Clapham Fringe Festival 2019

London theatre news: Wednesday 28 August 2019

Festivals - Performing arts

Clapham Fringe Festival will be back for its 5th incarnation at The Bread & Roses Theatre from 26 September to 13 October.
Clapham Fringe Festival 2019 at the The Bread & Roses Theatre

Image courtesy The Bread & Roses Theatre

Now in its fifth year, the Clapham Fringe is a performing arts festival taking place at The Bread & Roses Theatre from 26 September to 13 October 2019.

This year's festival boasts a wide variety of shows including theatre, comedy, storytelling and cabaret.

Starting this year, the Clapham Fringe aims to have a yearly festival focus - the motif for this year being "Beyond Borders".

With something for everyone at this growing festival the Clapham Fringe is a great opportunity to discover and experience an exciting lineup in the vibrant South West London area.

The Bread & Roses Theatre is an innovative and award-winning fringe pub theatre, located upstairs at the Bread & Roses Pub in Clapham, and within walking distance of several Tube and Overground stations in London Travel Zone 2.

The 50-seat fringe theatre venue programs a wide-spread variety of productions.

Equality, diversity and artistic quality are at the forefront of the theatre's programming, whilst also providing theatre-makers with a space to develop and present their work on a box office split basis, rather than charging upfront hire fees.

The Clapham Fringe is run by the venue's founders, Rebecca Pryle and Tessa Hart, the theatre's Artistic Director Velenzia Spearpoint and Associate Producer Ella Gamble.

Brief details of each show in this year's festival are given below (book tickets here):

Baby - written by Rebecca Saffir & directed by Jenny Horsthuis

Thursday 26th September at 7pm

Baby is a funny, moving exploration of what it means to be a grown-up, what it means to believe in something, and what it means to love.

Tickets: £12, £10

Running Time: 60 minutes 15+.

Strong language, sexual references, drug use, discussion of abortion.

By the Light of the Moon - by Shea Donovan & Indigo Arts Collective

Thursday 26th September at 9pm & Sunday 13th October at 3pm

By the Light of the Moon"presents us with questions about gender, mental health and the institutional suppression of the female voice.

Tickets: £12,£10

Running Time: 30 minutes

Coco's Adventures - by Apis Studios

Saturday 28th September at 3pm & Saturday 5th October at 3pm

A solo performer show which takes children on a fun journey around (half of) the world, presenting the visited country's music and culture.

Tickets: £5, £3

Running Time: 30 minutes

Mercy - written by Mandi Riggi & directed by Nicky Allpress

Friday 27th September at 7pm Saturday & 28th September at 7pm

Amireh, the headstrong matriarch of a British-Iranian family is given only months to live. With the assistance of an idealistic psychiatrist and newfound spirituality, she designs her own death ceremony

Tickets: £8, £5

Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes


Bad language.

Mama G's Story Time Roadshow - by Robert Pearce & directed by Amee Smith Sunday 29th September at 3pm & Sunday 6th October at 3pm

Combining panto, drag and the art of storytelling this all-singing, partial-dancing extravaganza is filled with stories about being who you are and loving who you want.

Tickets: £8, £6

Running Time: 60 minutes

Ages 4+

Tits, Teeth & Twat - written & directed by Mesha Maria Wright & Bethany Parker Sunday 29th September at 9pm, Sunday 6th October at 9pm, Sunday 13th October at 9pm

Mid-life crisis? Forget that! Join us, two twenty-three-year-olds, as we dissect issues that have resulted in our quarter-life crisis.

Tickets: £8

Running Time: 50 minutes


Adult themes and strong language throughout.

Artorigus - written by Ross Stephenson & directed by Tom Plenderleith

Monday 30th September at 7pm & Tuesday 1st October at 7pm

Written in Iambic Pentameter, this modern adaptation of the Legends of King Arthur explores the themes of idleness, betrayal and love.

Tickets: £10, £8

Running Time: 55 minutes 15'.

Adult Themes, Violence.

The Luncheon - written & directed by Kace Monney & Luis Amália

Monday 30th September at 9pm & Tuesday 1st October at 9pm

A surreal award nominated play which explores space, time and matter over the course of one lunch.

All we know is that everything will go on as long as they keep eating.

Tickets: £5 Running Time: 60 minutes


Bad language, partial nudity, adult themes.

The Gravy Bunch - by Isaac Rowan & Tom Plenderleith & directed by Ben Reid Wednesday 2nd October at 7pm & Thursday 3rd October at 7pm

A working class northern family have been working as a unit for over 15 years without the presence of their father but it all begins to go wrong he tries to get in touch.

Tickets: £10, £8

Running Time: 45 minutes.

Some strong language.

The Wild Flesh - by Wildly Theatre

Friday 4th October at 5pm & Saturday 5th October at 5pm

The Wild Flesh is a devised piece of theatre exploring how women have been brought up to believe certain things about their body image.

Tickets: £10, £8

Running Time: 60 minutes


Adult themes.

Most Notorious - by Daisy Horan and Ollie Clark & directed by Isla Jeffery

Friday 4th October, Saturday 5th October & Sunday 6th October at 7pm

A show about making your mark, about leaving a dent in history and not letting any constraints hold you back, all set to an upbeat tapestry of genre-defying musical styles.

Tickets: £10

Running Time: 60 minutes

Human Issue - written & directed by Dean Moynihan

Sunday 6th October at 5pm

Human Issue is a one man metal theatrical play about an unemployed stand up comedian who's experiencing issues that put him in a high risk of the most common cause of death in men in the UK.

Tickets: £12

Running Time: 60 minutes


Themes around suicide.

We Used To Play Together - written & directed by Darrel Draper

Monday 7th October & Tuesday 8th October at 7pm

Rory and Tom shared a child hood. But both grew up and moved on. Now Rory is in prison for 'aggravated' assault while Tom is left on the outside wondering why.

Tickets: £12, £10

Running Time: 60 minutes


Strong Language, implied violence and sexual discussion.

All Aboard! At Termination Station - by Lilly Burton

Monday 7th October & Tuesday 8th October at 9pm

All Aboard! At Termination Station is a comedy cabaret about Abortion...obvs! This is a bracing, booming and brash autobiographical tale of pro-choice; it's personal, not political.

Tickets: £7.50

Running Time: 60 minutes


Could contain triggering content

Is That All There Is? - by Rosie Sharp & Anna McKelvie directed by Ela Yalcin Wednesday 9th October & Thursday 10th October at 7pm

The dreaded Apeno virus has wiped out nearly half the Earth's population and drastic measures were taken. Now under the dictatorship of Mildred Damion, Britain faces new, gender-idealistic ruling.

Tickets: £9, £7

Running Time: 50 minutes


Graphic Content and Adult Themes

Follow My Fingers - written & directed by Hannah West

Wednesday 9th October & Thursday 10th October at 9pm

A story about four women who embark on a road trip to Argentina. As they journey together they learn about nature, culture, god, and friendship until a traumatic incident puts all of this to the test.

Tickets: £12, £10

Running Time: 60 minutes


Trigger Warning: contains information and descriptions of people involved in an accident and struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Strobe lighting may be used.

Just Eat - by Overload Theatre

Friday 11th October at 5pm

An unconventional show revealing the true recipe of self-hatred. Five different personal struggles served on a bed of autobiography with songs on the side and a promise to get you to that target weight.

Tickets: £10, £8

Running Time: 55 minutes


Eating disorder triggers, bad language, sexual references, strobe

Grappling - by Maddie Haynes & directed by Sarah Teale

Friday 11th October, Saturday 12th October & Sunday 13th October at 7pm

All Maddie wants is soft skin and a black belt in judo. And then the sex doll arrives. This is a story about women who get treated like things, and things that get treated like women.

Tickets: £8, £6

Running Time: 55 minutes


Mention of sexual assault, strong language, simulated nudity.

Smashing It! The capitalist patriarchy gameshow - by Helen Sulis Bowie Saturday 12th October at 3pm

Smashing It! is an interactive comedy gameshow about life under a capitalist patriarchy. Play along to defeat the system and emerge victorious. Expect games, jingles, barely contained rage ... and prizes!

Tickets: £6

Running Time: 45 minutes


Strong language, descriptions of violence

The Signalman - adapted by Martin Malcolm & directed by Sam Raffal

Saturday 12th October & Sunday 13th October at 5pm

A signalman is haunted by a mysterious figure standing at the mouth of a train tunnel. He's sure it's a warning - but what is he warning against? The Signalman was Charles Dickens's final completed work.

Tickets: £10, £8

Running Time: 45 minutes


The production contains flashing lights and loud sounds

CAM GIRL - by Platinum Sugar Productions

Wednesday October 2nd & Thursday Oct 3 at 9pm

Cam Girl is a rude, risky and raunchy commentary on millennials, stereotypes and misguided fourth wave feminism. Cam Girl goes beyond the borders of acceptable; it's not at all how ladies should behave.

Tickets: £10

Running Time: 1 hour

Strong language and themes of a sexual nature, some violence and drug use

Apocalypse Wow - by NINAA ltd

Friday 27th September & Saturday 28th September at 5pm

It's the end of the world outside. Luckily, or unluckily, 2 women survived

the nuclear bomb, inside what used to be a former bank/shelter : the Luxury Bags Boutique.

Tickets: £12

Running Time: 55 minutes

Ages 12+.

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