Alpha Who? - Camden Fringe

London theatre news: Sunday 14 July 2019

Festivals - Off-West End - Shows

Playing as part of The Camden Fringe, theatre, dance, and visual art installation come together in Alpha Who?, an autobiographical exploration of one man's struggle with society's expectations of masculinity.
Alpha Who? at The Cockpit

Image courtesy Matt Franco

With 300 different productions to 'tempt and titillate' you, this year's Camden Fringe starts on the last day of this month and runs until 25 August.

27 venues are providing a varied and exciting programme for the 14th outing of this popular (and very affordable) festival.

You can check-out the full festival line-up and book tickets here.

Here's one of the shows on offer ...

Playing from 7 to 9 August at The Cockpit is Matt Franco's Alpha Who? which aims to explore what it means to be a man today.

Part theatre, part dance, and part visual art installation, Alpha Who? is a solo performance inspired by the writer's own personal experiences.

Every week 84 men take their own lives in the UK.

This statistic reflects how today's modern society is struggling to define masculinity.

After generations of masculine repression, men are now expected to be able to share their feelings and be vulnerable.

But how do they know how to share?

Delving into the reasons behind the silent mental health crisis men are experiencing today, creator Matt Franco explores gender identity, vulnerability, emotionality and the binary restrictions of feminine and masculine ideals.

As we meet the 'Truthful Self', the 'Control Freak', the 'Laid Back Guy', the 'Invasive Avoider' and the 'Child', Alpha Who? explores what other beings live inside us as we are taken on a journey to battle the cultural pressures to conform.

Here's the show trailer ...

Writer and performer Matt Franco commented ...

"I created Alpha Who? with the hope of helping young men to deal with their unspoken vulnerability, under the pressure of aged stereotypes of our Western society.

After too many people around me felt suicidal, I needed to explore why and how this modern disease is affecting us like never before."

The Matt Franco Collective brings together multicultural, multilingual and multidisciplinary international artists to create work high-quality work and multi-layered stories that connect with a global audience.

Alpha Who? is a collaboration between a London-trained Italian actor, a Polish composer, a Scottish director, a Berlin-based Italian set designer, sculptor and painter, and an English voice coach.


Matt Franco


Concept - Matt Franco

Direction - Gail Sixsmith

Scenography - Saverio Tonoli

Voice - Jonathan Dawes

Music Composition - Sabio Janiak

Sound - Matt Franco & Sabio Janiak

Light - Gail Sixsmith, Matt Franco, Saverio Tonoli

Costume - Ginevra Angiuli


The Cockpit

Gateforth Street


London NW8 8EH


7 to 9 August 2019 at 7pm

Running time - 60 minutes


£15 (£12 concession)


Alpha Who? - The Cockpit

The Camden Fringe

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