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Now over for 2016

Welcome to our coverage of Wandsworth Fringe. Wandsworth Fringe is still a relatively new fringe and has grown significantly this year.  It is is also known more officially now as Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

“Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) is a new, vibrant, annual showcase of creative activity taking place across the borough of Wandsworth each May.”

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Below is our coverage for 2016, now over until 2017.

I want to see… at Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Our intelligent and intuitive way to find a show or event at Wandsworth Arts Fringe. All of the shows below are recommended by us.

I want to see…

… an immersive performance in a caravan. Then see The ‘What If? Machine

…a debut solo show from Gaulier trained actor Darren! Then see I Am Not From Earth

… a classic dark comedy. Then see The Ladykillers

… some opera with a difference. Then see CARMEN – A classic opera abridged, BSL Interpreted

… a dance performance. Then see Poetic Ramblings of Existential Delight

… some drag comedy. Then see Qualified Actress

… a Solo Dark Comedy. Then see On the Edge of Me

… a Solo Piano Comedy show. Then see Failing at Life

… some unique sketch performance. Then see TIFOLESE13

… a solo show about  Crohn’s Disease. Then see Crohn’s Is S**t

… The Vagina Monologues. Then see The Vagina Monologues

… a play based on a shocking true story. Then see Beerey

… a site specific, promenade performance, based on a real life murder case that took place right in the heart of Balham. Then see The Killing Of Charles Bravo

… a promenade theatre piece using digital media inspired by local people in South London. Then see A Secret Life

… the English language theatre debut of one of Romania’s most exciting writers. Then see I’m Not Jesus Christ

… a team game takes place in secret rooms of the Four Thieves pub, and combines immersive theatre, clues and comedy.  Then see Lady Chastity’s Reserve

… some unique storytelling event featuring live music and performance. Then see Fly

… performers from Fringes around the world. Then see Fragility’s Secret Artists (Best of the International Fringes)

… a dark and surreal comedy performed in the style of a radio play recording. Then see Frank Sumatra by Mike Yeaman

… a 12-hour, ever-changing free performance venue modelled on the iconic Russian country house. Then see Dash Arts Dacha

… a show from a company we enjoyed at the Edinburgh Fringe. Then see KAVA GIRLS – the UK GAY PRIDE Tour

… a show that fuses puppetry, technology, an old Pierrot, physical humour, audience participation. Then see Point de Fuite – Vanishing point

… live music, physical comedy & puppetry into a celebratory, interactive performance exploring social isolation. Then see The Loneliness Street Cabaret

… cabaret, musical theatre, rock and pop amd stories to make you explore the enigma of getting a good nights sleep. Then see Insomnia Lullaby

… a frank and wry portrait of modern feminism, friendship and one extraordinary woman. Then see We Wait in Joyful Hope

… some live poetry. Then see Bite Size Poets with Joelle Taylor and Sara Hirsch

… some acclaimed cabaret comedy. Then see Get a Grip with Lynn Ruth Miller

… a musical evening of cutting satire and downright silliness. Then see Mark Lester Splashes Down

… some excellent clown, highly rated by us. Then see Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah?

… “an immersive theatre performance directed by us but created by you.” Then see Awakening, sweet and sour sensory composition

… an unmissable solo theatre piece. Then see Pope Head [The Secret Life of Francis Bacon]

… a comedy show. Then see Femmes By The Thames

… some new short plays by local writers. Then see Scene Unseen

Link Collage

Here’s a different way to find a show at Wandsworth Arts Fringe. We’ve chosen a few intriguing images from the programme that grabbed us. Click on an image that draws you and you’ll find a show – then get booking…

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We’ll be adding more to our Link Lollage during the Fringe.

Keyword Chaos

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Another way to find a show to see at a Fringe Festival is to trust your intuition. Each event offers a description with some unique and curiosity-arousing phrases. Here are a few from the Wandsworth programme. Simply go with your gut feel, click on a phrase and you’ll be taken to a show that might be the next one you should book…

Caught wearing his mother’s stockings and banished from the family home

the lives of death row inmates

a sad, funny, glittery jump back in time to a moment that defined the trajectories of this family

Come fly with us

A place of hushed tones and concentrated foreheads.

The smell of Grandma’s freshly cooked raspberry muffins

involving conversations about fish, roasted vegetables, kittens and even the odd constipated goat

God loves cars more because cars don’t do evil

the darkest thoughts we can’t always share with others

the animal kingdom immediately blame the fox

an everyday journey through Battersea hearing their inner thoughts via an app

the show takes place in a Grade 2 Listed, Victorian stable block

We’ll be adding more to our Keyword Chaos during the Fringe.


Brickhead Arrives At Wandsworth Fringe


Surreal clown Brickhead brings his unique blend of physical theatre, absurdist humour and general madness to the Wandsworth Fringe 2016

London born and bred alternative comedian Brickhead aka Dan Onslow will be performing his second solo production, ‘Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah?’ at the Wandsworth Fringe at 19:00 from the 20th of May until the 21st of May 2016 as part of the Fragility Takeover at The Cat’s Back.

Having built a following from his regular appearances on the alternative comedy/cabaret circuit in London and shows at the 2015 Brighton, Prague and Edinburgh Fringes, this clown, with a Lecoq-based training from LISPA, will perform for 2 nights at The Cat’s Back as part of The Fragility Takeover. Tickets are free with donations gratefully accepted at the end. Show and venue details are available here.

‘Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah?’ is a journey to worlds both weird and profound. Brickhead struggles to express himself through words as they are… sort of like… hard to…like…yeah. Instead, he relies on bizarre interactions delivered with his unique charm to reveal some sort of strange wisdom. Dancing, philosophical questions, wigs, performance poetry and audience interaction. This show is definitely for those who like their humour weird and wacky.

Odd, weird and stupid but also playful and good fun, ‘Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah?’ is 60 minutes of ludicrous humour inspired by the performer’s grounding in the teachings and practices of legendary French theatre gurus Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier.

Dan Onslow, Creator of Brickhead said, “This past year I have been developing the style of my first show, ‘Brickhead Yeah Yeah’, into something more universal. Living in Spain since October has influenced this development. The Spanish have been up for absurd humour, I hope the people of Wandsworth are too!”

Brickhead is a new creation from Dan Onslow, ¼ of acclaimed theatre company Intuitive Creatures. Formed in late 2012, Intuitive Creatures’ debut show ‘Intuit This’ received 5 star reviews and enjoyed sell out shows at both the 2013 Camden Fringe and 2014 Brighton Fringe.

Show details:

Venue: The Cat’s Back, 86-88 Points Pleasant, London SW18 1NN

Dates and Times: 20th – 21st May, 19:00 (60 mins)

Price: Free entry with donations accepted at end

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Billed as “A comedic coming of age piece that takes you on a journey from being a recent graduate to claiming benefits at the Job centre.

On The Edge Of Me explores mental health conditions and survival in the most fiercely competitive job market of all time. This dark comedy is based on real-life testimonies of people suffering with mental health conditions, and those who have struggled to find a job. The play tackles stereotypes around unemployment, anxiety and depression to challenge the audience’s views on social issues.

Follow Remi as she embarks on a journey of love to heartbreak, aspirations to disappointment and elation to anxiety. Experience a play that echoes the struggles of an entire generation with a voice of one actress who represents many.

On The Edge Of Me is a one woman show that incorporates comedy, storytelling, live music, audience interaction and poetry to engage the audiences opinions of the current pressures and social issues, endured by young people today.

On The Edge of Me is being developed with the support of the Arts Council, 02 Think Big, Rich Mix theatre and Soho theatre. The inception of this piece was birthed whilst Yolanda was on a mentoring scheme at Battersea Arts Centre, led by Bryony Kimmings. It has been developed through scratch nights, showcases, and was eventually formulated into the current work On The Edge of Me. This coming-of-age piece is drawn from both personal experience and the experiences of many of Yolanda’s friends who left university, struggled with unemployment due to being overqualified, were faced with the only option being to work for free for 6 months.


Yolanda is an emerging performer and playwright. She trained at the renowned Brit School, Laban and Central School of Speech and Drama. Yolanda is currently an Emerging Artist at Oval House theatre (previously Resident at The Almeida). In addition to that, she was selected from hundreds of applicants by Fin Kennedy (Tamasha’s Artistic Director) to join his writing course. Yolanda is interested in using theatre as a platform to bring about social change and tackle negative stigmas.


Jade Lewis is an emerging theatre director who has worked at Southwark Playhouse, The Young Vic and The Bush Theatre as a director and an assistant director. She is currently assisting on a project run by Old Vic New Voices, Jade is also a Programme Project Coordinator at SE1 United at The South Bank. Jade was also selected from thousands of applicants to assist The Young Vic’s iconic Artistic Director David Lan, on the innovative show Blackta.

Yolanda Mercy’s Website: www.yolandamercy.com

Show details:

Wandsworth Festival: 7th May (2.45pm) & 8th May (6.00pm) The Cats Back and 15th May (7.30pm) at The Bedford, Balham.

Book here


Black Shuck by Duncan Hands

Black Shuck, 11th - 19th May

Directed by Ellie Pitkin and produced by Blackshaw Theatre Company

Read on and be intrigued…

“Sea-eagle to coot, come in please, can you hear me? Over.”

“Yes, yes, bloody yes!”

Rucksacks… Check. Walkie-Talkies… Check. Hip flask… Check. Gun… gun?!

Ruminating on the local myth of ghostly dog ‘Black Shuck’, two (inept) would-be smugglers await a shipment on the Norfolk Coast. Join us, where comedy meets horror in this hour-long new play by Duncan Hands.

About the company

A theatre production company working in London and the surrounding areas, Blackshaw champions new writing and adaptations, but above all, strives to produce quality theatre which inspires an audience. Alongside their main productions, Blackshaw runs regular new writing nights, from which their annual Showcase Award was born.

Blackshaw’s talented members and associates form an extensive network of writers, directors, actors, designers and technicians; all of whom see the value in embracing a wide range of disciplines, sharing knowledge, and supporting fellow practitioners to create great work.

Show details:

Dates: 11-14th & 18-19th May 2016

Venue: The Bedford, Balham, SW12 9HD

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £12/£10







Here are links to news headlines and stories about Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

13th April 2016: Whacky and wonderful! Wandsworth Arts Fringe is back and bigger than ever (SW Londoner)

20 <arch 2016: 16 days of art and performance with Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2016 (ATV Today)

12 March 2016: 12 things to look forward to at Wandsworth Arts Fringe (Wandsworth Guardian)

16 January 2016: Wandsworth Arts Fringe projects to receive £20k to fund May’s event (Your Local Guardian)