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Threesome, Etcetera Theatre

Lisa GiffordDirected by Paul Linghorn ★★★★  Pros: An interesting look at sexual politics with some really lovely acting thrown in. A decent Paul Daniels/Debbie McGee gag in there too. Cons: Some parts of the performance lacked clear choices; nothing too off-putting though. Our Verdict: A humorous and enjoyable evening though probably best not to bring your mum to this one! Courtesy of Capital City Theatre It is interesting to consider the images and occasionally the prejudices we conjure up when ...

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Staffroom, Tristan Bates Theatre

Presented by Time2Shine ProductionsWritten & Directed by Rachel Creeger★★★ Pros: Great audience interaction, some good individual performances and impeccable production values. Cons: Feels a little low on energy and pace, missing the spark that would make it great. Our Verdict: A good show which may well become great as the run progresses. Courtesy of Time2Shine Productions The Tristan Bates never ceases to surprise me, if nothing else, by its very existence. Tucked away between Covent Garden and Cambridge Circus, it ...

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This Was Your Life, Etcetera Theatre

Created by Quite Nice TheatreDirected by Thom Sellwood★★★ Pros: There is a strong possibility this show will put you in a very good mood. Lots of laughs. It is touching and wonderfully philosophical at times. Cons: Some weak singing voices and a few sloppy bits here and there. Our Verdict: A fun evening with lots of clever comedy, energetic performances and beautifully crafted songs. Courtesy of Quite Nice Theatre The Etcetera Theatre in Camden is one of the central venues ...

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Full Stage Splash: A Comic Look at the Comic Book, Etcetera Theatre

Written & Directed by Michael EckettPresented by The Sigil Club★★★ Pros: Comic book history is actually really interesting! With some laugh-out-loud comedic insights, this timeline of the life of the comic book is an enjoyable laugh and a learning experience. Cons: While the history of the comic book is condensed, written and presented reasonably well, it is literally delivered at the speed of light and is a lot to absorb in an hour. Our Verdict: A clever idea and impressive ...

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The War of the Waleses, The Pirate Castle

Sarah Heenan, Alan Maddrell and Andy MarchantDirected by Sarah Heenan★★★★ Pros: Terrific impressions of both John Major and Tony Blair. A polished performance throughout. Cons: Doesn’t go that extra mile, drags a little towards the end. Our Verdict: Impressively refined and interesting theatre from this amateur company. Courtesy of KDC Theatre What is interesting about fringe theatre is the expectations that people come in with. Many a time an audience isn’t really expecting a whole lot from the humble companies ...

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Forwards and Backwards, Camden People’s Theatre

Presented by Square Peg Theatre★★★★  Pros: Minimalist design, a show where strong performances create the scene. Cons: Few to speak of; perhaps the chemistry between the two leads could be tweaked, but not by much! Our Verdict: Don’t miss this well-planned, well-written and well-acted show. It’s what fringe theatre is all about. Courtesy of Camden People’s Theare The greatest thing about fringe theatre festivals is the experience of walking into a small auditorium where the set is composed of a ...

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Queen for a Day, Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Hayley AtkinsonDirected by Will Bird ★★★ Pros: A thought-provoking conversation between two intriguing characters, strong performances. Cons: Drags a little bit at points even though it was only an hour long. Our Verdict: An interesting premise that ultimately left me feeling a bit uncertain at the end. Courtesy of BitLip Theatre Queen for a Day is one of the many shows that has appeared at the Camden Fringe Festival. At the very top of Highgate Hill, in a relatively well ...

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Is Anything Broken?, Tristan Bates Theatre

Dan DaviesDirected by Maja Milatovic-Ovadia★★★ Pros: A sharp and relevant script and a short, punchy performance overall. Cons: A slightly slow first half, possibly due to some slightly mediocre performances. Our Verdict: An enjoyable show on balance, but I left feeling slightly disappointed by the way in which the script was brought to life on stage. Andrew Ward and Simon Desborough. Photo: Peter Tilling The last Dan Davies play we saw was 55M SQ, the rather excellent 10 minute short ...

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