The Camden Fringe, which takes place in the famous borough in Inner London, was founded by Zena Barrie and Michelle Flower to provide an alternative to the Edinburgh Fringe. The first Camden Fringe occurred in 2006 at the Etcetera Theatre, and has grown steadily since. In 2009, over 10,500 tickets were sold for almost 400 performances over four venues.
This year, the Camden Fringe will take place from the 1st to the 28th August, throughout the entire borough, from Highgate to Bloomsbury. There’ll be a wide range of performances: stand-up comedy, revivals of classical plays, new stage productions, opera, dance, and musical comedy. Tickets start at just £5.
One indication of the Camden Fringe’s growth is the amount and variety of venues this year—seventeen, from Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate and in two spaces at RADA in Bloomsbury. Shows will also take place in theatres and pubs, as well as in more unusual spaces such as parks and car parks.
There’ll be a wide variety of acts and performances at the Camden Fringe this year. For example, female ensemble Get Over It Productions, who has been putting on innovative revivals each year the Camden Fringe has taken place, will perform their version of ‘A Midsummer’s Nights Dream’ in Japanese neo-geisha style. David Ralfe will also perform his solo show “Hamster Town.” Bright Club out of UCL will conduct some of their variety and expert talks at three different times during the Camden Fringe. There’ll be some great comedy all month long: Scott Capurro, Luke Toulson, and Alys Torrance with her quirky storytelling. There should be something for everyone.
Like the more prestigious Edinburgh Fringe, the Camden Fringe seeks to highlight performers who wouldn’t be welcomed in other venues and settings. Its goal is to provide opportunities for performers, and to expose the public to new acts. The Camden Fringe may not be as prestigious as its counterpart in the south, but it has been steadily growing, and is sure to be even bigger this year.
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