There’s so much to look forward to this week. Also, really excitingly, the King’s Head Theatre has introduced new discounted tickets for the under 30s and the unwaged. For selected shows, Tuesdays will now be £10 for U30s and the Sunday matinee £5 for those who are unwaged. Making theatre accessible is so important to keeping it relevant and this is a wonderful step. Read on for my top fringe theatre to see this week:
Dust – Soho Theatre (Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road)
This play is great. Written and performed by Milly Thomas (billed the next Phoebe Waller-Bridge) and directed by the excellent Sara Joyce, it is a joy of a one-woman show.
We meet Alice three days after she’s killed herself. The afterlife is not what she was expecting. Finding herself stuck, she watches as life and everyone in it begins to move on. Forced to face up to who she had been and whether death was really all she hoped it would be, it is a funny and moving portrayal of flawed humanity.
Revolution – VAULT Festival (Nearest train/tube station: Waterloo)
With a name like Revolution, it shouldn’t be surprising that this show involves audience interaction. I am so excited because it’s a mixture of gaming and theatre. By gaming, I mean board gaming. It draws on elements of Risk, Settlers of Catan and Diplomacy. The audience are the protagonists, deciding what moves to make and how to change the future of the revolution. How long can ideals hold? What lengths are you willing to go? What ends justify which means? Come and find out how far you’d go.
Paines Plough’s Roundabout (Out Of Love, Black Mountain and How To Be A Kid) – Orange Tree Theatre (Nearest tube station: Richmond)
Paines Plough continues to be one of the best new writing theatre companies in the UK. Its Roundabout season consists of three new plays – Out Of Love, Black Mountain and How To Be A Kid.
Out Of Love is a tender and moving story about two best friends who are peas in a pod until life splits them apart. For those in the mood for some suspense, Black Mountain is about couple on the run, looking for somewhere to work it all out. But there’s no time because they’re being followed. If you have kids to entertain then don’t miss How To Be A Kid. Molly’s been doing so much looking after her brother and the house while her mum is sick that she’s almost forgotten how to be a kid. With her mum on the mend she needs help remembering… which is where you come in.
Version 2.0 – Leicester Square Theatre (Nearest tube station: Leicester Square)
New play Version 2.0 explores our connection to social media, the possibilities of artificial intelligence (AI) and also female consent. With the possibilities around AI getting ever more advanced, and our relationship with the pictures on our phones ever more intense, Version 2.0 is an original counter swipe at the way we live now.
Kash and Karen are our central characters. Kash’s obsessive love for Karen drives his decisions into ever more disturbing territory. Finding himself rejected, he is offered ‘help’ from an unexpected source and Karen 2.0 arrives.