Preview: Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018
LONDON – With nine years of history behind it, the Wandsworth Arts Fringe returns once more this May to bring over 170 shows in over 55 venues across the borough.
Taking place from May 4th to 20th, each and every nook and cranny in Wandsworth will be transformed into a performance space, and audiences can expect an eclectic mix of theatre, circus, music, outdoor arts, dance and comedy.
At the front and centre of the fringe as always, is its theatre programme. Highlights include Martin McNamara’s Traitors, Cads and Cowards, a site specific performance staged in Wandsworth Prison, following a British army deserter, a veteran and an objector bunked in the military wing of the prison in 1916, just as the Somme Offensive is about to begin.
On the circus side, the fringe celebrates 250 years after the very first circus performance in England by the impresario Philip Astley, and feature productions such as acrobatic, misfit family The Hogswallops by Lost in Translation, blending physical comedy and circus, as well as two new commissions supported by WAF: Grit by Parkour masters Esprit Concrete and Our House, a celebration of queerness by Sadiq Sadiq and Vendetta Vain.
In the dance end of things, watch the Royal Academy of Dance at their headquarters in Battersea Square with a full day of free performances and workshops and guided tours for all ages, as visitors get a chance to discover their unique collection of shoes, costume designs and photographs. Meanwhile, Intoon Dance will present Please Select: (City) at Platform 1 Gallery, and site-specific dance performance and live stream video that takes you to another city.
Wandsworth Arts Fringe is also becoming increasingly supportive of inclusive arts, with events such as Georgie Morrell with her new show Eyecon, at The Arches, St Mary’s Church, Putney. An award-nominated comedian and actor and the official poster girl of disability, she’s been catapulted to fame and comes to perform her own unique brand of comedy as she shows you just how she became an ‘Eyecon.’
There’s something for everyone at the 2018 Wandsworth Arts Fringe for all 3 weekends of the festival. With art that promises to break boundaries, experimental pieces that will push the limits of their genres, and sometimes, just conventional work that’s straight up done well, you might just discover something truly amazing at any one of the incredible lineup prepared for the fringe this year.
The Wandsworth Arts Fringe runs from 4th – 20th May around Wandsworth. Tickets and full programme lineup available here