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Etcetera Theatre

above the Oxford Arms

265 Camden High Street

London NW1 7BU

 

Box Office:  Click here or on title for direct link

Profile of Etcetera Theatre here

 

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER

 

 

Freedom To Be Me

4-7 October

 

FREEDOM TO BE ME will, with humor and drama, expose the fight to be oneself.

A sketch show with original music devised by the company focusing on the struggles of men and women to be taken seriously despite sexism, exploitation and put downs.

If someone stands out as different - gay, ginger, short, unladylike or weedy - they can be subject to abuse, piss-taking and worse.

Prejudice and suppression exist in many forms. The woman who won’t dress provocatively or prefers career to motherhood; the middle child, house father or loner are a threat to the conformists and must be redirected.

The competitive, the jealous, the control freak create the rules and use obvious and devious methods to impose them. No doubt much is ignorance and misunderstandings. But, the damage can be permanent.  

 

The Story-Yeller

8 October

 

The Story-yellers is a show where comedians, actors and musicians tell a story about whatever they want. The only rule is, at some point, they have to start yelling. This week’s line up: Amber Tozer, Tim Arthur, Maria Shehata, Joe Tracini and Patti Clare.

 

I DANCED WITH MY FATHER

9-11 October

 

A stormy Friday night and Clodagh and her husband Joe decide to rehearse Clodagh’s funeral wake only to regret their decision as soon as their daughter, Siobhan, turns up. Laughter soon turns to tragedy and tears flow as readily as the drink in this comedy drama with a twist by Northern Irish writer Shane White.

 

Jack Stark: Tea, Bee, Sea

Tuesday October 23rd 7pm

Saturday October 27th 7pm

 

Ever feel like you are desperately paddling to stay afloat while everyone else seems to understand the world? Of course you do. You are human. So does visual comedian and clown Jack Stark. Come and laugh at humanity and the banal absurdity of adulthood. Frenzied, silly and (mostly) silent comedy.

Jack Stark is a new persona from the artist behind the critically acclaimed Kiki Lovechild, who has trained with the masters of clowning, including Gaulier and deCastro. A full-time professional idiot, Jack is one of the leading clowns on the cabaret circuit, having worked the variety halls for the last 13 years. This show marks the start of a new chapter of Jack’s work, as he removes the make up and lets his own vulnerability as a human create all the laughter. After all, clowns are humans too.

 

Love, Genius and a Walk

12-14 October

 

LOVE, GENIUS AND A WALK is a play that explores the themes of art and marriage.  Gustav Mahler is a great artist, dedicated to his work, and wants his wife as a muse. His wife has an affair with Walter Gropius. In despair, Mahler goes to see Freud (this is 1910) and they discuss how we all need love and yet how we can sabotage it at the same time. And both men know well how the responsibilities of genius weigh. Contiguously, the play has a modern couple, a Wall Streeter and his artist wife who is writing about Mahler, and the modern couple mirror Alma and Mahler with different but similar dynamics.  We learn a bit about Alma Mahler’s legendary allure for men, as well as a bit about music!  All of it is quick and full of fun, as the characters get caught in quagmires that are familiar to us all.  It’s a play about the twists and turns of love, and of course genius!  It was nominated for 6 prizes, including best play, at the Midtown Festival in New York and was reviewed as “remarkable” and “stellar.”

 

Divorced, Beheaded, Died: An Audience with King Henry VIII

16-21 October

 

The year is 1544 and King Henry, the Eighth of that name, is engaged upon Royal Progress about his Realm; and has halted here to afford his Loyal Subjects the opportunity to have 'audience' with their Sovereign Lord and King.

The King, recently married to his new, and sixth, wife, Queen Catherine Parr, is in poor health; his leg continues to cause him considerable pain and he is often in a poor humour!

In the course of the 'audience', His Majesty will recount the events of his long reign; telling of his wives and his children, and His Majesty will invite his Loyal Subjects to Petition him or question him on ANY related subject : there may be some surprising answers - a lively Q&A is assured!

 

 

Jack Stark: Tea, Bee, Sea

23/27 October

 

Ever feel like you are desperately paddling to stay afloat while everyone else seems to understand the world? Of course you do. You are human. So does visual comedian and clown Jack Stark. Come and laugh at humanity and the banal absurdity of adulthood. Frenzied, silly and (mostly) silent comedy.

Jack Stark is a new persona from the artist behind the critically acclaimed Kiki Lovechild, who has trained with the masters of clowning, including Gaulier and deCastro. A full-time professional idiot, Jack is one of the leading clowns on the cabaret circuit, having worked the variety halls for the last 13 years. This show marks the start of a new chapter of Jack’s work, as he removes the make up and lets his own vulnerability as a human create all the laughter. After all, clowns are humans too.

 

The Automated Feeding Tray

Wednesday October 24th 7.30pm

Thursday October 25th 7.30pm

Friday October 26th 7.30pm

 

Ross is leg-smackingly-fingers-up-bum in love with his Internet ‘girlfriend’, but, despite working his fingers to the bone, he just can't raise the cash in order to surprise visit her. Ross soon discovers the answer to his prayers lie with an evil carpet store owner and, much against Fat Tony’s advice (of staying at home and ‘getting a kebab’), the pair find themselves on a dangerous quest, armed with nothing more than a British set of values and a packet of Monster Munch.

An action-packed comedy adventure, The Automated Feeding Tray is a fun-fest that will have you laughing out loud amongst a wave of ‘90s nostalgia and music.

 

Witch Hunt: A Sketch Show

27 October

 

An American mom, JK Rowling, and a men’s-rights activist disguised as a female SNP politician… race to stop Milosz, Eurovision-winner and high-profile gay fascist. Fresh from a five-star Edinburgh Fringe run ( edfringereview.com), three Oxford Revue alumni present a punchy, fast-paced blast of sketches and characters to blow away the comedy cobwebs. Fun, absurd and with wigs aplenty, this hour of character comedy is in turns political, musical and ridiculous.

 

Blackpool, What A Shit Place To Die

Meet Billy Costello.

Monday 29th October at 7.00pm

 

He's a gay, autistic, out of work actor. No wonder he's got a drink and drug problem. He's come to Blackpool to get off his face. He can't tell you what he's gonna do because he doesn't know himself. But Blackpool, What A Shit Place To Die.

A heart-breaking and heart-warming one-man show starring Mark Newsome.

Written by Phil Pearson.

'Watching Mark in this was a masterclass in acting. Incredible writing -  5* Upstaged Manchester

'This play is a real emotional rollercoaster' -   4* Northern Soul

'The epitome of dark comedy' -  4* Fairy Powered

 

The Break-Up Autopsy

30 October - 4 November

 

Ever wanted to call bullshit on someone’s disastrous relationship?

During Dee and Alex’s melodramatic public break-up, Alex’s step-sister Yasmin and Dee’s best-friend Jake call bullshit on their disastrous relationship. Yasmin and Jake force them to confront their dysfunctional history together to pinpoint when they should have broken up and could have saved them all this hassle.

The Break-Up Autopsy: A hilarious, embarrassing and heartbreaking new one hour black comedy.

Written and Produced by Brett Snelgrove

Directed by Lawrence Carmichael

Starring Larissa Pinkham, Steven Jeram, Anna Christian, Hraban Luyat

 

Keep Calm I'm Only Diabetic

1 November

 

If you think Type 1 diabetes is a disability, think again. This satirical one man show follows the real life story of one diabetic’s journey and the obstacles he has to overcome to make his dreams come true.  Yes there’s heartbreak and tears as some opportunities are cruelly closed off from him.  But in a career spanning professional sport, music and showbusiness this is ultimately a tale of laughter and joy, and how to reach for the top when the odds are stacked against you.

 

 

Punk Princess

4 November

 

Punk Princess a show in which Magenta takes you on a journey with her through her struggles with saying the right thing leading to being in many situations she should have learnt

To avoid. A near miss ritualistic killing in Leicester square and accidentally stabbing someone to name but a few. Then she takes a right onto transgender road taking you through her journey of self exploration and some of the bumps she has faced most of which are her own fault. Growing tired of the heavy topics she finally veers onto love boulevard leaving the car a smoking wreck. She lays into her hatred of love how she hates loving her partner and the things he has to put up with before finally ending with how she tried to write a love song and failed abysmally. (Don’t worry no audiences ears shall be harmed by her attempting to sing).

 

 

EDITOR'S TOP PICK

VOILA FESTIVAL - FULL PROGRAMME AT ETCETERA HERE

6 - 18 November

 

Voila! Europe is an annual theatre rendez-vous in London, bringing together British and European theatre makers. Our curated programme is a border-busting mix of multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary performance.

Performances take place across three venues in London: The Cockpit in Marylebone; Etcetera Theatre in Camden, and Applecart Arts in Newham. New this year, Theatre Delicatessen will host the Voila! Crossroads, a festival hub for artist talks, pop-up performances, and our European Theatre Forum.

 

Rats

20-25 November

 

In a dystopian future where everyone's ego are chemically suppressed at birth, one man has saved up enough money and pays for the procedure to restore his ego. He immediately regrets this decision and desperately seeks to get rid of it again.

This dark comedy explores themes of what it means to be an individual in a world governed by technology and whether individuality is even a desirable quality.

 

Never Swim Alone

27 November - 2 December

 

Never Swim Alone is a swift, ferocious satire about two Alpha-Males and their ruthless competition to be crowned Top Dog. Frank and Bill, two men in dark suits and bad ties, square off in a thirteen-round battle royale of vicious insults and desperate one-upmanship in a bid to win the love of the Referee, a mysterious woman who controls the game and its competitors in a world where the only option is to be the first, and nothing is as it seems. Written by award-winning Canadian playwright Daniel Macivor, the play experiments with form to present a haunting interrogation into perceptions of masculinity, egotism and how trauma shapes who we are. This is a game where the winner has, and will always rule.

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