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Your Guide to the Best of the Camden Fringe 2019

31 July 2019 | Billie Manning

You don't need to head all the way up to Edinburgh to find the best in fringe theatre this summer, as the Camden Fringe festival brings hundreds of shows to North London for its 14th spectacular year. Can't decide what to see? Here are our recommendations...

Oddball
Oddball star Francesca Forristal has been very busy over the past year, running around providing gleeful improv as her drag alter-ego Christian Adore, winning Phoenix's Improv Act of the Year 2018, writing musicals, appearing on BBC Radio... oh, and creating Oddball, a one-woman show exploring eating disorders and the realities of NHS inpatient care in a deliciously (sorry) comic fashion. Already five-starred by London Theatre 1, we can't wait to sink our teeth into this one (sorry again).

20 - 24 August, The Gatehouse

Louisa Keight: Jinkies
Want something a little off-the-wall? Be introduced to former Cambridge Footlight Louisa Keight's beautifully bizarre cast of characters, who come together to make up a surreal one-woman show that's been well-received from Edinburgh to London. Her weird and wonderful brand of comedy has been described as "stitch-inducingly funny" by Varsity, so you're sure to enjoy, but  quick caveat: if you're not a fan of clowns, this show is probably one to avoid.

1 - 3 August, Camden Comedy Club

Class
Class: the British have an obsession with the concept, and soon they'll have an obsession for this show as well, which looks into the way we view and understand class. Performers Alyce Louise-Potter and Kelsey Short explore the big questions of class using verbatim theatre, spoken word and recorded interviews with a diverse group of working class people, resulting in an equally humourous and eye-opening show.

29 July - 3 August, Tristan Bates Theatre

Belamour
Belamour is a show with a difference: all the profit from performances will be going straight to MS Society UK, a charity which helps people with multiple sclerosis. The poetic, multilingual show follows one young man's diagnosis with MS, all the while struggling with an internal conflict between his love for his family and his love for another. Director Zois Pigadas' Moormaids was a top 10 off-West End production in 2018, so we're excited to see what Belamour will bring.

19 - 25 August, Etcetera Theatre

PYNEAPPLE
This juicy (geddit) devised show centres on the questions of self-love, self-discovery and self-acceptance. Nothing big then! In the setting of a hair salon, Erycah, Jasmyn, Lauryn, Maya and Raye come together to combat the stereotypes they encounter as young black women. Though this is only the debut show for the SPYCE collective, we're expecting big things to come. 

30 July - 1 August, The Cockpit
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