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London fringe theatre news round up

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* Still Ill, a play which looks at psychosomatic illness and has been devised with the help of real sufferers, opens at the New Diorama Theatre on Nov 1 until Nov 19: Like many young actors, Sophie earns extra money by playing a ‘patient’ for medical students to practise on. But as her career begins to take off and she gets the job of a lifetime in a TV medical drama, her body begins to betray her. This time, the symptoms are all too real.

* The Canal Cafe Theatre in Little Venice kicks off a season of American plays with Driving Miss Daisy which runs from 18 Oct to 5 Nov. This ‘tramersive’ production (staged in traverse with that action happening in and around the audience too) is a fresh look at Uhry’s classic play.

* Orson Welles first play Bright Lucifer kicks off a series called Lost Classics at the The White Bear Theatre in Kennington in November. The play runs from Nov 8 to Dec 3: Jack Flynn’s in movies – “creature features” – quite the celebrity, as far as men in rubber masks go. Celebrity enough that when his wife disappears in a flurry of sex scandals and drug parties, his face ends up on front pages. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, Jack retreats from the world with his brother Bill to an isolated family cabin, planning a long weekend of whisky, fishing and brotherly love. All doesn’t go to plan. As the brothers descend into madness and paranoia, only one question matters; who or what is Eldred Brand?

* The Right Ballerina makes its London premiere at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington after making its debut at The Lowry in Salford. It runs from Oct 11 - 22 and is described as a new play that eviscerates our perception of right/left wing politics. The play is inspired by the real life case of Simone Clarke, a ballerina with the English National Ballet who was “outed” as a BNP member in 2006.

* Fives Guy's Chillin' arrives at the King's Head in Islington from 15 Oct to 5 Nov. It's a verbatim play about the gay chill out scene and follows a run at the Edinburgh Fringe and off Broadway.

* Maud Dromgoole's Acorn opens at the Courtyard Theatre on 4 Oct until 29 Oct. It radically re-imagines two mythic women in a play that explores the power of stories, and how we come to write our own. Combining dark humour with lyricism, fury and wit, projection and an original score, Acorn is an all-female underworld myth for a modern age.

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