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My five favourite fringe productions of 2016

There's been some cracking fringe theatre this year - there's also been some best forgotten but we'll gloss over that. These five favourites are taken from a list of more than 40 fringe plays I've seen this year (in no particular order):

Rotterdam, Trafalgar Studios 2

Fresh, contemporary, funny and packing emotional punch Rotterdam didn't shy away from exploring difficult issues.

Odd Shaped Balls, Red Lion Theatre

A powerful solo performance that managed to inject sensitivity and emotion into the testosterone-fuelled world of rugby.

A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing, Young Vic (The Maria)

Another powerful solo performance, Aoife Duffin had me hanging on every word of this bleak, unflinching story of a woman's relationships as she grows up.

Pigs and Dogs, Royal Court

In a year in which theatre land seems to have decided that serious = long, Pigs and Dogs proved the opposite. It was a powerful, punchy, revealing 15 minutes long.

Hamlet, Trafalgar Studios 2

If you are going to do fringe Shakespeare you need to be inventive as there are so many big budget, starry productions for comparison. This version was stripped down to a powerful 90 minutes focusing purely on the mental health of the prince. It was cleverly done.

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