Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Telling Tales; Nick Payne; Hysterical!; Eggs on Legs
25 March, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu
THE Globe Theatre’s Telling Tales returns for Easter with a selection of online storytelling and workshops for young children through to teenagers. On March 27 at 11am join via Zoom and explore the story and characters of A Midsummer Night’s Dream through puppetry. Children aged 3+ can have a go themselves, using simple household objects to bring their puppet alive and create their own scene. On the same day at 11am, older viewers can join a fun and interactive Zoom workshop on Macbeth led by one of the Globe’s highly experienced practitioners. Dive into Shakespeare’s spine-chilling tale with a range of activities and games designed to draw out elements of the play’s language, characters and themes. Recommended for ages 9-12 and their families. Visit: shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/telling-tales-2021
• Drama on 3 is featuring radio adaptations of Nick Payne’s plays, Constellations and Elegy, directed by Sasha Yevtushenko. Both plays explore science, time and love. Marianne (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Roland (George MacKay) meet at a party. They hit it off, and go for a drink. Or do they? Perhaps they start a relationship or maybe it’s tragically cut short? The possibilities are endless. Payne explores how even the smallest change can significantly alter the course we take. Elegy is about a couple who have to make a choice between love and survival. Lorna (Juliet Stevenson) and Carrie (Deborah Findlay) met later in life and married. But now their relationship is about to disintegrate in the most painful way. Lorna’s brain has been afflicted by a degenerative disease that will soon destroy her and Carrie faces a devastating decision. BBC Radio 3, 8pm, March 28 or BBC Sounds.
• On March 29, Theatre Royal Stratford East will release the film Hysterical! The Hilarious History of Hysteria, a riotous comedy-lecture written and performed by Rebecca Buckle (along with a puppet or two). From Plato to Freud, witches to suffragettes, discover everything you need to know about the history of hysteria. Join Rebecca for an eye-opening exploration of this “diagnosis” and her personal quest to shake off a label that has been placed on women for over 2,500 years. Visit: youtube.com/TheatreRoyalStratfordEast
• Little Angel’s next Zoom production is Eggs on Legs. Meet a family of zany Eggs on Legs. When the wind blows a huge egg into their tree, can they protect it from the slithery snake? For ages 3-8. Includes an eggciting 15-minute workshop to get you in the Easter spirit. March 30-31 11am & 2pm, £13.50 per household. Visit littleangeltheatre.com
• Nimax Theatres have announced that Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will return to the Apollo Theatre from May 20 and Six will reopen at the Lyric Theatre on May 2. Both theatres will be Covid secure with social distancing and 50 per cent capacity until government restrictions lift. Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public on Monday March 29 via nimaxtheatres.com