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Off West End

Ah, the Off West End. For those not familiar with the term, this is where the real magic of the London theatre scene happens. Great shows are born here, in pubs, in 50-seat theatres, in tunnels. Recommended for the adventurous – we can’t get enough of it, and you’ll save a quid or two as well!

Camden Fringe: Herding Cats, Etcetera Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013Written and directed by Kitten Killers ★★★ Pros: This show will make you laugh until your sides hurt. Cons: Overall it needed some polishing to help it come together. Our Verdict: The four girls deliver an amusing show filled with unexpected jokes, mime, and songs. Very watchable! Courtesy of the Camden Fringe An evening at Etcetera Theatre usually starts with a drink before the show. I don’t think any drink could have prepared me for the ...

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Camden Fringe: Charming – A Farcical Fairy Tale, The Pirate Castle

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013Ross Howard Presented by No Bones About ★★★ Pros: Watching the familiar characters from fairy tales cause knee-slapping mayhem on stage. Cons: At times the scenes were extended for too long and the play lost its grip on the audience. Our Verdict: A dynamic and witty reinterpretation of favorite fairy tales. Courtesy of Facebook.com Charming – A Farcical Fairy Tale, presented by the company No Bones About, lets us into the world of the five charming ...

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Camden Fringe: Suzanna Gonzo: Dark Lady, Etcetera Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013 Written and performed by Katie O’Brien★★★★★ Pros: Wrong on so many levels it’s beyond right. Cons: If it’s not your thing, then it’s really not your thing. Just try and make it so. Our Verdict: This woman is either destined for the big time in a big way or on her way to becoming a cult favourite. Courtesy of facebook.com Katie O’Brien may not sell out venues. Her type of comedy may not be to ...

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Camden Fringe: Dirty, Flirty Thirty, Etcetera Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013 Written and Directed by Kat Woods Presented by Purple Penguin Productions★★★★ Pros: Sex, sex, and more sex. Cons: Occasionally a bit too much sex (no, not really). Our Verdict: Of course this show is about more than sex but there is a lot of talk about it in it. Bright, sparkly and very, very witty. Courtesy of Purple Penguin Productions Cheeky, irreverent, chock full of inappropriate language, in a completely raucous setting above a ...

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Camden Fringe: Soften the Grey, Etcetera Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013Written and performed by Jake Hassam and Nigel Munson ★★★ Pros: The concept gets you thinking, and the dialogue is clever and amusing. Cons: The second half struggles to maintain the strength of the first. Our Verdict: When it’s good, it’s very good. However, some of the scenes fail to captivate, and the ending, though effective on some levels, is a bit of an anticlimax. Do you believe in bureaucracy after death? Imagine getting to ...

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Camden Fringe: The Destruction of Kreshev, Etcetera Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013 By Isaac Bashevis Singer Adapted & directed by David Zoob ★★★  Pros: The story and characters are complex. The level of detail the play develops in such a small interval of time is quite amazing. Cons: However well presented, a little more time would have given the play a better sense of drama. Our verdict: A production which draws you in with its atmosphere, despite the fact that it would have benefited with more ...

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Camden Fringe: Warde Street, Tristan Bates Theatre

Damien Tracey Directed by Jason B. Moore ★★★★★ Pros: Solid drama, seriously good acting and completely absorbing writing. Cons: A play based on the repercussions of the London bombings on 7th July 2005 may seem an unlikely subject for an evening of entertainment but don’t let that stop you. Our Verdict: Gripping, thought provoking, political and topical. It continues to play in your head long after the curtain comes down. This was my first visit to the Tristan Bates Theatre ...

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Now We are Three: The Best of Descent, Southwark Playhouse

The Fitting Room, Mat Burt, Directed by Martin LeonardBlind Date, Ziella Bryars, Directed by Georgia MurphyPenpals, Chloe Ewart, Directed by Faye MerrallsCasting Call, Alex Head, Directed by Jennifer BakstThornaby, Keziah Warner, Directed by David Aula★★★★ Pros: Very funny, and an evening of great story telling. The dialogue is very good across the board. Cons: There are so many great plays to see that it ends up being a bit lengthy. Our Verdict: A very enjoyable experience with great acting and great writing on display. Courtesy of Southwark Playhouse Descent are ...

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Camden Fringe: Pot Noodles & Knickers, Etcetera Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013 Written and directed by Nick Card ★★ Pros: The scene with the lads reminiscing about Katie dancing in her fancy pants really stood out. Cons: A few glimmers of fun but overall a bit predictable. Our Verdict:  It didn’t really live up to the promising comedy title. The production needs a little more work to bring its concept to fruition. Courtesy of Etcetera Theatre The Etcetera theatre has been a hub of activity during the ...

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Camden Fringe: The Murderettes, Phoenix Artist Club

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013Improvisation presented by The Murderettes★★ Pros: Unique concept for improv, great dead pan humour at times. Cons: Dragged quite a lot in places. One scenario was drawn out for too long. Our Verdict: Admirable attempt to explore and develop the improv comedy genre. Courtesy of The Murderettes The Murderettes are a murder mystery themed comedy improv group. The premise is simple but inventive. The small group of comedians start by asking the audience to give ...

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