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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Tower Theatre; Festival of Brexit; Fun Places

28 September, 2018 — By Julie Tomlin

Tower Theatre’s new home

• Tower Theatre Company launches into its first season at its new home in Stoke Newington this week, with William Shakespeare’s Henry V, directed by John McSpadyen, playing until October 2. The building, formerly Sunstone House in Northwold Road, has been transformed into a fully-equipped theatre that will be the company’s first permanent home, and a packed programme marks this new chapter, with an adaptation by Christopher Sergel of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird directed by Martin Mulgrew next in line from October 24-November 3. More details on 020 7353 1700.

• Submissions for live performances responding to the theme “inside a mass hallucination” are invited by the Cockpit Theatre for its Festival of Brexit. Shows of between three minutes to an hour long will be performed as a “random series of events” between now and March 2019 when Britain is due to leave the European Union. Legendary publisher John Calder, publisher of Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs and Alexander Trocchi among many others and a staunch opponent of censorship, who died in August aged 91, will be remembered at the Cockpit Theatre at a free event on October 2. For more details call 020 7258 2925.

• Set up to celebrate theatre director Joan Littlewood’s centenary in 2014, Fun Palaces is staging its first LGBT+ space in and around the Pleasance Theatre on October 6. Both an ongoing campaign for culture at the heart of the community and an annual weekend of action in October, Fun Palaces are run by and for the local community and combine arts, craft, science, tech, digital, heritage and sports activities. More details on 020 7619 6868.

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