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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Creature; The Weekend; There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom & Other Stories; Malindadzimu; Finding Melania; Liminal

23 September, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom at Little Angel Theatre. Photo: Ellie Kurttz­

AKRAM Khan returns to Sadler’s Wells with Creature. It’s an unearthly tale of exploitation and human frontiers inspired by Georg Büchner’s expressionist classic, Woyzeck, with shades of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Drawing on themes of abandonment, isolation and the mind’s fragility, Creature is the tale of an outsider and the search for belonging. Until October 2. www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/english-national-ballet-creature-by-akram-khan/

Highbury Opera Theatre presents The Weekend, Michael Palin’s popular play about one man’s quest to avoid a family gathering adapted into a jazz-infused comic opera. Music by Scott Stroman, libretto by Tamsin Collison, directed by John Ramster, Bloomsbury Theatre, September 25-27. ucl.ac.uk/culture/whats-on/weekend

• Imagine waking up to find a turtle bathing in your bathtub, an orangutan bouncing on your bed and a jaguar creeping through your kitchen! But how did they get here and why are they so far from home? There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom & Other Stories is a magical mix of puppetry and music. Inspired by the Greenpeace campaign films written by James Sellick, and featuring a voiceover by Emma Thompson. For 5-11s. Until Nov 7. littleangeltheatre.com

Malindadzimu is downstairs at Hampstead Theatre until October 30. Mufaro Makubika’s play explores a mother and daughter’s search for belonging. For Faith and her teenage daughter Hope, growing up inevitably means growing apart. So Faith makes the drastic decision to return to her native Zimbabwe and start over. It’s home for her, but not for Hope. Will the powers that have drawn them back help them find each other and themselves? hampsteadtheatre.com

• The Sprint Festival continues at Camden People’s Theatre with Finding Melania, a solo show about the fascination and lure of masculine power. It combines dark clowning, surreal visual landscapes, and absurd comedy to explore the grotesque behind the glamorous facade of Melania Trump 7.15pm, September 24; Coded Conscience by PLAYEST is a new experimental work exploring machine learning, artificial intelligence, and human nature. 7.30pm Sept 25; Thatcher-Rite by Jack Boal is a work-in-progress. The audience are invited to have tea with Margaret Thatcher to help her navigate the afterlife. 9pm, September 25; Let Me Count the Ways,  written and performed by Maz Hedgehog, is about intimacy, boundaries and healing. Featuring sapphic witches getting day drunk in summer and queer femmes swapping highlighters, the spoken-word show moves between rage and joy, sorrow and peace. 7.15pm Sept 28, www.cptheatre.co.uk

Le Gateau Chocolat has joined forces with the King’s Head Theatre to create Liminal. Each night, a specially curated operatic song cycle will offer a meditation on where we go and who we be­come when we lose our anchor? A raw, personal look at opera and the people who perform it. Dif­ferent for each cast, this is inti­m­ate opera. kingsheadtheatre.com


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