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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: If You Love Me This Might Hurt; Horror Festival; UNLOCK; Kensuke’s Kingdom; When This Is Over

21 October, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Voices of Evil is part of the London Horror Festival

MATTY May is at Camden People’s Theatre until October 30. An uncensored and funny solo show about rage, suicide and so-called self-care, If You Love Me This Might Hurt explores mental health, council estates, the trauma men can inflict and the magic of having a brilliant nan all through a queer lens. cptheatre.co.uk

The London Horror Festival is at the Pleasance Theatre until Oct 31. Paprichoo’s La Voisin is set in 17th-century France. Catherine Montvoisin tells fortunes, soothes souls, and poisons husbands. But when her rival gets arrested, it’s not long before her world falls apart. 6.30pm, Oct 22-23. In The Trick & Treat Show, award-winning Vaude-Villains Evelyn Carnate, Ruby Wednesday and Mx Tzo create a warped and hilariously uncomfortable homage to the origins of cabaret and vaudeville. 8.30pm Oct 23; 2.30pm Oct 24. Lachlan Werner’s Voices of Evil features ventriloquism as you’ve never seen it. Werner (ventriloquist, clown) presents an hour of frights, where demonic voices come from every corner. Werner promises a horrifyingly funny night. 6.30pm, Oct 26-27. londonhorrorfestival.co.uk

• The Rosemary Branch Theatre reopens this autumn with a new season celebrating 25 years of woman leadership. A beloved space for performance on the border of Islington the theatre’s opening season is UNLOCK and aims to welcome audiences, artists and fresh ideas alike. Offering a wide variety of performance, acts will range from one-person-shows to drag cabaret, stand-up to children’s events, podcasts and puppetry. rosemarybranchtheatre.co.uk/shows

The Tower Theatre is staging a special family show for half term: an adaptation of Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. It’s 1987. Michael and his parents have escaped industrial England and are sailing on an adventure around the world. One night, Michael and his faithful dog Stella Artois accidentally fall off the yacht. Washed up on an island, they soon realise they are not alone – Kensuke, a Japanese man who calls the island his “kingdom”, has been living there since the war, over 40 years ago. Kensuke  teaches Michael all there is to know about the island, from its beautiful inhabitants to its unwanted visitors. A magical show for the whole family brought to life through puppetry, music and movement. October 23-31. towertheatre.org.uk

• Company Three and the Unicorn presents When This Is Over October 27-30, created with members of Company Theatre, aged 14-18. As world leaders gather in Glasgow to decide the future of the world, the cast share the extraordinary, funny and sometimes embarrassing small moments that make up a life – from childhood pasts, to the impossible imagined hope of what is to come. This is a celebration of possibility and the power of stories, told by teenagers standing on the brink of an uncertain future. Based in Islington, Company Three is encouraging youth theatres and school groups across the UK, to make their own versions of When This Is Over. www.unicorntheatre.com/events/when-this-is-over

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