Well, don’t worry theatre family, throughout this week until 30thof 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 response. We definitely have some blockbusters here. So, feast your senses and join us next week for a great line up of exciting shows!
EAT YOUR HEART OUT
by Alastair Curtis
Directed by Philippa Lawford
July 27 – 28, 7 pm
Calorie-counting, weight-watching, clean-eating. Bel is in control but she wants out of it.
Bel Jones is 17 and fearless. Bel has a huge hunger for life - until she begins to lose her appetite. Devised by eating disorder sufferers and survivors, Eat Your Heart Outis an account of teenage obsession and addiction. It is also an urgent and uplifting appeal for self-acceptance. Expect balloons, smarties and bad behaviour. A classic coming-of-age story, Diary of a Teenage Girl-style, with a new and daring spin.
SAMEENA ZEHRA - EXISTERHOOD
by Sameena Zehra
July 28 – 5 pm
Power balances are shifting, but can we get rid of all the arsebisucits without becoming arsebiscuits ourselves?
In her first new solo show in 2 years, Zehra is back doing what she does best; a goulash of storytelling and political commentary, peppered with absurdity, dark humour and personal context. Sameena Zehra ‘creates an intimate atmosphere with all the warmth, energy and enthusiasm of a full house at the Apollo’ (The Age, Melbourne) and from The Herald (Scotland) ‘...the unsurpressed anger of Denis Leary… the political heart of Bill Hicks…funny, fiery, brave and true'.
SHIRLEY: OR THE INEXPLICABLE QUESTION OF GOD’S ACTIONS
by India Jaques
Directed by Flavia Casà
July 29, 3 pm
When things don’t go according to plant.
This play begins, as much of life does, with ‘God’ trapping people on a stage, with the help of his side-kick, Shirley. Three actors, to be exact. Bill, Brian, and Bob must learn to tame their tempers, mend their loneliness and confront their fears. ‘God’ plays a bit of a trick on them. Yes, he (she?) is bored too, sometimes. And has a temper, and is lonely, and has fears. The result, well, the 3 B’s rediscover new parts of themselves, in the form of the female body. Maybe as women they’ll have more of a chance to get out.
SHIRLEY is what happens if “White Chicks” actually turned into women, and were stuck in “Panic Room". Will they ever escape?
Lost in Thought
by Lucy Danser
Directed by Helena Jackson
When she was 13 years old, Malala faced down the Taliban and inspired women around the globe. I’m 21 years old and because I can’t even face down my own thoughts I’m stuck in a toilet in Shoreditch. Inspiring absolutely bloody nobody.
LOST IN THOUGHT is a new play by Lucy Danser, drawn both from extensive research and her first-hand experience of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is thought-provoking and an empathetic exploration of a condition more often used as a flippant punchline, than truly understood as a life-altering neurological disorder.Directed by King's Head Junior Associate Helena Jackson (★★★★★EdFest for ‘Around the World in 80 Days’) and has been developed with Soho Theatre's Young Company. OCD: Not just for neat freaks.
John & Claire Lenahan
Loud & Louder
JULY 30, 7 PM
Prepare for loud and get ready for louder with some extra shouty thrown in for good measure. Volume, comedy and an incredible talent for magic are the three main things that run in the Lenahan family. You will be amazed as this fantastical, relatable (did we mention loud?) duo thrill your senses with a seamless, seam-bursting blend of Comedy, Magic, Escapology, Mind Reading, Cannibalism and Lion Taming (pending permission from Edinburgh Zoo).
John Lenahan has been a stalwart of the UK stage and TV for over three decades.
Magician in training Claire Lenahan burst onto the comedy circuit since 2015 and stole her uncle’s act until he found out about it. She aspires to one day play a talking drink dispenser in a period drama. “If there is a better sleight-of-hand merchant than this politely sardonic Philadelphian, I’ve yet to encounter them.” London Evening Standard
HAPPY ZAPPY HOUR! – FOR TROOPERS
by Jody Deane
July 30 – 9 pm
Being authentic in the moment, it's all he's ever wanted. Step into the comedy that is Jody and his ridiculous take on life. Let him show you a world of hilarious characters. Meet grandparents who celebrate RAF, Empire, tea and crossword. Witness musings on metaphysics, Saxons, and becoming a hipster Frenchman. There’s a vegan street MC bEEtboxer. Things get edgy. But always with love and a fake smile. In this hilarious blend of stand-up, clown, storytelling, improv, character comedy and fooling. Present in the ridiculous, you'll giggle, you'll laugh, and anything can happen!