Experience the full gamut of human emotions this week in London’s fringe theatre scene. There’s a touching musical about everyday life, an illuminating look at the sex work industry, temptation and devilish torture in The Rake’s Progress and Shakespearean suspense. Read on for my top Fringe theatre to see this week:
Ordinary Days – Drayton Arms Theatre (Nearest tube station: Gloucester Road)
Streetlights, People! bring you the London transfer of this wonderful musical which had a very successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe earlier this year. Ordinary Days is a contemporary musical set in modern day New York. It follows four people as they go about their lives, looking for some meaning in life. It is uplifting and heart-warming stuff. Written by Adam Gwon, it includes one of my favourite songs, ‘I’ll Be Here’. The production won the 2017 Kensington Eddies Award, so I’m sure this will be an excellent rendition of this sweet show.
Sex Workers’ Opera – Ovalhouse (Nearest tube station: Oval)
Hooray! You have another chance to see this radical and thought-provoking production from Experimental Experience. After sell-out runs at the Arcola Theatre and the Pleasance Theatre, it comes to Ovalhouse, to challenge, educate and entertain new audiences.
Sex Worker’s Opera is exactly what it says on the tin. The cast is half actors and half sex workers. Telling true stories from around the world, and offering authentic and often unheard perspectives on the many issues and experiences of sex workers, this will be a very worthwhile and interesting night at the theatre. And. I imagine, it will stay with you for much longer than that. All the cast and company ask is that you come and listen with open minds to the real stories that live behind the controversial issues.
The Rake’s Progress – Wilton’s Music Hall (Nearest tube station: Tower Hill)
OperaGlass Works present Stravinsky’s opera based on Hogarth’s paintings of the same name. With a libretto by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman, it depicts the downfall of Tom Rakewell at the hands of Nick Shadow a.k.a. the Devil. It has everything you might want from a night spent in the 18th century: Vaudevillian true love, a brothel, a bearded lady, Bedlam… It is an exploration of human choice and has a moral that has survived the test of time. The costume and set are sure to be sumptuous, as it also has a cracking design team.
Much Ado About Nothing – Waterloo East Theatre (Nearest tube/train station: Waterloo)
Theatre company Controlled Chaos, which is dedicated to supporting and encouraging up and coming performers, brings one of my favourite Shakespeare plays to Waterloo East.
The action takes place in Spain, during the Spanish Civil War, lending a new perspective to this classic story of love sabotaged and saved. With a new score composed by Michael J. Ansley, treat yourself to some verse from some of the best new talent London has to offer.