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Mimetic Festival 2014
The Vaults
17th November 2014

Mimetic Festival 2014

Photography provided by Mimetic Festival

As our regular visitors will know, we've long been supporters of the off-West End movement with a particular focus on new writing. We spend every summer holed up in Camden, covering lots of weird and wonderful acts, so it was a natural decision for us to get involved with this year's Mimetic Festival as an awards partner. What that means, is along with a handful of other sites like The Public Reviews, we will be helping the organisers identify the best and worst of Mimetic. So, cramming a ridiculous number of low-budget high-imagination shows into two weeks and telling people what we think? No change there then.

At the launch of Mimetic, we saw excerpts of six very different shows; enough to whet the appetite. The cabaret pieces like Holestar Presents - Sorry I'm A Lady fared best, with theatre struggling to come across as well when stripped down to ten minutes and taken out of context. One of the strongest previews came from Marion Deprez is Gorgeous, which is a show we'll be reviewing in week two of the festival. Here's hoping the rest of the hour is as good as the sneaky peak we took at the launch.

As well as Marion, we've picked another 12 shows to cover over the course of the festival and will be publishing our reviews here as normal. Ahead of everything kicking off, we've already seen a further four shows and spoken to one of the performers. In true Blue Peter fashion, here are some we wrote earlier:

Nothing to See Here runs from 18th to 19th November 2014 at Mimetic 2.

Where The White Stops runs from 18th to 20th November 2014 at Mimetic 2.

First Draft runs from 18th to 22nd November 2014 at Mimetic 1.

Crazy Glue runs from 25th to 29th November 2014 at Mimetic 2.

• Read our interview with Michael Twaits here. His show The Libertine has Left the Building runs from 25th to 29th November 2014 at Mimetic 2.

The Mimetic Festival aims to showcase devised theatre, mime, puppetry and cabaret - all things we like when done well. Does London really need another arts festival? Can Mimetic deliver all that they've promised? Well, we'll soon find out. Stay with us for the journey, we're sure it's going to be an intriguing one.

The Mimetic Festival opened on 17th November and runs until 29th November 2014 at The Vaults.

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