Running from the 5th to the 21st May, the 2017 Wandsworth Arts Fringe will take over southwest London for two weeks to showcase a wide variety of shows. For this year’s festival, all of the shows featured over the two weeks will tackle themes of inclusivity, identity, the environment and disability.
Wandsworth council’s Wandsworth Arts Fringe is open access which means that none of the work is selected by a curator and allows themes and links to emerge naturally in a way that displays society’s current concerns.
Throughout the festival 140 shows will be taking place across the borough, with this year’s festival promising to be the most varied yet, featuring everything from theatre to dance, comedy to music, visual art to literary events, outdoor extravaganzas, dance circus and free shows.
Highlights of the festival will include Hector Dyer’s theatre piece Thank You For Your Patience, which weaves together everyday actions of responsibility with the incomprehensible legacies we leave behind, through the tale of a 42 kilometre deep tunnel in Finland being dug to dump nuclear waste. Meanwhile, Extant Theatre’s Catching The Ghost follows the journey of Chris, a young man who must suddenly confront his struggle with sight loss in a whole new light. Sisters of Eden, a performance work that celebrates the functions and beautiful multifariousness of the female body. Through physical explorations and a sharp tongue, the Sisters of Eden challenge sexism in society.
Cath Mattos, Producer of Wandsworth Arts Fringe said: “Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) celebrates inspiring, inclusive and diverse work and we seek to make our 2017 festival as accessible as possible. We have producers and performing companies that are creating contemporary and relevant work to bring to WAF 2017 that highlights issues and trends in the current cultural and social landscape.”
Wandsworth Arts Fringe will run from the 5th to the 21st May.