This is a sponsored article on behalf of Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) .
You know that saying, the show must go on? Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) sure does. Mark 8-24 May 2020 in your diaries pronto, because this much-loved south London festival has bounced back against the odds to bring their annual showcase of cutting-edge entertainment direct to your living rooms.
That’s right, for the first ever time WAF has gone online with artists using lockdown to conjure up a dazzling roster of dance, comedy, theatre, circus, music and art, all for you to devour at home. While the original festival cannot take place as planned, WAF In Your Living Room allows you to re-connect with our capital’s marvellous arts scene, plus support rising artists when they need it most. Oh, and you’re guaranteed a front row seat to all the action. Everybody’s a winner.
What’s on the line-up? All sorts! We’ve listed a few of our highlights below, but there’s oodles to choose from on the exciting programme so do pop over to the website and see what tickles your fancy. Guaranteed, there won’t be a dull moment. You don’t even have to get changed out of your pyjamas – how’s that for a good time?
1. Garry Roost, ‘Warhol: Bullet Karma’
Enter the world of a twentieth century pop art icon with this furious, funny and fame-hungry ode to the life of Andy Warhol. Gary Roost's podcast breathes life into the obsessively self-conscious artist, from his initial move to New York to a factory exploding with ideas, concepts and wild parties. This one-man show exposes the man who shook the pop art world.
Enjoy an episode of Garry Roost's 'Warhol: Bullet Karma’ online every day from 14-21 May at 9.30pm.
2. Max Morton, ‘Sisterson Foods’
Spoken word, hip hop and home video footage aren’t a commonly seen trio, but Max Morton’s multi-faceted show about his struggle with mental health is anything but ordinary. Join Max for a live performance of this poetic journey through depression, love, toxic masculinity and acceptance, using multiple art forms to tell a brutally honest story.
Watch Max Morton, ‘Sisterson Foods’ online on 15 May at 4.30pm and 17 May at 7.30pm.
3. First Flirts, ‘Love Angels Game Night’
Hands up who’s ready for a cosy night of creative chaos? Interactive games company First Flirts are here to solve your romantic dilemmas in the best way they know how – with a no-holds-barred, live-streamed games night, of course! Part cabaret, part performance, part quiz, tune in and dish the dirt in an evening of interactive silliness and date night drama aplenty.
Watch First Flirts, ‘Love Angels Game Night’ online on 21 May at 10-11pm.
4. Beatrice Boivineau, ‘Japanese Tenshintaido workshops’
There’s no time like the present to learn a new skill, and you may find one which helps to free your body and mind of tension particularly welcome. Tenshintaido is a Japanese body practice that aims to create peace and harmony through physical expression. Join instructor Beatrice Boivineau for her workshops – some to simply follow and enjoy the signature ‘soft’ movements of Tenshintaido, others to practice two kinds of standing (or seated!) meditation. Let calm ensue…
Take part in Beatrice Boivineau’s 'Soft as Seaweed' session online on 18 May at 12pm, or watch '10 Positions Meditation' session online on 19 May at 7pm. You can learn more about the Japanese sword on 13 May at 12pm or 20 May at 4pm, or Let Go of Everything and Have a Good Sleep on 12 May at 9pm or 18 May at 6.30pm.
With many fringe and festival events cancelled, WAF In Your Living Room is both a welcome and rare opportunity to discover new talent, support your favourites and re-connect with London’s one-of-a-kind art scene. All listings are free to enjoy online, but you can show your appreciation by making individual donations to the artists. See the full programme online.