Six serpents and a Tarantula at the Hen and Chickens (Camden Fringe)

★★★ 'Six Serpents and a Tarantula' is a new play written and directed by Maryanna Clarke and presented by Old School Players. It is a Western, set in 1888 and told from a female perspective. On arrival we are greeted by four of the cast, all female and in character as brothel workers. A fifth … Continue reading Six serpents and a Tarantula at the Hen and Chickens (Camden Fringe)

Meat Cute at the Hen and Chickens (Camden Fringe)

★★★★ Patch Plays is a London based theatre company that explores themes of veganism, animal welfare and sustainability. For those of you already switching off, 'Meat Cute' demonstrates that activism and entertainment can (and probably should) occupy the same space. I've long been a believer that comedy is one of our most powerful tools for … Continue reading Meat Cute at the Hen and Chickens (Camden Fringe)

I Miss Amy Winehouse (WIP) at Etcetera Theatre (Camden Fringe)

Suchandrika Chakrabarti Slightly out of my element (but in a good way) I found myself reviewing a comedy show last night. 'I Miss Amy Winehouse' is the first solo hour from new comedian Suchandrika Chakrabarti and it is about how much she misses Amy Winehouse, there are quizzes and everything. Of course it is also … Continue reading I Miss Amy Winehouse (WIP) at Etcetera Theatre (Camden Fringe)

Slow Death of a Lotus Flower at the Etcetera Theatre (Camden Fringe)

★★★★ 'Slow death of a lotus flower' describes itself as a "surreal poetic tragicomedy on the clash between idealism and reality". Written and directed by Benedetta Scuto, this is the first professional production from international graduates of the Fourth Monkey Drama school. The action is set in a hotel cloakroom, with the different character threads … Continue reading Slow Death of a Lotus Flower at the Etcetera Theatre (Camden Fringe)

The Vampyre at the Etcetera Theatre (Camden Fringe)

★★★ This adaptation of John Polidori's novella 'The Vampyre' is created and performed by Laurie Toczek. For those who do not know the background to the original work, it was written by Polidori (Lord Byron's doctor). While holidaying in Lake Geneva a group of friends (which included Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley) were challenged … Continue reading The Vampyre at the Etcetera Theatre (Camden Fringe)

The Rice Krispie Killer at the Lion and Unicorn (Camden Fringe)

Love this artwork, anyone know who designed it? ★★★ Little Shadow Theatre Company's 'The Rice Krispie Killer' is a dark comedy about two Irish brothers, Finbar and Donnacha, who have not left their house in 18 years, following the mysterious death of their parents. Finbar is the younger brother, who was only 12 when his … Continue reading The Rice Krispie Killer at the Lion and Unicorn (Camden Fringe)

Pleading Stupidity at the Hen and Chickens (Camden Fringe)

★★★★★ Inspired by the true story of the "Dumb and Dumber" bandits, 'Pleading Stupidity' is an hilarious new comedy from Maybe You Like It Productions. Written and directed by Caleb Barron, the show is a rollercoaster ride packed with ridiculous situations and hilarious characters, with the multiple roles being taken on by an intrepid and … Continue reading Pleading Stupidity at the Hen and Chickens (Camden Fringe)

Words without Consent at the Hen and Chickens (Camden Fringe)

Photographer: Lidia Crisafulli. Katie Rice and Ellen Patterson pictured. ★★★★ 'Words without consent' is a verbatim show: the voices of different politicians and women are layered in a way that dramatically shows the damage being done by blatant misogyny in politics. A predatory, obnoxious politician with a posh accent shares the words of some truly … Continue reading Words without Consent at the Hen and Chickens (Camden Fringe)