• Just three weeks to go until the start of this year’s Camden Fringe. The annual theatre festival has gone “global” this year and will span venues from Bloomsbury in the south to Highgate up north... including some obscure ones. As well as conventional stages like Upstairs at the Gatehouse and the New Diorama, performances will take place in the Lomax car park, Camden Town, and St Martin’s Gardens in Pratt Street. At the launch party at the Sheephaven Bay pub – another festival venue – on Wednesday night, actors and directors sipped wine with Camden Council’s senior arts development officer Chris Mellor and the festival’s founders, Michelle Flower and Zena Barrie. To book tickets for the Camden Fringe call 08444 77 1000.
• Former Camden Mayor and patron of Westminster Kingsway College’s (WKC) Camden Community Learning programme, councillor Roger Robinson, enjoyed readings of a selection of plays written by over-60s playwrights at an event at Swiss Cottage Library. WKC classes, where budding writers over 60 can hone their skills, are funded by Camden Council. They take place at the Swiss Cottage Community Centre on Wednesdays from 2-4pm.
• Highgate resident Tim McArthur will be joined by West End stars when he directs and performs in Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, a celebration of the music and lyrics of American songwriting legends Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart at the Jermyn Street Theatre later this month. This romantic, toe-tapping, nostalgic musical journey takes you back to the stylish days of the 1930s. The show runs from July 26 until August 13.
Published: 14 July, 2011
by JOSH LOEB