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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Scoop’s Space; Lockdown Festival; The Panchatantra; The Mountaintop

11 June, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

LITTLE Angel Theatre will release Scoop’s Space, a digital retelling of their show, Junk. Scoop stores all the interesting things that other people throw away and uses them to tell to tell stories. The theatre has been releasing daily resources demonstrating how recycled materials, such as egg boxes, cardboard, newspaper and even coffee capsules, can be tuned into puppets at home. It is hoped that Scoop’s Space will further inspire children to get creative with the “junk” that we find around our homes. Free from Sunday, June 14. Visit: littleangeltheatre.com/news/

LISTEN out for Lockdown Theatre Festival, across BBC radio 3 and 4 this weekend, set up by Bertie Carvel in response to the theatre closures. It presents in audio some of the stage productions that had their performances unexpectedly cut short. These include the Royal Court’s production of Shoe Lady by EV Crowe, an examination of the social and domestic pressures placed on women in our society. On BBC Radio 4, Saturday, 3pm. The Orange Tree’s production of The Mikvah Project by Josh Azouz, Radio 4, Sunday, 3pm (see opposite). And the Lyric Hammersmith’s Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett, charting one couple’s journey together over 40 years, BBC Radio 3, Sunday, 7.30pm.

TARA Arts has just released a series of online stories, bringing to life famous Indian fables. The Panchatantra is believed to have originated more than 2,500 years ago, written to educate and entertain the children of the Indian royal family. The stories have been newly adapted by emerging writer Carmen Gaur. The readings, performed and filmed during lockdown are: The Monkey King and the Mangoes performed by Medhavi Patel, The Donkey and the Rooster performed by Nitin Ganatra and The Loyal Mongoose performed by Sita Thomas. Suitable for 6+ Visit: www.tara-arts.com

IN a bid to unite communities and because BlackLivesMatter, Roy Alexander Weise is streaming a timely digital recording of Katori Hall’s powerful play The Mountaintop, which he originally staged at the Young Vic in association with the JMK Award. Set on the eve of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, the production reunites Gbolahan Obisesan and Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo in the lead roles and aims to raise funds to support the legal costs incurred by those incarcerated while protesting. Available until June 15. Visit: youtube.com/user/RoyalExchangeTheatre/videos

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