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Three To See on 30 Jul: How To Make Me Happy, Andrew Bird – Aloof, The Boatswain’s Mate

By | Published on Monday 23 July 2018

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

How To Make Me Happy | The Lion and Unicorn | 30-31 Jul (pictured)
Something really, really, really exciting happens today, and the exciting thing is that Camden Fringe kicks off, and it’s got a great programme of events coming up. So I am celebrating by picking two shows from it, and this, of course, is the first, from a company who did a show at last year’s edfringe that our reviewer absolutely loved. “From a brisk morning run to belly-laughing with old friends, everyone has things they need to feel okay. We’re no different. Unfortunately, we can’t move. Can you help make us happy?” See this listing here.

Andrew Bird – Aloof | Camden Comedy Club | 30-31 Jul
“Andrew is aloof. The first time he was called aloof he took it as a compliment because he didn’t know what it meant. Since learning it means “not friendly” or “forthcoming”; “cool and distant”. He still thinks its a compliment.” And straight on to the second Camden Fringe tip, for a show by a comedian we’ve always liked, though I think it’s quite a long time since we actually saw him perform. Maybe because he has been off supporting the likes of Rob Brydon and Michael McIntyre on tour. Book here.

The Boatswain’s Mate | Arcola Theatre | 30 Jul-1 Aug
For the last of today’s tips, we’re leaving Camden Fringe and heading for Arcola’s Grimeborn festival instead, because I found a show that really intrigued me, a rare revival of a 1914 opera by Suffragette composer Ethel Smyth. The story is as follows “at a quiet pub set back from the seafront, the landlady has a nuisance on her hands. She’s confronted with a suitor who simply won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. When he comes up with a last-ditch plan to win her heart, our formidable heroine gives him more than he’d bargained for…” All the details are here.