MONDAY 6 AUGUST 2018 THISWEEKCULTURE.COM
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WILL CLOSE AND ROSE ROBINSON: GREAT BRITISH MYSTERIES
Last year Will Close and Rose Robinson teamed up for 'Great British Mysteries', described as a "live mockumentary adventure investigating monsters, myths and Noel Edmonds". This year the duo return with a sequel, except this time it's set in Tudor times, which possibly makes it more of a prequel. Though the central characters and all-round silliness are the same.

Keen to find out why they'd decided to shift the show back four centuries, we sent some questions in the general direction of both Will and Rose. Read the interview here.

'Great British Mysteries: 1599?' is on at Edinburgh Festival 2018 at Pleasance Courtyard until 27 Aug.
GET YOURSELF A BANNER IN THE TW DAILY BULLETIN FROM TOMORROW
The TW bulletin is published daily throughout the Edinburgh Festival. Landing in thousands and thousands of inboxes every day, this is a really good way to get your show in front of both ticket-buyers and the Fringe community.

We have slots available for the rest of the festival at just £250 plus VAT - we'll run your ad every day from tomorrow. Email [email protected] to book.

SPECIAL OFFER DEAL ON THREEWEEKS REVIEW EDITION ADS
The ThreeWeeks Review Edition print magazine will hit the streets of Edinburgh on Wednesday 15 Aug. It's a great way to get your show in front of Fringe-goers just as they are making their ticket buying decisions.

We have a limited number of half page advert slots available for just £250 plus VAT. Artwork is required by 10 Aug, meaning you can include early review quotes in the ad. Click here for specs and email [email protected] to book your slot.
IT'S THE TW:DIY GUIDE TO DOING THE EDINBURGH FRINGE!
Don't forget, we are putting together a TW:DIY Guide To The Edinburgh Fringe this month based on interviews with lots of people performing and working at the Festival and packed with practical advice on how to get the most out of doing a show in Edinburgh.

We've already heard from a producer, a publicist, a stage manager, a production manager, a street performer, a Free Fringe performer and five venue directors. Look out for many more interviews going live during the Festival month.

Plus you can check the guide we've compiled so far here on the website.
ADAM WELSH: THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD (GO I)
I've been aware of this show from Adam Welsh for a while now - I gave it a tip, I am sure, during a previous London run - and was intrigued by it, not least because it touches on one of the most famous abduction cases in history.

When I heard it was headed for new dates at the Soho Theatre, I was determined to find out more about the play, and what inspired it. Read the interview here.

'There But For The Grace Of God (Go I)' is on at Soho Theatre from 6-8 Aug, see the venue website here for more info.


TUESDAY 7 AUGUST 2018 >>

Julio Torres - My Favourite Shapes | Soho Theatre | 6-11 Aug (pictured)
I think this is the sort of thing that isn't to everyone's tastes, because it's what you might call a surreal flight of fantasy, but I am going to bet that the majority of comedy-goers will go for this. "SNL staff writer Julio Torres guides a camera through his favourite shapes which include a plexi-glass square, a triangle, a self-conscious Faberge egg who wonders if he's too much and a Ferrero Rocher wrapper that reminds him of Melania Trump". See this page here for more.

For A Lost Soldier | The Albany | 7 Aug
Supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund marking the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War, 'For A Lost Soldier' is about a small community in the aftermath of the war, detailing how it coped when the soldiers returned home and how they worked towards rebuilding their lives. Expect an intimate performance that's a love story and a thriller rolled into one, head this way for more.

The Prometheus Revolution | Arcola Theatre | 7-10 Aug
"With society in meltdown, the Prime Minister and his wife have taken poison, two trillion pounds has gone missing from the City and the army is hovering to take control. Only the Prometheus Peace Movement stands between chaos and tyranny. Pinioned in the midst of all this the activists within the peace movement find themselves playing out the eternal myth of Prometheus, who took the fire from the Gods to give it to the mortals. But they too may pay a high price for their audacity". Another show timed with the WW1 anniversary in mind, but also part of the brilliant Grimeborne - a new opera from Keith Burstein. Details here.


WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST 2018 >>

Greek | Arcola Theatre | 8-18 Aug
Back to the brilliant Grimeborn Festival now, for a real treat for all you fans of Ancient Greek Mythery. For this is a thirtieth anniversary staging of the "riotous, contemporary retelling of the Oedipus myth", based on the verse play by Steven Berkoff, which first won acclaim back in 1998. If you're older than me you may even remember The Sunday Times calling it "riveting total theatre... a resounding, unanimous triumph". See this page here for details.

Tomorrow In The Battle | Drayton Arms Theatre | 7-25 Aug
"Simon, a heart surgeon, takes increasing risks with his health, marriage and career as he pursues a desperate relationship. Meanwhile his wife Anna, a scientist at the Ministry of Defence, contrives a deception of her own in the renewal of the country's nuclear arsenal". Kieron Barry's acclaimed play (which I think first reared its not-ugly head in 2012) gets a UK premiere, see this page here for all the info.

The Naked Dietician - Enough | Hen & Chickens | 8 Aug (pictured)
The excellent Lucy Aphramor presents this piece of solo theatre focusing on a life of white, thin privilege for a traumatised body. "Can the liberation of one award-winning self-harming poet-dietitian be connected to all liberation? Disrupting the neoliberal delusion by being body, Mad, queer and age-positive in this sexy, feminist, lyrically explosive performance". Part of the ongoing and wonderful Camden Fringe, see the festival website here for more.


THURSDAY 9 AUGUST 2018 >>

The Improvised Shakespeare Company | Soho Theatre | 6-18 Aug (pictured)
Well, you know me. Wait, what's that? You don't know me? Surely at least a couple of you...? Okay, well, let me tell you, if you knew me, you'd know full well that I am very fond of Shakespeare, and also that I am very fond of improv. So, if you had been wondering why I might have decided to tip this show, I am pretty sure you won't be now, given how well it ticks the boxes. Acclaimed troupe, brilliant concept, so just what are you waiting for? Head this way to book.

Lucia Di Lammermoor | Arcola Theatre | 9-11 Aug
Gaetano Donizetti's 1835 tragic opera roughly based on Sir Walter Scott's historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor given a fresh and contemporary staging by Fulham Opera. Yes, we're back over at Grimeborn - and why not, eh...? "What happens when your love destroys you? Lucia's forbidden infatuation with Edgardo, sworn enemy of her brother, is her only chance for liberation... or damnation". Info here.

T2 Brainclotting | Museum Of Comedy | 9 Aug
"Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose stability. Choose respectability. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and working for the NHS. Choose medicine. Choose to spend your time at UCL Medical School putting on award-winning comedy sketch shows about medicine. Choose to bring your award-winning shows back to the Fringe after two sell-out runs in 2015-2016. Choose to see a show put on by people who choose to put on shows about medicine at medical school. Choose rotting away at the end of it all. Choose your future. Choose life". Aye, go on then. Click here.


FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 2018 >>

Busking It | Soho Theatre | 9-11 Aug (pictured)
This sounds fab, don't you think? "Cities are full of stories. It's amazing what you hear if you stop and listen. Drawing on tales from a decade of singing on the tube, Busking It is a journey through the tunnels of the London Underground. A piece of gig-theatre giving voice to the passers-by, blending chance encounters with original live music". See all the info right about here.

Sh*t-faced Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet | Leicester Square Theatre | 4 Aug-1 Sep
Well, you may know that I've recommended the work of the Sh*t-faced Shakespeare lot, most recently because they've got two shows on up at the old Ed Fringe. But one branch of the family has stayed down in London to entertain you by getting one of the cast drunk before attempting to entertain you with a unique performance of the bard's arguably most well known tragedy. See this page here for more.

Your Molotov Kisses | Etcetera Theatre | 8-16 Aug
Time to get back to Camden Fringe, hurrah, for this staging of Gustavo Ott's 2002 play, a dark comedy about the fault lines of race, class and intolerance. "When a mysterious package arrives from MI5, an upscale couple's happy marriage is turned upside down. What could their lives possibly have to do with terrorism?" See the CF website here for all the details.


SATURDAY 11 AUGUST 2018 >>

The Titanic Plays | The Bunker Theatre | 11-12 Aug
The Goat Exchange present this interesting sounding production featuring early Eugene O'Neill one act plays looking at the perspectives of the few survivors of the Titanic disaster, as they float in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, juxtaposed with transcriptions of the senate inquiries immediately following the disaster, and the verbatim radio transmissions of the doomed ship in its final hours. See this page here for more.

Hatch | Etcetera Theatre | 8-12 Aug
And yea verily I bring you yet another offering from the ongoing Camden Fringe, and it's a show you won't forget in a hurry, a solo gig-theatre piece about Jess, who has been imprisoned for selling drugs on her lover's behalf. This has already won much acclaim, so no need to worry about whether or not it's any good. It's quite clearly brilliant in fact. Head this way for all the info.

Jack And The Beanstalk | Polka Theatre | 8-19 Aug (pictured)
One for the kiddies now, and not least because they've now been on holiday long enough for them to have got well and truly bored, even despite all the amazing and uncharacteristic good UK weather, and all the outdoors activities that must surely be dominating. Anyway, here's a goodie for your little people aged 3+, who will no doubt have a great time in the company of Cbeebies' Patrick Lynch. Details here.


SUNDAY 12 AUGUST 2018 >>

The Erebus Project | Theatre503 | 12-13 Aug (pictured)
"Sam, a young and eager scientist, believes his new invention has the potential to reach beyond death. Can Sam persuade local patient Rory to become his first subject? Rory's daughter, Beth, isn't keen on the idea and her Doctor needs some convincing. Sam must bring them all around if he is to succeed with his experiment". This promises to find humour in grief and sentiment within conflict, and to make you think carefully about the light at the the end of the tunnel. See the venue website here for more.

The Scarecrows' Wedding | Leicester Square Theatre | 4 Aug-2 Sep
Another one for those of you struggling with bored kiddie-winks, from Scamp Theatre, the team that brought you the excellent 'Stick Man'. "Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay are excellent scarecrows. Their wedding plans are all coming together until Harry leaves Betty's side and the devilishly smooth Reginald Rake tries to take Harry's place. Will Harry make it back in time to save their special day?" Click here for details.

Tubman | Etcetera Theatre | 11-12 Aug
Back to Camden Fringe and yes, if you're noticing a pretty-much-everyday theme to this, you are correct, and I don't apologise for it. This is a one woman show focusing on a historical character that I have always been very interested in - Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist and activist -  reimagined as a young woman growing up in Harlem through a theatrical lens. See the festival website here for info.


MONDAY 13 AUGUST 2018 >>

Onegin And Tatiana | Arcola Theatre | 13-14 Aug 
"When the man of her dreams arrives suddenly in her life, Tatiana is overwhelmed by a cascade of new feelings and her world is turned upside down. But is the man she sees real, or is he only an image she has dreamed up?" The great line up of shows on as part of Arcola's Grimeborn fest continues, and here's another I would love to see. Head this way for all the information.

On Mother's Day | The Cockpit | 13-16 Aug (pictured)
This is today's tip from all the many events going on at Camden Fringe. You can't have failed to have noticed it's going on, but I can't recommend everything from it, I don't have space. But I urge you to check out all the listings of all the shows, as well as the info for this one. This tells the story of Ramon - "an endearing and friendly inmate, who spends his life running from violence only to find it within himself", and offers a critique of the dehumanising effects of the capital punishment system.

Spiral | The Park Theatre | 7 Aug-1 Sep
"London. 2018. A bedsit. A young woman in trouble. A bridge. A missing teenager - and parents searching for answers. Struggling to cope with the disappearance of his teenage daughter, secondary school teacher Tom decides to book an escort in an attempt to numb his pain. Little does he realise the impact this will have on both their lives and the lives of those closest to them". An exploration of dysfunctional physical and emotional relationships, see this page here for more.
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