We’ve just had the Emmy Awards. For the first time ever a streaming service won the award for Best Drama Series. With the TV and film industry being reshaped before us, the stability and unchanging nature of theatre is quite amazing. The act of telling stories together is an ancient and universal one. With that in mind, here’s my top fringe theatre to see this week. And don’t forget you can get 2 for 1 tickets for lots of fantastic shows in September with Discover Theatre!
Lucy Light – Theatre N16 (Nearest tube station: Balham)
A new play from Sarah Milton (Tumble Tuck), Lucy Light is the story of two friends, Jess and Lucy, as they navigate the challenges of growing up. The difference between these two is Lucy knows she has a very high likelihood of developing breast cancer, like her mother before her. She has to make the decision about whether to act on this knowledge and have a double mastectomy or wait and remain on high alert.
Exploring these questions and how grief, our bodies, our friendships impact on such choices, Lucy Light has been produced in association with and in aid of The Eve Appeal. The UK charity raises awareness and funding for research into the five cancers that affect women specifically. On until 7th October, this is sure to be a beautiful two hander.
The White Bike – The Space (Nearest DLR station: Mudchute)
Inspired by the tragic story of Eilidh Cairns, a young woman who was killed while biking to work in 2009, this play brings you into the world of city cycling in an immersive and moving experience.
Directed by Lily McLeish, who often works closely with Katie Mitchell, and written by Tamara von Werthern, it celebrates life and deals with the loss and sudden tragedy that can break through our normality.
The play is on until 30th September and is offering 2 for 1 tickets as part of Discover Theatre.
The People vs Donald Trump/Chained Consent – The London Theatre (Nearest overground station: New Cross)
This week, you are in for a treat – the world premiere of a political satire with everyone’s favourite president in the hot seat. A wry look at what life might be like behind closed doors in the White House right now. Come and witness the conversations you’ve only previously imagined and see how we got here. The show will end with a semi-improvised show trial between Trump and the writer of the show, Max Lopert, who’s also a highly experienced trial lawyer, as the real life actions of Trump’s presidency are debated and put up for sentencing. Running from 18th-24th September.
Next week, The London Theatre will be host to Fetish Week and you will have a chance to see Chained Consent. It’s a play that explores the world of BDSM through word and dance and introduces you to the people who are part of it. An honest look at what is often a much-misunderstood community.
Waiting For Godot – Arts Theatre (Nearest tube station – Leicester Square)
This beautiful little gem of a theatre is so close to the heart of Theatreland it almost feels like it’s masquerading as an off-West End space. However, the vibe inside is not that of the commercial main stage and this production of Waiting For Godot felt beautifully intimate. Brought back to London by Irish theatre company, AC Theatre Productions and directed by Peter Reid, a connoisseur of the author, it is Beckett at his best. Don’t miss your chance to see it in such a wonderful and central spot! BOOK NOW