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This year’s Bedlam Fair has more of an international feel than we’ve managed for a couple of years - and even the British acts we met abroad - bringing to the streets of Bath some of the world’s street culture as well as the variety with camera in hand. For the first time in a couple of years we will also be running some acts on the Saturday, as well as the Sunday show in Saw Close.
Marco Carolei is a classic Italian Street Clown we’ve seen in both Spain and France, his gentle humour undermines the self-important with an innocence that allows him complete freedom, the every essence of clown humour but not lacking an edge. Cokokoco are from Argentina via Barcelona (and we first saw them in Belgium!) and bring an exotic, and, yes, sultry edge to routines based on circus skills and audience participation.
Scott Taylor is an American in Paris with an accordion, whose music embraces the quirkiest edge of Americana and the darker side of French Chanson.
They are joined on Saturday by students from Circomedia, the pioneering circus school that has brought so many great performers through Bristol (and Bath), or on Sunday by Bowjangles, a classic Covent Garden musical acrobatic act who we know through Italian connections, and maybe even more... There will be a Bedlam leaflet nearer the time.
Friday night sees the return of Bedlam Cabaret, with a selection of the above plus The Cockney Awkestra, a side project from members of last year’s favourites Ramshacklicious and compere from the international street circuit last seen in Bath with the multinational Fantasmagoria.
The spirit of Bedlam is also evident in some of the outdoor and site-specific performances in the wider Fringe programme: just mentioning quickly Kilter’s Green-fingering show on the allotments (28-31 May, 4-7 June), Metra Theatre’s show on a boat (30&31 May), Bath-born Full Sail Theatre’s double bill (5-7 June), The Lord Chamberlain’s Men bringing Twelfth Night (29 & 30 May), and the arty kerfuffle that is the inimitable White Wine Art Trail with Ralph le Bonbon and chums on Saturday 23 May.
Thanks to: Theatre Royal Bath, Gascoyne Place, St. John’s Hospital, RNHRD, B&NES Licensing, Parks & Traffic Depts., Emery’s of Bath, Circomedia, Bim Mason, Streats Ltd., FAB Arran, Liz Lav.