About to embark on her third date – the important third date, as it is written in rom-com law – Oddball is anxious. Straight away, you get the impression that these aren’t the normal third-date jitters, but something more serious lurking beneath the surface. What unfolds over the next hour is a funny, brave and slightly whacky exploration into Oddball’s battle with anorexia.
Funny. Fabulous. Feel-good. J R Theatre’s ‘Boogie Nights’ is the ultimate 70s pop musical. I challenge you to not tap your toes, sing along, smile incessantly and just feel so damn good to be watching this comic musical.
Teenagers. Who gets them? With their faces always stuck in their phones, they don’t see the real world, don’t know life beyond the screen.
Presented by SevernArc Productions as part of the Camden Fringe Season, ‘In Limbo’ is a developmental investigation into the experience of one man, James (Shaun Amos) but inspired by real experiences of men across the UK as suicide continues to grow as the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49. The concept for is quite clear, James finds himself in Limbo after taking his own life; he is met by a therapist who helps him to confront his past and help him make the decision to live.
I’m ashamed to say that I approached last night’s performance of Orlando with some trepidation, having studied the novel by Virginia Woolf while I was at university and finding it rather hard going. I am delighted to report that Marvellous Machine Theatre Company successfully cast away my doubts within minutes and provided an evening of entertainment that I can only describe as thoroughly joyful.
Megan Jenkin’s Gone makes its debut at the Lion and Unicorn theatre with direction from Olivia Stone and performance by theatre company, ORIGINAL Impact. The production follows the story of two children that have gone missing, it is told from various angles and through live accounts and testimonies. It is clear research has been invested into this production and elements of folklore, urban legends and morbid fascination are apparent throughout.
With new theatre company “Pandora’s Door Productions” bringing a slice of ancient Greece to North West London for the first time with their debut production “Zeus on the Loose”, I went into the Cockpit Theatre completely on an unknown, not fully knowing what to expect.
Sleeping Beauty? comes to the Cecil Sharp House but not as you know it. Founded at The Central School of Speech and Drama, Wonky Table are a theatre company that pride themselves in telling ‘wonky tales” through the reconfiguration of conventional narratives in a playful way; and that is exactly what they succeed in doing. This production follows a young Billie (Amy Ann Kemp) in her retelling of the story, with her featuring as Princess Rose.
Writer and director Rowan Jacobs brings the striking new production ‘Life in Death’ to the Camden Fringe this summer. A thrilling 40 minutes, this intense two-hander explores an inmates’ peculiar response to being on death row: refining his juggling skills.
Victoria Cano’s Pomegranate Season at The Cockpit theatre is a bold and controversial piece that not only needs to be seen, but also discussed afterwards. Pomegranate Season follows Cora (writer and actress Cano) as she struggles with the aftermath of her “potential” rape, throughout the show we gain insight into her inner turmoil and how the events proceed to affect those around her. Touching on consent, friendship, boundaries, sexuality and the importance of the words ‘Yes’ and ‘No’; following the ‘#metoo movement’ this production could not be more relevant.
Actor and writer Rachel Salisbury brings her one woman show To the Moon… and back… and back to the Etcetera Theatre and it is an open and honest account of her pursuit for love and the struggles of dating in the modern world. The story follows Rachel and the real life events following her decision to advertise her search for “The One” via a Facebook post and the repercussions of going viral.
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