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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Where the Bugaboo Lives; Curse of the Crackles!; Stevie Smith; HELLO; Stay Awake, Jake

11 March, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Juliet Stevenson reads Stevie Smith

LITTLE Angel Theatre turns 60 this year and kicks off its spring/summer season with a live digital production of Sean Taylor’s Where the Bugaboo Lives directed by Samantha Lane and designed by Ellie Mills. Floyd and his sister Ruby creep into the dark, shadowy valley behind their house… a valley full of spooky, creepy creatures and the scariest of them all, the Bugaboo! Join Floyd and Ruby on every step of their journey and decide which path they take and what monsters they meet. March 14-May 2. Suitable for ages 5-11. £13.50 per household. Visit: littleangeltheatre.com

Shoreditch Town Hall is streaming Curse of the Crackles! an interactive audio adventure for children and families by Bea Roberts, featuring innovative sound technology by Ben and Max Ringham. Riff is a good dog, but she needs your help! The world is in chaos – listen… The Crackles have muddled up all the sounds in the universe and it’s up to you and Riff the puppy to put them all back. Immerse yourselves in a chaotic quest – the perfect sensory journey that can be enjoyed from anywhere. Tickets from: shoreditchtownhall.com

• Released to mark the 50th anniversary of Stevie Smith’s death is a unique recording of award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson reading from the British poet’s work in a candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The film draws on Smith’s letters and prose, and includes her illustrations. You can watch the film as many times as you like for free until Monday, April 5. Visit: shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/dead-poets-live-2021

The latest offering from Camden People’s Theatre Digital is Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas’s HELLO. Combining snippets of real phone conversations with pictures, texts and music, HELLO is a cross between a video diary and a series of postcards sent between two friends. It is a rumination on creativity, melancholia and what it takes to maintain connection at distance. Every day from Mon-Sun, March 15-21 at 10am, you will receive text messages from Bert & Nasi with a link to a different film. All the films will be available until the end of the week, then they disappear. You will need an internet-enabled phone to receive the texts. All personal data will be deleted after the final message has been sent. Not suitable for young children. Tickets (£3) must be booked before Sunday, March 14: cptheatre.co.uk/production/hello-digital

• Southwark Playhouse is streaming Tim Gilvin’s Stay Awake, Jake, starring Ahmed Hamad. This one-act musical, about one man’s journey across England’s deserted motorways in the middle of the night, is about love, responsibility and fatherhood. We learn about Jake’s life, his past, and why he decided to get in his car and drive from London to Carlisle at 2 o’clock one morning. southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/on-demand/stay-awake-jake


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