Published: 29 July 2010
by JOSH LOEB
• THE Camden Fringe is by any measure one of the biggest events in north London’s theatre diary, with well over 200 shows across eight venues throughout August – and the fun kicks off on Monday. My spies have been dispatched to track down the best talent and this newspaper is running a competition to find the best comedy at this year’s festival. But for now here’s a few of the shows I’m most looking forward to: Occasionally Ovid, August 9-14 at the Etcetera Theatre, 3pm (dark, manic, raunchy puppetry based on Greek myths); Hecuba at the New Diorama Theatre, August 10-14, 17-21 and 24-28, 8pm (Euripides’ bloodfest); Desiree Burch: 52 Man Pickup, August 16-19 and 21, 10.15pm, Camden Head (uproarious tales of sex and survival from the underbelly of New York); The Iliad, August 26-29, 7.45pm at the Camden People’s Theatre (the mother of all battles, as told by Homer).
• And look out for The Fix, a web-based magazine that puts on club nights and which this paper is teaming up with to cover the comedy side of the Fringe. The site – brainchild of Camden Town-based comedy promoter Harry Deansway – pulls in big names, and big crowds if last Friday at the Camden Head was anything to go by. Award-winning performance poet Tim Key headlined, shooting down hecklers and sparking laughter explosions with his story about a girl he fancied being sliced in half by Tube train doors and a poem about Guess Who. The Fix is running a series of nights at the Camden Fringe and in Edinburgh this summer. The Camden shows are on Fridays throughout August (6, 13, 20 and 27) at the Camden Head, Camden High Street, at 10.15pm. For tickets to Camden Fringe shows call 08444 77 1000