Well, don’t worry theatre family, next week 23 - 30 July, a taste of this colourful festival comes to The Bread & Roses Theatre, in the heart of Clapham. There’s a lot of productions trying out their exciting work to London audiences prior to heading to the fringe theatre mecca, so hurry on down south and be the first to experience some of these wonderful offerings. We’ve got your pre-Ed Fringe inspiration, from Irish Coffee, dinner conversations, slice of New York City, stories of survival, spirituality, politics and LOVE! AND lots of COMEDY.
Roman Berry, our Production & Marketing Manager, also asked each company or performer, how to creatively describe their show if they could fuse two classic films and here are some of their responses. We definitely have some blockbusters here. So, feast your senses and join us next week for a great line up of exciting shows!
AFRICAN IN NEW YORK – ALMOST FAMOUS
By Njambi McGrath
July 23, 7pm
An innocent thanksgiving invitation by a new college in rural America. What could go wrong for a black African.
Njambi is a comedian, writer and a blogger. One of the stars of the BBC International Comedy, she has been quoted by The Times as an “important voice’ and has been voted 1 of 5 TOP Female Comedians by Fabulous Magazine. African in New York, is like Eddy Murphy’s COMING TO AMERICA devoid of the whirlwind romance, but more GET OUT.”
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO BONDAGE
written and performed by Sara Mason
July 23, 9 pm
Welcome to my Dungeon, I'm Mistress Venetia, in here we can provide you with all your fantasies... All your secret peccadillos. It should be exciting and fun, if it isn't you're doing it wrong.
The show is like a melange between PERSONAL SERVICES, VENUS IN FUR and PREACHING TO THE CONVERTED (with a sprinkle of Joe Orton).Broadway Baby says, “it’s informative…a little bit naughty, she’s a natural storyteller”.
Written & Performed by Vicki Sargent
July 24, 9 pm
Life doesn’t happen to you at home sitting in front of that telly. It happens out there in the real world!
Vicki Sargent returns to The Bread & Roses Theatre with this heart-warming comedy play following Rosie and Vera, brought together through a Befriend the Elderly scheme. Old Souls fuses the wise wit of THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL with the millennial anxiety of ANGUS, THONGS AND PERFECT SNOGGING. “Comedy gold..” (Mumble Comedy)
Written & Performed by Stephen Bradley
July 24 – 25, 7 pm
60 Days. 7 Soldiers. 2 Survivors. 1 JUDGEMENT.
Based on a true story, Judgement puts us face to face with one soldier’s reality and asks us to put his fate in our hands. Judgement captures the isolation of CAST AWAY with the stark survival needs of the 1980s, true based film, ALIVE!
by Sara Dawood & Sara Nickson
July 25, 9 pm
In the year of our good lord, 2018, women have won
Sara and Sara want to talk about the 'F' word. Feminism that is. But the conversation’s gotten messy. Everyone’s talking but no one’s listening. And frankly Sara and Sara are confused. Fighting Talk has all the comic wit of ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS and the renegade energy of THELMA AND LOUISE.
JEREMY NICHOLS: AFTER DINNER
From My Disastrous Broadcasting Career
Directed by Maddy Anholt
July 26, 7 pm
Sony Award-winning broadcaster, Jeremy Nicholas brings you his hilarious debut hour. Based on true-life stories from 27 years of trying not to get fired on TV and radio with the BBC. There was the time he reported on the face of Elvis in the blue veins of a cheese, or his catastrophic mistake to a global TV audience during London 2012. You’ll also get the inside track on the dreadful celebrities he’s interviewed. Jeremy has been described as ‘...a complete anchor’, but he may have misheard. Not to be missed.
Aaron Simmonds and the Person that he Loves
Directed by Delphine Manley
July 26, 9 pm
It is our choices that define us, far more than our abilities. Yes, this is the only fringe show to quote Albus Dumbledore during a story about a tinder date.
Join Jewish Comedian of the Year and wheelchair enthusiast Aaron Simmonds for his show all about how Harry Potter affects his relationships both positively and negatively. Aaron Simmonds and the Person that He Loves,has all the magic and wonder of HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE with all the terrible children's acting of HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE.