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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Calm Down, Dear; East; Hanna

05 January, 2018 — By Julie Tomlin

THE feminist festival Calm Down, Dear opens at the Camden People’s Theatre on January 15 with Big Bang #1, a night of works in progress including Am I Enough? by Sofia Nurul, which explores women’s identity in society today and Of Course I’m Hot… I’m 50!, which takes a look at the journey through menopause. Launched in 2013 with a programme that included Bridget Christie’s award-winning stand-up set A Bic for Her, the festival has gone on to showcase the work of a number of performers and writers. The festival runs for three weeks until Sunday, February 4, and there is a double bill ticket offer of two different shows on the same night for just £16. For more details call 020 7419 4841.

• A revival of Steven Berkoff’s East opens at the King’s Head, the theatre where it made its debut 43 years ago – on Wednesday, January 10. Berkoff, who grew up in Stepney, described the play as an “elegy for the East End” when he wrote it. Director Jessica Lazar believes the story of Mike and Les as they fight over Mike’s girlfriend Sylv “resonates so powerfully in the mood of 2017/18”. The Life According to Saki director adds: “East’s characters are violent and relentless and sometimes grotesque, but they are also electrically funny, brutally charming. They leap from frustrated dreams and fantastic nightmares to punch-drunk reality and back again.” More details on 020 7226 4443.

• The Arcola Theatre has begun the new year with Hanna, a play inspired by a 2014 news story of a baby accidentally swapped in a French hospital. Sam Potter’s new play tells the story of a single mother’s discovery that her three-year-old daughter is not her own. For more details call 020 7503 1646.


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