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Lucy Popescu’s Theatre news: Jinni Lyons; Artificial Insmelligence; Juliet and Romeo; Tick Tick; Domitius

05 August, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Artificial Insmelligence is at the Hen and Chickens

THE Camden Fringe continues. At Camden People’s Theatre, audience involvement is a key element of Jinni Lyons is an Only Child – you may be asked to share a special memory, or even just what you had for breakfast. Lyons creates comical, lyrical, improvised theatre. 9pm, Aug 6-9 Unfiltered Productions present their self-devised play, The Doll Who Came to Tea, exploring the association between childhood abuse and subsequent mental health issues.

At the Hen and Chickens catch Artificial Insmelligence by Louis Fonseca, 6pm, Aug 6-8. Deep in space, the captain of a one-man spacecraft starts having romantic feelings for his robot assistant. A comedy about identity, artificial intelligence, and real stupidity. Maybe You Like It Productions presents Pleading Stupidity, inspired by the famous “Dumb and Dumber” bandits who, in 2005, robbed a bank while wearing name tags from the nearby store where they worked. 7.30pm, Aug 6-8; 9pm Aug 9-11. Catnip Theatre’s comedy Hello I’m You asks what would happen if you answered the front door, and the person standing there was you? 7.30pm Aug 9-11. Visit:

• Harpy Productions’ post-apocalyptic thriller Bunker explores mental illness through an allegorical lens. 7pm, Aug 8-11, Lion and Unicorn Theatre.

In Giggle Riot’s debut production, Juliet and Romeo, classic romance meets contemporary reality. Shakespeare reimagined for our modern world. 7pm, Aug 9-11 Cockpit Theatre and Aug 17-22 Upstairs at the Gatehouse.

• Rachel Heritage’s one-woman show Tick Tick follows a week in the life of Robin, a media student about to explode. Exploring anxiety, online sex work and the goddamn rent, Rachel shares a story for anyone suffering in the shadows. 11:30am August 9-11, The Etcetera Theatre.

New musical Domitius, about Emperor Nero, comes to Conway Hall for six performances from Aug 6-8. Roman history, politics and characters are brought to life with a contemporary score – inspired by the 1970s and 1980s – and a script laced with 21st century humour. Visit

• Destiny, a semi-autobiographical monologue by Florence Espeut Nickless, is at the Pleasance Theatre until Aug 7. It follows a teenage girl growing up on a rural Wiltshire council estate whose life spirals out of control as she learns how to love and be loved. Various times:

Brer Rabbit Visits Africa is at the Puppet Theatre Barge, Little Venice, from Aug 10-Sept 5. Brer Rabbit travels to Africa to visit his grandmother and gets himself into trouble. All the animals of Africa gather to help. The show is performed using traditional hand carved marionettes and is narrated by Rudolf Walker. 3pm Mon-Fri & Sun; 11am & 3pm Sats; Aug 10 – Sept 5


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