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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Anansi the Spider Re-spun; Revisor; Grounded; Coriolanus

05 June, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus

THEATRE Centre and Theatre503 have commissioned 19 UK playwrights, including Jon Britten, Zinnie Harris, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Roy Williams to write a series of short pieces for the nation, for anyone to read and record a performance. Award-winning writers and exciting new voices have contributed to a digital anthology reflecting the unprecedented circumstances we are living through. The stories will be released for everyone – individuals, families, flatmates, school children, care homes and youth theatres – to submit their version, bringing writers and communities together across the country in unpredictable acts of creativity. Theatre Centre and Theatre503 will use a selection of these recordings to create a patchwork of the nation. Theatre Centre is also providing tutorial videos to inspire and perfect the recordings. Recordings can be submitted until 6pm on June 10. Visit: theatre-centre.co.uk/projects/imagination/

THE Unicorn Theatre is streaming Anansi the Spider Re-spun, created and directed by Justin Audibert, for ages 3-8, in partnership with The Guardian. Inspired by its hit show, Anansi the Spider, about the infamous mischief-maker and master spinner of yarns, these classic West African and Caribbean tales have been adapted for Unicorn Online. Made with film partner, Illuminations, the cast filmed themselves in their own homes. The first episode, Brother Anansi and Brother Snake, is online now until June 20. Episode 2: Anansi and the Two Dinners, June 6-27; Anansi and the Pot of Wisdom, June 13-July 4. Visit: unicorntheatre.com/anansi-respun

IF you missed it at Sadler’s Wells, Crystal Pite and JonathonYoung’s dance-theatre production Revisor, based on Nikolai Gogol’s play The Government Inspector, is now available on BBC 4. Blending contemporary theatre and dance, Revisor explores conflict, comedy and corruption in the potent relationship between language and the body. Revisor was recorded days before the lockdown. Visit: bbc.co.uk/bbcfour

The Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, starring Tom Hiddleston and directed by Josie Rourke, will be screened as part of National Theatre at Home’s series. The Donmar is a charity and welcomes donation to help sustain the organisation over the coming months. View from 7pm June 4 and available on demand for seven days. Visit: nationaltheatre.org.uk

DEAFINITELY Theatre’s production of Grounded by George Brant, performed at the Park Theatre, and its award-winning co-production of Mike Barlett’s dark comedy Contractions will be available online throughout June. Visit: deafinitelytheatre.co.uk

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