Camden will be in festival mode from 1st to 28th August
The Camden Fringe is a performing arts festival, which takes place in Camden during August. Anyone and everyone is welcome to apply. Previous fringe events have encompassed new writing, opera, musicals, stand-up, sketch comedy, dance, cabaret, poetry, opera, mentalism, improvisation and Q&As. Shows take place throughout the day and generally last one hour.
This year’s line-up includes plenty of Irish talent!
An award-winning Irish musical, Big Shot follows a swanky New York City defence lawyer, Jeremy, and his relationship with an aspiring Irish artist, Carrie. The two develop a strong, loving connection, but Carrie’s impact on Jeremy’s life threatens to derail his legal career, with reference to the recent, dubious case he has taken. A story of love, justice and living in the moment, the musical was described as an “absolute success” at the San Diego Fringe Festival last year and took home the prestigious Spirit of the Fringe Award. Written by 23-year-old Dubliner Lauryn Gaffney, the play has been performed in Mexico and the US and is now coming to the heart of Camden.
Dates: August 15-20; various evening performance times Location: London Irish Centre Price: £15 (£12 concessions)
In 1986, Irishman John Keenan was kidnapped by Islamic jihadists in Lebanon. He was held hostage for four and a half years, spending most of the time blindfolded and often in chains. A new play by Kent-based writer Paul Bridger, Captive Hearts, follows Keenan’s relationship with the British journalist and fellow prisoner John McCarthy. Inspired by the film Blind Flight, the play puts the audience in the hostages’ shoes – appalling them with the brutality while uplifting them with their indomitable spirit and showing the human side of their captor.
Dates: August 8- 9, 22-24; 8.30pm Location: Etcetera Theatre (above the Oxford Arms pub) Price: £10
After Nicky Byrne’s failed attempt to reach the final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, perhaps it’s time to look for someone with a bit more fizz? Pop star XNTHONY, and his backing singers, The Penny Slots, thought they were destined for Eurovision glory when they wowed the Tiger Dublin Fringe and were billed as “genuinely hilarious” by The Irish Times. Not one for spending time feeling sorry for himself, XNTHONY has created a whole new brand of catchy tunes to help drum up public support. He’s taking on Camden next in his bid to bring Irish Eurovision back to the glory days of Johnny Logan and Linda Martin.
Dates: August 19 (7.30pm) and August 20 (9.30pm) Location: London Irish Centre Price: £10 (£8 concessions)
God’s Little Angels
Nuns have regularly left their mark on musical theatre, but it is unlikely that they will have come from the remote Irish village of Ballydaff. A new production by Joe McGowan tells of the fun-loving residents of the local convent and their desire to entertain the soon-to-be visiting Pope. By instilling the help of some of the village folk, including a mum of ten and the parish priest, the nuns gearup to tackle the fierce reverend mother. A collection of some of the finest singers, dancers and comedy actors available, God’s Little Angels hopes it might be Ireland’s answer to The Sound of Music.
Dates: August 18-20; 7.30pm Thursday and Saturday, 9.00pm Friday Location: London Irish Centre Price: Advance – £12.50 (£10 concessions), £15 OTD
The Irish Comedy Improv Show
Experienced Irish improv actors Noel Aungier and Aislinn Ni Uallachain are coming to London to treat audiences to their “delightfully absurd” sense of humour. Ninety minutes of razor-sharp sketches built entirely on audience suggestions are bound to leave an impact, while a different guest improviser each day adds to the fun. Noel and Aislinn have performed at every Improvfest Ireland since its inception in 2013, have been picked up by broadsheet.ie and collegetimes.ie and both won awards at Improvaganza 2015. The duo, under the name Comedy Shenanigans, are delighted to make their first London appearance and look forward to working with and performing for some of the capital’s finest.
Dates: August 19 (9.00pm) and August 20 (7.00pm) Location: London Irish Centre Price: £7.50
The niece of Brendan Behan and writer of the celebrated biographical Brendan at the Chelsea, Janet Behan, brings a hard-hitting, one-woman double-bill to the Fringe. The story follows two very different women who are both scarred from a young age by incarceration in different Catholic institutions. In Realtine, Diedre (sic) has struggled to speak of her ordeal at the Poor Clare, a closed order of nuns, but now it has all come pouring out at a creative writing class. Noreen, meanwhile, bemoans those around her who have damaged her life, as she pines for the baby that was stolen from her years ago.
Dates: August 23-27; 6pm Location: Tristan Bates Theatre, Tower Street Price: £10 (£8 concessions)
Somewhere Under the Rainbow – The Liza Minnelli Story
A Hollywood icon, the last of the true glamour babies, a complex character, a superstar. Liza Minnelli has always been fascinating and she’s rolled out some stunning performances over the years, least not as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. For one night only, Irishwoman Sharon Sexton stars in a one-woman show which charts the life of Minnelli, sharing the secrets and stories which few may be aware of. Directed by her husband, Sharon described each and every performance she does as “the most terrifying thing she’s ever done, but also the best”.
Dates: August 19; 7.30pm Location: London Irish Centre Price: £12 (£10 concessions)
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