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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Jay at Hen & Chickens; Voila! Europe festival; Celtic Kiss

19 October, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

• The lives of three women, their pregnancies and their relationships are explored in Jay, a new comedy by Lettuce Dream Theatre Company that opened at the Hen and Chickens Theatre this week and is being performed until October 28. Praised for its witty dialogue and for delving into themes of gender, relationships and mental health, Jay was written by the theatre company’s founder Eleonora Fusco, who also makes her directorial debut. Also coming up at the Hen & Chickens Theatre this month is the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival. Now in its second year, it’s on from October 30 until November 5. More details: 020 7704 2001,

• Billing itself as a “non-Brexit-fearing theatre festival”, Voila! Europe has expanded this year beyond French language plays to include writing from across Europe and the UK. Shows will be hosted at The Cockpit as usual, and this year also at the Etcetera Theatre and Applecart Arts. The festival runs from November 8-18, with 30 shows that include new writing from emerging artists as well as classics revisited by well-loved companies and plays in multiple languages. More details: 020 7258 2925,

• The return of the Irish Theatre company after two years to its old home, the London Irish Centre, is being marked with a new play by the company’s writer, producer and director John Dunne. Set in a North London Irish pub as preparations for the wake of Teresa’s husband progress, Celtic Kiss is a story of budding romance and ghosts that you can see from October 23-25 and also at the Lion and Unicorn pub in Kentish Town from November 6-12. The play is the first of a series to be performed by the company at the London Irish Centre. For details call 020 7916 2222 or visit


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