Scenes from the Fringe III

Luna at the steaming hot Wanstead Tap on Wednesday

It’s nearly the final climactic weekend of the fourth Wanstead Fringe following perhaps the busiest night of activities the Fringe has ever seen.

On Wednesday night the Duke was packed for a fascinating evening of the sights, sounds, smells and – err – sips of Jazz era London. Fringe HQ at the Cherry Tree hosted a discussion on the nature of London’s suburbs with the Guardian’s Hugh Muir and author John Rogers, while Geoff Wilkinson led photographers on a lighting-up-time walk and Paul Guided Missile foxed music fans at the Wanstead Tap. All events were buzzing.

On Thursday there is a discussion of what could come after capitalism, at the Wanstead Tap, while at the Duke there is a retro vinyl pop-up night.

Friday evening will pose a problem for anyone who wants both comedy AND gardening OR acoustic music.

Marian Temple will lead a walk round the various spots of Wanstead brought into flower by the Wanstead Community Gardeners

The Fringe Comedy Night has never disappointed, and this year looks like a cracker with Terry Alderton, Ben Clover, Radu Isaac and Liam Smith.

Acoustic music at the Manor House comes with Keep Your Freak Flag Flying, with Mick Terry, James Healey, Ben Kelly and Ali MacQueen entertaining with “a mix of skewed balladry, minstrel-like charm, beguiling covers and low jinks”.

After that, on Saturday there is the traditional yoga on Christ Church Green. Both the guitar workshops and the Kinema are already full – apologies for anyone disappointed.

But there are also a few days left of Restaurant Week where you can eat out with discounts (if you have a Fringe programme or app).

And here are some more scenes from the Fringe so far…

The sights of Jazz Age London at the Duke, with Luci Gosling and Odette Toilette





Hugh Muir of the Guardian
Fringe favourite John Rogers, author of This Other London, revealing (to anyone who didn’t know) that Roxy Music once played at the Red Lion in Leytonstone

Michael Sumsion has blogged about the evening here.

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