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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Marathon; Hear Me Out; Dr Seuss’s The Lorax; We Cover the Universe

01 April, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Dr Seuss’s The Lorax

LIVE online as part of New Stuff (rehearsed readings) at The Cockpit is Marathon, a semi-autobiographical comedy by Matilda Bayley about one girl’s struggle to locate her identity amongst a chaotic home life, growing up with her neurodiverse brother, Jack. In an attempt to lay claim to her selfhood, Tiggy convinces herself that running a marathon will fix her problems, only to discover that it makes them worse. Exploring universal themes of the female experience, teenage infatuation and self-acceptance, Marathon offers a funny and empowering perspective on a classic coming-of-age story, while raising awareness of neurodiversity in contemporary society. Live Online, 7pm, April 4 Tickets: £1 thecockpit.org.uk/show/new_stuff

Hear Me Out is a brand-new podcast from actor and producer Lucy Eaton, most recently seen on TV screens in BBC1’s Staged. The first four episodes are now available to listen to with guests Mark Bonnar, Denise Gough, Adrian Lester and Claire Skinner. A new episode will be released each Tuesday with future guests including Brendan Coyle, Freddie Fox, Patricia Hodge, Maddy Hill and Giles Terera. Hear Me Out is available to listen to on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor.com, and all major streaming platforms. Lucy’s podcast invites theatre-loving audiences to re-connect with theatre-makers in a unique celebration of language and performance. Visit: www.podhearmeout.co.uk

• Early heads up that David Greig and Charlie Fink’s Olivier Award-nominated adaptation, Dr Seuss’s The Lorax will be performed and streamed live from The Old Vic stage from April 14-17. Directed by Max Webster and celebrating the story’s 50th anniversary, Dr Seuss’s The Lorax is inventively transformed into a semi-staged version to keep young (and older) minds entertained, enchanted and empowered with its central message of protecting the planet. The Lorax’s magical battle to save his beloved truffula trees and the whole of Paradise Valley resonates louder than ever. Visit: oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2021/old-vic-in-camera/dr-seusss-the-lorax

Little Angel’s next Zoom production is We Cover the Universe, presented by Akin, for under-fives and their families, including poetry, drawing and gentle play. We first meet Dot when she’s feeling small. She’s stuck in a grey room until she starts to draw and dream. Plucking up the courage to venture out, she encounters a glorious new world of colour. And learns there’s more to life than she ever thought possible. 11am & 2pm, April 6 -7. £13.50 per household. Learn how to make your own puppets with Little Angel’s Easter craft Zoom sessions. Children aged 6-10 can join the Little Angel team in a series of fun, creative workshops to get the Easter holidays off to a crafty start. 10.30am -11.45am, April 6-9, £15 per child per session Visit: littleangeltheatre.com

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