There is still plenty on offer at the Camden Fringe. While a great deal of it is very much an unknown quantity, it’s a chance to take a punt and hope for a delightful discovery at any of the many host venues across the city. It may be called the Camden Fringe but its scope extends way beyond the borough. A show with lindy hop dancing sounds fine by me and that is what Shards offers in a four-hander about love, loss, swing dancing and particle physics.
It's 2011 and the Shard is half completed. Matt, a swing dancer and a nurse and Laura, a particle physicist, hunting for the Higgs Boson particle are negotiating the world of online dating desperately looking for a connection. On their first date in Borough High Street there is a spark but also catastrophe. We flit back and forth in time, with the Shard at different heights, witnessing the lives of our swing dancer and particle physicist at different points of momentum, collision and propulsion. Shards features live lindy hop dancing on stage throughout. It is a lively and entertaining play about love, loss and dedication.