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London fringe theatre news round up

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One Last Thing For Now, Old Red Lion

GENDER & RACE Am I black enough? straight enough? Jamaican enough? Created and performed by performance artist Rachael Young in collaboration with dance artist and choreographer Dwayne Antony, OUT examines and explores the stigmas associated to queerness and gender conformity within the black community. It's touring but has a short run at the Yard Theatre in Hackney from Feb 14-18 and is a 9pm start.

WOMEN'S FOOTBALL It is 1881. It is 1921. It is 2017. Four women from across the centuries live, breathe, and play football. Whilst each of them face very different obstacles in pursuing their dream profession, the possibility that the beautiful game will change their futures - and the world - is tantalisingly close. Offside is told through lyrical dialogue, poetry, and prose, placing the audience on the touchline of the game of a lifetime and its tour include a stint at Clapham Ominbus Mar 27-28.

WRITER IN CAPTIVITY Borrowing from some of his work and real events Don Quixote in Algiers tells of story of when writer Miguel de Cervantes was captured by pirates, examining truth, identity and freedom.  White Bear Theatre in Kennington 7 Feb - 4 Mar.

TOP TRUMPS At Theatre503 in Battersea there is a week of plays in which playwrights respond to the election of Donald Trump as president of the US. Timed to coincide with his inauguration, each show will feature 12 short plays including work by Caryl Churhill, Neil LaBute and Roy Williams. Theatre503 19-21 January.

PUB OPERA This is a great way to see opera on a budge or even try it out if you've not seen one before. The King's Head in Islington has growing reputation for its opera and coming up next is Madame Butterfly. Butterfly is a Japanese teenager trapped working in a maid's cafe in 21st Century Nagasaki. She has a chance to change her life when she meets an American Lieutenant. She believes they are marrying for love. Can she become a real wife in the eyes of this man, who sees her as a temporary plaything? Feb 8 - Mar 18.

LOVE LETTERS Althea Theatre's piece One Last Thing For Now is inspired by love letters written during times of conflict across the world from. An international ensemble perform in English and their native tongue. Old Red Lion, Islington 7-25 Mar.

BLACK COMEDY Beau Brummell was the original ‘celebrity’ but is largely forgotten now. He revolutionised fashion, style and attitude in the early 19th Century and Jermyn Street, Bond Street and Savile Row exist largely because of his patronage of London’s tailors. Ron Hutchinson has refreshed his play Beau Brummell - An Elegant Madness to resonate with modern celebrity obsession. Jermyn Street Theatre Feb 13 - Mar 11.

 

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