Whilst August is well known across the UK as the month of the Edinburgh Fringe, but whilst Scotland is partying every night for a month, the Camden Fringe is also on. I was out of the country for a good third of the month so I’ve been playing catchup ever since. To the point where until I didn’t see a Camden Fringe show until the 18th. Two days ago. The German Girls reveals a side to the Nazi occupation of Europe that I’d never considered before – the lives of those in Copenhagen.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love Mischief Theatre – I’ve seen The Play That Goes Wrong in the West End and on tour, and I’ve seen The Comedy About A Bank Robbery twice in the West End. Unfortunately I missed out on their latest show when it had a brief run at the Arts Theatre over Christmas, but I was able to catch Mischief Movie Night at the Curve Theatre last night.
I really enjoyed the first series of How To Get Away With Murder, and despite never getting around to watching the second (or any of the others), I was eager to catch Afred Enoch’s West End debut in Red. In 2009, John Logan’s play Red opened at the Donmar Warehouse starring Alfred Molina and made a direct transfer to Broadway, winner of six Tony Awards including Best New Play, and earning Molina a Tony nomination for Best Actor In A Play. But until last month, Red had reached the West End.
Immersive theatre doesn’t sit well with me a lot of the time. Whilst I always want to be as involved in the show as I can be, I want the fourth wall to stay very firmly up in a sense that I don’t want to be part of the production. Apart from when I got to sing ‘Ride Sally Ride’ into the microphone that Killian Donnelly thrust in my face during Mustang Sally at the end of The Commitments. I was very much okay when it came to being that close to the newly announced touring Jean Valjean in Les Mis. It put me off seeing Trainspotting as I’d heard bizarre things about it, but there was something about Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre that intrigued me. Immersive Shakespeare seemed like something I had to learn a little more about.
I’d been interested in seeing The Ferryman since reading rave reviews in the autumn after its transfer from the Royal Court. 3 West End extensions and 3 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, later I had to get around to seeing it before it closed (in just five days time).
One of my favourite shows of 2017 was The Play That Goes Wrong. I love everything that I’ve seen from Mischief Theatre, and with The Play That Goes Wrong playing at Milton Keynes Theatre this week, I was very excited to get to relive the magic all over again.