From real-life incels to microaggressions: the 2019 Camden Fringe Festival line-up tackles sexism head on. Almost two years on from the birth of the #MeToo movement, this year’s line-up shows there’s still a lot to fight for – and plenty of women willing to step up.
Now in its 14th year, London’s alternative to Edinburgh Fringe runs from 29 July and 25 August 2019 with over 300 shows across 30 different venues, including these ten that put feminism at the fore.
Playwright Lily Vosper of company Curious Dispute spoke to a real-life incel for the creation of her play The Feminazis (5-7 August, Etcetera Theatre). Vosper said: “I knew I wanted to write a play about feminist issues and what could happen if things don’t change, but I also knew I wanted to do it in a comedy format, entertaining people while hopefully portraying a more serious message.
“I wanted to bring incels to light, a lesser-known community that are directly targeting women and are deadly. A lot of text is verbatim of a real incel I spoke to (undercover) and from Roosh V’s articles.”
At The Cockpit (10-14 August), The Ideal Woman puts feminine ideals under the microscope, combining original music and text with an exploration of movement. Vinna Law, Artistic Director of Cognatus Theatre, said:
“As 20-something women from different countries, we created The Ideal Woman as a tribute to all the women who came before us, to speak their voice through our own experiences, and provide a space where both the pain and the joys of womanhood are out in the open, in its most vulnerable form.”
When it Happens (30 July-3 August, Tristan Bates) delves into the smaller, everyday microaggressions faced by many women, offering a comic, hopeful alternate world where they are free to escape the roles and stereotypes forced upon them.
Playwright and performer Rachel Causer said: “When creating When It Happens, we wanted to make a show that not only challenged stereotypes but one that exposed the insidious effects of microaggressions on women and to rebel against this effect in a comedic and fantastical way.“
Other shows to watch include one-women shows Antigoni Spanou’s Ophelia Rewound (22-25 August, Camden People’s Theatre), The Indecent Musings Of Miss Doncaster 2007 (6-10 August, Camden People’s Theatre) and Bombshells (17-18 August), all exploring women facing a crisis on their own.
Female comedy this year includes: Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer Diane Spencer: Work-In-Progress (Show 9) (20-21 August, Camden Comedy Club), Celia Delaney with Celia Delaney is… Angelic? (15-19 August, The Bill Murray), Girls with Jokes (24-25 August, The Camden Comedy Club) and Holly Burn, returning with Holly Burn is Jane Pasty (4-8 August, Angel Comedy Club).
Full festival programme
For details on all 300+ shows in the 2019 Camden Fringe programme, visit the festival websiteClick here