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With the Edinburgh Festival getting ever closer, we're already picking out some of the shows we are most excited about this year with weekly Edinburgh Fringe interviews here in the TW Weekly bulletin. All alongside the usual Monday morning helping of Q&As and Threes To See for the cultural week ahead in London. Read on for more!
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If you were paying attention at last year's Edinburgh Festival you might have heard about - or seen - a well-received show called 'Voldemort & The Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody'. If you missed out in 2018, then celebrations are in order, because it's back at the Fringe again this year.

Long term edfringe improv fans will probably recognise the show's producer, Chris Grace, from his appearances with Baby Loves Candy, but you might also have caught sight of him on the telly, given his long list of US TV appearances. I wanted to know more about the play, and his career, so arranged to fire some questions his way. Read the interview here.

'Voldemort & The Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody' is on at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 at Assembly George Square Studios from 31 Jul-29 Aug.
Our readers may have noticed that we are fans of Nick Cassenbaum: this isn't the first time we've interviewed him, and I expect it won't be the last, plus, we've published glowing words in review form about his very excellent shows.

This week he brings his critically acclaimed show about events in the life of Michael Barrymore to London's Battersea Arts Centre as part of a UK tour. I spoke to Nick to find out more about the show, and what inspired it. Read the interview here.

'My Kind Of Michael' is on at Battersea Arts Centre from 21-22 May, ahead of a UK tour. For info, see the venue website here


Dead Dog In A Suitcase (And Other Love Songs) | Lyric Hammersmith | 21 May-15 Jun
"Mayor Goodman's been assassinated. And so has his dog. MacHeath the contract killer is dangerously on the loose. What the hell is the world coming to?" The very excellent KneeHigh, back at the Lyric with their critically acclaimed reworking of John Gay's 'The Beggar's Opera'. For information and to book, head right this way.

The Glass Menagerie | Arcola Theatre | 23 May-13 Jul (pictured)
"Summer, 1937. Austerity turns up the pressure on the people of St Louis, for none more so than its African American community. Crowded amongst the tenements, Amanda Wingfield demands that her two children will lead a better life". Another staging of a classic, this one Tenessee Williams' universally themed piece, directed by Femi Elufowoju. Sounds really excellent, head this way for more.

Blueprint Medea | Finborough Theatre | 21 May-8 June
Another classic in play, though this time it's only "loosely inspired" by the original, and based on interviews with Kurdish fighters living in the UK: "Kurdish freedom fighter Medea escapes the Turkish military and arrives at UK Border Control on a forged passport. Slipping through immigration, Medea discovers how to exist on the margins of London life". See the venue website here for details.


Science Fiction Theatre Festival | Pleasance Theatre | 27 May-1 Jun
Good news for fans of science and culture involving it: Horatio Productions serves up what's described as a "futuristic extravaganza", internationally sourced, comprising sixteen short plays, talks with scientists, new writing and the flagship event, the play, 'Regen', which explores the future of stem cell research. For details see the venue website here, or the festival website here

Calm Down Dear: Not Four Girls | Camden People's Theatre | 27 May 
And hurrah, one of my favourite CPT strands of the calendar kicks off this week: As you may already be entirely aware, Calm Down Dear is the venue's festival of interesting, adventurous and outspoken feminist work, and this is my first pick from it. I pretty much guarantee there will be more. Anyway: "Big Mess are on a quest to unleash their inner dancer. Come and see them take their first steps into the world of performance in their new comedy show". More here.

Gravel Heart | The Bunker Theatre | 25-29 May (pictured)
I think this sounds rather interesting, and I reckon you will too: "This adaptation of Shakespeare's most complex comedy combines original verse with new text.'Measure for Measure' becomes Gravel Heart, a modern love story that grapples with prejudice and puritanism. Against a backdrop of corporate greed, Angelo and Isabella are drawn together in a fight for justice". Info right about here.


Chris McCausland: Speaky Blinder | Soho Theatre | 23-25 May (pictured)
Yep, we're love bombing the lovely Soho Theatre this week because there are so many great shows on there at the moment. We start with the excellent Chris McCausland, who stayed in the flat right next to the TW flat during the Edinburgh Festival one time. That has no relevance, obv, but this does: "He's blind. He's a dad. He's a husband. He's third in command. He'll speaky about all of that, and loads more". Info here.

Does My Bomb Look Big In This | Soho Theatre | 21 May-8 Jun
Next is a show that we actually already tipped relatively recently, when it was on at Tara Theatre, but we can't resist mentioned it again now that it's on at a theatre that may be nearer to you than Tara Theatre, depending of which part of London you live in. Anyway, it tackles interesting and topical themes: "When schoolgirl Yasmin leaves her South London home for the promise of a better life in Syria, her best friend Aisha is left to pick up the pieces". Details on this page here.

Rob Auton: The Talk Show | Soho Theatre | 21-25 May
"Following on from his shows about hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, Rob now turns his attention to talking because he is ready to talk about talking". A very much long term TW favourite that pretty much every TW staff member agrees on. If you've not yet seen one of his shows, you are seriously missing out. So if you don't go and see this one, right away, I'll be very cross. Head right this way.
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