What a weird world we live in. It’s mid-October and it’s felt like summer for the last couple of days. Now there’s a hurricane on the way that’s named after one of Shakespeare’s more tragic heroines. Luckily, there is one thing you can be sure of – there will always be entertaining and interesting theatre going on in London. Read on for my top fringe theatre to see this week:
All The Little Lights – Arcola Theatre (Nearest overground station: Dalston Kingsland)
This play had excellent reviews on its national tour earlier this year. With an award-winning script, beautiful acting and dextrous directing from Laura Ford, it masterfully handles the tricky topic of child sexual exploitation.
Three girls spend a night by the railway tracks, each trying to rediscover friendship and some kind of safety. At only 60 minutes, this play packs a darkly humorous and emotionally moving punch. On until 4 November. Writer Jane Upton told us more about the show.
Gilgamesh – The White Bear Theatre (Nearest tube station: Kennington)
The world’s oldest story comes to town. An Akkadian myth, written over 4000 years ago on stone tablets, has been transformed into a theatrical treat. Directed by Ray Shell and written by Piers Beckley, we follow the story of the world’s oldest hero. Gilgamesh is a king of kings, having defeated all his enemies. He is diverted from a life of wanton pleasure and destruction by the intervention of the gods and his best friend Enkidu. An epic tale that predates The Odyssey (and Game of Thrones), this play is a mixture of poetry, prose and song. Get yourself to The White Bear Theatre before the 21 October.
31 Hours – The Bunker (Nearest tube and train station: London Bridge)
Congrats to The Bunker, which is celebrating one year of existence. 31 Hours is perfectly for its underground space, as it deals with suicides on the tube. We are introduced to four men who work as the clean up crew in such cases. It is a unique and interesting perspective from which to explore this difficult subject.
The title refers to the statistic that every 31 hours someone jumps in front of a train. The play hones in on the fact that that person is ten times more likely to be a man. It is an exploration of male mental health and the taboo that still surrounds it. On until 28th October, its subject matter is important and sensitively handled in this piece of new writing by Kieran Knowles.
Tryst – Tabard Theatre (Nearest tube station: Turnham Green)
Until 5 November, the Tabard Theatre is home to Tryst. It stars Natasha J Barnes, the actor who took over from Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl and became a star in her own right. She plays Adelaide in this passion-filled thriller by Karoline Leach. It’s based on a true story about a serial fraudster who deceives a young shop-girl and persuades her to run away with him in a secret tryst… Directed by Phoebe Barran, this is sure to be 90 minutes of hair-raising tension. Find out more in our interview with Natasha J Barnes.