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Kings, Referendums, and Schizophrenia
Edinburgh's Fringe Festival will end on the 31st August, but the entertainment does not. The cultural event gives people in the performing arts a chance to showcase their (often experimental) work to the public. The festival opens doors to new shows and performers, and those who make a splash then go on to entertain the rest of the UK.
The Fringe Festival still has a week to go, but already, four shows have created enough buzz to make an appearance in London.
Spoiling begins on the 29th August and runs until the 13th September at the Stratford East. Written by John McCann, it is to be performed just days before the Scottish Referendum, and tells the story of Scotland's Foreign Minister who is about to give a speech outlining the newly-independent nation's relationship with the former UK. The only problem is, what she's been told to say by her party, and what she wants to say are in conflict. Tickets are £15 or £10 concessions.
Rona Munro's The James Plays won The Herald Fringe First Award and received five stars from The Daily Telegraph, who called it 'A feast of theatrical might and blistering emotion.'
It is a trilogy of plays that brings three generations of the Stewart Kings to life. The plays are to be performed at the Olivier Theatre from the 10th September - 29th October. The plays stand alone and seats cost £15-£35. Alternatively, you can buy tickets for all three shows for £45.
As soon as The James Plays walks off the stage, This is how we Die steps on. Written by Christopher Brett Bailey, the show will be performed from the 29th October - 14th November at Battersea Arts Centre. It received a four-star review from The Guardian, who called it 'An absurd road movie of the soul cut with a razor wit and bubbling paranoia.' Tickets are £12 or £9 concessions.
Also at Battersea Arts Centre is The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland. Running from 14th – 18th October, tickets are £15 or £12 concessions. The drama is about a mother and son who are both recovering from schizophrenia. It is performed in a unique way, as the interconnected stories are performed in two adjoining auditoriums. Audiences will watch one performance, and be able to hear (but not see) the other. At half-timem the audience will then switch places, and the performance will be replayed.