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Written for Everything Theatre

This new reworking of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca, by Becca Marriott and King’s Head Theatre artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher, is set in Paris during World War Two. Painter Marius, played by Martin Lindau on press night, has agreed to hide a Jewish man escaped from prison. Unfortunately, Marius has already attracted the attention of Nazi officer Scarpia (Przemyslaw Baranek), who also happens to have the hots for Marius’ girlfriend, the titular opera singer Tosca (Philippa Boyle).

Written for Everything Theatre

I struggle to decide which topic I know less about: opera or football. So I definitely felt like I was going in at the deep end, when I arrived at the Union Chapel for the opening night of Fever Pitch the Opera, by local company Highbury Opera Theatre. The show is adapted from the book of the same title by Nick Hornby, who is well known for immortalising the Highbury and Islington area in his works (see also About a Boy and Slam, for example). Fever Pitch follows main character Gooner, from his first introduction to professional football as a young boy, through the ups and downs in both his own and Arsenal’s fortunes.

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.