4 essential things to do in mid-August

It’s exactly midway through the laziest month of the year. So here are a handful of cultural tips to see you through to the bank holiday weekend

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THEATRE: the last 10 days of the Camden Fringe

Paolo Ferrari: catch his Urban Buffoon show daily until Aug 24
Paolo Ferrari: catch his Urban Buffoon show daily until Aug 24
The ninth annual arts festival is now in full swing, having kicked off two weeks ago with 200 productions in a whopping number of venues across the borough of Camden and beyond. If you haven’t caught anything yet, we recommend all-female collective Get Over It Productions’ Twelfth Night (Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, 15th – 17th August) or, a week later, the Midsummer Night’s Dream-inspired Demetrius Unchained (21st – 24th August).

Ladylogue! Runs till Aug 16
Ladylogue! Runs till Aug 16

Elsewhere, hip street performer Paolo Ferrari (pictured above) is taking to Camden High Street for his nightly stand-up show Urban Buffoon (meet on the corner of Parkway and Camden High Street, 830pm, daily until 24th August); while laugh-out-loud comedians the Bearded Women take over the Hen & Chickens in Highbury on the 17th, 22 and 23rd August.

All a bit too hirsute? Catch Ladylogue! (Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street WC2, 12-16 August),  hilarious, heart-warming, one-woman plays by some of the UK’s finest emerging playwrights. For the full line-up and to book tickets (£5+), head here

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Three more to look out for…

CLUB: Afrobeat at The Forge AfrospotFor six years, Will Page and Kodjovi have championed Ghanaian highlife and Afro beat music at the Afrospot in famously shabby-chic venue Passing Clouds in Dalston. Now, they’ve brought it closer to home at classy Camden Town venue the Forge. The third night in the series is tomorrow, Friday 15 August. £5 before 9pm. Delancey Street NW1

ART: Jason Hawkridge at Flaxon Ptootch Jason Hawkridge
The illustrator and painter launches his new show at the raucous Kentish Town hair salon-cum-gallery tonight (Thursday 14 August), with live music from rising songstress Frankie Foreman, set to perform some of the tracks she wowed the crowd with at Alma Street Fair recently. Free, 7pm, 237 Kentish Town Road (exhibition runs till 12 Sept)


GIG: Oxjam Camden audienceExpect rawk, blues and alternative acts galore at this Bugbear Promotions night at Dublin Castle on Saturday (16th August). Headlining is Irish band New Valley Wolves, with American pop-rock trio King the Kid in support, and Blue Stragglers, Moriaty, and Wychhound all tagging along for the ride. 7pm, 94 Parkway NW1, £5 here

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