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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Somewhere a Gunner Fires; Calm Down, Dear; The Mitfords

25 January, 2018 — By Julie Tomlin

A NEW play by Cavalry Theatre set in the final months of the First World War is a story that took place largely on the Italian Front that Tom Stuchfield discovered when he began researching his own family’s history. Written and directed by Stuchfield, Somewhere a Gunner Fires, which opens at the King’s Head Theatre on February 6, charts six stories as they reach their end. Staged during the centenary year of the end of the Great War, the play explores the events that both connect and divide a volunteer, a girl in the Blitz, a builder, a tailor, an American objector and an officer who can’t escape his mistakes. More details on 020 7226 4443.

•The Camden People’s Theatre feminist festival Calm Down, Dear, continues this week. As well as the centrepiece, So Many Reasons, which is on until February 3, there’s a wide variety of shows coming up, including Sid and Sylvia, a one-woman show set in a 1980s working men’s club, on tonight (Thursday), Temporary by Libby Liburd, a look at the experiences of women in temporary accommodation, and Queen C*nt – Sacred or Profane?, a “dark and often anarchic exploration” of womanhood and the body. For details call 020 7419 4841.

• Award-winning playwright Gail Louw’s new one-woman show The Mitfords opens at Upstairs at the Gatehouse on February 2, running until February 4. Directed by John Burrows, the play stars Heather Long in a remarkable story of six sisters who adopted fiercely opposing views, including Diana, who married to Oswald Mosley and was a lifelong fascist, Unity, who became a close friend of Hitler and Jessica, a communist.

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