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’D – The Bunker (Nearest tube/train station: London Bridge)
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 Christmas – Tristan Bates Theatre (Nearest tube station: Covent Garden)
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 Ice – Ovalhouse (Nearest tube station: Oval)
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 Snowflake – Chelsea Theatre (Nearest tube station: Imperial Wharf)
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.