Friday 20th September

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The writing was on the wall
The writing was on the wall // Photograph by Martin Slidel

The Review that Never Was

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Arrived at the Oxford Arms to a review a fringe production. Usual enough. Long day at the office followed by an inspirational exhibition of children’s art that I’d been invited to by a local secondary school. Spent my time and money staying out, traipsing around my old (very old) stomping ground of Camden before time to venture forth.

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Category: Comedy
Melissa James
Photo credit: Mike Watts

Melissa James @ Green Note + CD Competition

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First up was Vincent Burke in a natural, warm and easy, performance. What else would you expect when singing about pianos falling down the stairs! Somewhat in the style of old-school balladeers such as Jake Thackray and Tom Lehrer; funny, wise, droll and just jaunty enough to get your feet tapping. Plus a lovely version of Smokey Robinson’s ‘You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me’ replete with new middle-eight. Burke is also a bit McCartney-ish, reinvented with a quirkier, folksier, edge. The punters demanded more.

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Category: Culture
Theo Jackson
Photo by Ben Amure

Theo Jackson: Exploring the boundaries

Appearing at The Forge, Camden, February 27 + St James’ Theatre Studio, Belgravia, March 22

Theo Jackson is fast establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with on the Jazz scene, having returned to these shores from the US to two forthcoming London dates at The Forge in Camden and St James’ Theatre in Belgravia. Theo writes his own songs as well as offering a unique take on the standards. His slightly raspy voice belies the gentlest jazzy vibrato; imagine if you will Nick Drake in this genre and you’ll be somewhere near. I define Jackson as a contemporary storyteller and it’s one reason he cites Nick Drake as influential, alongside forces as diverse as Stevie Wonder and Tom Waits.

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Category: Music
Insomniac’s Guide to Ambulances
Laila Pyne (left) effuses to Alex Hall in ‘An Insomniac’s Guide to Ambulances’

The Camden Fringe: ‘An Insomniac’s Guide to Ambulances’

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Showing until August 15, 2013

The Camden Fringe

Upstairs at the Gatehouse is another hidden gem of the London Fringe. The downstairs pub with its ambient atmosphere and affordable menu presents an evening worth pursuing. You can get to picturesque Highgate Village on the 210 from Golder’s Green or Hampstead Heath – or take the short walk from Highgate Tube. Just don’t forget your smart-phone.

‘An Insomiac’s Guide to Ambulances’ by Rachel Creeger is in collaboration with paramedic and Blogger Aryeh Myers; a semi-autobiographical account of Myers’ varied, life-affirming and life-changing experiences.

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Category: Hidden London

3 Great Ways to Round off the Summer in London

It’s that time of year again. Summer is almost drawing to a close, the kid’s will be back at school and you’ll be back a work. This list gives you a few ideas to round off a memorable summer in London.

iTunes Festival, Camden (1st to 30th September)

The iTunes Festival 2012 returns to Camden’s infamous Roundhouse, hosting thirty days of live music absolutely FREE. All you have to do is apply for tickets and you can be in with a chance of winning. You can apply for as many dates as you wish, however if you aren’t one of the lucky ones, the concerts will be streamed live online, so you can still catch all the action.

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Category: Festivals

Sensuous Manifold presents Anthony Nielson’s ‘Normal’ at the Camden People’s Theatre Review

“An exploration of the relationship between reality and fiction.
Intense. Brutal. Humorous.”

The Camden People’s Theatre played host to Anthony Nielson’s production ‘Normal’ last week, directed by Patrick Duggan.

Neilson’s production opens the case of the Dusseldorf Ripper, Peter Kurten, and the relationship between himself and defence lawyer, Justus Wehner. Revealing details and gruesome events from Kurten’s past is only part of the tale. Neilson’s presents glimpses of Kurten’s marriage to a former prostitute and murderer.

We are forced to question the play ominous title…’Normal’?

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Category: Theatre