Top fringe theatre to see this week

Young actor Charlie Mulliner tips us off about her top fringe theatre to see this week

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Snow is on the ground. The shops are heaving. What else is there to do to get into the holiday spirit than grab a mulled wine and head to the theatre. Enjoy my top fringe theatre to see this week:

FCUK’DThe Bunker (Nearest tube/train station: London Bridge)

FCUK'D at The Bunker (Image: Andrea Lambis)
FCUK’D at The Bunker (Image: Andrea Lambis) – Top fringe theatre to see this week

Niall Ransome has written a Christmas show with a difference. It focuses on the plight facing many young, working-class men in modern Britain. A teenage boy kidnaps his younger brother to escape the wormhole of daily encounters with unsympathetic authority figures and find a better place to be than the decrepit council flat in which they survive. Ransome writes entirely in verse. His mission with FCUK’D is to tell the story of boys he grew up with and give a voice to those who don’t often have their stories told. He told us more about the production.

Twelve Days Of ChristmasTristan Bates Theatre (Nearest tube station: Covent Garden)

12 Days Of Christmas at Tristan Bates Theatre
12 Days Of Christmas at Tristan Bates Theatre – Top fringe theatre to see this week

The Tristan Bates Theatre is a marvellous venue with an excellent café-bar right in the heart of central London. With a strong connection to the Actor’s Centre, it is very supportive of new work. So for the next 12 days it provides the perfect festive countdown by hosting the first glimpses of 15 exciting projects.

I’m particularly interested by the sound of Bitter Sweet Friday, a show long-listed for the Papatango New Writing Prize. It explores the relationship between two sisters brought up in a cult. One gets out, the other doesn’t. Covering a wide range of subject matters and themes there’s something for everyone in the season. And at £7 a ticket, there’s no question it’s a bargain.

Breaking The IceOvalhouse (Nearest tube station: Oval)

Breaking The Ice at Ovalhouse
Breaking The Ice at Ovalhouse – Top fringe theatre to see this week

Inspired by a true story, this interactive show tells the tale of a polar bear and a husky who became friends. Aimed at a younger audience (aged 2-6), this will be a great treat for your kids and, I’m sure, a lovely watch for parents too. Children are invited to be on Team Husky or Team Polar Bear and take part in the adventure, as the audience are transported to the artic regions with clever use of projection, soundscape and puppetry.

Once Upon A SnowflakeChelsea Theatre (Nearest tube station: Imperial Wharf)

Once Upon A Snowflake at Chelsea Theatre
Once Upon A Snowflake at Chelsea Theatre – Top fringe theatre to see this week

Paper Balloon bring all the magic of an excellent and inventive story to this alternative Christmas show. Meet the Spriteologists as they try to work out what happened to Liza, a little girl who went missing. With shadow puppetry, songs and superb storytelling, this is a treat for all the family.

You can find more family shows in our Top 10 London shows for families, and more festive treats in our list of London Christmas shows.