Which shows have you earmarked so far for this year’s Camden Fringe? As part of our Featured Show series, we’d like to draw your attention to Lita Doolan’s Time for Tea, which opens the month-long festival at north London’s Etcetera Theatre on 30 July 2018. The new play is inspired by the devastating 2002 fire in Edinburgh’s Old Town, which changed her life…
In 2002, a single spark ignited a blaze that burnt through the historic Cowgate street of Edinburgh for 52 hours. Lives were changed forever; including Lita Doolan’s…
Mila is missing after explosion rips open Edinburgh. Her foster mother clings to the wreckage and searches for her. As Fringe actors fill up the festival city, Mila can’t spot a dangerous face in the crowd. Watch Mila turn 16, find an unusual ally and time for tea.
Award-winning theatremaker Lita Doolan‘s latest play asks: What would ordinary people do in when caught up in an emergency situation? The fragile lives of inhabitants in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket are put under the microscope with the difficult choices they have to make.
Time for Tea was selected for Stockwell Playhouse’s One Act Festival in May. It now returns for one performance only – and the very first offering – during this year’s Camden Fringe, when Abbi Douetil, recently seen in Lazarus Theatre’s The Lord of the Flies, stars as Mila alongside Elizabeth Menabney and Sean Huddleston.
As a writer, Doolan’s previous credits include Dynwyn’s Last Symphony, Divine Prostitutes, Storm, Darcy Bruce, Looking for Lineker’s, Mary Blandy’s Gallows Tree, Churchill’s Children, Dad Sold Our House on eBay and She Liked Pretty Things, and her work has been staged by Oxford Playhouse, Oxford Touring Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Sherman Cymru, Lyric Hammersmith and the Royal Court’s ‘Open Court’.
The fire that inspired Time for Tea started from a faulty fuse box in Edinburgh’s Cowgate on 7 December 2003. It raged for 52 hours, taking 20 fire crews to bring it under control, by which point much of the Old Town, with its buildings dating from the 1700s, had been ravaged. Amongst the buildings destroyed was the original home of the Gilded Balloon, the Edinburgh Fringe’s most famous comedy venue. It was one of the biggest fires to gut the heart of a UK city in decades.
Time for Tea is one of over 200 shows being staged during this year’s 13th annual Camden Fringe Festival, which – going head to head with the Edinburgh Fringe north of the border – runs from 30 July to 26 August 2018, across 23 Camden venues.
Kicking off Camden Fringe, Time for Tea runs at 12.30pm on Monday 30 July 2018 at the Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU. Tickets are just £7.50 (concessions £5). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Abbi Douetil, Elizabeth Menabney and Sean Huddleston in Time for Tea rehearsals.
Do you remember the Cowgate fire?
Here’s a reminder of how the landscape of Edinburgh was irrevocably changed 16 years ago. Click the links below for more on the real-life tragic event.