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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: SLAM; The Provoked Wife; Camden Head comedy

21 September, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

• A FESTIVAL of new playwriting takes place at SLAM in King’s Cross over the weekend of Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1. Now in its fourth year and organised by Untold Arts, Untold Stories showcases short plays from new and up-and-coming writers, including Shyam Bhatt and her one-act play Treya’s Last Dance following appearances at the Bridewell Theatre and New York and LA Fringes. Among the six plays performed each night are three dramas by Mark Lindow, Chris Udoh and Rebecca Jones. They look at coming of age of young men, and stories are as diverse as death row in 1950s New South Wales and the onset of the Korean War to speed-dating in South London and an over-50s singles night in Yorkshire. Details at slam.org.uk

•  THERE’S still time – just – to catch The Provoked Wife at the Hope Theatre and The Existence Formula at the Tristan Bates Theatre. The Provoked Wife is a modern take on a comedy penned by John Vanbrugh in 1697, transferring the story of Sir John and Lady Brute and their disaffection with their marriage to a music festival. See Hannah Boland Moore’s production of this Restoration comedy before it closes on Saturday. Written by Sarah Rickman, The Existence Formula transferred to the Tristan Bates Theatre after it was staged at the Hen & Chickens Theatre during this summer’s Camden Fringe. The Existence Formula is also showing until Saturday. More details: The Hope Theatre 0333 666 3366; Tristan Bates Theatre: 020 3841 6611.

• A NEW season of Stand Up & Slam kicks off at the Comedy Club at Camden Head tonight (Thursday) with comedians and poets pitched in a battle of the spoken word that the audience gets to judge. For details call 020 7485 4019.

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