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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: The Girl and the Raven; Waiting for Obama; Overflow; Faith Healer

14 January, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Indira Varma in Faith Healer

LITTLE Angel Theatre is proud to announce the next instalment in their digital Puppetry Sofa Series. A short adaptation of an Icelandic folk legend, The Girl and the Raven, presented by Handbendi, is based on events surrounding a huge landslide in Vatnsdalur, Iceland in 1545, laying waste to the farm of Skíðastaðir. Thirteen people died, but tradition says that one girl survived in an extraordinary manner. This digital short is available for free on the Little Angel Theatre YouTube channel from January 17. www.youtube.com/user/TheLittleATheatre

stream.theatre is a digital venue that provides audiences and theatre makers with everything they need to watch and stream content. Audience members can browse shows, buy tickets and watch productions all within the platform using a secure online video player specifically conditioned for live streaming theatrical events. Next up is John Moore’s topical drama Waiting for Obama, available until January 17. The year is 2016. A Colorado Springs family is convinced that President Barack Obama is coming for their guns. They’re right. Visit: stream.theatre

• The Bush Theatre’s run of Travis Alabanza’s monologue, Overflow, performed by transgender actress Reece Lyons and directed by Debbie Hannan, was curtailed when London entered Tier 3. The show was recorded and can be viewed on a web browser via Google Chromecast, on Apple TV, Android TV, or Amazon Fire TV. Cornered into a flooding toilet cubicle and determined not to be rescued again, Rosie distracts herself with memories of bathroom encounters, drunken heart-to-hearts, friendships forged in front of crowded mirrors, and hiding from trouble. But with her panic rising and no help on its way, can she keep her head above water? Overflow is online from January 18-23 at 8pm. On January 20 there is a captioned performance at 2pm. The show is only available for the duration of the stream. Tickets priced from £10 can be booked at bushtheatre.co.uk or at the box office on 020 8743 5050.

Next up at the Old Vic’s In Camera Playback Series is Brian Friel’s Faith Healer. Francis Hardy (Michael Sheen) travels the most remote corners of Wales, Scotland and Ireland attempting to heal those who wish to be healed. His wife Grace (Indira Varma) and manager Teddy (David Threlfall) complete this nomadic triptych, each with their own telling of the loss, love and struggle of life on the road with a seemingly predestined faith healer. Friel’s haunting drama is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the power of belief, as the contradicting recollections of these three characters seek to reconcile with the past. The recorded live show is available to watch from January 20-22 at 7.30pm. Visit: oldvictheatre.com

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