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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Camden People’s Theatre’s Sprint Festival and a new play by EastEnders’ writer Pete Lawson

09 March, 2017

• The Sprint Festival, Camden People’s Theatre’s annual showcase of new work is under way – and until Saturday you can see Bravado, a new play by former Euston resident Scottee. Described as “a memoir of working-class masculinity from 1991 to 1999 as seen by a sheep in wolf’s clothing”, it carries a warning of graphic accounts of violence, abuse, assault and sex and a promise of Oasis tracks. Sprint, which runs until March 22, includes I Am a Tree, a new show by Jamie Wood; an autobiographical poetry piece, I’m The Hero of This Story, in which Roxanne Carney explores gender politics, break-ups, dating and generation rent; Jess Brodie and Victoria Bianchi’s look at women reaching 30, I’ll Have What She’s Having; and Nathan Birkinshaw’s How I lost the Will to Live (And Why You Should Too), a story about coming of age in a post-truth world. For more details call 020 7419 4841.

• A new play by EastEnders’ writer Pete Lawson opens at the New Diorama on March 15, marking the beginning of Spare Tyre theatre company’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Safe, which has a cast of older people and people with learning disabilities, follows a theatre company’s attempts to stage and takes a satirical look at the issue of risk as they brush with a Health & Safety Officer. At a workshop on March 18, Spare Tyre’s artistic director Arti Prashar will explore approaches to participatory arts practice with older people and adults with learning disabilities. For more details call 0207 383 9034.

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