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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: All In; No Place Like Hope; Pravda; Phoenix Rising; Christopher Bliss’ Literary Salon

02 November, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

All In: ‘An epic journey that questions how free we really are from the tyranny of the crowd’

All In, a show by experimental Catalan theatre company Atresbandes opens at the New Diorama on November 7, running until November 11. Exploring what is the crowd and pressures to conform, the show employs physical theatre, comedy and visual effects in a journey through 21st-century life that encompasses dictatorships, national anthems, education, self-help manuals and love. Details on 020 7916 5467.  www.newdiorama.com/whats-on/all-in

No Place Like Hope, an award-winning play written by Callum McGowan to pass the Bechdel test, opens at The Old Red Lion on November 7. The test requires that a work of fiction includes at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. No Place Like Hope is the story of the friendship between Becca, who is sent to a hospice to work while on community service, and Anna, a cancer patient. McGowan’s play is brought to the stage by an all-female team and co-produced by The So and So Arts Club and Pinpoint Create. Details on 0844 412 4307. www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/no-place-like-hope.html

• An award-winning play that put the spotlight on the media in the Thatcher era is being performed by the Tower Theatre Company at Bridewell Theatre from November 7-11. Set in 1985, Pravda is the story of Lambert Le Roux, a South African press baron who dominates the British newspaper industry, and Andrew, a young, inexperienced journalist, who he headhunts to run his most recent acquisition. Thirty years on, Pravda is also a reflection on the values of the 1980s that still permeate society today. More details on 020 7353 1700. www.sbf.org.uk/whats-on/view/pravda/

• A play that tracks the first steps of an 18-year-old leaving care is being staged in the underground car park of Smithfield Meat Market from November 8 to December 2. Phoenix Rising has a cast of care leavers, and is performed by Big House, which supports marginalised young people to live independently. Details on 020 7923 9955. billetto.co.uk/e/phoenix-rising-tickets-219725

• Catch Christopher Bliss’ Literary Salon, a unique show created by Rob Carter and Luke Courtier at the Camden Comedy Club on Friday night (November 3), when Oli Forsyth will be talking about his new play Kings. Details on 020 7485 4019. camdencomedyclub.com/christopher-bliss-literary-salon-3/

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