Introducing From The Fringe!
This past summer the edfringe, (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's largest arts festival established in 1947), produced approximately 56,796 performances of 3,548 shows.
With an abundance of quality pieces of dance, theatre, music, comedy, magic and everything in between being performed year on year, an ever-growing profusion of talent, it became a no brainer for us that we should open the doors of our studio space to the best the Fringe has to offer. The aim behind this being to provide a certain calibre of thrilling and intimate entertainment for Merton Locals and Londoners alike. Though of course we are not limiting this to Edinburgh, with London, Camden and Brighton delivering their own equally as apt provisions, we are always on the lookout for top quality performances.
Therefore we shipped off two of our wonderful team members, (Emma and Holly) to the edfringe to search out loads of wonderful and unique productions. With the sublime shows they have selected now starting to go on sale, we present to you From The Fringe, our varied Fringe selections that we think you are going to love!
First up we've got Bad Clowns Comedy's award-winning comedy sketch show Hostage.
Find out what happens when a crazed madman takes a comedy show and its audience hostage! Bad Clowns are a comedy troupe of three uber talented actors: John Bond, Christian Dart and Sam Walls. Join them as they perform for the laughs, the thrills and their very lives! With their blend of unique sketch and improv comedy, they have featured in a series of arts festivals, including Edinburgh, winning awards such as the IYAF 2018 Best Comedy Show Award as well as becoming Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off! finalists 2018. Hostage will be on for two nights only Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November.
Style: Comedy / Sketch Comedy
Next up we've got studio veteran James Hyland and his company Brother Wolf.
James consistently provides clever and witty re-imaginings of famous tales from unique perspectives. This Christmas, he is bringing his acclaimed show A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased) back to Wimbledon. The show is adapted by James himself, he as a performer has received high acclaim over the years: winning Best Performer in Theatre, (Fringe Report Awards 2012) and being nominated for a London Theatre Award, (London Awards for Art and Performance 2012). With music by Chris Warner, the piece is told from the perspective of Scrooge's deceased business partner, delivering thrills, chills and excitement aplenty for all ages. A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased), having been recognised by the Queen for its part in Dickensian Scholarship, will play for one night only. Making it both essential and exclusive Christmas viewing, on Saturday 1 December at 19:45.
Style: Drama / Re-imagining
Announcing It is a Truth! On sale soon...
There's only two things you need to know about this show... Jayde is a true Bristolian through and through. She is also obsessed with Jane Austen.
Join actor Jaleelah Galbraith for her debut stand-up comedy show, It Is A Truth.
Jayde is single and believes today's feminists in search of empowerment should look to Austen's classics such as Sense and Sensibility instead of Single Ladies. Comparing and contrasting her afflictions to Jane Austen with that of speed dating, school girl crushes and Bridget Jones as a means by which to humorously navigate the societal expectations of a modern women.
Save the date: Wednesday 30 January and remember Jane is BAE!
Style: Comedy / Stand Up Comedy
Then prepare to get musical with London Paris Roam.
Join Sarah Tullamore in her hilariously uplifting one-woman show, with music and lyrics by James Burn, London Paris Roam.
She's lived in Japan, indulged in Italy, feasted in France - and suddenly woken up to find she's now a woman of a certain age. When you have to sit down to put your tights on, it's obviously time to take stock. So what's the next move, Sarah? Gay Paree has been magnifique but maybe it's time for a change? In this funny and moving account of her globetrotting life so far, Sarah is packing her bags, waving au revoir and singing brand new songs all about it. Time to clear away the clutter - Thursday 24 January, 19:45.
Style: Musical / Comedy
Finally we've got our panto Wishee Washee in his own solo show! Pete Firman: Marvels.
We caught up with Pete in Edinburgh to discuss all things panto in preparation for his Christmas stint with us in Aladdin (after an exceedingly popular debut last year in The Churchill Theatre, Bromley's Snow White & The Seven Dwarves). As well as demanding a comedy mangle for the performance, he also decided to bring his solo show Marvels to our studio, following the festive period.
Pete is one of the UK's most popular magicians. You've seen him on television, now experience his jaw-dropping magic live on stage! With a unique blend of comedy and magic, Pete is irrefutably the UK's leading comedy magician. Please note Marvels is a recommended 14+ and on February 1 and 2.
Style: Magic / Comedy
Remember we are always on the lookout for more multifarious and superb Fringe productions and will no doubt be adding more wild and wonderful pieces to our programme shortly. So in the meantime support our current acquisitions and WATCH THIS SPACE!
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