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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Refugee Week; Contractions; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Small Island

18 June, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

The National Theatre is streaming Small Island. Photo: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

ON Sunday, at 8pm, the brilliant No Direction Home comedy collective (usually based at Camden People’s Theatre) are mounting a Refugee Week special online event via Zoom, in partnership with Southbank Centre. Tom Parry presents live comedy with special guest headliner Nish Kumar and also featuring Délia Remy, Edin Suljic, Nour-ani Sisserian, Yasmeen Gharwi & Selam Mengistu. Tickets are pay what you can – booking via eventbrite.co.uk/e/no-direction-at-home-with-nish-kumar-tickets-105229253530 Some comp tickets available for low/zero income – email hello@counterpointsarts.org.uk

DEAFINITELY Theatre, the first deaf-led professional theatre company in the UK, produce quality bilingual theatre in British sign language and spoken English. Together with New Diorama they are presenting Contractions by Mike Bartlett online until June 30. A dark comedy about faceless corporations, nameless management and the boundaries between work and play. Staged and filmed on a disused trading floor. Visit their website: deafinitelytheatre.co.uk

THE Globe Theatre will be streaming Dominic Dromgoole’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring Michelle Terry and John Light as fairy royalty in a Renaissance staging of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy. Available until Sunday June 28. Visit: youtube.com/user/ShakespearesGlobe

GRAEAE Theatre Company’s hit show Reasons to be Cheerful will be available online until August 3. Part gig, part play, this raucous coming of age tale celebrates the enduring music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, including Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick, What A Waste and Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3). Directed by Jenny Sealey and book by Paul Sirett. A registered charity, Graeae relies on the generous support of individuals to continue their work championing the work of disabled artists. Visit: graeae.org

THE National Theatre’s epic production of Andrea Levy’s Small Island streams online from Thursday to mark Windrush Day 2020. Embark on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.Available until Thursday, June 25. Visit: nationaltheatre.org.uk

PART of performance Live on BBC 4, The Way Out is a surreal, theatrical adventure in which a young person escapes into a seemingly empty building at night, and meets a mysterious guide (Omid Djalili) who offers them an alternative way out. Filmed in Battersea Arts Centre, in one continuous, unbroken shot, this is an immersive journey through a labyrinth of rooms and corridors. View: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0892kzy


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