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Written for Everything Theatre

When you venture into the Underbelly, you can usually be sure of one thing: it’s not going to be a boring evening. Playing here for one night only, Iconic: A Brief History of Drag is no exception to that rule. Ian Stroughair, in his alter ego of the spectacular Velma Celli, takes the audience on a whirlwind tour around some of the most recognisable moments in the history of drag. From Freddie Mercury’s black leather skirt and fishnet stockings in I Want to Break Free to Rocky Horror’s Doctor Frank N. Furter, Iconic features powerful vocal performances, a lot of cheeky fun, and a couple of surprisingly moving moments. Oh, and audience participation of course.

Written for Everything Theatre

Perhaps a bit of an odd one out in this year’s Camden Fringe programme is Persuasion: A Musical Drama, playing for one night only at the Shaw Theatre. Performed by Chamber Opera Tours from Chicago, this operetta set the plot of Jane Austen’s novel to a selection of classical music pieces by the likes of Handel and Beethoven.

Written for Everything Theatre

Three short plays, all monologues, all written and performed by women. That is the concept behind Loquitur Theatre’s Fémage àTrois, which makes a quick stop at The Bunker before moving up north to Edinburgh. Last year’s incarnation was well received and so the company has created a 2017 version, featuring new playwrights and new stories.

Written for Everything Theatre

On Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, a visit to the Finborough Theatre will take you back to 1950s rural Scotland. To be precise, it will drop you into the fictional mining village of Crult, where Mr Gillie is the headmaster of the small school, and where his radical ideas about education are not always appreciated by his neighbours or the education board. Gillie’s track record with students he has encouraged to go out and follow their dreams is more miss than hit; one of his ex-prodigies, for example, has indeed made his way down to London – all the way to Wandsworth Prison. So when Gillie’s latest pet project Tom, with girlfriend Nelly in tow, decides to go to the big city to become a famous playwright, Gillie’s position becomes rather precarious.

Written for Everything Theatre

Ramps on the Moon is a long-term collaboration between a number of theatres and theatre companies that aim to create shows that are accessible by and inclusive of people who are d/Deaf, disabled and visually impaired. On their latest outing, The Who’s 1969 rock opera is given a vigorous makeover that mercilessly ties the story, starting in WWII, to the present day.