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London fringe theatre news round up - Halloween treats, pub Shakespeare and more

Louise Orwin by Field and McGlynn_02 EXTRA COLOUR_sml1HALLOWEEN THEATRE: All Hallows Eve is nearly here and where better to spend it than at the atmospheric Wilton’s Music Hall, where Extempore Theatre & Something for the Weekend present The Society of Strange – the creepiest, strangest and most macabre of tales in a hilariously twisted improv show guaranteed to give you goosebumps…..Details and tickets on the Wilton's website.

MORE HALLOWEEN THEATRE: The children of Time + Space are being hunted. Terrorized by a dark and enigmatic figure. A monster feeding on blood, bones, and Fear itself...  LIONS + TIGERS + BEARS features 5 actors conjuring up more than 40 characters throughout the ages and across dimensions, including a Victorian schoolgirl, a really sh*t zookeeper, a lobotomist, Myra Hindley, a robotic nurse, a chorus line, Adolf Hitler, vampires, a computer virus, and a tree. It's delightfully deranged, slightly unwholesome, totally questionable family entertainment that's completely unsuitable for children. Catch it at Theatre N16 in Balham from Oct 30 to Nov 3.

PROVOCATIVE THEATRE One of the most talked about, witty and provocative theatre shows currently touring the country comes to London’s Pleasance Theatre on 24 and 25 November. In the sixties, French new wave filmmaker Jean Luc Godard famously claimed that all he needed to make a film was a girl and a gun. Artist and theatremaker Louise Orwin, a big fan of his films, got to thinking about this and how the media’s portrayal of women has moved on in the 50 odd years since he made his claim. A Girl & A Gun is a witty, fun yet unflinchingly provocative look at the relationship between women and violence in media, starring Orwin and a different male performer at each show.

PUB SHAKESPEARE Fox and Chips brings its Pub Brawl Shakespeare: Hamlet to the Pack and Carriage in Camden. NW1. It plays Mondays and Tuesdays until 15th Dec for details and to book head to the Fox and Chips productions website.

SHAKESPEARE INSPIRED Two London boroughs both alike in poverty, south and east – she’s from E8 and he’s from southeast, where Intermission Youth Theatre tell their tale. These two lovers fight for their love despite the backlash of each hood. Through drama, Intermission Youth Theatre engages young people from London’s inner-city communities who are at risk of offending or who lack opportunity and introduces them to Shakespeare, arguably one of the best story-tellers of all time. Love Me To Death is on at St Saviours Church in Knightsbridge from Oct 26 to Nov 19.

INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE A House Repeated by Seth Kriebel is back by popular demand after a sell out run last year. It's an interactive performance-game made for Battersea Arts Centre’s old town hall where Seth has meticulously memorised every nook and cranny of the 80-room building before inviting audiences to explore it without leaving their seats. It runs at BAC from Oct 18 to Oct 29.

 

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