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COMING SOON My London fringe theatre picks

Haven't seen any of these but they do sound good...

Pop Up Opera's I Capuleti e I Montecchi

DOUBLE BILL As part of its Cash, Capitalism and Corporations season, Battersea Arts Centre has two plays which can be seen individually or as a double bill. DenMarked by Conrad Murray (22 Feb – 11 Mar) is an autobiographical hip hop theatre show featuring live mixed segments of beatbox, guitar and Shakespeare-infused storytelling.  And Fire in the Machine by Sounds Like Chaos (22 Feb – 4 Mar) is a show by young people from in and around Deptford that tackles outdated values of the education system, set within a warped 1980s karaoke party.

OPERA First opera I saw was Pop Up Opera's Cosi Fan Tutte performed in a room over a pub in Mayfair and I really enjoyed it. They are bringing their version of I Capuleti e I Montecchi (sung in Italian with English captions) to The Vaults where it conjures an atmospheric and intimate environment that places spectators at the heart of Bellini's moving love story. If you've not seen an opera before this is a inexpensive way of trying it out. Mar 20-23, The Vaults.

FEMALE TAMBURLAINE Christopher Marlowe was only 23 when he wrote, Tamburlaine, an electrifying theatrical study of tyranny and ambition  Some 430 years later Yellow Earth Theatre bring this rarely performed, complex drama to the Arcola Theatre with Lourdes Faberes taking the lead. 15 Mar - 8 Apr, 8pm start with a run time of approximately 2 hours plus interval.

MENTAL HEALTH Toby Boutall's debut play, centred on masculinity stigmas and male mental health, heads to Theatre N16 for an exclusive 4 performances. In the piece, the audience meet Will, a follow a day in his life – but how will it end? Tackling the thorny issue of the ever-rising male suicide, this new dark comedy examines the way men treat themselves (and each other) in the 21st century. Feb 19 - 22, Theatre N16, Balham.

DEMENTIA EXAMINED 'In Other Words' is Matthew Seager's writing debut and is a two-hander and spans 50 years of a couple's relationship, dipping in and out of the past and present, and exploring the power of music as one half of the couple's mind begins being affected by dementia. Hope Theatre, Islington 28 Feb - 18 Mar.

WITCH TRIALS From award-winning playwright, Timothy N.Evers, comes the story of Agnes Sampson, a Scottish woman falsely accused of witchcraft in 1591. Tortured. Beaten. Forced to confess her guilt. But Agnes has powers she was not aware of. Where had they come from? And how did she suddenly know the secrets of James VI’s private life? The Witches Mark is part of the Celtic Season at the Vaults Festival, Waterloo 1-5 Mar 6.15-7.15pm