Fringe focus: The plays are the thing

Live theatre has always been the top ambition for the Wanstead Fringe so next week is definitely one not to miss.

From Tuesday night, Wanstead Theatre Company is bringing a production of TWO by Jim Cartwright to the upstairs room at The Bull. It’s the company’s second production, after their sell-out show Bazaar & Rummage earlier this year.

The company’s Fiona Gordon said: “One of the great things about performing a play set in a pub in The Bull is that our set and props are already in place! I’ll be behind the bar playing the Landlady. If you are lucky, I may give you a drink on the house!”

And on Thursday and Friday our second play of the week takes place at the Wanstead High theatre. It’s DNA by Dennis Kelly – one of the plays familiar to drama students.

Jon Fentiman, director, said: “I love this play. It has allowed the actors – and me – huge freedom to experiment with theatrical ideas and comedy, whilst still conveying a serious message about human behaviour.

“Through our rehearsal process, we have really come to admire the writing of Dennis Kelly; writing that can sometimes seem banal and uninspiring on the page, but which becomes exciting and full of life in the mind, body and actions of our actors. I believe we have created an engaging and really entertaining interpretation of DNA, that can be enjoyed by both teenagers and adults.

“The theatre we are using is a wonderful space for both the actors and audience – a real gem – and I think that it is fantastic that Wanstead High School has allowed me this opportunity to share the talent of actors from two of the most prestigious acting academies in the country – East 15 Acting School and Drama Studio – with our local community.”

Tickets for all performances are available here

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