Archive for July, 2011


The 2011 Camden Fringe kicks off on the 1st of August

Wednesday, 13 July, 2011

500 performances in 17 venues

A few last minute additions to the programme mean that there are now over 500 performances scheduled for this year. These will be taking place in 17 different venues in the Borough of Camden, from Highgate to Bloomsbury.

Shows taking part in the festivities include:

Arabella’s Revenge (4-5 August at the Camden Head) a dark piece of comic clowning about a 4 and a half year old psychopath in training.

Familiar Change

Familiar Change (11-12 August at the Lomax Carpark) is a devised physical theatre performance, which follows the lives of four characters living in a London estate. Taking place in a car park.

The Year of Being A Squirrel (11-13 August at the Etcetera Theatre) a one-woman piece of comic storytelling by Alys Torrance who has previously been seen on the Camden Fringe with Faultless and Torrance in 2009 and Infectious Stories in 2010.

There are many, many more shows to read about in the brochure or online.


Liars League. Come and hear some new writing

Tuesday, 12 July, 2011

Tonight (12 July) in Cavendish Square, and every month

Once a month, people gather to hear new short fiction by aspiring new writers, read by actors, in a pub in London’s Cavendish Square.

There are usually six or seven pieces to hear, covering the whole spectrum of fiction – tragedy, fantasy, comedy, sci-fi and everything in between and beyond. Tickets are a fiver, and included in that price is usually the opportunity to win a book or two, donated by a friendly publisher.

Details of what, when and where can be found on the Liars League website at

You’ll also find details of how to apply to be one of the readers at a Liars League event, and of course how to apply to have your fiction read to the enthusiastic audience that is a feature of the events.

Each event has a theme. Tonight’s (12 July) is Hot and Bothered, which promises some interesting listening. Forthcoming themes include: East and West (9 August), Shock and Awe (13 Sept) and Fear and Loathing (11 Oct)


Leith on the Fringe: Up in the air, down to earth

Monday, 11 July, 2011

Leith On The Fringe have launched their Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme.

The diverse schedule of aerial shows, theatre, dance, music, cabaret, film, talks, art and workshops will run at Out Of The Blue Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street, from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 28 August (not Mondays).

Leith on the Fringe is the latest addition to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue line up; with its own hub – two performance spaces (a 190 seat main theatre and a 90 seat studio theatre), box office and cafe and bar, and has been inspired by the work of the many artistic companies and individuals who call Leith home.

It will showcase an impressive line up of home grown and international talent, from as far afield as USA, Germany and Italy, in the heart of Leith, one of Edinburgh’s most diverse and vibrant districts, close to the city centre.

Organisers envisage LOTF becoming a hub for showcasing circus, aerial and street art of the highest quality.

As a result one of the highlights of the 2011 programme will be Angels Aerials (Germany) who are bringing their breathtaking acrobatic aerial adaptation of J.M.Barrie’s classic Peter Pan to Edinburgh. The company will also be offering flying workshops directly after their performances.  Another aerial company coming to LOTF is The Paper Doll Militia (San Francisco).  They will perform their modern fairytale – This Twisted Tale, co-directed by Grid Iron’s Ben Harrison, which fuses high-octane aerial acrobatics on invented apparatus, original music composed by David Paul Jones, animation and puppetry.

Leith on the Fringe will include classical pianist Ang Li

Rather more down to earth performanaces will be offered by Ang Li, an internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso whose performance credits and talents reach well beyond her years. Her youth, talent, personality and audience appeal, truly make her one of the world’s rising classical piano stars. She will perform three pieces as part of her ‘Liszt: Years of Pilgrimage’ international tour.

There’s a lot more too, including Cabaret, Dance, Art and Improv. More details at the website:


Writers wanted – Edinburgh Fringe 2011

Monday, 11 July, 2011

Fringe Report is looking for 3 writers to complete our team of 6 reviewing Edinburgh Fringe 2011.

We ask each writer to review a list of 10 shows selected by us, each review a minimum of 500 words with full cast and crew credits.

You don’t need to be an experienced writer, simply to write grammatically, accurately, honestly, and to be reliable.  We’d prefer writers who will be in Edinburgh for the whole of August – eg acting in a show – but a shorter period may work.  This is how we review shows:

If it’s for you and you can meet in London to discuss, please email editor John Park at  We’ll look forward to hearing from you.


London cabaret reviewer wanted – August 2011

Monday, 11 July, 2011

Fringe Report is looking for a writer to review 10 cabaret shows in London August 2011.

We ask that each review is a minimum of 500 words with full cast and crew credits.

You don’t need to be an experienced writer, simply to write grammatically, accurately, honestly, and to be reliable.  Cabaret can have a strong sexual and language content, so we would like a writer who is comfortable with that.  Also one who is OK about going alone late at night into isolated parts of South London which have a history of frequent (and recently fatal) violence.  This is how we review shows:

If it’s for you, please email editor John Park at  We’ll look forward to hearing from you.


Scratch and other stuff at Battersea Arts Centre

Friday, 8 July, 2011

Here are some of July’s highlights from the Battersea Arts Centre.

Multimos: Scratch – Bunty

Is it a gig? Is it a theatre? No. It is Multimos, a collection of songs caught in a web of theatrics which follow Bunty through streets, dreams, TV screens and lullaby machines to create a multimedia theatrical journey. 14, 29, 30 July.

The Suitcase Royale in Zombatland – Suitcase Royale

The hilariously inventive Royale boys take up residency at BAC to add the finishing touches to their brand new show – another masterfully-mad tale from the dusty-plains of the Australian outback. Welcome to the idyllic paradise of The Blue Lagoon Caravan Park, where the once loved Wombats have been mysteriously turning into blood-thirsty demons, ravaging the park. 21-23 July. 28-30 July

Unhappy Birthday Party: Scratch – Amy Lamé

Welcome to Amy’s Unhappy Birthday party. Her guest of honour is the former Smiths frontman and cult global superstar Morrissey- pop icon for the excluded and oppressed; the bookish and bespectacled; fatsos, homos and weirdos of the world.  A place is set for Morrissey. He’s running late. Will he bother to turn up at all? 22 July

14 Tables: Scratch – 30 Bird

Sex, religion and lost loves: everything you shouldn’t hear about at the dinner table. 14 Tables chews over the relationship between love, sexual encounters and the Nativity, with Jesus, a giraffe and even Godzilla making an appearance. 16 July

Hannah Ringham’s Free Show (Bring Money) by Glen Heath

Meet a woman whose life has gone wrong. Widowed and with child, widowed again, divorced, desperate.  How much does it cost to go to the theatre these days? At the heart of this show lies the question of it’s worth. 28-29 July

The Lost Menagerie – Chris Redmond

When we lose someone we love, we feel torn. Part of us wants to go with them, but death is just part of life and life is for living…right?  The Lost Menagerie is a story-poem of a man, running from the city and himself, after the sudden death of his best friend. 29-30 July

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Brian Haw, peace activist, died 18 June 2011

Thursday, 7 July, 2011

No need for FR to say anything. It’s all here:-