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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Rooms; Welcome to Iran; Stone Soup; No Future; Plays on Film

08 April, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Peer pressure: Rooms

RAMBERT’S Rooms is an ambitious dance-theatre-film performed live and involving 17 dancers, 36 scenes, 100 characters, 1,000 costumes… Like watching miniature scenes through a train window, or cycling through the streets and peering into people’s homes, we all love to glimpse other lives. Rambert’s brilliant dancers invite us into wildly different worlds and surprising set-ups. People trying to live their lives, navigate dilemmas, swerve mishaps and survive their mini-dramas. This real-time, ticketed performance will only be viewable on Rambert Home Studio at the exact time it is being performed and streamed. April 8 at noon; April 9-10 at 8pm; April 11 at 1am. Visit: rambert.org.uk/whats-on/rooms/

• On April 11 at 7.30pm, BBC Radio Drama on 3 presents Welcome to Iran, part of the BBC Lights Up season of plays produced in partnership with theatres across the UK. Artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall, weaves an imagined narrative together with real-life stories to construct a tender and witty snapshot of culture and life in modern Iran. Ava is a 20-something British Iranian. Following the death of her estranged Iranian father, she journeys to Iran in search of his past and to connect with her family. Ava is swept into a world of raves, raids and illicit love, all while negotiating family politics, Tehran traffic and the morality police. Available afterwards on BBC Sounds.

• The Little Angel’s retelling of the classic European folktale The Stone Soup by Bronia Evers and One Moment in Time Storytelling, features puppetry, music, and a “crankie theatre”. Three travellers arrive in a village and claim they will make soup from a stone, which sparks the curiosity of the locals. Free on littleangeltheatre.com from April 11.

• Commissioned as part of Camden People’s Theatre’s Outside the Box Season, No Future by Adam Welsh is inspired by conversations with CPT’s local communities and blends film with recordings of phone conversations. Adam cannot visualise the future. All he sees in front of him is the past. After returning home to find his flat ransacked, the scene of the crime becomes a scene of visiting ghosts. He finds a series of clues that tell him who he is. Accompanying the show will be a digital exhibition of short films, artworks, and the reflections of community members Kate (78) and Jessica (96). 8pm, April 13-15 and April 17; 9pm on April 16: cptheatre.co.uk/production/outside-the-box-no-future

• The King’s Head Theatre’s new streaming service launches this month. The first KHTV season, Plays on Film, will be available to watch on demand from April 15 and includes Vespertilio by Barry McStay, inspired by the incredible true story of the last greater mouse-eared bat living in Britain; Jew…ish, the twisted millennial romcom by Saul Boyer and Poppy Damon; and Lorna Well’s Illusions of Liberty about a cellist plagued by an ever-increasing number of bewildering symptoms. Tickets are on sale now from kingsheadtheatre.com/khtv

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