Camden Fringe returns with more shows than Edinburgh
- Credit: Supplied
By a strange turn of coronavirus fate, this year's Camden Fringe will be bigger than the globally renowned Edinburgh Fringe.
Due to Covid restrictions, the north London festival of performance, theatre and comedy is currently due to host 261 acts, compared to 179 in the Scottish capital - down from the usual 3,500.
Zena Barrie co-founded the Camden fringe with Michelle Flower in 2006 to offer a London-based alternative for performers unable or unwilling to travel north.
She promises there will be something to “blow your mind” in 2021 with famous faces including Joe Thomas of The Inbetweeners, and Sara Barron who has featured on Live At The Apollo. Other events include an outdoor escape room, a one woman show called I Miss Amy Winehouse, as well as a sizeable online offer. And they are still taking applications for the Fringe which runs August 2-29.
"There's definitely a few mentions of Covid, and self isolation," she said. "A lot of people during lockdown have been stuck in their houses writing shows. Covid and furlough have given them the impetus to write when they might not have had time before - perhaps something that's been on their mind for a while."
You may also want to watch:
Over the years the festival has grown to include theatre, comedy, dance, poetry and mentalism in a range of venues from Aces and Eights in Tufnell Park to The Hen and Chickens and Hope in Islington, to pub theatres ETCETERA, Camden People's Theatre and Upstairs at The Gatehouse in Highgate.
Ever a champion of innovation, one play The Emoji Project is billed as “an intergenerational, participatory anthology of new writing responding to emojis as an ever-evolving, nuanced language”. And online film Judas, takes an edgy, un-PC look at Jesus and his disciples.
- 1 Golders Green Hippodrome sold as Islamic centre plan abandoned
- 2 Dusty Springfield to Doris Lessing: A dive into West Hampstead history
- 3 Richard Ratcliffe on hunger strike over government failure to secure Nazanin's release
- 4 'From Archway to Selfridges… The Toy Project'
- 5 Hundreds gather on Primrose Hill to mourn Nicole Hurley
- 6 Guilty: Kentish Town man convicted of murdering Jack Ampadu
- 7 'As a welcoming, tolerant and caring community, we have all lost'
- 8 Christmas at Kenwood light trail gets go-ahead
- 9 MP bemoans closure of Lloyds Bank in Muswell Hill
- 10 Top spooky Halloween events in Hampstead and Highgate
Barrie says they hope to operate at full capacity and strict cleaning measures in place and will make the fringe experience “as safe as possible”.
Having not been awarded the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund nor qualified for the furlough scheme, she added. “We have brought ourselves back from the brink."