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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Approaching Empty; As Waters Rise; Blueprint Medea; Institute

17 July, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Lucian Msamati as Salieri in Amadeus

TAMASHA, Kiln Theatre and Live Theatre will stream Approaching Empty by taxi-driver-turned-playwright Ishy Din from July 21 until August 4. In a scruffy minicab office, Mansha decides it’s time to create his own destiny and offers to buy the business from his lifelong friend Raf. As the state of the company is revealed the two friends confront the difficulties of going into business together. Set in the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher’s death, this compelling drama lays bare the struggles of a post-industrial generation of British men. Visit: tamasha.org.uk

PART of the Almeida’s Shifting Tides festival is Ben Weatherill’s audio drama As Waters Rise, performed by the Almeida Young Company, about friendships and anarchy, resilience and anger. It’s summer and London is under water. In a broken world, a group of young people grapple with the aftermath of the flood. The three 30-minute episodes will be released at 5pm July 16-18 and thereafter available on demand. Visit: almeida.co.uk/whats-on

THE Finborough Theatre’s production of Blueprint Medea, written and directed by Julia Pascal, is streaming until September 2. Kurdish freedom fighter Medea escapes the Turkish military and arrives at UK Border Control on a forged passport. Slipping through immigration, Medea discovers how to exist on the margins of London life. Working illegally as a cleaner in a gym, she meets Jason-Mohammed, the son of Iraqi immigrants. After the birth of twin boys, Medea believes she has found a new home and family. Based on interviews with Kurdish fighters living in the UK, Blueprint Medea is loosely inspired by Euripides’ classic. Visit: finboroughtheatre.co.uk

PART of BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine, physical theatre company Gecko presents Institute, based on its acclaimed theatre production. An intimate, funny and moving exploration of what it means to care for ourselves and each other. BBC Four, 11.10pm on July 19.

PENTABUS and Paines Plough have commissioned eight writers to write short plays about their experience of rural environments. The plays will be released digitally over a fortnight. Available now: Jacob Hodgkinson’s Roots; Natasha Marshall’s Crop Circle; Tom Wentworth’s No Place; and Kat Woods’ Flat. From Wednesday, July 29: Callum Beardmore’s Youth’s Folly; Olivia Bradbury’s Walking with Mum; Little John Nee’s 2k from Killaloonty; and Yasmin Wilde’s Monica. Visit: pentabus.co.uk/live/come-where-i-am-rural

NATIONAL Theatre at Home is streaming Michael Longhurst’s production of Amadeus by Peter Shaffer until July 23. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Adam Gillen) a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri (Lucian Msamati, pictured,) has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Visit: nationaltheatre.org.uk

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