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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Sweet Tooth; 1984; Mini Mall’s Ballistic; The Promise

23 February, 2018 — By Julie Tomlin

IN the music theatre piece Sweet Tooth, Elaine Mitchener uses text, improvisation and movement to explore the history of slavery within the sugar industry and its contemporary echoes. See it tonight (Thursday) at St George’s church, Bloomsbury. More details on 020 7242 1979.

• George Orwell’s adopted son, Richard Blair will take part in a Q&A session after the performance of 1984 at Theatro Technis on March 3. Based on Orwell’s novel, and adapted by Matthew Dunster, Tower Theatre Company’s production runs from February 28 to March 10. John Newsinger, the author of Hope Lies in the Proles, a soon-to-be published book about George Orwell, will also take part in an after-show Q&A on March 8. More details on 020 7387 6617.

• Following on from Tom Stuchfield’s Somewhere A Gunner Fires, which finishes its run at the King’s Head Theatre on February 24, comes a play inspired the “manifesto” of mass murderer Elliot Rodgers. The 22-year-old killed six people and injured 14 others near the campus of the University of California, before killing himself in 2014. Mini Mall’s Ballistic, written by Alex Packer, looks at the part “toxic masculinity” rejection, easy access to violent video games and films and a series of seemingly unremarkable events can create a killer. More details on 020 7226 4443.

• There’s still a chance to catch The Promise, SilverSage and Spare Tyre’s production based on the case of Charlotte Hough, a Camden resident imprisoned in the 1980s for her involvement in the death of an elderly neighbour. Part of Spare Tyre’s Invisible Women mini series at the New Diorama, it’s being performed on February 23 and 24. More details on 020 7383 9034.


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