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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Charlie Ward at Home; George Floyd Protest series; Don’t Worry, Little Crab; work_from_home

25 June, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Hey Kid, part of the Bush Theatre’s The Protest series

FUEL has released Charlie Ward at Home, a reimagining of Sound&Fury’s celebrated installation for audiences to experience at home through headphones and via laptops or projectors. Charlie Ward combines immersive sound and projections to place the audience as patients in a wartime hospital in 1914. Behind the front line, the first casualties are treated. To boost morale, medical staff arrange for a Chaplin film to be shown with the ward’s ceiling serving as the silver screen. For one soldier, Harry, the flickering images, whirring projector and Chaplin’s perfect comic timing trigger complex emotions and memories and set him on a personal journey. Atmospheric sounds captured during the UK lockdown, combined with footage from Charlie Chaplin’s By the Sea, invoke the dream-like experience of being on C Ward at home. The installation will run until July 20. For details and to book a free ticket visit: fueltheatre.com/projects/charliewardathome

THE Bush Theatre asked six black British artists to dramatise their response to the killing of George Floyd and its impact on black Britons. The Protest series, six short dramas including Hey Kid by Matilda Ibini, Do You Hear Us Now by Benedict Lombe and Black by Roy Williams, are now live. They are compelling viewing – do not miss. Visit: youtube.com/user/bushtheatre/videos

NEW Diorama Theatre is presenting work_from_home, a free online experience, performed by participants on Zoom. It is a digital, interactive adaptation of Nathan Ellis’ play work.txt, which would have formed part of Incoming Festival 2020. Before coronavirus, we were working all the time. We were worried about the gig economy and burnout, and now everything’s stopped. Now everyone is working on their sourdough starters, trying to be productive, feeling scared, trying to get going again. You will log on, you will do nothing, you will contribute, you will be essential. June 26 and 29; July 1 and 3. Visit: newdiorama.com/whats-on/workfromhome

LITTLE Angel Theatre is streaming Don’t Worry, Little Crab until July 31. Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a rockpool. Today, they’re going for a dip in the sea. “This is going to be so great!” says Little Crab. But then Little Crab catches a first glimpse of the water… “Oh, the waves! They’re ENORMOUS. JEEPERS!” Will Little Crab be brave enough to go in? This adaptation of Chris Haughton‘s picture book has been created in association with Folded Feather. The set and puppets are made from recycled materials – such as paper plates and pasta. It was filmed in a socially distanced way. Little Angel offer their online shows for free but donations are much appreciated. Visit: littleangeltheatre.com

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