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The 50 best stage shows to stream right now: fringe

Top row: Spymonkey and Daniel Bye. Bottom row: Amsterdam and It's True, It's True, It's True. Photos: Helen Murray/Alex Brenner
Top row: Spymonkey and Daniel Bye. Bottom row: Amsterdam and It's True, It's True, It's True. Photos: Helen Murray/Alex Brenner

Lockdown has led to a boom in audiences for digital work. Natasha Tripney has chosen the best fringe productions streaming now


 

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Michal Horowicz in Amsterdam. Photo: Helen Murray
Michal Horowicz in Amsterdam. Photo: Helen Murray

Amsterdam

YouTube

Maya Arad Yasur’s fascinatingly multi-layered play Amsterdam was Matthew Xia’s first as artistic director of Actors Touring Company. The show had set off on a national tour when it was cancelled and this performance was filmed at the Orange Tree Theatre last autumn.
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Louise Orwin in A Girl and a Gun. Photo: Tristram Kenton
Louise Orwin in A Girl and a Gun. Photo: Tristram Kenton

A Girl and a Gun

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Louise Orwin’s show about the tropes of women as both seductress and victim, originally performed at Camden People Theatre’s festival of feminist theatre, Calm Down Dear, is one of a number of fringe productions available via LIVR.
Available at: livr.co.uk

Spymonkey Cooped
Spymonkey Cooped

Cooped

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The 2019 revival of Spymonkey’s show, recorded at Liverpool Playhouse (and retitled Hysteria for its US tour), is available online. The Stage’s review of the Edinburgh fringe show called it “physical comedy at its best.”
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Going Viral

Going Viral

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Daniel Bye’s aptly titled show is now available to watch on YouTube along with the writer and performer’s other works. Bye’s show, about an infectious pathogen that reduces its sufferers to uncontrollable bouts of weeping, was described by The Stage as “teeming with fresh ideas and ingeniously framed perspectives”.
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It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

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Breach’s acclaimed, award-winning show about the life of the 17th-century artist Artemisia Gentileschi was due to play at the Barbican Centre at the end of March. The company will now stream it online via YouTube from March 31 for 30 days.
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Styx

Styx

YouTube

Second Body has made its moving Orpheus-inspired song cycle about coming to terms with dementia and loss available on YouTube. You’ll need a good supply of tissues for this one and possibly a tot of whisky.
Available at: youtube.com

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