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Natasha Tripney’s theatre picks: June 29

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We’re about to enter the season of the Edinburgh preview, but beyond the (owl-shaped) shadow of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, there’s plenty of diverting new work to be seen.

Incoming Festival – New Diorama Theatre, London

Another plug for Incoming, the enterprising festival showcasing emerging work at the New Diorama. The festival runs until July 3 and there’s still a chance to catch Smoke and Oakum’s boxing drama Cornermen, Walrus Theatre’s piece about words and their weight, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, the award-winning and endearingly silly (and sweaty) Police Cops, and Kandinsky’s intriguing Still Ill.

The Hamilton Complex – Unicorn Theatre, London

As the London International Festival of Theatre enters its last week, there are still one or two treats left in the programme, including The Hamilton Complex, a piece by Lies Pauwels that places 13 teenage girls and a bodybuilder on stage and explores ideas of identity, image and conformity.

Meeting – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Meeting, another LIFT show, is a dance theatre piece-cum-sound installation by two Australian choreographers, which places two performers on stage along with more than 60 robotic percussion instruments, and explores the relationship between human and machine. It’s at Battersea Arts Centre until July 2.

Fat Man – Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Martin Bonger’s funny, poignant take on the Orpheus myth, re-imagining him as a washed-up and gone-to-seed comedian, is at Exeter’s Bike Shed until July 2.

Samantha Robinson and Eloise Joseph rehearsing for Screwed. Photo: Kathryn O'Reilly
Samantha Robinson and Eloise Joseph rehearsing for Screwed. Photo: Kathryn O’Reilly

Screwed – Theatre503, London

Kathryn O’Reilly’s debut play Screwed explores the friendship between two women in their 30s, and how it gets tangled up in a lifestyle of booze and excess.

Petrification – Shaftesbury Club, London

Also exploring friendship through the bottom of a glass, Zoe Cooper’s new play Petrification is a site-specific piece of new writing that is being performed at Battersea’s Shaftesbury Club until July 2.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival – various venues, Edinburgh

Running from July 1-8, the Edinburgh International Magic Festival features Vincent Gambini’s This Is Not a Magic Show (it is really), which first surfaced during last year’s Forest Fringe, and performances from Colin Cloud and American mindreader David Gerard.

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