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Three To See 2011: Theatrical adaptations

By | Published on Sunday 31 July 2011

Gogols The Portrait

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three theatrical adaptations at Fringe 2011. 

The Magical Faraway Tree
Enid Blyton’s ‘Faraway Tree’ books were some of my childhood favourites, but to be frank, that’s not why I chose this show. Obviously, that’s why the title caught my eye, but it was the blurb that made me laugh. Please don’t go expecting it to be a proper adaptation, and please don’t take any children. I’m hoping it might fall into the amusing-for-grown-ups category, however.
Just The Tonic at The Caves, 4 – 28 Aug (not 17), 1.00pm (2.00pm), £3.00 – £4.00, fpp278.

Gogol’s The Portrait (pictured)
Newbury Youth Theatre are completely brilliant. We know this, because every year they bring a production starring young people – yes, young people – and always get a glowing review. We found the consistent quality of their output so impressive that we gave them a ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award a couple of years ago for their accumulated body of good work. And at the rate they are going, we’ll have to give them another one in a couple of years time! A definite recommend.
Quaker Meeting House, 8 – 13 Aug, 2.30pm (3.30pm), £7.00 – £8.00, fpp266.

Tales From Edgar Allen Poe
It looks like there’s quite a bit of EAP at the Fringe again this year but I’m attracted to this particular adaptation because of the company behind it: Backhand Theatre gained our attention and high praise for their productions of ‘Greek Myths For Kids’ and ‘The Love Of A Clown’, both of which scored 4/5. Puppetry, gymnastics, and the voice of Derek Jacobi! It sounds like a recipe for greatness.
C Eca, 3 – 29 Aug (not 15), 10.45pm (11.45pm), £7.50 – £11.50, fpp301.

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