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The 10th Camden Fringe Festival

12 July 2015 Nick Kyprianou

The Camden Fringe is now in its 10th year, and London Calling gives you a roundup...

Since 2006 Camden Fringe has given Londoners an alternative to travelling across the UK to Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now in its 10th year, it is still as big as ever, with the largest line-up of productions planned to celebrate this milestone and continue to support ambitious newcomers and veterans of the industry. In the well-known spirit of fringe, daring, adventurous and experimental performance art takes over 20 venues within the Borough of Camden.

There are a number of new venues taking part this year. Including the Rabbit Hole NW3, a new 50 seat performance space at the Duke of Hamilton pub in Hampstead. Aces and Eights in Tufnell Park join the festival with an impressive comedy line-up and Kentish Town Community Centre has a small and very varied selection of events in their first year.

The Camden Head (formerly Liberties) on the High Street have rebranded their upstairs room as the Camden Comedy Club to keep everyone on their toes. This is the 2nd venue the Camden Fringe ever used and is taking part for a 9th consecutive year. It’s great to see how the area has developed from a basic function room into a well-equipped, permanent performance space.

Some things never change and, as always, the original Camden Fringe venue - the Etcetera Theatre, has the largest line-up of events with 38 different productions taking place within its walls over the 4 weeks of the festival.

The festivities begin on Monday 3rd August with a whopping 27 acts and there seems to be a running theme of shows about the dangers of social media.

Conversations from the Web
Aequitas Theatre Company
Mon 3 - 12 Aug
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions)

Aequitas Theatre Company presents a production all about our social lives on the Internet. Conversations from the Web explores what the mask of social networking truly means and what the consequences are in real life. But what is real life and what is online? Written by Rachael Bellis and taken from online conversations from the last decade, Conversations is a piece about how social we are on social media and how much information we share in the "Information Age".  The audience will even be able to live tweet the cast during the show!

If you don’t fancy hearing how your selfie can have disastrous repercussions then perhaps Gary Tro’s one-man show is your callin

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Gary Tro
Fri 7 - Sun 9 Aug
Tickets: £5
Camden Comedy Club

Two weeks into Camden Fringe you can expect comedic genius Gary Tro to unite audiences with harmless idiocy. Gary has been a finalist in numerous national competitions and has garnered rave reviews from his previous works. Expect laughter, chats about love and life, projections from a projector and more laughter from this one-man show. With tickets costing only £5 a pop why don’t you be the judge and see if Gary will have you in barrels of laughs or make you finish that barrel of draught to help the night along.

There are over 80 comedy acts to see, ready to leave you chuckling into the summer breeze. In contrast there are only two children shows to choose from, but luckily they will be on throughout August.

Whale in a Bathtub
Tigz Theatre
Mon 3 - Sat 8 & Thu 13 - Sat 22 Aug
Tickets: £5
London Welsh Centre and Trust

Whale in a Bathtub is an innovative piece of children's theatre, using puppets, movement and music to create magic, illusion and charm. This enchanting show tells the story of three teenagers who find a Whale washed up on a beach and decided to keep it as a pet by putting it their bathtub. Based on true events that have been absurdly retold Whale in a Bathtub promise to be a treat for children big and small, young and old.

There really is something for everyone with the choice of comedy, theatre, dance, music, opera and children shows, sure to give you something different to do after a long day at work or to occupy all those lucky enough to have a summer holiday. Over 220 pieces are due to hit the stage. Head over to the official Camden Fringe festival website now to put together your own wish list of summer fancies that will either make you cackle with laughter or explore that thought-provoking theme.

Tickets to Camden Fringe Festival range from £5 - £15, and it runs from 3rd to 30th August.

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