’s important to find ideas and innovative ways of forcing that level of engagement and challenging the audience to evaluate the assumptions that they held before they entered the theatre space.

What are your future plans for the show ?

After the Camden Fringe we hope to take the show to other venues in London before applying for festivals in 2019 such as Vault and Edinburgh Fringe.

Show dates, times and booking info: The Cockpit.
9pm, July 31st.

Book here


A Game Of Two Halves presents Terry and Jude

Terry and Jude

About the show

Jude is desperate for a child, Terry is lost and looking for company. In a thought provoking,
bittersweet, light comedy drama one of them decides to make the other an offer he can’t refuse!
Written by Rod Silvers in collaboration with James Petherick, ‘Terry and Jude’ tackles the rarely
explored subject; childless men. From the older man’s perspective it looks at the impact on their
lives, their ex-partners and their futures.

Making it’s debut at the 2018 Camden Fringe the story draws it’s inspiration from the Rod Silvers
2011 short film ‘England Expects’.

‘We wanted to produce a play that will encourage a dialogue. There are thousands of men that
want, but for various reasons can’t have children. We both know through personal experience how
difficult this can be and the consequences of it. Terry and Jude gives a voice to those men’.

About the performer

James Petherick has been an actor for 26 years appearing in shows such as ‘Eastenders’, ‘Saxondale’
and ‘Chucklevision’ amongst others. He also appeared as Doc Brown in ‘Back to the Future’…in

Former stand up comic and now actor, Rod Silvers has written plays and sketches for the Edinburgh
Fringe as well as BBC Radio 4. He is about to publish his first novel ‘Chips On My Shoulders’. As an
actor he has appeared in TV and film such as ‘Agent Cody Banks 2’, ‘The Infidel’ and ‘Namastay 2’.

Show details and booking

Upstairs at the Gatehouse, The Gatehouse, Highgate
Village, London N6 4BD

Mon 13 Aug 2018 7:00pm £12.00 (£10.00 concs)
Tue 14 Aug 2018 8:45pm £12.00 (£10.00 concs)
Wed 15 Aug 2018 7:00pm £12.00 (£10.00 concs) Thu 16 Aug 2018 8:45pm £12.00 (£10.00 concs)
Fri 17 Aug 2018 7:00pm £12.00 (£10.00 concs)
Sat 18 Aug 2018 8:45pm £12.00 (£10.00 concs)

Sun 19 Aug 2018 6:00pm £12.00 (£10.00 concs)

Book here


More previews and interviews are on the way. Read them here.