EdFringe is one of the highlights of the theatrical year, a month long festival celebrating emerging and established comedic talent. Acts from all over the world appear at this month long festival in Edinburgh, where a number of writers, actors and comedians have got their starts.
There are six months to go until EdFringe kicks off, but theatre-goers need not wait to see a variety of shows all in one place. Theatre festivals are popping up all over the country and London plays host to a number of theatre, film and comedy festivals almost monthly! Here are my picks for upcoming festivals this Spring.
25th January – 5th March 2017
Currently on at the Vaults in Waterloo, immerse yourself in an underground theatre at its finest. With six weeks of theatre ahead, there’s everything (and anything) on offer: from the immersive >taur_, to illegal 17th century plays in Droll and physical madcap adventure with the all female Great Train Robbery.
Dubbed ‘the people’s festival‘, this is not just a theatrical festival: it’s an experience. VAULT 2017 is a Festival of Festivals, with drama, music, films and parties to entice everyone underground, inviting you to ‘beam down beneath the surface and be part of it with us’.
The Festival at Hampstead Theatre
10th – 12th February 2017
From a two month long festival to a two day long festival! At Hampstead Festival, there’s something for all ages and interests here: you could take the kids to Stories with Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell and, if you’re feeling inspired, go on to hear about How to…Write a Children’s Book.
Other highlights include readings from Freddie Fox and talks with leading theatre figures, including Julian Fellowes and director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Plus, with discounts for Senior Citizens, Students, Under 30’s and children, and Festival Passes when booking 3, 5 or 8 shows, it’s an affordable affair!
4th – 12th March 2017
Following a successful run in 2016, Basic Space returns to Peckham for a week of site-sensitive theatre. Drawing inspiration from the space the performances in which will take place, these shows bring life to two safe-houses in Peckham.
One of my theatre picks from 2016, 2017 promises more worlds to explore. Be welcomed with the other guests into Laura and Dave’s new house in DRINKS, a theatrical immersive experience. Or venture into the unknown alone in Chronos, a one audience member experience with one ominous unread email as your guide…
Last year’s festival was ‘A revelation for traditional audiences and a revolution for site-sensitive theatre‘. And I can’t wait to see what’s in store this year…