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6 Edinburgh Fringe 2016 acts you can see in London first

The Edinburgh Fringe brochure was released yesterday. It was a momentous occasion. The Gimp Owl (Just wait until you see the cover) looked majestic, and the over 3000 shows happening this August comprise the usual mix of the genuinely brilliant-sounding, and the so-bad-it-might-be-great. Luckily for us some of the acts in the programme will even be performing in London in the next few weeks as they get ready for the Fringe, so we put together a list of the ones we can’t wait to see.

The Miserables

The MiserablesWe’ll declare our bias right now. Our very own Community Manager Nicola is bringing a show to Edinburgh. The Miserables is a parody of Les Miserables, which is set in an office where the employees hate their jobs. She has promised us it is not about us and we have decided to trust her. The Miserables can be seen at Just The Tonic at The Caves. Or, for those not travelling to Scotland, it’ll be at The Etcetera Theatre in Camden in July.

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My Life as a Musical Theatre Tour Guide

London’s theatre scene is amazing. From giant, long-running musicals to low-budget fringe productions that still knock your socks off, there’s something to keep everyone entertained. But how much do we really know about the theatres themselves? Fortunately the brilliant Neil from The West End Musical Theatre Walking Tour can help us find out more. We caught up with him to find out how he got where he is today:

“I first came up with the idea of starting a Musical Theatre walking tour just over a year ago and have been having fun entertaining audiences of all ages around the West End ever since. My main aim is always to inspire people about Musical Theatre with my passion, hopefully with them leaving having learned new things about this amazing art form and the theatres it is performed in.

I have been working as a singer/actor for over 15 years, starting out gigging in hotels in Bournemouth.  I also spent a lot of time performing in local amateaur dramatics which I really enjoyed, but went on to hone my craft on a professional level as I really wanted to perform for a living. It was at this time that I went on to win two national singing competitions (one judged by Amanda Holden and Earl Carpenter), which spurred me on and gave me the confidence to pursue my dream in earnest.

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The Wonderush Roundup: February

February is a bit of a weird one. It’s hard to tell exactly what to expect in terms of weather, which makes it hard to decide which events you want to go to, or how many layers you should be wearing to the ones you do want to attend. Luckily, we at Team Wonderush are super-helpful. We’ve put together a list of the events we think it’s worth checking out no matter what gets thrown at us this month.

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Anatomy of a #HappyYouYear: Winter

We went off on one at the beginning of the month about how we kind of resent New Years resolutions and are choosing instead to make 2016 a Happy You Year. Of course, it’s very easy to spout inspirational pep talks like that, but it’s hard to imagine what a Happy You Year might really look like. Well, not any more, folks. Community Manager Nicola is here. In the last few weeks she’s given us examples of what a Happy You Spring, a Happy You Summer, and a Happy You Autumn might involve, and today she is imagining how a Happy You Winter might look:

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Anatomy of a #HappyYouYear: Summer

We went off on one last week about how we kind of resent New Years resolutions and are choosing instead to make 2016 a Happy You Year. Of course, it’s very easy to spout inspirational pep talks like that, but it’s hard to imagine what a Happy You Year might really look like. Well, not any more, folks. Community Manager Nicola is here. Last week she gave us an example of a Happy You Spring, and today she is imagining how a Happy You Summer might look:

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Anatomy of a #HappyYouYear: Spring

We went off on one earlier in the week about how we kind of resent New Years resolutions and are choosing instead to make 2016 a Happy You Year. Of course, it’s very easy to spout inspirational pep talks like that, but it’s hard to imagine what a Happy You Year might really look like. Well, not any more, folks. Community Manager Nicola is here, and today she is imagining how a Happy You Spring might go:

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Things to do in London in December
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The Wonderush Roundup: December

Guys it’s December. Somewhere in the North Pole Santa is engaged in an epic Rocky-style training montage to get ready for his upcoming travels, and somewhere in London I opened a bottle of sherry first thing in the morning on December first and will not be putting it down until 2016. It’s a very exciting time of year and London is bringing it in the ‘Things to do’ department. Here are some of our favourites for this month but, as ever, feel free to let us know if we’ve missed something.

1. Club De Fromage on Ice

How do you make ice skating less terrifying (personal feelings of the author slightly coming through here)? Add cheesy music and a bar. This is a monthly event, but Decembers is billed as a Christmas special which means – you guessed it – Christmas music. I imagine skating will add a whole new dimension to We’re Walking In The Air, at the very least.

2. Weirdoes for Christmas Number One

An alternative pantomime with a cast of brilliant comedians who have basically no budget. This is actually the fourth panto produced by the Weirdos. Previous productions have included a live version of Hook and a KFC origins story. So if you’re bored of the traditional fairytales, or just don’t want to spend an evening in a room full of screaming children, this is the panto for you.

3. Christmas Lights Bike Tour

Christmas lights are pretty, and this is a whole new way to see them. The tour is slow, and takes mainly quiet streets, so that’s one less thing to worry about. You’ll be shown sights like Harrods, Winter Wonderland, and Oxford Street, which are all looking pretty flippin’ good right now.

4. South Pole Saloon

This is billed as “the ultimate drinking, dining, and immersive theatre experience to help Londoners celebrate the dark side of Christmas”, so definitely one for the people who want to get away from the same old Christmassy activities. The cocktails sound great and the food looks really good, so it’s definitely worth a look.

5. Resolution

Obviously, December isn’t just the season of flying reindeer and overeating. It also includes New Year’s Eve and its time-honoured combination of reminiscing, re-evaluating, and drinking seven too many proseccos. Resolution is a play that encompasses just that as it follows a couple through several New Year’s Eves, making people laugh and cry along the way.

6. The Great Christmas Pudding Race

This is essentially the best egg and spoon race ever, except that it’s in a relay format and has been given a festive twist. Participants (who are, naturally, raising money for charity) must keep their Christmas puddings on a plate while they take on an obstacle course including a foam slalom and running over an air mattress. Even if you’re not taking part, it’s worth going along to see people making festive fools of themselves.

7. Brick 2015

Not necessarily festive, but not everything is in December. This is the perfect event for the Lego-lover in your life. The show includes the chance to buy new or very rare lego sets, a display of amazing models built by diehard Lego fans and (saving the best until last) giant pits full of bricks which allow anyone to take a seat and set about building whatever catches their imagination. So much fun.


 

Hopefully this list will help you to get out and about and find something awesome to do this month – after all ’tis very much the season to make the most of everything. Ho ho ho, and all that. And for even more things to across London, don’t forget to have a browse of the Wonderush site to see what else is out there.

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The Wonderush August Round-up

Ah, August. It’s either going to be boiling hot, humid, and full of complainers; or rainy, chilly, and full of complainers. Either way, hang on to your hats, because it’s going to get complain-y up in here. Also hang on to your hats because it might be windy. It is August, after all, and therefore unpredictable.

But this month isn’t all unpredictability and moaning. We’ve listed a few of our picks of the most exciting things happening in London this month:

Exciting Thing No.1: Slide the City

Some utter geniuses are turning the ramp from Wembley Stadium down to Olympic way into a giant slip ‘n’ slide on August 22nd. I’m really not sure there’s much else to say on this one. It’s a giant, inflatable water slide. It’ll either be a refreshing thing to do on a hot day, or the kind of thing where you’ve already been rained on so it really doesn’t matter any more. One thing is for certain – make sure your swimming costume is the type that will stay up under sliding-based forces, because spectators go free.

http://slidethecityuk.co.uk/

Exciting Thing No.2: Great British Beer Festival

Taking place in Olympia from 11th– 15th August, the Great British Beer Festival is a must-visit. You know, if you like beer. Or if you have someone in your life who does like beer and who needs shutting up for a while. It’s presented by CAMRA so, for the people who are genuinely interested, you know they’ll know their stuff. There’s also a hat day (13th) for those who are less interested in actual beer drinking. Basically there is something for everyone. That is everyone except for the teetotal anti-hat lobby.

http://gbbf.org.uk/

Exciting Thing No.3: Kids Week

Winning the ‘spectacularly bad maths’ award (which I just made up) this month is Kids Week, which stretches for the full 31 days of August. Basically, kids go free to a variety of London shows. This is fantastic for parents, considering that it can now cost the equivalent of a small, quite-banged-up second hand car to go to the theatre. It’s also a good thing to bear in mind for adults who aren’t so keen on other peoples’ darling little ones. On the one hand, there may be a lot of them at some shows. On the other hand, you’re more likely to be able to see over the rest of the audience’s heads. So, swings and roundabouts.

http://www.kidsweek.co.uk/

Exciting Thing No. 4: London Triathlon

General entry to this closed a while ago. More fun than entering, however, is going down to watch, which you can do on the 8th and 9th of August. I say this as a person who cries with very little encouragement when people do difficult things for charities. And, if that’s not quite your bag, there’s also the ‘fit people in lycra’ factor. Which is one of the best factors.

http://www.thelondontriathlon.com/

Exciting Thing No. 5: Summer Screen at Somerset House

Tickets to a lot of these events (between 6th – 19th August) sold out a while ago, but there are still some going for a few of the films, as well as some of the ‘Behind The Screen’ events. And, let’s face it, it’s really the kind of event where you mainly just want to be able to say you’ve been. I’m planning on watching some of the films in the comfort of my own home, and then if anyone asks I’ll just say “oh, yeah. I was there, but it was just so packed – which I know, because I was totally there – that I couldn’t find you in the crowd – which was definitely there because so was I.” But that’s just me. 

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/film


And that’s August. Obviously there’s tons more stuff happening that I haven’t mentioned, so feel free to let me know if there’s anything you think should have come up. Other shoutouts go to The Edinburgh Fringe, for taking away 90% of London’s comedians for the entire month of August, and also The Great British Bakeoff, which returns to our screens this month to give everyone cravings for cakes with hilarious names that nobody has ever heard of before. Oh, and barbecues. Presumably, whatever the weather, there will be barbecues.

What are you getting up to this month? Is there anything else you think we should know about?