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Camden Fringe: You Can’t Have Us, The Phoenix Artist Club

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013Written and performed by Peter Edwards and Jethro Bradley★★★★ Pros: Lots of quality lines, more subtle than their voluntary filth may suggest. Good tempos and a good balance between the two. Cons: Some may find a few lines a bit too filthy, but is that so bad? But best leave the kids at home, just in case. Our Verdict: A very funny and enjoyable two-man show that is guaranteed to give you an uplifting giggle. Quality stand-up ...

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Camden Fringe: The Queen of Hearts, Etcetera Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013 Written and directed by Matthew Radway★★★ Pros: Great British one-liners and an enjoyable first half. Cons: Falters in places, mostly towards the end. Our Verdict: A good work in progress that can and, no doubt, will get better. With a living room over-flowing with Princess Diana memorabilia, the stage is set and we immediately get a clear idea of who we think this Diana-obsessed couple are. Queen of Hearts is an interesting look at ...

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Camden Fringe: Special Ed – Healthy Body, Happy Me, Etcetera Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013 Joseph Rynhart, Callum Stewart and Diana WinterDirected by: Grinning Idiots Theatre ★★★ Pros: The rich comedy territory of children’s entertainment provides plenty of verbal and physical jokes. Cons: It’s not the most original idea and could be developed further. Our Verdict: Overall, it’s a bit of a giggle with a student sense of humour stamped all over it. This is a show by a new group of acting graduates. Originally designed as a course project, it ...

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Camden Fringe: Intuit This, Camden People’s Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013Devised by Intuitive Creatures★★★ Pros: Completely wacky and light-hearted with a healthy dose of eccentric, clever humour. Cons: A weak narrative – scenes were not cohesive enough to accommodate a comprehensive, full length piece of theatre. Our Verdict: Interesting and funny stand-alone vignettes that don’t quite fit together nicely enough to create a strong story, absurd or otherwise. Courtesy of Intuitive Creatures A jumbled mix of vignettes is the creation of the Intuitive Creatures, an international theatre company ...

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Armstrong’s War, Finborough Theatre

by Colleen MurphyDirected by Jennifer Bakst★★★★ Pros: A sweet story with stunning performances from two terrific performers. Cons: The storyline occasionally felt a bit clunky. Our Verdict: A beautifully acted piece which was often very funny in its tragedy. A touching account of friendship and fragility. Courtesy of Finborough Theatre The premise of a world-weary adult who enters into an unlikely friendship with an eternal optimist who inspires them into self-improvement is not especially original. However, Armstrong’s War is sufficiently ...

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The Pride, Trafalgar Studios

by Alexi Kaye Campbell Directed by Jamie Lloyd ★★★ Pros: The acting is very strong, and there is a nice balance between drama and humour. Cons: With the exception of one scene, there is little action or movement on stage. Also, the set is not particularly inspiring. Our Verdict: This thought-provoking play accurately captures the past and the present, in terms of male sexual identity. The performances are honest, and there is great character development.   Courtesy of Ambassador Theatre ...

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Camden Fringe Audience Feedback: Is He A Bit Simon Jay?

Average Audience Rating: ★★★★½ Until 21st August at The Phoenix Artists Club Book tickets for Camden Don Rouse, London – ★★★★★ “Simon Jay is a performer who makes a clear impact on an audience: looks, moves and acting are special and captivating. His show, Is He A Bit Simon Jay, beautifully co-written with Scott Payne, looks like a fast-paced filming of a life (recently deceased Simon), complete with brilliant scene-blocking blackouts at the clap of a hand, clapperboard style.  Dead Simon’s ...

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Camden Fringe Audience Feedback: Stag Nation

Average Audience Rating: ★★★★½ Everything Theatre Rating: ★★★ Read our Review! Until 14th August at The Colonel Fawcett Book tickets for Camden Lily Spendlove, Essex – ★★★★★“Loved it and laughed as hard as the first and second time I saw it.” Ashley Collins, London – ★★★★“Was really entertaining, really funny and the characters were great. Only criticism would be the ending, which deserved a bit more.” Amanda Cameron, Barking – ★★★★★“Great show, very funny, entertaining and value for money. Acting ...

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Camden Fringe: An Insomniac’s Guide To Ambulances, London Jewish Cultural Centre

Part of Camden Fringe 2013Rachel Creeger and Aryeh MyersTime2shine Productions ★★★ Pros: Enjoyable and entertaining, lots of emotional material and some interesting directorial decisions. Cons: Bare set and props make the show feel a bit raw Our Verdict: An interesting and enjoyable new play. Courtesy of London Jewish Cultural Centre So, have you ever wondered how life as an insomniac paramedic would be? Ever fancied days and nights filled with action and drama, dotted with rewarding gratitude and life-saving decisions to make ...

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Camden Fringe Audience Feedback: Heads Bodies Legs

Average Audience Rating: ★★★★★ 6th-25th August at The Camden People’s Theatre Book tickets for Camden Anonymous – ★★★★★ “I loved this play. It was rich on so many levels – a brilliant script with some incredibly funny lines that have stayed with me (don’t want to give spoilers), but also some really powerful physical theatre combine to make something very special.  The subject matter ‘ An absurd comic thriller set in a sinister private hospital’ holds a timely resonance with ...

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