Top 5 Shows: September Fringe

Here’s what’s on top of our To See list this month. They’re all Off West End shows, and some of them we’ve already been in to see. The rest will be reviewed throughout the month, but all come highly recommended.

1. Kenny Morgan at the Arcola Theatre

kenny-morganLondon, 1949. Terence Rattigan is one of the best-known playwrights in town, but his relationship with the actor Kenneth Morgan is a closely-guarded secret. When Kenny falls into the arms of a younger man, emotions reach fever pitch. Behind the closed doors of a flat in Camden Town, the unspeakable will have to be spoken.

This gripping tale of destructive passions exposes the limits to which people will go for love, and the extraordinary real-life events behind Rattigan’s most famous play, The Deep Blue Sea.

2. RashDash’s Two Man Show at Soho Theatre


Abbi and Helen are making a show about Man and men. Because we all need to pull together now.

RashDash talk about masculinity and patriarchy but the words that exist aren’t good enough. So there’s music and dance too. Fringe First Winners in 2010 & 2011 RashDash return with a playful new show about gender and language.

See our review of RashDash here

3. Vanities at Trafalgar Studios

imageVanities is a comic musical with a heartfelt story about three best friends growing up in Dallas at a time when image and style were more important than brains and ambition.

Vanities explores how these women’s warped view of the world shaped them, for better and worse, through a rich original score that blends girl group harmonies of the 60s and 70s with a contemporary musical theatre score.

See our review of Vanities here

4. Jess and Joe Forever at the Orange Tree Theatre 

jess-and-joe-forever-image-1-orange-tee-theatre-photo-by-the-other-richardSpanning several summer holidays, Jess and Joe Forever is an unusual coming of age tale that explores rural life and what it means to belong somewhere, if you can really belong anywhere.

A layered and thoughtful play about finding your place in the world when you only know a small corner of it.

5. Burning Bridges at Theatre 503

burning-bridgesWhen Sarah, a young woman with Asperger’s Syndrome, comes to visit her sister and brother-in-law, what starts as a fortnight of family holiday, spirals into a nightmare of accusation and intrigue.

A love triangle with a dangerous twist, this moving and funny play explores the everyday dilemmas of a young woman living with autism; what to eat, what to watch on TV, and how to seduce your sister’s husband with a piece of cake.

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